The Kitchen Store in Madrid
If the gastronomic delights of Spanish cuisine inevitably inspire you to try your hand at some of the dishes, then you should head to Alambique, a kitchen store in the old Chamartín neighborhood to find those Spanish kitchen essentials. Alambique’s walls are stocked high: brown terra-cotta cazuelas for your stews, the plancha or cast-iron plate on which shrimp and fish sizzle, olive dishes for your own tapas of mojama, a garlic rasp to handle that most important ingredient, a wire cone basket to be filled with all things good and fried, and of course the ever critical, highly sought after paella pan for that quintessential dish. The helpful attendants will help you find what you are looking for and there are even cooking classes to help you master traditional Spanish technique. And if I might respectfully suggest while you are there, it may not be a bad idea to pick up a few stemmed glasses and a wine corkscrew for all of the very good, very inexpensive bottles of rioja you will find in Madrid.
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