La Fabrica

7 months of eating pintxos is definitely a challenge, and surely once in a while, you’re up for a restaurant sit-down, serving a 3-course prix fixe meal. Well, that happened to me.  As much as I love the idea of pintxos and getting to taste a little bit of everything, I thought it would be … Continue reading

San Sebastián Gastronomika

The San Sebastian Gastronomika – Euskadi Saboréala congress was held from the 20th to the 23rd of November at the Kursaal Conference center in the Gipuzkoan capital. My entrance card! It was my second year in a fox coming to this event, every year features a region; last year was the united States with the … Continue reading

Sociedad Gastronómica: Gaztelubide

As a treat from Mugaritz, the entire team was invited to a Sociedad Gastronómica (aka. Txoko) called Gaztelubide with our head chef Andoni Luis Aduriz.   In Basque country, notably in San Sebastián, you will find random Txoko among pintxo bars. A Txoko s a typically Basque type of closed gastronomical society. Traditionally they are only open to male members who come together to … Continue reading

Between Bites

Having lived in San Sebastián for over a month now (pause – wow has it already been a month?!), I must admit I have thrown myself into the pintxos scene here. I think I have tried more pintxos than I can handle and now I know where the locals go, what a specific pinto bar serves … Continue reading

Barrio Gros

San Sebastián (known as Donostia in Basque) is one of the main cities in the coast of the Bay of Biscay and 20km away from the French border. The city is the capital of Gipuzkoa, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. The district is built on the sandy terrain across the river. The Gros or Zurriola surf beach by the river’s mouth bears … Continue reading


There’s no such thing as a “product restaurant” because all such establishments should utilize high quality products. However, even in Spain, where one can find higher quality meat and fish/shellfish compared to any other country in the Western world, very few restaurants truly excel in product quality.  Those familiar with the Basque country should know that one eats … Continue reading


It was a Sunday night, and it was my first weekend break from Mugaritz. I overloaded on pintxos since my arrival and thought it would be nice to eat somewhere different. When in Paris, eating at my favorite local spot, L’Avant Comptoir, the staff told me about Kaskazuri. With a breathtaking and limitless view of the Bay of Biscay, … Continue reading

Don’t say Tapas, say Pintxos

Set within the Basque territory of northern Spain close to the French border, Donastia (Basque language)-San Sebastián is a popular tourist spot brought to prominence when the Spanish royal family chose to spend their summers in this seaside town. Since then, it has attracted attention as a foodie destination with its local pintxos and high density … Continue reading