Best Drinks of 2011: Txomín Etxaniz

Don’t forget to cross your T’s and cross your X’s. I’m talking Txakolí.

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Best eats of 2011: Etxebarri

2011 was a very special year for me in food, drink and travel. I spent the year working at Restaurante Martín Berasategui in northern Spain so naturally, I have many fond memories of the feasting I did in and around Spain. Grab a snack and enjoy the next few mouth-watering posts as my belly remembers 2011:

goat’s butter, toast, charcoal from the grill

Asador Etxebarri | Atxondo, Spain

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San Sebastián Gastronomika 2011

The weekend after Lo Mejor de la Gastronomía in Alicante, we had our own food and hospitality festival in Donosti formally known as San Sebastián Gastronomika. It’s much better marketed and organized than the event in Alicante. It’s no shocker that entrances to the presentations given by renowned, international chefs are over 100 euros. I spent most of my time chasing around my favorite Donostians (yes Gabriella, you’re officially one in my book):

There’s no better time of  year to get to know the right [international] people (chefs, photographers, and journalists alike) and to listen to some of the most influential people today in food and wine. What a beautiful opportunity to gain perspective into what other masterminds are doing around the world.

Stay [very] tuned.