Video: Mercado San Miguel

The Mercado San Miguel was featured in the Madrid episode of No Reservations. This was the first meal I ate in Spain. Galician percebes, or (gooseneck barnacles), elvers (baby eels), cockles (berbecheros) and of course the famous jamon Iberico Bellota (the black hooved, acorn fed ham from the Dehesa). If you should find yourself in Madrid, visiting this market, near the lovely Plaza Major, is a must.

Madrid Percebes

Percebes are gooseneck barnacles from Galicia, in Northwest Spain. Harvesting these gems is one of the world’s most dangerous professions, but they are SO delicious!

Madrid Mercato Eels

Elvers, or baby eels

Madrid Berbecheros

Berbecheros, or cockles. These are all over the beach in Charleston. How come no one is harvesting them?

Madrid m Mas @ Mercato

Chicharones de Pato, or crispy duck skins. I did not see any Crystal hot sauce, but I sure looked for it.

Madrid Jamon Knives

Instruments of YUM!

Madrid Breads @ Mercato Madrid Piggy Products

About Chef Forrest Parker

A devoted evangelist of all things South Carolina, Chef Forrest Parker is a long time licensed tour guide for the City of Charleston and was named a 2016 SC Chef Ambassador by Governor Nikki Haley. More to come...
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