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Airbnb Dreams: Madrid

Hi Hart Beat! I have a fun new series I want to share with you! On the heels of my trip to Costa Rica, I’ve decided that while I’m living here in Brooklyn I am going to start scouring Airbnb for the best places to stay around the world. Why? Because I love to travel and while I’m in a great city for the moment I’m going to vicariously live through the internet.

The first stop in this series is (obviously) Madrid. In 2011 I studied abroad in Madrid, attending the Universidad Complutense and living in the college dorms. It was one of the best times in my life and since that winter and spring, I’ve been back twice. It’s hard to admit but it’s been SIX YEARS (Lordy, Lordy) since the first time I was there. I still remember that city like the back of my hand and so, I feel semi-qualified to tell you where to stay if you go there.

First of all, stay in the neighborhood of Malasaña, in the northern part of the center city, because, a) it’s a beautiful apartment, b) it’s where all my favorite bars are and c) it’s a great central location. I scouted out this gorgeous Madrid Airbnb to stay in that is situated right on the pedestrian shopping street of Fuencarral.

Hannah Hart Beat

Isn’t it amazing? Those floors! Those balconies! The apartment is huge. It boasts four bedrooms and can sleep up to 14 people. For a central Marid apartment that’s pretty amazing. My favorite part is the huge farm table in the sun-filled dining room. I can see me and my friends sitting around playing cards and drinking boxed wine. If I close my eyes I can almost taste the Jamon y Manchego.

Hannah Hart Beat

Hannah Hart Beat

Hannah Hart Beat

Hannah Hart Beat

I call this ^^ bedroom.

Hannah Hart Beat

There are so many great recommendations around that neighborhood that it’s hard to even start listing them. All I’ll say is you should 100% check out Red Bar and ask Antonio to make you a mojito. I promise you won’t have any regrets.

Where do you want to see next in this series? Taking suggestions, Hart Beat!

Hannah Hart Beat: Spanish Clara

How to make a Spanish Clara (and win your company’s Cocktail Competition)

Hannah Hart Beat: Spanish Clara

Hey Hart Beat! A few weeks ago (okay, more like a couple of months ago) my office had one of our reoccurring Cocktail Competitions. The way the competition works is a kind of drink is chosen (we’ve done vodka, tequila, and wine since I’ve been there), then three people volunteer and make a cocktail that includes that one ingredient. This last go around beer was our drink and I signed my name right up.

Why, you ask, Hart Beat? The answer comes from my favorite days spent in Madrid when one of my favorite drinks was a Clara. The Clara, like a caña or tinto de verano, is so commun that it’s not on a menu but can always be ordered at a Spanish bar. I loved ordering them in the warm summer nights when sitting outside in the plazas.

Since the drink is SO. SIMPLE. I didn’t tell anyone when I was making it at work so that no one could watch me doing it. Once I served it and I was told to announce the ingredients I did, but then also added a “special ingredient.” Before I tell you the secret, here is the recipe I used to make Clara.

  • 1 part beer (the Spanish beer Mahou is the best but it’s hard to find so I use Imperial instead)
  • 2 parts lemon soda (this is the kind I used) *** Also, make sure there’s no lime in your soda! It’s hard to find straight lemon soda in the U.S. which I use the Italian kind)
  • Lemon wedges (to decorate the top)

Annnnnnnd, that’s it. Seriously. You just pour the beer and soda together and mix them. Then when you serve it you add the lemon wedge for a bit of flare. And the secret ingredient? There i none! The secret ingredient is just the idea of a secret. Once you tell someone there’s something hidden they automatically love the idea of that. Cheers, Hart Beat 🍻🍻🍻

Hannah Hart Beat: Spanish ClaraHannah Hart Beat: Spanish Clara

Photos by me.

Feliz Dos de Mayo!

Feliz Dos de Mayo, Hart Beat!! Today is one of my favorite days of the year and I am so excited to share it with all of you! Dos de Mayo was one of my favorite holidays I celebrated while I was studying in Madrid and every year when it rolls around it takes me back right back to that time and place. I can remember so clearly sitting in a plaza in Malasana watching the sun go down, drinking beers and laughing more than I ever have in my life.

For the past two summers I’ve gone back to visit Madrid and as much as I love the city it has never been exactly the same. So this post, more than any other on Hart Beat, goes out to the wonderful people that I got to meet and share that spring with. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and have a cerveza for me. Vale?

Photos I took in Madrid last summer. Want to come back with me this fall, Hart Beat?

Jenny and Zooey sing about best friends

Hi Hart Beat. How was your weekend? I’m so happy that daylight savings is here and that this weekend we could all pretend that it was spring in Brooklyn. I was so lucky this weekend to have a long awaited three year reunion with the loves of my life that I met studying abroad in Spain three years ago. I’ve seen all of my friends separately since we lived in Madrid together but this weekend was the first time we could all get together in the same city. Have you ever had friend soul mates before, Hart Beat? If you are then you know how special and rare these reunions can be. Hey Laur, Steban and Ray, want to move to Brooklyn?

Anyway, in honor for my love for these very special people, here is a sweet song for your Sunday night. This one comes off of Jenny Lewis’s 2008 solo album Acid Tongue. The song, “Trying my Best to Love You”, features the amazing Zooey Deschanel as background vocals. I hope you like it too, Hart Beat.

