Etxebarri…Round 2

No trip in northern Spain would be complete without a visit to Asador Etxebarri in the tiny leafy village of Axpe, about 45 minutes west out of San Sebastian (en route to Bilbao). You might recall a first visit on my behalf, a couple of months ago. I remember being wowed in the cold winter … 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

Pamplona – Iruña

One of the wonders of living in Spain and Europe is that all cities are easily accessible, either by car or train. That’s exactly what I did, took advantage of both the routes (and nice weather) to explore some of Spain’s best gastronomic cities. My first stop was Pamplona. Pamplona (Iruña in Basque) is a medium-size … Continue reading

Casa Julián de Tolosa

45 minutes away (and 2 bus journeys) from San Sebastián, I found myself in the small but quaint town of Tolosa. The town is small, old, with your local supermarket, butcher, pastry shop, etc…But that is about it, so why did I come here? I came for the Chuletón de buey, a T-bone cooked perfectly the … Continue reading

Asador Bedua

It’s always good to get a balance of the local foods wherever you are. Basque cuisine, includes meats and fish grilled over hot coals, marmitako and lamb stews, cod, Tolosa bean dishes, paprikas from Lekeitio, pintxos (Basque tapas), Idiazabal sheep’s cheese, txakoli sparkling wine, and Basque cider. Cider houses (sagardotegiak) are a feature of the hills around Donostia, especially near Astigarraga. These are usually large country restaurants with enormous barrels of … 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