The Loaf Bakery- a place for bread in San Sebastian

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If you are looking for a place for some yummy bread in San Sebastian, check out The Loaf Bakery. They make home-made bread with different spices and grains such as turmeric, whole wheat, champagne, seeds… they also have another three bakeries. There are also pizzas to-go. I haven’t checked those out so if you have, let me know what you think.

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Dry Bar- the place for cocktails in San Sebastian

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One of the nicest and most elegant hotels in San Sebastian is the Hotel Maria Cristina and I just wanted to share with you their Dry Bar. We went there to have a cocktail before lunch and I found it to be a great place with well-prepared cocktails. An ideal place to sit back and just let time pass as you sip on your Bellini. I had one of the most amazing Irish Coffees I have ever had!

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Maria Cristina

 

San Sebastian – tapas tapas tapas

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A Spanish culinary heritage is without a doubt the tapa. Ever since I was little I have always been a fan of tapas as my father, being Spanish, we used to have tapas for dinner on Friday night. The tapas of my childhood were Americanized but the concept stuck to my brain. Once I moved to Spain I discovered what tapas really are. Every part of Spain has a slightly different version of tapas, in the Canary Islands you have fried fish and papas con mojo, in Andalucía you have salmorejo and shrimp paddies. I could go on for a while but the idea behind today’s post is not a tapas class but to let you in on one of my favorite cities and one of my favorite cities for tapas, San Sebastian.

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San Sebastian is located in the Basque Country with the stunning beach of La Concha (The Shell) as the heart of the city. The name is due to the natural shape the beach adopts with its two hill topped peninsulas which are on opposite sides therefore enclosing the beach and making for a fantastic landscape. The promenade has an elegant French style which makes you doubt if you are in France or in Spain. Besides this wonderful landmark, San Sebastian is a destination for shoppers who enjoy small boutiques and of course for tapa lovers.

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I want to share some places which I find to be quite good. Nonetheless, the city is full of tapas and although some will say that tapas are good anywhere, I beg to differ but I do think that you can trust your instinct, after all, if you aren’t convinced you can quickly find another place to try. Most of the restaurants that serve pintxos (bite size snacks) are located in the older part of town.

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One of the things that fascinates tourists are the counters full of pintxos. They are so colorful and look so appealing.

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Gandarias

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Gandarias

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Scallops with white garlic sauce, nuts and vinaigrette and mushroom tartelette with pine nuts and Idiazabal cheese

These are some of my favorite places. Don’t you just wish you could be walking around the city tonight?

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Casa Urola

La Chuchara de San Telmo

Zuberoa – practice makes perfect

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Zuberoa is one of those places which totally surmounted my expectations. I went expecting well prepared, tasty dishes but what I found was the fruition of years spent mastering the stoves. The results are such well balanced flavors that make you wow from the appetizer to the dessert. Each dish is a festival for the tastebuds, pure pleasure that leaves you wishing you could memorize the savor.

Many of you are probably thinking by now, where or where is this haven? Well, it is in a small town called Oiartzun near San Sebastian which is an amazing city to visit if you haven’t already been there. The restaurant is in a very typical style Basque country house with a stone façade and of course surround by greenery. The Basque Country is all about different shades of green.

Your next question is probably, who is behind such delection? The answer is all about family, two brothers; Hilario Arbelaitz and Eusebio along with Eusebio’s wife Aranxta. They use top quality products to produce Basque dishes with a modern feel to them. You can either choose dishes from the menu or you can go for a tasting menu.We decided on the first so we could pick the plates that seemed more appealing to us. To choose your wine you might need a bit of help because the wine menu is huge and it can be overwhelming but if you are a wine lover you are definitely going to enjoy glancing through it.

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This was our meal…

One of the best appetizers I have ever had. A foie mousse with a XO gelatin and topped with a truffle cream.

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Raviolis filled with crawfish and truffles

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Egg cooked at low temperature with foie-gras cream, celery and truffles.

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Truffle and foie-gras risotto with roasted young pigeon sauce.

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Roasted hare râble with foie-gras toast, apple sauce and celery mousse. They even brought us a side of their perfect mashed potatoes. By now I didn’t know if I was still at the table or floating on cloud 9.

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My husband went for the roasted pigeon, with liver toast and a turnip stuffed with mushrooms.

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And for dessert their famous cheesecake, which I totally understand why everyone says you can’t miss it. It has been the best cheesecake that I have ever had.

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To accompany our teas, petit fours. By now we were already starting to plan a return visit.

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I am happy to say that this past week, Hilario Arbelaitz was awarded by Metropoli the Lifetime Achievement prize. Congratulations!

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Zuberoa

Araneder Bidea, Barrio Iturriotz
20180 OIARTZUN, Gipuzkoa.
Telephone: 943 49 12 28