7 07, 2011

Grazing in Donostia-San Sebastián

2017-02-17T15:26:46+01:00July 7th, 2011|Categories: Basque Country, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Spain, Travel|4 Comments

Beef cheeks are delicious. Fact. They are tender and fatty and meaty and great reader advice led us to a perfect pair in Donostia-San Sebastián on our first night in town. Marcy Benson (@ProsecoPrincess on twitter) and Maria and Jimmy Howlin all directed us to La Cuchara di San […]

5 07, 2011

Lunch at Zuberoa

2017-02-17T15:26:48+01:00July 5th, 2011|Categories: Basque Country, Restaurants, Spain, Travel|3 Comments

Much of the past 10 days has been dedicated to learning the basics of Basque cuisine. Accordingly, Mamma Parla and I have spent a lot of time eating pintxos, perusing markets, quaffing txakoli, and frequenting simple taverns. It has been hard to resist the restaurants of the world’s leading chefs, especially in San Sebastian, but [...]

4 07, 2011

Happy Independence Day From Euskadi

2017-02-17T15:26:49+01:00July 4th, 2011|Categories: Basque Country, Culture, Spain, Travel|0 Comments

A statue of John Adams in downtown Bilbao. The journey through Basque Country continues and on this fair July 4, 2011, I would like to send out a brief salute, evoking the words of John Adams, second president of the […]

1 07, 2011

Pintxos in Bilbao

2017-02-17T15:26:53+01:00July 1st, 2011|Categories: Basque Country, Gastronomic Traditions, Spain|8 Comments

Bar Gatz in Bilbao’s old quarter. After several days and several meals in Bilbao, I have become infatuated with the city’s pintxos. Mamma Parla and I had a few restaurant meals (2 out of 3 were painfully disappointing) which drove us to drown our sorrows in txacoli, the local wine, and artfully prepared finger foods. [...]

30 06, 2011

The Guggenheim in Bilbao

2017-02-17T15:26:54+01:00June 30th, 2011|Categories: Basque Country, Culture, Spain, Travel|6 Comments

Mamma Parla is the queen of finding discounted hotel rooms. She found a great rate at the Grand Hotel Domine Bilbao, a very modern and somewhat posh hotel with incredible customer service and an even better location, just across the street from the Guggenheim. […]

30 06, 2011

Gateway to Basque Country: Gasteiz

2017-02-17T15:26:56+01:00June 30th, 2011|Categories: Basque Country, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Mamma Parla, Restaurants, Spain|2 Comments

Modernity meets the middle ages in the old quarter. Two weeks in Basque country are underway and, as I expected, I quickly realized that 14 days are barely enough to comprehend Bilbao, much less the region. How do I do it all? Fit it all in? Eat everything I desire? Well, I can’t. And, frankly, [...]