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Getaria moments before a storm.

After a few days in Donostia-San Sebastián, we gathered all the advice we had received from readers, laid out the map, and decided to drive the Basque coast from east to west. We had taken the (quicker) internal road on the previous leg of the journey and missed out on all the lush (more…)

beef cheeks

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 (more…)

Lunch at Zuberoa

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 I am a firm believer that in order (more…)


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 (more…)

Bilbao
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. (more…)