Nadal. That bailout. The Spanish national soccer team. Your regularly scheduled dream visit from Penélope Cruz.
Speaking of which: Black Bull, a well-tailored little Spanish outpost stocked with all the fruit-laden wine and spicy gazpacho you possibly could ever want, is now open.
It’s from the guys behind Hubbard Inn and Angels & Mariachis. In fact, this is the old Angels & Mariachis. But one day, they decided los mariachis were out, los toros were in. Next thing you know, you’re sitting under handmade lanterns in a handsome wood-paneled cabin, eating ibérico ham, drinking a hearty garnacha and looking at oil paintings of bulls.
It’s basically your Madrid away from Madrid. It’s relaxed enough for you to spend a weekend evening on the front patio, where you and your mixed-doubles partner can hoist a celebratory cava and munch a few shishito peppers.
But when you just want to keep it even more low-key, sit at the bar with good Spanish beer—or Marisol, a white ale from Rick Bayless and Goose Island—and order some prawns.
Aka the Spanish version of Chex Mix.