The Madrid Way of Life

In Madrid food is essential. It is a way of life. Upon walking the streets of Madrid, you will come across many ‘Museos de Jamón’. These establishments are in fact not museums at all, but meat shops displaying the infamous Iberian ham, distinguishable by its black trotter or ‘pata negra’. These Iberian pigs are bred […]

In Madrid food is essential. It is a way of life. Upon walking the streets of Madrid, you will come across many ‘Museos de Jamón’. These establishments are in fact not museums at all, but meat shops displaying the infamous Iberian ham, distinguishable by its black trotter or ‘pata negra’. These Iberian pigs are bred and reared especially for high quality ham, rated by a J system; 5 J jamón is the best of the best, sometimes costing up to 200 euros for the leg. The name ‘museo’ for a simple butcher’s is perhaps explained in Spanish history: As a Catholic country, the state wanted to make sure that all citizens were true Christians rather than Jews or Muslims. To prove their Christianity, the citizens were to eat ham in public, at it proved they were not keeping to Kosher or Halal food laws.

Learn more about Madrid by having a look into our student’s travel guides
Redaktion Curso/CTR Madrid 2014

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