French Basque Country

The French Basque Country, also known as “The North Side” (Iparralde” in Basque), is situated within the western part of the French department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, and is equally part of the northeastern part of Basque country. Stretching from the border of Bilbao, Spain, French Basque country begins at the border with Spain until Bayonne and Biarritz, both … Continue reading

Asador Etxebarri

“Etxebarri” – it’s spoken on the lips of the fooderati as if it’s an impossible perfection. Simple, unquestionable perfection. Victor Arguinzoniz, head chef and proprietor of Asador Etxebarri is a maestro of the grill and the architect of the greatest meals of many people’s lives. The ethos of Etxebarri is very simple: take the best local produce … 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

Kaskazuri

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

Pottoka

As you enter Pottoka (“my wild little pony,” loosely translated from the Basque) , you are lead into a narrow car-sized space. The walls are light grey, the lighting is dim but not dark and the tables are tightly packed next to each other; holding up to 45 people. ‘Welcome back to Paris’ I told myself. Unusually … Continue reading