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Sauce Boss Shelby - Eat like an expert with Adventurous Appetites

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

Discovering the World Through Good Food April, 13th 2023

When you find yourself in Spain, you know it’s going to be all about the food and drinks. Tapas, Jamon, cheese, wine, sangria, croquettes,… the list goes on and I’m already drooling (which is why I am absolutely in love with Spain). One of my favorite cities that I recently returned to is Madrid – full of diversity, great food, and just good vibes, in my opinion. Even going back a second time, I still didn’t feel like I had a thorough understanding of the city, culture, and food, however, so I began looking for a tour that would help me feel more like a local. Which led me to find “Adventurous Appetites;” one of the oldest and top-rated tapas tour in Madrid. After reading some reviews, I knew this was the best option.

And wow, was I right. As someone who personally has a very adventurous appetite, this was hands-down one of the best food tours I have been on. What makes Adventurous Appetites unique and unlike most other tours is the “pay-as-you-go” system. Instead of having everything pre-selected, pre-ordered, and so quickly grab-and-go, this tour allows you to choose (typically as a group) what you want to try yourself, based on the full run-down and expert knowledge from your tapas guide. Because each stop is a sit-down table reservation, the guide has time to actually explain where you are, what you are eating, the history, etc. This was SO much better than many of the typical rushed tours I have been on that all include the same bites and minimal information.

The tour was even more wonderful thanks to our guide, James. He was very knowledge, lively, and you could tell he genuinely aimed to give us the best experience and make sure we left like tapas experts. Plus, he was so patient with my millions of questions (if you don’t know me, I’m known for always having more questions). As he guided us to each of our four stops, he steered us to try the best tapas – some I’ve never even heard of or knew were signature to Madrid. A few of my favorite bites and sips we tried included…

Queso Cabrales – An Asturian blue cheese mixed with a bit of cider and spread on toast


Cecina – cured and smoked beef from Leon


Torreznos – like crispy pork belly bit from the pig’s back


Tostas de morcilla – toasts topped with black pudding


Bienmesabe – dogfish marinated in cumin and vinegar, deep fried

If you’re looking for a unique experience and way to properly assimilate yourself to Madrid, its culture, its history, and (of course) its food, Adventurous Appetites will provide just that and more! To learn more and get booked on your own “night of delights,” check out their website here.


(And if it’s possible, I recommend asking for James as your guide!😃)



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