Behind the Bite: Idiazabal Cheese

Idiazabal cheese with quince paste and walnuts is one of the typical Basque desserts.

This post is part of our Behind the Bite series: deep dives into the dishes that we can’t stop thinking about. Drive from San Sebastian out to the idyllic Basque countryside beyond city limits, and suddenly you’ll find yourself in another world. As the landscape gets even more lush and green and the sounds of Spanish […]

Behind the Bite: Txakoli

What is txakoli? Come to Elkano, a family-run vineyard in Getaria, and learn all about this fascinating Basque wine.

This post is part of our Behind the Bite series: deep dives into the dishes that we can’t stop thinking about. No drink captures the essence of the Basque Country as perfectly as txakoli does. While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Spanish wine, txakoli (pronounced “cha-ko-LEE”) […]

Behind the Bite: Basque Cider

Basque cider is a true social experience that goes far beyond the drink itself.

In the midst of the animated chatter that fills any Basque cider house during the high season, only one word truly matters: “¡Txotx!” That lone syllable—pronounced “choch”—is enough to empty every seat in the room as diners make their way to the massive barrels that hold the Basque Country’s single greatest alcoholic treasure. The interjection […]

Behind the Bite: Tolosa Beans

Tolosa beans make up one of our favorite cold-weather meals in San Sebastian.

This post is part of our Behind the Bite series: deep dives into the dishes that we can’t stop thinking about. Believe it or not, there are over 40,000 varieties of beans in the world. We have fava beans, kidney beans, navy beans, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, cannellini beans, lima beans, and finally: black beans from […]