Trailblazing Madrid: NonProfit, Students & Tortilla

Thanks to the Trailblazer Community, last year alone I went to Granada, Barcelona & Hyderabad. And this year it’s already looking promising 🙂

Just over a week ago I had the chance to visit Madrid for a trailblazer community group inauguration, and now we have a brand new Non Profit Group in Madrid, the first group in Spain.

I was lucky enough to join the ‘megamix’ meet up for the user group, non profit group and the dev group, and it was a blast!

A wonderful opportunity to meet in person so many great group members and mingle, as well as welcoming many new faces. We hosted the event at one of the nonprofit  locations in the Impact Hub – Madrid, which is a co-working space focused on these industries, and how they put it “where change goes to work”.

The next day, I had the chance to present to a group of students that are part of the association of BEST, which is comprised of multiple universities all over the peninsula. I talked about why Salesforce is so awesome, so; technology, growth and opportunities, and of course the community. It was great to share my story with them and have such an interactive session with loads of Q&A.

Now you may be wondering… what about the tortilla?

Well, this is the food/travel blog bit, one of the wonders to travel around with the Trailblazer Community is that I get to visit so many places and enjoy this through the cuisine.

Madrid is a lovely city and has a brilliant concept of “going for ‘cañas’ “. This comprises of; going into a bar an asking for a drink usually a ‘caña’, a small light draft beer, AND (this is the best part) they give you a nibble, for free! AND they are delicious!

So instead of going for a ‘proper meal’ we ended up doing this exercise throughout the days. I highly recommend it.

So if you go to Madrid, here are my top 3 places:

  • Bodega de la Ardosa

Situated in the area of Malasaña, an area known for it’s nibbles and drinks, there’s this  magical quirky place. Left as it was, a traditional place from its interiors to its service and of course its food. Always packed.

Tip: take an adventure and go under the bar as there is a second area to the back. If you go please order a ‘pincho de tortilla’, it’s the best tortilla I have ever tasted and I don’t say this lightly! Accompany it with a small plate of artichokes.


  • La Casa de Granada

With lovely views over Tirso de Molina square, this is the place where only the locals knows. As you go in it looks residential but be brave and take the elevator as though ‘you know your stuff’ and go up the 5th floor.


If the kitchen is open do order more items, they have many nice tapas to try.

  • Taberna La Concha

Now, if you are into vermouth, this is the place to be. In the street Cava Baja, another area known for going for drinks, where there is this small cool bar. Order a vermouth as they have their own brand and it’s served with a quick spray of gin and a dash of Campari.

If you’re peckish order a table of cheeses, goes great together. (Don’t go for the ‘tostas’, they’re tiny.)


* Bonus * Either if you are of a sweet tooth or not, you must try San Gines, an iconic place for ‘chocolate con churros’. Go early or get ready to queue, many don’t realise but there are 2 doors and both are the same business so always go to the shorter queue 🙂

Churros can either be thin or thick, called ‘porras’ and a kind of fried dough, normally eaten for breakfast dipped in a very thick hot chocolate.

Leaving you then with this sweet thought :p


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