Portugal (& back through Spain): Fall-Winter 2002 (23)

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4. Madrid (cont'd)

The Ishikawas visit the palace, wander through its vastness, leave. The only thing that stood out was the armoured dog. Thankfully, nearby was the Cafe de Oriente, of which Style Madrid magazine gushed, "There may be no more attractive bar counter in Madrid in terms of its decoration, ambience and 18th century vaults." First, they ordered tea. As they slowly warmed up, a tapa before them looked inviting. The menu called it Lasagna with Sauce American and it star spangled sparkles with goodness. Pastry topped with antipasto and a small piece of cheese.

Fumiyo pointed to a croquette but the waitress insisted she have the lox on soft bread. After the tea, the Ishikawas switched to sangria. They filled up on Salvadoran pastries filled with some gray-green paste that retained its mystery.



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