Interview on a picnic blanket with:
¿What’s your first memory related to a picnic blanket?
My neverending car trips with my mother, directed to Santander, in the North of Spain. She always covered the backseats with a red & blue woll plaid to protect them from the hairs of our dog Ron, a lovely teckel I shared my childhood with.
Your recipe for a perfect flower bouquet?
Peruvian Lilies, tiny branches of roses, in a complementary color, and a third flower to give the final touch, like the squeeze of lemon on the smoked salmon, if you know what I mean! You can find this flowers all around the year and in a wide palette of colors.
Which kind of street food the thought of feasting on will make you lick your lips?
If I am allowed to include it as “Street Food”, there’s nothing like the Ikea hot dogs! Apart from being really tasty their my best allies after my almost weekly (for me) visits to this shop, which I consider basically a torture! (*well Leticia.. I will allow you to include them because apparently we suffer the same strange desease: anytime I cross the Ikea counters I instantly get fool hungry and casually my eyes meet the swedish foodshop….- ok it’s not that casual, it’s just an efficient application of marketing strategies -and…. I irremediably always come back home with my hands filled of literally “anything” flavored with dill: mayo, spirits, pickles, mustard..whatever:)
¿What’s your favorite park to hide inside Madrid?
The Rosaleda inside Retiro. (*me toooo, especially on morning working days around May when all the roses blossom are just for you!)
¿Your secret escape for a journey trip?
Once a week I take a short trip to “la Matilla”, a small great oak forest we own in the mountains of Guadalajara, where I spent a lot of summers during my childhood. We recently transformed it in my first floral plantation for the shop. I usually go there to keep an eye on how the flowers are growing, to cut the ready ones for the shop and…. to take a break from the city surrounded just by my dogs, my flowers and the nature.
I would normally end the interview asking which is the local market where you feel like home but in this case the answer is pretty obvious: is the Antón Martín Market, where FLOWRS came to life!
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*If you’re visiting Madrid and you need a special occasion details this shop is for you! Info
M-F 9am up to 9pm
SAT 9am up to 3pm
in calle Santa Isabel, 5, Madrid (Metro Antón Martín)
first floor, stand nº33
If you visit the market on Saturdays mornings around 13 you will delighted by the spanish vermouth time!
My top 5 at the Antón Martín Market for drink & food currently is:
LA FIASCHETTERÍA LA SALETTA, homemade pizzas & original italiana dishes, coffee & amaro (just in front of FLOWRS)
YOKA LOKA, a well styled japanese taberna where you can try sushi all day long
SANDWICH MIXTO, a graphic design studio with open bar & sandwich:)
CARAVAN, original streetfood recipes from all over the world
and LA PROVENCITA, fresh handmade dishes from the South of France: quiches, tapenades, cakes & sweets.