June 26, 2017
El Perro y La Galleta, Madrid

El Perro y La Galleta, Madrid

June 26, 2017
The Dog and the Cookie. A unique name for a unique place. This is a cozy and modern restaurant in front of El Retiro Park at the beginning of a street where you'll find some of the best shops in Madrid. The name comes from the owners' love for their two dogs and their family link with the famous Fontaneda Spanish cookies company. I had first come across this place during a shopping spree and immediately added it to my restaurant bucket list. el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
Rustic tables and beautiful light welcomed us as we walked through the door. The decor pays tribute to British clubs and dogs. There is a collection of vintage radios, cameras and telephones as well as doggy portraits. The beautiful decor is paired with great music which results in a wonderful ambiance. Dog lovers and their furry best friends are of course welcome. If you decide to go to El Perro y La Galleta prepare to spot some celebrities, actors like Pierce Brosnan or fashion designers like Riccardo Tisci have eaten here.el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
  • Tuna tataki burger with quinoa salad 
  • Hake with wine mayo and veggies
  • Angus burger with a fried egg, caramelized onion, bacon and cheese
The presentation of the dishes is as impeccable as the decor. While we waited for our meal, we fell in love with every single dish we saw the waiters carrying. We loved all three dishes, they were very different from each other but equally delicious. We were also delighted with the service right from the moment we entered. Due to the scorching heat we've been suffering in Madrid for a few weeks we weren't hungry enough to get dessert. I was a bit disappointed to leave without my sweet treat but looking on the bright side, now I have an excuse to come back.
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
El Perro y la Galleta
Calle Claudio Coello, 1
Tel.: +34 606 82 24 21

Earlier on that very same day I had bought this A&F yellow eyelet dress which is a must from the Abercrombie summer sale. It comes in yellow, white and black. It's perfect for so many reasons:

  • the shape is very flattering (full skirt and tight bodice is my favorite type of dress)
  • the straps are adjustable
  • it has pockets
  • the length is perfect both for work and play

I also got this beautiful pink mini dress with sweetheart neckline that I can't wait to show you. You know I'm a huge fan of Abercrombie dresses. Every summer I find "the dress of the summer" at their stores. In 2014 it was this navy dress with pink flowers, in 2015 this white lace dress and in 2016 this red dress with white flowers.

English Corner
come across - find
bucket list - things you wish to do before dying
scorching heat - intense/burning heat
June 23, 2017
A Guide to Blogger Linkups

A Guide to Blogger Linkups

June 23, 2017
A Guide to Fashion Blogger Linkups

I had heard about blogger linkups a long time ago but I had never seen how powerful they are until recently. In case you don't know them, linkup parties are posts where other bloggers allow you to share your own after following some simple rules. They are an amazing way to increase engagement both for hosts and participants alike.

A few months ago I came across this linkup list by the lovely Katya from Stylesprinter. Be sure to read it since she also gives very useful advice to take part in linkups. I've noticed a huge increase in blog visits and engagement since I started joining these linkups. It's also a great way to meet bloggers and even make friends! I just love any activity that involves bloggers supporting each other. It's so important to bear in mind that we are not competition, we are in this together and we can get much more by helping each other rather than the opposite.

Updated in December 2018
This list now includes linkups per topic. If you are hosting a linkup that's not on the list, let me know and I'll add it.

How I Spring
Visible Monday
On Monday's We Linkup

Monday Escapes / Monday Escapes
Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday)
Through My Lens

All Topics:
Hello Monday
The Good The Random The Fun

Turning Heads Tuesday
Style Sessions
Confident Twosday
Style Swap Tuesdays
Trend Spin Linkup
Style with a Smile

Our World Tuesday
Travel Tuesday
Tuesday's Treasures
My Corner of the world

All topics
Tuesday Talk

Spring Fever Fashion
Oh, Hey Girl Linkup
Fun Facts and Finds
Style Me Wednesday
What I Wore
Mid Week Linkup

All topics:
Welcome Wednesday

Thursday Moda
Thursday Fashion Files
What I Wore Today

Faraway Files

Any topic:

Friday Favorites
Weekend Wear Linkup
Fashion Friday
Friday Faves
Color and Grace Fashion Link Up
Sharing our Journeys
Fancy Friday
Friday Loves

The Weekly Postcard
Feet Do Travel
Fly Away Friday

All topics:
High Five for Friday

Saturday Share (any topic)

The Creative Corner (recipes, DIY, crafts)
June 5, 2017
A Day in Hondarribia

A Day in Hondarribia

June 5, 2017
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During our stay in San Sebastian we visited the charming town of Hondarribia. Hondarribia is a colorful fishing village that is both rich in architecture as well as in gastronomy. It’s a feast for the eyes and also for the stomach. It was a cloudy and gloomy day but we were not going to let the weather spoil our day trip. We started by visiting the well-preserved Old Town with its beautiful and colorful houses. Green, white and red predominate which are the colors of the Basque flag. The font that you can see in the collage below is also typical of the Basque country. The font is inspired by the inscriptions in old basque tombstones and cemeteries. If you look closely you can see it on a few of the houses in these photos.
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We stared at the beautiful buildings from under a canopy since it was raining cats and dogs. Oh well, we decided to look on the bright side, we were actually experiencing the north 100% since that's the typical weather. At lunch time we headed to the restaurant where we had made reservations. Are you ready for some mouth-watering pictures? 
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After reading great reviews on TripAdvisor we had booked a table at Gastroteka Danontzat. A truly gourmet experience where we felt at home. Danotzat is a basque word that means "for everyone" which is the work philosophy of this restaurant. Gorka, is the friendly man who runs this business. He took the time to explain to us the characteristics and facts behind every dish we had and he does that with every single costumer. We started with sardines and anchovies, two delicacies that melted in our mouths. We kept asking for bread to dip it on the delicious olive oil.
Next we had txangurro spread, another delight. If you read the complete travel guide to San Sebastian you may be familiar with this term. Txangurro is a type of crab that you'll find in every restaurant.
The next one was ox tongue. A dish that is finished on the table with a blowtorch. I know the name may not sound very appealing but the taste reminds you of ham. The best thing to do is not to think about what it is and just enjoy it because it's delicious.

The last dish before dessert was octopus with potatoes and algae. Both my fiancée and I agreed that this was our favorite. Octopus is not the easiest to cook. Some people cook it too hard, others too soft. This one was the best we've ever had (sorry mom). It was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. How do they cook it? I have no idea. The yummy sauce is also a well kept secret.
All dishes were paired with txakoli, the typical wine of the region.
Dessert was something we had never tried before: sesame ice-cream. Too avant-garde for us. It was really good but I expect ice-cream to be sweet and this was not. The presentation is amazing, don't you think?
After this unforgettable culinary experience we went to Parador El Emperador for coffee. Here we felt like we were back in Medieval times. If you follow the blog you know we are big fans of Paradores, a unique hotel chain committed to reclaiming the Spanish heritage. Check out this post and this one too for more information.
hondarribia basque country spain parador san sebastian travel blog
hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
Sadly, it was time to say farewell to Hondarribia. We took one last walk around the promenade and we headed back to San Sebastian.hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
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I still have one more charming Basque town to show you. Stay tuned for a post about Zarautz, another seaside town that is home to more culinary gems and breath-taking views of the Mar Cantabrico.


English corner
to rain cats and dogs - to rain a lot
to look on the bright side - consider the positive aspects of a negative situation
farewell - goodbye