A delicious daily routine in Madrid

By Geri L. Dreiling

Having a bakery next door is a wonderful — and dangerous — thing.  

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I’m staying in a quaint, second-floor flat with three balconies in the heart of Madrid. The bedroom has a balcony, the kitchen has a balcony and there’s a balcony off the combined living and dining room. Just outside the building is a bakery filled with pistolas or loaves of bread that look like fat baguettes, and all manner of sweet items like cakes and brownies, as well as savory items like empanadas and sandwiches.

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I’ve been here since Thursday. Each day, we pick up a fresh pistola which is .5 euros or about 68 cents, then pair it with a semi-cured soft sheep cheese from Madrid called Campo Real, or a creamy Galician cheese known as Tetilla — shaped liked the name suggests.

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The grocery market is about a block away. Next to it, there’s a well-stocked fruit and vegetable shop. Because all of the stores are so close, we walk. A lot. And that, of course, is a good thing when a bakery is just five steps away.

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