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The Art of Ice Cream

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Carlos Arribas was the master ice cream artisan who taught my friend Fernando Alberdi the art of creamy deliciousness.  Using the techniques of gelato maestros, Alberdi’s small but inviting shop in Getaria’s main street offers an enticing list of flavours, including Ferrero Rocher, Pink Panther, and dulce de leche.  A photo of their mouth-watering mango flavour above.

The delightful Trikitixa accompanied by youthful voices.

Six Reasons to Never Leave the Basque Country

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Getaria Photo by Jonathan McCallum

Getaria: A Taste and Sea

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Murphy's friendly Dublin staff, photo by Jonathan McCallum

Basque Country to Ireland

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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.