But still sometimes I can’t believe you’re real
It’s just that I’ve got diamonds in my eyes for you
Our love is simple
Our love is crystal

“Trying My Best to Love You” by Jenny Lewis

Boots of spanish leather

Hey there Hart Beat. Before I run off to yoga I wanted to write you a post for your Friday night. Earlier this spring I was constantly listening to this song, Boots of Spanish Leather by Bob Dylan. Only recently did I find out that The Lumineers recorded a cover of the song. Both are amazing and I knew you would like to hear them.

The Lumineers singing the cover.
Oh I’m sailin’ away my own true love
I’m salin’ away in the morning
Is there something I can send you from across the sea
From the place that I’ll be landing?

No, there’s nothin’ you can send me, my own true love
There’s nothin’ I wish to be ownin’
Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled 
From across that lonesome ocean.
Bob Dylan singing the original song.

Hasta luego, Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat. Well, the day has finally come, my dad and I are shipping off to Spain today! It’s been so nice in Brooklyn lately that I’m sad I’ll be away for two weeks. Time is a tricky thing though and today’s the day to ship off. The good news is that tonight I fly to my favorite city in the world and for the next weeks I get to be in Spain, sitting on the beach and biking with my dad. I can’t believe that when I wake up tomorrow morning I’m going to be in Madrid. This is unreal.

So Hart Beat, just in case I don’t do any blog writing while my dad and I bike across Spain, I wanted to say a little adios for now. Don’t worry, I’ll be back in two weeks with so many pictures to share with you. Have a great July, Hart Beat, and think of me in Spain, thinking about you all while I’m there.

Hasta luego, Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat. Well, the day has finally come, my dad and I are shipping off to Spain today! It’s been so nice in Brooklyn lately that I’m sad I’ll be away for two weeks. Time is a tricky thing though and today’s the day to ship off. The good news is that tonight I fly to my favorite city in the world and for the next weeks I get to be in Spain, sitting on the beach and biking with my dad. I can’t believe that when I wake up tomorrow morning I’m going to be in Madrid. This is unreal.

So Hart Beat, just in case I don’t do any blog writing while my dad and I bike across Spain, I wanted to say a little adios for now. Don’t worry, I’ll be back in two weeks with so many pictures to share with you. Have a great July, Hart Beat, and think of me in Spain, thinking about you all while I’m there.

Countdown to Spain

Hi Hart Beat. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but, unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to write to you. Last night I had a reoccurring dream that I was standing in la latina in Madrid and crying because I was so happy to be there. Do you ever had dreams like that, Hart Beat?

Usually they make me really sad but I was so comforted to wake up and remember that in 17 days I’m going to be back in my favorite city. I can’t even tell you how excited I am. For the past month my Dad and I have been training for our ride and now the final pieces of packing and figuring out logistics are all finally coming together.

I think I mentioned here before that, for a variety of reasons, Al and I will be riding from Santiago de Compostela along the northern route to San Sebastián. From there he’ll leave and continue on into France, Switzerland, and on to the Black Sea. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do for the second half of my trip. Part of me wants to head straight to Madrid and just live in a dream world, but a bigger part of me wants to head out to Cadaqués and Figueres to pay homage to my thesis, Federico García Lorca, and the Mediterranean. We’ll see what happens. I really hate planning for trips so I don’t think I’ll know what’s going to happen until I’m there.
I’m not sure how much I’m going to be writing to you here on the blog but I will be keeping a journal and taking plenty of pictures. I am going to try to post tweets here and photos here while I’m on the bike, so if you want to follow that’s probably best way to do it. 
It’s always surreal to go back to Madrid and Spain since studying abroad there and I don’t think this time will be any different. I’m not sure I can wait two weeks, Hart Beat. How about you? Are you taking any adventures this summer?
A photo of a travel collage I made two years ago.

Hannah goes to Spain

Ha… gotcha there, didn’t I? Actually Hannah is going to Spain, my roommate Hannah, and she leaves tomorrow! Ah! Gene! I just spend the last hour talking her ear off about all the places she has to go when she gets to Madrid. I even drew her a Hannah Hart Beat appropriate map.

I’m so jealous. Good thing my brother is going to Barcelona this summer and I’m going to visit both him and my favorite city while he’s there. What are you doing in July? Wanna come?

Picture from two years ago.
The most beautiful city.
And, a little late post surprise. Here’s a picture of the map of Madrid I drew for Hannah… it’s not to scale but, the important things are there (like la mallorquina and red).

Chocolate con churros

Hi Hart Beat! I’m back! Sorry to those of you who tried to find the blog on my old url (www.hart-beat.com). If you want info on irregular heart beats and heart deformations then the old site is the place of dreams for you. If not and you just want some good old romantic fun from New York City then stick  around.
I came back to Brooklyn on Saturday and today C. and I had a good catch up in Soho. We were wandering around after lunch here and randomly walked by this amazing churro bar. Seriously, the place was straight out of Spain. San Gines a la nueva york.  La Churrería, located at 284 Mulberry Street, is an epic find and I recommend it to anyone experiencing Spain nostalgia. I heard vale three times while inhaling the churros. Bonus, they have café con leche. New York, I love you.

Sorry for the quality of these photos, 
I only had my iphone on me at the time.