Tapas in Madrid (our selection)

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People knows that Taxi Drivers are who better know the city, so we make a survey within our taxi fleet in Madrid about the best “tapas-bar” in the city. These are the results:

Casa Gonzalez

One of the most glamorous bar in Madrid, known also for be frequented by famous people like Woody Allen, Casa Gonzales is located within “El Barrio de Las Letras”, near Museo del Prado and not far from Atocha Station. Fine charcuterie, manchego cheese and a wide selection on Jamón Ibérico de Bellota can be tasted together with a refined selection of wines.

Calle León 12, +34 914 295 618, www.casagonzalez.es . Open every day, Mon-Thur 9.30am-midnight, Fri and Sat 9.30am-1am, Sun 11am-6pm

TriCiclo

This modern and minimalist restaurant-bar, also located in the literary quarter, near Museo del Prado, is run by young chefs Javier Goya, Javier Mayor and David Alfonso

Their menus include diverse ingredients like cod glands, pig ears, and most plates are available in small sizes (“tapa”), meaning you can taste a little of everything. Reservations for the white and woody dining room are mandatory.

Calle Santa María, 28, +34 910 244 798, www.eltriciclo.es. Open Mon-Sat 1.30pm-4pm, 8pm-12.30am

La Venecia

Not far from Puerta del Sol you will find “La Venecia”, another “top-tapas” bar, famous for cured meats, fish and cheese selection. Don’t miss its “mojama” (salt-cured tuna)and the selection of “finos” .

Calle de Echegaray 7, +34 914 297 313. Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7.30pm onwards.

La Casa del Abuelo

A traditional tavern founded in 1906 for the same family that actually runs the business.

Don’t miss: Gambas al Ajillo (Mediterranean praws fried with fresh parsley and garlic).

Calle de la Victoria 12, +34 910 000 133, lacasadelabuelo.es. Open daily, Sun-Thur noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1am

La Castela

Near Parque del Retiro you will find a tipical Madrid bar: La Castela: free tapa with each drink and basically local clients.

Don’t miss: Rabo de toro (stew bull tail) and fresh seafood.

Calle Doctor Castelo 22, +34 915 740 015, www.restaurantelacastela.com. Open daily noon-4.30pm, then 7.30pm-12.30am, closed Sun eves

 

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Taxi Scams in Istanbul

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( 5 reasons to book your airport transfer in Istanbul with BookTaxiIstanbul )

Hereby you will find a resume of real scam experiences with Istanbul taxis and how to prevent them.

Note switch

Taking advantage of your ignorance of Turkish Lira banknotes, the driver shall make believe you have given a banknote for a lower value (eg  you gave him a 50 TL note and he will say it was only 5 TL). So try to pay him with the exact quantity of money or double check the banknotes before pay.

No change

The driver will try to force a tip by telling you that he do not have change. So the price of the ride is 12 TL and you give him a 20 TL note, he will try to avoid returning you 8 TL….

Force night time fare

If you are taking a taxi (no matter if during day or nights), take a look at the taximeter. It have to be switched to Day-Time fare because night-time fare has been abolished some time ago.

A longer ride

As a tourist you don’t know the shortest way to your destination, so the taxi driver can easily take a longer way to your final destination, and increase the bill.

Only official taxis

Taxi in Istanbul are yellow. Prevent illegal or unofficial taxi and transfer companies.

The most sure, comfortable and reliable way to reach your accommodation from Istanbul airport is to book in advance your airport transfer with a reliable company as Book Taxi Istanbul.

Book Taxi Istanbul is your local expert in Airport Transfers!

Christmas Deal: From Barcelona Airport to City Centre 35€!

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Barcelona Airport Transfer Special Deal!

For a very few days (only from November 27th to December 11th) we offer a Transfer from Barcelona Airport to City Centre for 35€

But this is not all. We upgrade to a Mercedes E Class for all return reservations for free!

This price include:

  • Private Transfer with regular taxi for up to 4 people and 4 luggage
  • Meet & Greet at Airport: Driver wil be waiting for you at arrival lounge with a sign showing your name
  • Free upgrade to Mercedes for al return reservations
  • Free cancellation up to 1 hour before collection time

With the quality of Book Taxi Barcelona. Do you need more reasons to book with us?

La Roca Village Outlet Shopping

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BookTaxiBarcelona takes you to La Roca Village

One of the most visited locations in Barcelona this year is La Roca Village, a luxury outlet shopping resort about 40 minutes from Barcelona, emerged in recent years as the ultimate shopping experience for travelers visiting the city.

More than 100 luxury boutiques offering discounts of up to 60% during all the year is a great attractive for tourists visiting Barcelona.

