Melanie, a first grade English teacher at a bilingual school, took me out for a genuine Spanish night on the town. We first headed to El Mercado de San Anton for tapas, and it was so great!
huevos rotos con jamon (basically, fried "broken" eggs with cured ham on top, all over french fries-- it was a salty treat!), croquets, Spanish beer, and a pinxtos kind of thing with some sort of cod mixture on top of a tiny piece of toast.
After the Mercado, we walked around a bit and went to a Spanish bakery for some more typical Madrid indulgences. I can't remember the names of the items we picked out, but they were good!
Oh, and I HAVE to share this gem: Maybe the U.S. has this, too, and I've just never seen it, but I thought this was a genius concept-- sensors above cars in a parking garage to indicate, from afar, where the open spots are! Go Spain!
When we got back to the house, it was to bed [for a mere 3.5 hrs], and then to Milan!