Culinary Tour of Spain - any reco's?

Apr 22nd, 2002, 02:51 AM
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If you think that Spanish food is spectacular, then you don't know much about food. Taking a Culinary Tour of Spain is like taking a wine tour of England.
Apr 22nd, 2002, 07:58 AM
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Arzak in San Sebastian is fantastic and very very reasonably priced for the standard of cooking. Have you looked at the Fordor's recommended restaurants? I know the Basque area fairly well (having been taken out to eat in some of the best restaurants by Spanish friends over the last 15 years) and most of them are there in the Fodor's list of recommendations. I was impressed.
Apr 22nd, 2002, 09:03 AM
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The basque country has a long culinary history and its residents are still regarded as the best cooks in Spain. Restaurants throughout the country pride themselves on having a Basque cook. Very fresh seafood, artfully prepared, is the hallmark of Basque cooking, although excellent meat (especially steak) dishes are also available. Many basque men belong to culinary societies and eating is taken very seriously. The food is generally lighter than traditional Castilian food. Galician food is similar to Basque in its emphasis on seafood, but Galician is simpler and more hearty. Galician also features more pork.

In San Sebastian, Arzak, as mentioned, is great, although Akelarre is in the same price range (expensive) and even better, in my opinion. Any good guide book will list a host of other good restaurants. San Sebastian is also home to innumerable bars in the old quarter with the best tapas in Spain. All the different tapas are out and you take as much as you want, with each portion having a toothpick in it. Normally, you are charged by the number of toothpicks left on your plate. It's an excellent introduction to Basque food, and serves as a good lighter meal.

Ignore those who knock the quality of Spanish food. While there is certainly lousy food to be had in Spain, especially in touristy restaurants, anyone embarking on a dedicated culimary tour can be assured of cusine that equals any in the world.

Apr 22nd, 2002, 02:07 PM
I was the one who asqued
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Thank you very much.
Apr 22nd, 2002, 08:53 PM
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Who IS that masqued man?
Apr 23rd, 2002, 03:55 AM
At the risque of taking this a little further
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Realizing full well that you may take me to tasque for this...
Apr 23rd, 2002, 05:39 AM
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I am positively aghasque....
Apr 23rd, 2002, 06:55 AM
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this needs to go into the trasque

and yes, this is one of my aliases.

my mother didn't name me "yes"
Apr 23rd, 2002, 07:38 AM
Marc David Miller
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Penelope Casas has written some books about Spanish cuisine and travel--try there as a start (she also writes for the New York Times on Spanish travel/food)
Apr 23rd, 2002, 08:07 PM
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I guess that the implication (on another thread) is that I made this original post so that I could post a reply to it about how it would make a great idea for a Fodorites' trip!

How utterly ridiculous.
Apr 27th, 2002, 11:38 AM
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Ferrara at the Hotel Alcazar de la Reina in Carmona.
May 6th, 2002, 03:27 AM
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I'm gobsmacked to read how many people are dissing spanish and even Italian food here. You guys must be from the god old U.S of A right? Trying to compare food from a society that measures freshness by the time (i.e 9.00a.m/10.a.m)produce is pulled out of the ground/sea etc and wanting to know which bay a fish is caught in before the price, with one that actually calls those plastic McChains serving factory fodder "Restaurants" is beyond me.I love going stateside but finding good food can be hard.So many of the 'upscale' restaurants just don't deliver ,all mouth and no trousers as it were.Oops, back to spain, Goizeko kabi in Bilbao serves fab spanish food with a contempory edge,try the menu degustazion for a well priced 5 course heaven.El Quesu in Bobes-Siero,Asturias is an outstanding 'Parrilla Gaucha';allways very busy,it specialises in meats cooked on a massive wood burning stove,locally produced cider,partridge with sweet onions,slow cooked wild boar with white beans and porcini omelette,superb country cooking and so cheap it was silly!Yep northern spain has some great food but can anyone reccomend anywhere around marbella,I'm going in june.cheers.

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