This minimalist restaurant in the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao is as undulating inside as Gehry’s building is outside… Even the kitchen is a clean, curvilinear space… Chef Alija’s plates share the simplicity and organic shapes, like these tomatoes injected with herb-infused syrup in a caper sauce: Here is a spectacular stewed spinach with green almonds and … Continue reading


In a little coastal fishing village called Getaria, Spain, Elkano has grilled turbot on its menu…


Chef Glocker is raising the decibel level in his new restaurant Batard. The New York Times reviewer gives it three stars…


In the Rioja region in Spain, rivers and valleys make way for vineyards. The soil is superb for grapes such as tempranillo and garnacha. Among the appellations is Bodegas Muga, a historic winery in Haro. Muga produces a red wine with fruits such as blackberry and spices such as black pepper. It pairs well with grilled game meat or seared steak. Salud!

Eureka Zureko!

Zureko in San Sebastian, Spain, is a gold mine of pintxos (Basque tapas). You will strike it rich, whichever ones you choose. No fooling–they taste as good as they look!


In Kokotxa, a one-Michelin-star restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain, our spirits were lifted! At the top of the market menu was a smoked salmon sandwich and gazpacho with cured sardine. And then sous vide prawns in a white garlic sauce with blood oranges emerged. Pickled fresh beans with confit of cod and a purple potato … Continue reading

Say cheese!

If you are in San Sebastian, Spain, do not miss the cheesecake at La Vina… It is not dense like the New York one, but a bit closer to custard–light and creamy and brown around the edges. It’s enough to make you smile!


Mugaritz is number six on San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and has two Michelin stars. One would expect food perfection from such a restaurant, non? But it seems Chef Aduriz aims to surprise more than to please… “Mugaritz” refers to an old oak tree that grows around the farmhouse restaurant; the country setting … Continue reading

X Marks the Spot

In the Basque Country, you will see many x’s in the names of things, such as in “pintxos.” Literally, it translates to “spikes”; pintxos are Basque tapas like the ones pictured on a stick at Txepetxa in San Sebastian, Spain. They are to be eaten with a local light wine called Txacolina.

San Sebastian, Spain

This coastal city on the Bay of Biscay in Basque Country is famous for its food. It is home to no fewer than nine Michelin-starred restaurants, and two are in the top ten of San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. In addition to this critically acclaimed cuisine, pintxos (Basque tapas) bars abound.

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