J is for Jamón from José Jiménez

If you adore jamón and happen to be in Madrid, you must pop into the  charcutería owned by José Jiménez.

José is an amazing man who used to play tennis with my mother. You will always find him in good spirits, regardless of how hard he’s worked that day and believe you me, he works extremely hard.


If you are looking for any kind of embutidos, or even cheese, you can find a range of products of varying prices here. Ask for them to be vacuum packed (al vacío) if you are just visiting Madrid. If you are buying large quantities of ham ask for several packets, they will last longer.

Many years ago, José was astute enough to grab the opportunity to open his new business. He used to run the charcutería in a supermarket, which decided to raise his rent. As luck would have it, one day a customer told him that her daughter was closing down her small children’s clothes shop and the shop would be available if he wanted to open his own business. He jumped on board and has never looked back. A true entrepreneur.

If you do visit José, make sure you give him recuerdos from Pilar in London.


José Jimenez
68 Gaztambide, Madrid.

M is for Metro de Madrid

Madrid is very proud of its metro. Or should I say that the Metro de Madrid is very proud of its metro.

I’m always struck by the different slogans the Comunidad de Madrid comes up with. Their latest one, on their website, is



I do like the tube system in Madrid very much, so here is a short video for those of you who haven’t been on it before.

Enjoy the ride!

Metro madrid EOS 550D Rebel 2Ti from VJ Cookie / Kevin K on Vimeo.