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FROM INNS AND TAVERNS TO THE MODERN RESTAURANT

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Inns, taverns and eateries have existed since time immemorial. What is not so clear is how the concept of the modern restaurant emerged, the one we know today.

People who have studied this matter place the origin of these “restaurants” at the time of the French Revolution. When this historic event erupted, French cuisine was at an exceptional stage in its development and boasted excellent professionals, who were all employed in the kitchens of the great houses of the French nobility. When Robespierre guillotined many of these great lords, their cooks found themselves out of a job, and so several of them decided to exchange their previous only master for several new masters whom they could feed at the same time in exchange for economic compensation in premises fitted out for this purpose...

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CHOCOLATE, THE DARKER THE BETTER

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In recent times chocolate has been raised up to the altar of so-called “health foods”. In contrast to what was previously thought, chocolate contains antioxidants that benefit cardiovascular health, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol. But it is important for the consumer to choose well when purchasing chocolate, because these “marvellous” properties are not always found in the product we acquire.

In general, the best chocolate is one whose composition has a higher percentage of cocoa solids rather than cocoa butter. Also to be avoided is any chocolate containing added sugars and milk, as the latter reduces the beneficial effects of the antioxidants in cocoa...

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BOTÍN, ONE OF 10 REASONS FOR VISITING MADRID

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According to an article published by the British newspaper “Daily Express” (http://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/428384/Top-10-reasons-to-visit-Madrid), Botín has had the honor of being included in the list of the 10 top reasons for visiting Madrid. The article praises our roast suckling pig and highlights the fact that according to the Guinness Book of Records, Botín is the Oldest Restaurant in the World.

Among the other leading tourist attractions recommended in the city is taking a guided tour of the center of town by Segway, discovering the Palacio Real, viewing Picasso’s “Guernica”, visiting the Santiago Bernabéu soccer stadium, strolling through the Plaza de España, having a coffee in the Plaza Mayor, touring the city from one of its open air, hop-on/hop-off buses, visiti...

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