Basque Country Food. Where is it from? pt. 1
13 Mar 2017

Basque Country Food. Where is it from? pt. 1

Basque Country Food… Food… Hopefully you will

13 Mar 2017

Basque Country Food…

Food… Hopefully you will have heard about some of the great dishes we prepare here in the Basque Country (there are a few pointers on this blog…) But have you ever wondered where the produce comes from? Accompanied by our friend Jose Pizarro, a restaurant owner from Caceres in Spain, but who lives and owns 3 restaurants in London, we set out over 2 days to discover some hidden gems…

Food research

Spring is in the the air and everything is coming back to life… In the green hills of Gipuzkoa, magic is at work. Txakoli vines are beginning to sprout and the anchovies are arriving in our waters, but some plants are already flowering and bearing fruit and in some cases vegetables.

The tear-shaped pea is an unknown quantity pretty much everywhere. However here, and in the best restaurants in Spain, it commands a seat at the head table. On a sunny day like today, seeing them on the vines and growing in their tiny pods, well, its a luxury!

Its not only the green things either, Further up in the hills is  a little family-run farm that breeds Euskal Txarri, a rare- breed of Basque Pig. Here the father and daughter team produce award winning sausages, hams, black puddings and bacon. A visit to them is an insight into this tasty world!

Basque Culinary Center

The Basque Culinary  Center was  next on our list as THE place to see when talking about food research here, indeed anywhere in the world. The BCC is a unique faculty and part of the University of the Basque Country, the only such faculty in the world. Dedicated to research and development for all things Culinary….

Dining

No visit to the Basque Country is complete without dining in a Txoko or Sociedad Gastronomika. A private dining club if you like where only members are allowed to cook….  Tales of the dinners and diners are legendary here in the Basque Country. So visiting one on Saturday afternoon was the perfect finale to a bust day discovering and learning about our produce.

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  1. Francesca Ntiamoah March 13th, 2017 7:02PM

    I visited the Basque Country about 4 years ago and immediately fell in love with its people, culture, food, wines and picturesque landscapes. Reading this blog has inspired me to hurry back and will be doing so summer 2017 ready for festival season. Had been undecided until I found Basque Experiences (BE) website and reading all the blogs made my mind up. Reading them made me feel the passion, enthusiasm and love for the Basque Country as the blogger (reigniting fond memories) The level of description immediately teleports me back to sunny, warm days spent revelling in this wonderful part of the world. I look forward to revisiting the Rioja region and Laguardia’s walled town. Having had a good trowel through TripAdvisor, I will be booking all excursions through BE. I am curious and keen to meet Erik from Basque Experiences every review seems to mention his absolute dedication, knowledge, enthusiasm and passion ( as well as his sense of humour). Thank you for sharing your delightful insight, very much looking forward to my visit.

    P.S -We have a television programme here in the U.K. Called Saturday Kitchen and I saw Jose Pizarro on there last year! What an amazing chef and all round nice guy (well as much as I could tell on tv) he must really think Basque Experiences is worthy to have spent two days working with you? This just further reassures me that I have made the right decision about my holiday this summer……..

    See you soon…….

    • basque March 13th, 2017 9:51PM

      Thank you so very much Francesca! That’s a great comment. Please get in touch so we can arrange something extra special for your next visit out here.
      Thanks again
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