At Go Basque we are lovers of gastronomy and we like to cook (and eat). That is why we want to take advantage of this space to share some of the traditional recipes of the Basque Country. Given that it is currently Atlantic bonito (white tuna) season, we thought of no better way to honor this summer fish than to dedicate our first Basque food blog post to cooking a dish of “bonito encebollado”, a traditional Basque dish that can be easily prepared at home. Bonito is a seasonal fish that is sold at fish shops throughout the summer here in the Basque Country. During this time of year, It is typical to gather in any of the gastronomic societies of San Sebastian to enjoy this dish with friends. If you can’t buy or find bonito, however, don’t worry! A thick tuna steak can be used in its place.
If you are visiting San Sebastian for a few days and would like to spend a day (or two) exploring the main places of interest near San Sebastian, here are a few suggestions for must-do tours and activities that are less than an hour drive from San Sebastian.
Sopako bread is a special type of bread that we Basques use in the preparation of soups. Its literal translation from the Basque language is “for soup.” The bread is originally from the Basque Country, and it can thus be considered a “native” variety of bread, as it can be quite difficult to find outside of the Basque Country.
Are you visiting the Rioja Wine Region and would like to learn more about Spanish wines? Do you know the main varieties of grapes grown in Rioja? Do you know the differences between a Crianza wine and a Gran Reserva wine? On this post, we want to share with you basic information about Rioja wines, so that you can brag a bit about your knowledge of Rioja wines the next time you enjoy one of these delectable juices with your friends and family.
As is already well known, the world is currently weathering through a very delicate moment. The Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is affecting each and every sphere of our societies, putting the economic, social and political sectors of each of our countries to the test. A major consequence of this alarming situation is that it is having a negative effect on what we are able to bring to our tables, especially in societies, such as the Basque one, that are so accustomed to consuming seasonal products.
2020 is here and with it the start of this year’s cider season in the Basque Country. There is no point in sticking to your new year’s resolutions just yet (unless these are to eat and drink more), as this month marks the start of the 2020 Cider Season.
Located in the town of Oiartzun, Gipuzkoa, Zuberoa Restaurant is without a doubt one of the temples of Basque gastronomy. The chef, Hilario Arbelaitz, has known how to maintain the essence of traditional Basque recipes in his kitchen, and works with prime-quality ingredients in exceptional ways.
On this upcoming June 23rd the high flames of bonfires will light up the sky throughout the Basque Country in celebration of the night of San Juan. It is a night full of magic where fire is the main protagonist.
We love wine. We love to see people sipping on a glass of wine, we love the color of wine, we love the smell of wine, and we most definitely love the taste of wine. And a trip to the Basque Country is not complete without having had at least one glass of wine. Be it red wine, white wine, rosé wine, or the sparkling kind… you will find all sorts of wine, for all tastes and interests, throughout the Basque Country. Try some Crianza red wine with a pintxo at a bar, a Reserva with your meal at any of the Michelin starred restaurants in San Sebastian, an exquisite Gran Reserva at a full-day adventure to the vineyards of La Rioja Alavesa, or a refreshing Txakoli white wine at a vineyard with an incredible view in Getaria.
It’s raining today in San Sebastian. That kind of rain so characteristic of the Basque Country that doesn’t seem to get you wet, but soaks you to the bone instead: xirimiri. They say rain doesn’t affect us Basques because it’s part of our lives, but that’s not entirely true. We know bad weather can be a bummer when you were expecting sunshine. So, instead of bumming yourself out, here is a list of five things you can do in Donostia on a rainy day like today.