Where have I been this February? Have I been abducted by aliens? You wish!
No, actually, I am back home after our holiday in Spain to see friends and family. This was a truly special trip, as my sister and brother-in-law came all their way from Japan to visit us and surprise my parents, but that´s a different story I might tell you later.
For now I am going to let you know The Gentle One and I took the chance to stay in Madrid for a couple of nights. We like to spend some time there once in a while, and generally we use that extra spare time visiting museums, eating good food or simply having a walk through our favourite places.
Obviously, this occasion was no exception at all. Last Monday we woke up early and payed a visit to Sugar Factory, a lovely Belle Époque tea room. A girl I know recommended it to me recently, so I felt we shouldn´t miss the perfect time spot to have breakfast there!
I must admit I was shocked by the charm and grandeur of the venue once we entered. It is an amazing place (even for my costume-drama-victim strict standards), and all I can compare it with is the adorable cake shop at the film Grand Hotel Budapest. The main room conserves the entire ornamental frames and columns it must have displayed from the very beginning, and it is all coloured on delicate pastels. Sitting there made you feel immediately like a Downton Abbey character, just without all the fuss and crinoline.
I was quite hungry by then, so I accepted their breakfast menu without a second thought, which is a decision I do not regret. Their "petit déjeuner" consisted on a hot drink of your choice, orange juice and pancakes, served both with maple syrup or red fruits and cream at your discretion. I decided to try cappuccino and maple syrup, which were just delicious as you can judge by my happy face.
Also, they sell all kind of yummy sweets such as macarons, cupcakes and chocolate, together with a wide selection of fine tea. I wanted to have them all, but decided to be reasonable as there was no space left on my cabin luggage (no problem, I am sure I´ll be back).
I think this may be my new favourite tea room in Madrid. At this point, I am also pretty sure I should start a new "tea rooms around the world" section on this blog, although my wallet will be happier if I simply don´t...