I love Madrid. I get excited the minute I land and I’m on the road into the city. I can’t point to just one thing. I love the elegance and the energy; the architecture, buildings, and the expanses of parks and wide boulevards; the Plaza Mayor and the city’s many fountains; the museums; the sense of place; the people; and, of course, eating and learning about Spanish food and wine, over and over again.
Oldways ﬁrst came to Spain over twenty years ago, even before introducing the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid. The year was 1992, the 500th Anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas. The Symposium was entitled Food, Culture & Discovery, and over 10 days, with 100 experts representing a “who’s who” in the worlds of food, wine, history, anthropology, cooking and nutrition science, we made our way from Barcelona to Seville and then ﬁnally, Madrid.
Twenty-one years later, Oldways organized one of our Culinaria journeys in Madrid, which could very easily be called Food, Culture & Discovery as well. Although Spanish food, wine and ingredients are much better known now in the United States than they were in 1992, there is always so much to discover, enriching our lives by what we learn, experience and taste.
And that’s what 28 of us did in Madrid between Sunday, November 10 and Saturday, November 16. In terms of food and wine, we started oﬀ by learning about Spanish wine with a tasting of 12 wines (3 whites, 5 red Riojas and 4 other Spanish red wines), which produced instant friendships among the group. We ate meals featuring
For culture, we started with a tour of the spectacular Real Academia des Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Then, we had the ultimate pleasure of touring the Prado and learning from Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) Senior Curator, Ronni Baer, about the food in art (the still
The point for Oldways, always, is to celebrate and help bring back some of the old ways, connecting the past with the present and the future, in order to preserve traditions and to bring new appreciation and enjoyment to the years to come. And, since there is a lot of fun and pleasure along the way, we hope you’ll join us on another Oldways Culinaria (the next one is in Umbria)!
Viva España! Viva Madrid!