I didn't mean to have my late desayuno (breakfast) here. But having walked nearly 5 kilometers from my Madrid crib to here, I'm ready for one. Obviously, my pre-Camino rehearsals are driven by images of gustatory pitstops.
The Gourmet Experience at the food hall in El Corte Ingles in Calle Serrano boasts of a tres estrellas Michelin Chef whose creatively plated pintxos attract long queues at the top hall of the famous mall chain in Spain. Unfortunately I came too early and Street XO was still closed the time I visited.
The 2 charming ladies behind the "ice cream cart" tempted me with their famous gelato offerings but I said I'm dying to have my cafe cortado. No worries they chorused, they serve my fav black liquid along with a choice of apple or regular croissant.
And so I "waited" there in one of the cute-sy tables whIle watching & waiting till nearby Street XO opens at 2:45 pm. As early as 1:30 pm, people trickled in and a long line was soon in place! Excitement. Much.