Chinese Tea Maestro casts a spell over INC at the Amaté Tea Shop

Last month Brigitte, INC’s very own Fairy Godmother, treated us to a very special Chinese Tea Ceremony with some original add-ons of intrigue and healthy palate-teasers at family-run Tienda Amaté near Colón. I was half expecting a tiny, dark, musty and mysterious shop bulging with tins of tea on precarious bamboo shelving. Instead, I stepped […]

INC ENJOY A SNEAK PREVIEW AT HAUTE COUTURE HOUSE, CASA BASALDÚA by Susannah Grant

ISABEL GOIRI BASALDÚA WELCOMES INC TO HER ATELIER IN MADRID                                          Last month some of us were fortunate enough to visit the atelier of Madrid’s last remaining family-owned Haute Couture fashion house, Casa Basaldúa.  We were warmly received by Isabel Goiri Basaldúa, the current Creative Director and grand-daughter of the founder. As many Madrileños are […]

Museo Tiflológico by Anne Pinder

Not far from Cuatro Caminos lies one of Madrid’s secret museums: the Museo Tiflológico.   Perhaps the tongue-twisting name has something to do with the unknown status of this place. Or maybe it’s the somewhat hidden location, several floors up from street level on a side street off Bravo Murillo, well away from the usual […]

History of the Chinese New Year

As INC members prepare to celebrate Chinese New Year in Madrid,  Kristina Stehling gives an insight on the history behind Chinese New Year celebrations and how to determine if this is your year to celebrate. In the Chinese New Year calendar, 2014 is the Year of the Horse As we celebrate Chinese New Year on […]