Paris to the Basque Country

All aboard: Paris to the Basque Country

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Paris to the Basque Country

Photo by John Baenziger

Billecart-Salmon & Friends, Photo by Jonthan McCallum

Billecart-Salmon of Mareuil-sur-Ay, France

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Billecart-Salmon & Friends, Photo by Jonthan McCallum

Billecart-Salmon & Friends, Photo by Jonathan McCallum

At San Sebastián Food someone is always popping open a fresh bottle in the Gourmet Shop.  If you’re staying in San Sebastián-Donostia be sure to drop in and meet the friendly staff and check out the wines on offer such as one from “Billecart-Salmon” from Mareuil-sur-Ay, France.  The family-owned Champagne house’s Brut Reserve is a refreshing, balanced and elegantly presented wine that first sparkled into glasses in 1818.

photo by Jonathan McCallum

Caviaroli

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photo by Jonathan McCallum

photo by Jonathan McCallum

The locally hand-picked produce at San Sebastián Food is amazing. Dropping into the store the other day I couldn’t help but snap this picture of “Caviaroli”.  This delicious product adds a splash of flavor to breads, fish and meats, a few drops of Caviaroli make an elaborately decorated plate. I just learned that it also can be used in soups and hot creams, keeping its shape for a gourmet touch.

A delicious scoop from Gelateria Boulevard in Donostia, Photo by Jonathan McCallum

Sisters & the City with Delightful Gelato

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The "Sisters and the City" often feature in magazines & newspaper

The “Sisters and the City” are often featured in magazines & newspapers

Have you heard about the “Sisters and the City” of Donostia?

I caught up with Idoia and Su at San Sebastián Food in the luxury collection Hotel Maria Cristina to hear some of their story.

Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Wine Tasting with San Sebastián Food at Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel

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Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Join San Sebastián Food for an exclusive Spanish wine tasting experience this summer at Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel.  As Spain is known for its world-class wines, and Hotel Maria Cristina is acclaimed for its luxurious elegance, this Tasting with the Winemaker is certain to inspire the novice and connoisseur alike.

Tear Peas

A Week of Excellence in San Sebastián

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"Tear Peas" from Jaime Burgaña's Aroa Farm. Photo by Jonathan McCallum

“Tear Peas” from Jaime Burgaña’s Aroa Farm. Photo by Jonathan McCallum

San Sebastián’s nearly two hundred thousand inhabitants living by the beautiful La Concha beach might be biased for thinking of their flourishing culinary city as the food capital of the world.  But the owners of San Sebastián Food could not agree more, and they are cooking up trips and courses to take the outsider inside the Basque gastronomic galley.

Zapore Jai

Stepping into a Flavour Festival at “Zapore Jai”

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Stepping into Donostia’s “Zapore Jai“ fine food store, Sylvain met me with a smile and a warm handshake, characteristic of his way in the shop.  I had seen the store’s name on products in San Sebastián Food’s shop, and Jon Warren had mentioned that I should drop in to the store to meet husband and wife co-owners, Sylvain and Aurkene.  They offer the world’s best Iberian cured ham (jamón serrano), sausages and cheeses to experienced and novice palates alike, transporting them to the arid terrain of acorn trees and wild-roaming black-footed pigs.

Andrew with one of the Hot 50 Spanish Wines

Winemaker Andrew Halliwell of San Sebastián Food

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Dropping in to San Sebastián Food’s wine tasting space today I met with winemaker Andrew Halliwell.  Walking in, the long table caught my eye—a glass-topped Basque fishing boat—and I knew I was in an artistic culinary explorers’ scene.  Andrew lucidly guided me through the origins and the processing of a few bottles before I could find out more about the man himself.  When he handed me his own “Viña Pomal” from Bodegas Bilbainas, I knew I had to hear more about the skill behind such a piece of liquid art.

The tidal way to the San Nicolas (Garraitz) Island

Seaside Gems West of Donostia-San Sebastián

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Carmen Ganuza

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