A Spanish Lunch Episode 1! Escape to Avila

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In episode one Mike and Ben head from Madrid’s El Doble bar (above) out to the frozen plains of Avila (yes, it gets very cold in Castilla y Leon in January!) to search  out the most unlikely lunch recommendation they’ve had so far. Followed up by searching for a mummified finger and then cake shopping with cloistered nuns.


34 thoughts on “A Spanish Lunch Episode 1! Escape to Avila

  1. Great new podcast – went to Madrid for the first time in December and fell in love with it! Looking forward to your food recommendations.

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  2. Absorbing, entertaining, interesting and informative. Made me feel like following in your footsteps. Am looking forward to the next one!

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  3. Great job guys! Sounds like you really enjoyed yourselves despite the cold. A couple of thoughts:

    1) For those of us living in Madrid (or Spain in general), it’d be awesome to be able to see some show notes about where you visited so that we might follow along in your footsteps.

    2) I can’t help but think that this would make an awesome video blog, sort of like a mini version of “On The Road Again”

    3) I myself am a total foodie, I live in Madrid, I speak very good Spanish (thanks in part to Ben & Marina’s awesome “Notes in Spanish” series) and I used to be a radio deejay in the States. If you’d ever like a compañero de comida, just let me know!

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    1. Hi Steve, I like the On the Road idea, there is a bit of that ethos for sure, though I’m not sure we are ready to turn to video yet! Yes, we’ll improve the show notes for sure, and hopefully catch up with you for a caña some time soon.

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  4. I enjoyed this episode…particularly because I bought cookies from nuns in Córdoba and had a similar experience so it made me laugh to listen in on yours. If you ever make it to Málaga, El Balneario is a gorgeous spot on the sea and has great food and an interesting history.

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  5. I have been to Avila and found iit very interesting. It was in October and a bit chilly then. There were not many people around either. It’s in a spectacular spot. I enjoyed the podcast but I felt the audio was not that great in places. I wish I’d known about the retaurant you ate in as the one we visited was not that great as I recall. Isn’t suckling pig also a feature of menus in this area?

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  6. Wow! What a ride, you two make a great team. As a Spanish learner, I can’t tell you how much I value being able to hear the Spanish audio the podcast, these are the kinds of interactions I like to know about and be prepare for. What’s more – it makes me really happy to witness Ben back in the podcast-saddle again. Wish you guys the best and hope there are many more delicious meals to come, good luck!

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  7. Love this Ben and Mike-I don’t know if you were aiming to be so funny but loved the humour. Would love to have the names of the places you got to-next time I will have paper at the ready. It was really easy to listen to yet full of useful information without being boring. Looking forward to the next episode. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Melanie for such a nice comment, I’m glad it was humorous, we certainly had a great time! We’ll add more info to the show notes next time for sure, and hopefully add more of that in the audio too.

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  8. This was quite interesting! I am still very much a beginner and was unable to keep up with the waiter’s dialogue at all LOL! I was happy to understand most of Ben & Mike’s responses-practice, practice, practice! I have been to Avila, and absolutely loved it! We were there in Feb. 2014 and also had some interesting experiences driving from Toledo to Avila with GPS : ). Photos, of course, would make this even better, but definitely enjoyed the audio! Muchas gracias!

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  9. Suscrito!
    Yo (madrileño y medio sevillano) llevo 6 meses en Gales y también cuento mi historia en un podcast (Destino UK)
    También soy el creador del directorio Podkas.com al que os animo a añadir vuestro nuevo podcast.
    Saludos y suerte

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  10. Vaya programazo! Me habéis traído recuerdos de mi tierra (nacida cerca de Ávila, en Valladolid). Os recomiendo un cocido castellano y por supuesto el cochinillo de Arévalo, en Segovia. Estáis muy cerca. También agrada escucharos hablar en español, no como otros viajeros que “se pierden la mitad de la historia” al no poder leer ni el menú. Más capítulos por favor, y contadnos un poco el valor cultural de los platos y dulces. Sería fabuloso descubrirlo con vosotros. Un saludo Blanca (al norte de Bath,)

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  11. Hard to hear the conversation in the restaurant at the beginning with all the background noise. Even harder to hear in the pasture – one speaker must have been holding the microphone and the other some distance away. Had my volume all the way up and could still barely hear. Quit listening after 5 minutes because it was too frustrating.

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    1. ¡Qué día tan chulo!
      I totally enjoyed the podcast. It is interesting to note Ben that after so many years in Spain, you haven’t lost -ni una jota- of your English accent. Never been to Avila…my experience of Spanish cuisine in Pamplona has and continues being a delight.
      Great job guys, looking forward to the next podcast. (Date prisa con el siguente si no, me quedaré sin uñas)

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  12. I really enjoyed listening to your podcast, I felt like I was there with you holding a video camera and recording everything you guys did.
    I’m always interested in those non touristic places mostly know by locals like the bars you took me Mike when we met in Madrid.
    As much people should know, the most touristic places are not so good when it comes to food, so you really need to do your research if you want to eat authentic and good quality Spanish meals.
    Les deseo mucha suerte y los seguiré escuchando con seguridad.
    Como muchos lo han dicho anteriormente, un vídeo sería genial.
    Un abrazo

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  13. Me encanta 🙂 You have such a wonderful presence, Ben. I have always enjoyed your podcasts – and this one was just as interesting and inspiring!!! Saludos desde California.

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  14. Glad to hear that you’re back with a podcast. I listened years ago when you and your wife did them and the one she did while cooking, loved them both. I look forward to listening as you go along and wish you the best.

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