Fashion brands known worldwide as Armani, Gucci, Versace, Ermenegildo Zegna, Guess and local designers like Desigual, Custo Barcelona, shares the presence in this amazing village, with a selection of home furnishings, lifestyle stores, trendy cafes and restaurants.

The village is open from Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 21:00.

You can get there from Barcelona with “Shopping Express Tour”, a coach service that runs direct from central Barcelona to La Roca Village, from Monday to Sunday.

DEPARTURE POINTS
• Passeig de Gracia, 6 (between c/Casp and Gran Via).
• Barcelona Port–World Trade Center – Until 31 October 2014
• Barcelona Fòrum at C/Llul, 402 – Until 31 October 2014

You can also book a taxi for maximum comfort, using our online booking form.

Share your travel to Barcelona and get Upgraded!

More info at BookTaxiBarcelona Deals & Offers

Enjoy our Top Premium transfer at the same price than a regular transfer! Only during November and December 2014 we offer you a complimentary upgrade to Mercedes E Class or Mercedes Viano. Totally free!

The only thing you have to do is tell to your friends that you are going to Barcelona, sharing with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or any other social media platform, a bookmark to our website http://www.booktaxibarcelona.com using the hashtag #taxibcn.

Once shared, write a comment with the link to your post in reservation form and you will automatically apply for a free upgrade to Mercedes!

 

The true recipe for Spanish omelette

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The Spanish omelette (tortilla española) is probably one of the most famous recipes in Spain. It’s also known as potatoes omelette (tortilla de patatas). Why don’t you try to do it by yourself?

Ingredients for 4 people:
5 medium potatoes
1 medium onion
6 large sized eggs
Salt
Olive oil

Peel, wash and cut the potatoes into thin slices.
Peel, wash and chop the onion
In a deep frying-pan pour the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the
potatoes and the onion salted
Cook them slowly at medium heat until they become soft
Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a bowl.
Strain off the oil and add the potatoes and onion mixture to the eggs
Put the pan back to the heat and pour the egg and potato mixture
Cook it for 5 mins on low flame
Turn the omelette upside down using a plate or better a “giratortillas” and then put it back in the pan on the other side.

It sounds easy! If you don’t think so you can always come to Barcelona and taste all kind of delicious tapas at any of the best tapas bars in Barcelona. Here you have a short list:
La Cañota – Carrer de Lleida, 7, 08004 Barcelona
Tickets – Avinguda del Paral·lel, 164, 08015 Barcelona
Cerveceria Catalana – Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008 Barcelona
Tapas 24 – Carrer de la Diputació, 269, 08007 Barcelona
Quimet & Quimet – C/Poeta Cabanyes 25, 08004 Barcelona
Maitea Taberna – Carrer de Casanova, 157, 08036 Barcelona

Golf & Wellness

Sponsored by: Barcelona Airport Transfers

Although GOLF is often seen as a leisurely sport, it is actually a great form of exercise. Most people think that GOLF does not recquire any kind of fitness but cardiovascular exercise,  strength training, balance and coordination are all involved.
Most golf courses are spread over multiple acres of hilly ground. Therefore, walking across a golf course is a great way to improve your cardiovascular system.
With 18 holes, the average golf course is between 5 and 8 miles. Swinging a golf club, in and of itself, is not very difficult from a strength training point of view. However, golf courses typically have lots of hills and valleys. Walking up these hills is sure to work the quadriceps and hamstrings, which help to make up the muscles of the lower body.

One of the best types of exercise that you can get from golfing is an increase in your ability to balance your body. First, individuals who exhibit a great sense of balance often have a very strong core.  Your core includes the abdominal muscles, as well as the muscles of the lower back and even the buttocks. These muscles work together to help prevent back pain, falls and a number of other dangerous occurrences.

GOLF is a great way to exercise your body. However, this is not the only type of exercise that your body needs. Exercising your brain is also very important not only for long life, but also for the
prevention of brain degradation, which can result in memory loss.

Golfing forces you to remember numbers, images, and even specific tips and techniques.

Since GOLF is an outdoor sport, golfers soak up a considerable amount of sun.The sun does provide one very important nutrient – vitamin D.

The sun is one of the best ways to soak up vitamin D, a vitamin that many lack in their regular diet. Vitamin D is needed for a number of reasons, as it can raise energy levels, improve attitude, aids calcium absorption, and generates cell growth. Overall, it’s a vitamin that just makes us feel good.
And where can you get this sun? There are very good golf courses around BARCELONA. They are all very well-known such as:
Real club de golf El Prat 22 kms far from BCN
Sant Vicenç de Montalt Golf club 34 km from BCN
Masia Beach Golf club 25km
Sitges terramar golf club 37km
Vallromanes golf club 25km
Llavaneres Golf Club 24km
Sant Cugat Golf Club 20km

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