Culinary Mingling in Basque Foodie Mecca Reply

Gastronomika Conference

Heston Blumenthal joins famous Spanish chefs

Author: Adrienne Smith/©ICEX.

The culinary conference San Sebastian Gastronomika is a meeting point for professionals in the Spanish and international food industries. It’s a summit where the most famous chefs of our time come together to share insights on culinary techniques, advances and innovations, while companies display their top-notch Spanish foods and wines. All of this happens in the presence of some of the world’s most prestigious food experts and critics. Read more on the Foods from Spain website.


Select Travelers Go for Green Spain – Timelapse Reply

Green Spain

This five-and-a-half-minute timelapse video takes us on a rich and varied tour around Green Spain: Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, all on Spain’s northwest coast. This is where Spain’s select tourism heads when the summer heat oppresses the rest of the country, and it’s easy to see why. Here are some of the features:


Jeremy Clarkson Meets the Spanish Neighbours Reply

Jeremy Clarkson Spain

Jeremy Clarkson: Meets the Neighbours was a 2002 BBC television series in which BBC star presenter visited five European neighbor countries. In this program he drives a 1960s Jaguar E-Type around Spain, compares the lifestyles with those of Britain, and comments on them in a cranky Englishman’s manner. His Spanish tour includes a visit to the Basque Games where he decides that they are the strongest people in the world; to sample San Sebastian’s nightlife, which leaves him properly stuffed with pintxos and lubricated with chacoli; to be pelted at a festival of “subsidized tomatoes;” to witness the aftermath of fatal car bombing by a Basque terrorist group; to visit a bullfight school in Madrid; and to spend a day with the Galician barnacle pickers, an activity he decides is more dangerous than bullfighting. More…

Condé Nast Traveler Insider’s Guide: Northern Spain Food Reply

 San Sebastian as Diadem

This 13-minute video shows us the highlights of the Conde Nast Traveler’s public television show on Northern Spain, featuring Senior Editors Dana Dickey and Gully Wells, whose stated mission is to learn more about the “intriguing culture of the Basque region of Spain.” They approach life in Spain’s Basque Country through food and wine, of course, but also history, nationalism and personal testimony. The resulting report penetrates a bit deeper than your normal travelogue.The star of the show is San Sebastian, the beautiful seaside town on the Bay of Biscay whose La Concha beach provides sea water lapping at the center of town. More…

Spain… On the Road Again–Part 4 Reply

Landmarks, Legends and the Lap of Luxury

Guggenheim Bilbao duskIn this first of two programs dedicated to the Basque Country, Gwyneth and Mario visit Bilbao (“a city in a bowl of green”) and its municipal-life-transforming Guggenheim Museum (which the incorrigible Mario calls “The Googie”) where they have a cordial and informative interview with Frank Gehry himself, who offers some fascinating insight into the construction of the building. Meanwhile Mark and Claudia are off into the green hills of Vasconia to visit Vitor, a chef specialized in grilling–especially seafood– who is such a perfectionist that he makes his own charcoal. The acid test is in the grilling and our two pilgrims are poleaxed by his shrimp, sea cucumbers (espardeñas), and caviar. More…