Basque Country Food & Wine

Traditional Italian food served as tapas

Traditional Italian food served as tapas

Share San Sebastian’s Bar Malandrino blends two culinary concepts by serving traditional Italian dishes as Spanish-style tapas. Inspired by their Italian roots, Marco Marradi and partner Paolo Ghezzi opened Malandrino in July 2012. Knowing the Basque people are traditional, the concept of the bar was to introduce Italian cuisine and customs in ways the Spanish…

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Anchovies Maisor: Keeping local traditions alive

Share In the tiny coastal village of Getaria, the fishing industry is present in nearly every facet of life. In the local port, which is dominated by large fishing boats and the Salanort Fish Factory, it is easy to miss the tiny gourmet fish shop off to the side. Sorkunde Iribar began Anchovies Maisor 15…

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Txakoli: Wine of the Basques

Share With a coastal breeze from the sea and humid air year- round, the climate surrounding the small fishing village of Getaria allows for a different kind of wine to ferment. Sitting on the slopes, the region’s wineries are shielded from the harsh Atlantic weather. Joseba Laxkauo, a fourth generation winemaker, said 24 wineries utilize…

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Arzak offers innovative lunch

Arzak offers innovative lunch

Share From the reception area, it could be any other gourmet restaurant in Europe. The three Michelin stars on the wall suggest more, but seeing the real distinction requires a few flights of stairs.The difference is hidden past the dining rooms, a brightly colored box called the testing kitchen. Here is where Arzak Restaurant comes…

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Exploring Navarra with a Pamplona native

Exploring Navarra with a Pamplona native

Share Yesterday was an unexpected luxury with a true Pamplona native. Isabel Carrillo de Albornoz, the manager of the hotel at the Monasterio de Leyre, kindly picked up two other Alpine Living staff members and me at our hotel this morning on her way to work. The 30 minute drive through the Pyrenees mountains took…

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Epiphany offers a local re-creation of Spanish tapas

Epiphany offers a local re-creation of Spanish tapas

Share Whether grabbing a drink with friends or spending a romantic evening over a four-course meal, Epiphany Café features a range of dishes for small and large appetites. A rarity in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Epiphany offers a variety of small plates, similar to tapas, which are common in Spanish culture. Traditionally tapas are often accompanied by…

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