It’s almost tradition that Nix celebrates his birthday with a big trip. In many ways this adventure to Spain is really his big birthday and when the actual date actually arrived it was celebrated with much love and lots of good food! Nix and I were extra happy as our dearest Pam Quinones joined us in Madrid for Nix’s birthday! She was in Paris at the time and she flew to see us. Thank you Pam!
My aunt Celia lives in Madrid and she organised the birthday plans for Nix. She booked us a table in one of the oldest if not the oldest restaurants in the world called Botin. http://www.botin.es/web/?q=en The restaurant’s specialty is Cuchinillo and a host of other ancient but wonderfully delicious spanish dishes that we were all more than willing to sample. I have eaten here once before but to be able to experience this with family and friends is an experience. When you book here ask to be seated in the basement as you will really feel how it was to dine in ancient times.
My Aunt Celia did most of the ordering, although I requested for a soup that I always loved! It’s a simple egg soup that they call Sopa Castilana it has a bit of sausage in it too. I love how this soup just takes me to my youth! We had a really happy time going around the restaurant and finding out the main chef is actually a Filipino! He is in charge of cooking the cuchinillo and making sure all the patrons are happy and cannot wait to come back to Botin. Tita Celia surprised Nix with a birthday cake and the entire restaurant joined us in greeting him as he turns another year older.
After dinner we moved to a second birthday surprise which I will be blogging about next. In the mean time enjoy the photos of Nix’s birthday dinner in Botin. Happy Birthday Nix!!!!