Tagged with Basque Country

San Sebastian Gastronomika Begins

San Sebastian Gastronomika Begins

The countdown is ON for the latest edition of San Sebastian Gastronomika, the prestigious international culinary conference that takes place in this gorgeous coastal city in Basque Country every year.   This year’s edition of the conference promises to be just as exciting as ever, with an added dose of international flare thanks to the participation … Continue reading

The Joys of Chacolí!

The Joys of Chacolí!

I just booked train tickets for San Sebastian, the 2016 European Capital of Culture and also one of my favorite places to visit when I’m in the mood for incredible pintxos in a beautiful city by the sea. Of course eating the incredible tapas that this Basque city is famous for is made all the more enjoyable when accompanied by a … Continue reading

The Spanish Pantry: Idiazabal Cheese

The Spanish Pantry: Idiazabal Cheese

Next up on our list of fantastic video’s from “The Spanish Pantry” series on the Foods and Wines from Spain YouTube channel is this wonderful video on PDO Idiazabal Cheese, a raw, sheep’s milk cheese made in certain areas of the Basque Country and Navarre, and a favorite with Spanish chefs and Spanish and international … Continue reading

Pilpil, 3 ways!

Pilpil, 3 ways!

So, what is pilpil you might ask, unless of course you’ve ever been to Basque Country, the home of this traditional Spanish culinary technique. To quote the Foods and Wines from Spain FAQ section: Pilpil is a traditional Basque culinary technique used in some recipes for fish, usually salt cod or hake cheeks. After desalting the … Continue reading

Azurmendi Ranked Best in Europe by OAD

Azurmendi Ranked Best in Europe by OAD

Congratulations are in order for Spanish chef Eneko Atxa, whose three-Michelin star restaurant, Azurmendi, has just been named the “Best Restaurant in Europe” for the fourth edition of the OAD (Opinionated About Dining) “Top 100 European Restaurants List”. Azurmendi, which is located in Larrabetzu in Basque Country, moved up from number 18 to number 1 … Continue reading

Elena Arzak Honored by Culinary Institute of America

Elena Arzak Honored by Culinary Institute of America

Speaking of Spanish gastronomy superstars, chef Elena Arzak of three-Michelin star Restaurante Arzak in San Sebastián (Basque Country), has been chosen by the prestigious Culinary Institute of America to participate in the 2015 Augie Awards dinner, an annual event that, through the years, has honored some of the most renowned names in the industry. This … Continue reading

Seduced by Spanish leeks

Seduced by Spanish leeks

I was at my local market today where I was seduced by the incredible looking Spanish leeks that were gracing the stand of my vegetable vendor. Grown typically in Navarre, Basque Country and La Rioja, these delicious vegetables are as versatile as they are tasty. Leeks can be eaten both raw and cooked, or used … Continue reading

Preserving Historic Madrid through Gastronomy

Preserving Historic Madrid through Gastronomy

Anyone who has ever taken a stroll through the central Madrid neighborhood of Malasaña has seen the beautiful Spanish tiles decorating the exterior of the nineteenth-century “Juanse” Pharmacy. Today, this historic pharmacy has a new set of wares, equally designed to bring people health and well-being, but this time through quality gastronomic goods instead of … Continue reading

Getaria’s Past, Present and Future

Getaria’s Past, Present and Future

The Basque town of Getaria, located in the province of Guipuzcoa, may be small, but it has a lot to offer visitors in terms of culture, gastronomy, landscapes and other things. Not only is it located along the rocky and picturesque coast of the Bay of Biscay, but this town is also the location of … Continue reading

Tapas in Vitoria

Tapas in Vitoria

One of the things that I never get tired of in Spain is this country’s huge diversity. Whether you’re talking about scenery, landscape, culture, traditions, climate or – of course – gastronomy, Spain seems to have it all. This means that even after nearly two decades in this country, I am still in a constant … Continue reading

Navarre’s Ample Pantry

Navarre’s Ample Pantry

The San Fermín festival in Pamplona (Navarre) is still going strong, spilling onto this city’s historic streets at all hours of the day and night. And while there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is probably the event that this northern Spanish region is most famous for on an international level, Navarre has much … Continue reading

Mugaritz. A Natural Science of Cooking

Mugaritz. A Natural Science of Cooking

I confess that I’m somewhat addicted to cookbooks, and so every few months I need to get my fix. After the dark and rainy winter that we’ve had in Madrid, I prefer to find something that stirs my innermost kitchen fantasies, such as two-star Michelin chef Andoni Luis Aduriz’s 2012 tome, Mugaritz, A Natural Science … Continue reading

Gourmets update

Gourmets update

I spent the day yesterday at the Salon de Gourmets, among winemakers, food producers, chefs and stands piled high with every deletable Spanish gourmet product imaginable. Yes, I love my job. One of the things that struck me right off the bat about this year’s edition of this annual gastronomic trade fair was the diversity … Continue reading

Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

Cheese! Tasty food fair Cheese 2013 kicks off today in Bra Italy, turning this city into a living tribute to this wonderful product for four whole days, (until September 23rd). This annual event, which is organized by the city of Bra in conjunction with Slow Food and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, is the perfect … Continue reading

A 4,300 Euro Cheese!

A 4,300 Euro Cheese!

Spain is known for its gastronomic tradition of producing a wonderfully varied selection of artisanal cheeses. One such cheese is D.O. Queso Idiazabal, which is produced on either sides of the Sierra de Aralar Mountains in Navarre and Basque Country (Guipuzcoa). Ever since I first tasted this sheep’s milk cheese, made with milk from the … Continue reading