Late last year, some friends and I were in Spain for two weeks, living a Travelife.
One Sunday in Madrid, we went over to do some shopping at the El Corte Ingles in Castellana.
El Corte Ingles is Spain's most famous and prestigious department store, and the Castellana store is its largest branch.
Fortunately, it also happened to be one of the few stores open on a Sunday in Madrid, and to have one of the most complete high-end food shops in Madrid.
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JEWELRY BEFORE FOOD
But first we dropped by the Joyeria Suarez on the first floor of El Corte Ingles, to see all kinds of modern Spanish jewelry creations.
Joyeria Suarez also had the most beautiful pearls in different shades and colors. The store manager told me that Joyeria Suarez sources its pearls from all over the world.
SPANISH LIKE A NATIVE
Then, we happened to meet Leslee Ann Jabola, one of the very nice ladies at international customer service at El Corte Ingless Castellana -- and she just happens to be a Filipina who speaks Spanish like a native.
Again, what luck.
AN IMPROMPTU DINNER
Leslee asked us: "Where are you having dinner?"
It was close to 7 PM after all.
However, we'd not made any plans yet for dinner, actually, as we'd just finished a long and liquid lunch at 430 PM.
|A really long and good lunch|
at La Fabula in Madrid
So I said: "No plans. We're actually still full from lunch. If ever we have something for dinner, it'll be a very light meal."
THE GOURMET EXPERIENCE
Her face lit up when I said this.
"Perfect," she exclaimed. "You have to try our El Corte Ingles gourmet experience."
Well, we were up for anything.
So she led the way to the gourmet floor of El Corte Ingles Castellana, where an entire gastronomic experience awaited.
There were displays of food for purchase, of course. But there were also food stalls from which you could order whatever you wished and eat it right there, on tables in the middle of the floor.
ALL THE FOOD WE COULD IMAGINE
Many of the food stalls were satellites of famous restaurants and delicatessens in Madrid, so the quality of the food on display for sale and eating was very high.
And a light but excellent meal was exactly what we wanted, on another nice and delicious evening in our never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
PS: Speaking of excellent meals, I'm certainly looking forward to a very good one tonight...