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Tuesday, May 27, 2014- Sweet treat in Toledo, Spain at McDonald’s

Jamie says: After lunch, I got an ab workout. No, I didn’t go to the gym. I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe. Mom read in a guidebook somewhere about this place where you ask for a “pan de Angel” (translation: bread of Angel- which I’m thinking means Angel food cake?) and then it’s secretly given to you. We had to try it. So we went to Residencia Sta Rita…

Pan de Angel sign

Pan de Angel sign

Mom knocked and knocked and asked for the pan de Angel- “yo quiero pan de Angel.” For some reason, K and I thought it was hilarious. (Maybe you had to be there.)

Mom knocking and trying to figure out the "pan de Angel" situation at Residencia Sta Rita

Mom knocking and trying to figure out the “pan de Angel” situation at Residencia Sta Rita

After our good laugh, we went to a war museum (we lost interest quickly) and then went shopping (attention held). In Spain, it’s the style to wear these PJ-like, high-waisted pants. We tried them on. Mom and I bought coordinating ones (note: in case you were wondering, not the ones I tried on here).

The trendy pants of Spain

The trendy pants of Spain

Before catching our train, Mom stopped for a coffee at McDonald’s. Many of the chain restaurants of the US (McDonald’s, Burger King, and Starbucks) can be found in Spain, but they are quite different here- they take on a different look and feel.

Purposeful graffiti on the 2nd floor of a McDonald's in Toledo, Spain

Purposeful graffiti on the 2nd floor of a McDonald’s in Toledo, Spain

The menus are quite different, too. McDonald’s sells a coffee topped with vanilla ice cream. (You can’t find that in the US!)

Coffee topped with ice cream = coffee ice cream!

Coffee topped with ice cream = coffee ice cream!

My Mom and I ordered it from an express, interactive computer-screen station. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I’ll tell you what, it was killer- just like eating a coffee ice cream. Off to the train we went- where the laughing continued.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014- Lunch in Toledo, Spain at Restaurante Placido

Jamie says: Holy Toledo! We’re in Toledo! (Dad got a kick out of saying “holy Toledo.”)

We took a train from Madrid to Toledo this morning. The Madrid train statation was nice but nothing to write home about. On the ohterhand, when we arrived at the station in Toledo, I thought we were at a palace or something.

Beautiful train station in Toledo

Beautiful train station in Toledo

The train station interior was equally as impressive.

Inside the train station at Toledo

Inside the train station at Toledo

The taxi ride over was intentionally scenic. We got out at planned stops and the taxi cab driver took our potential future Christmas card photo (we’ll see).

Photo stop 1- Christmas card photo?

Photo stop 1- Christmas card photo?

We even managed a selfie.

J&K (K being goofy but cute)

J&K (K being goofy but cute)

The taxi ride was fun and a little risky looking. (I wouldn’t want to drive it!)

Taxi ride in Toledo- hold on tight!

Taxi ride in Toledo- hold on tight!

The view was spectacular!

Photo stop 2

Photo stop 2

We took another family photo at the second stop. Dad was worried about falling over.

What a view!

What a view!

I believe we all thought the taxi cab driver would stop at at least one more scenic stop, but I think we bugged him with the family pictures or overextended our stay at the two stops. We ended up talking about antiques with the cab driver and got dropped of outside his buddy’s store instead of our destination. Then off to the Cathedral we went.

The Cathedral of Toledo

The Cathedral of Toledo

The detail was amazing.

One piece of the elaborate work Inside the Cathedral

One piece of the elaborate work Inside the Cathedral

Lunch was in Toledo at a former monastery at a restaurant called Restaurante Placido. There were still religious undertones in the restaurant.

Lunch at a former monastery

Lunch at a former monastery

We’ve noticed restaurants in Spain embracing and frequently using canned food- especially tuna, anchovies, and today, stewed tomatoes and likely jarred red peppers. And do you know what? It CAN taste delicious. (I’m a huge fan of puns if you didn’t know.)

Canned anchovies and tomatoes in my salad

Canned anchovies and tomatoes in my salad

My salad was meager but really quite flavorful. The anchovies were nice and salty and the stewed tomatoes were uniquely soft and resembled a red sauce tomato taste. I may play off of this use of canned tomatoes in salads at home.

K's stuffed peppers (Mom got 'em too)

K’s stuffed peppers (Mom got ’em too)

It gave me a reason to mooch off of the extras of Kathryn’s stuffed red pepper with cod and Dad’s gluten free pasta with olive oil.

Gluten free pasta with olive oil- a surprisingly delicious comfort food

Gluten free pasta with olive oil- a surprisingly delicious comfort food

The sauce of the red pepper was slightly creamy and big on the red pepper taste. The bread and fish stuffed on the inside were almost indistinguishable but still good. Dad’s GF pasta was actually one of the best I’ve had, even though it just had extra virgin olive oil and salt on it. It’s like a comfort food.

Aqua grifo (aka tap water - read as "free")

Aqua grifo (aka tap water – read as “free”)

Oh, and we’ve learned to manage the water system. Aqua grifo is tap water, which is free, as opposed to the bottled water.

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