Viva Madrid | Claremont Photographer

Three photographers getting together for dinner? What would we talk about? Well, of course photography, our business and our love of food! I first met Faria Munmun and Lily Love at a styled shoot months ago, in the early part of the year. We’ve been trying to get together for months, but due to our busy wedding season, we weren’t able to until October! It was so amazing to finally reconnect and talk about what we’ve been doing since the styled shoot. Talking over spanish food doesn’t hurt either!

The interior of Viva Madrid is very very dimly lit! But there was no way you would be able to miss that spectacular chandelier in the middle of the room!

I went to Spain during the early part of this year and I fell in love with the food and culture so much that I’ve been wanting to find a restaurant in Southern California that would be close to what I experienced in Spain. So that is how I found Viva Madrid. There is Lily and Faria chatting away, while I was taking some quick snapshots of the restaurant with my NEW 35 mm f/ 1.4 lens!

Our first appetizer was prawns in a garlic sauce. The prawns were perfectly cooked and bathed in garlic splendor! YUMMM.
The second appetizer we got was squid stuffed with chorizo! The sauce had morsels of chorizo in it.

The main course, the reason why I wanted to come here, the paella mixta! Unfortunately, the paella didn’t even compare to the one I had in Madrid. Sorry  Viva Madrid, nice try. This is a very cool place to eat at with a very unique atmosphere. I would come back only if I were in the neighborhood.

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