What can I say about food in Spain? A lot I guess. As far as I am concerned Spaniards eat better than anyone in the world. I suppose that needs some explanation, so here it is---again---in my view. They dine---yes, dine. Dinner starts pretty late, then they savor every single morsel and make dinner and therefore "dining" last and last and last. Which in turn affords dinner conversation, visiting, enjoying each other's company, laughter, storytelling...get my drift? Dining in Spain is a lot more than just eating. And, not to demean anyone else in Europe, they do it better than anybody. The food itself helps quite a bit too; fresh, no preservatives, no hormones, no arsenic...I remember the first time I ordered an egg in Spain, the yolk was a bright vivid orange and the flavor just exploded with every chew, the way food should taste. The Basque region is considered to have some of the best cooking in the world and I must say they didn't disappoint.
Pintxos in Bilbao
El Perro Chico - Bilbao
One of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world, and some say THE best restaurant in the world is in Basque Country. The restaurant is Arzak. It is located in a seaside town located in the Northeast corner of Spain bordering France, a town that a lot of people describe as the prettiest in Basque country. San Sebastian, a mere hour's drive north of Bilbao.
Going South from Bilbao for, again, about an hour lies wine country, La Rioja the center of which is a town named Haro.
Bodegas R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia
where one can have some flights of fancy
hmmm? how am I going to pack all this stuff? Not a bad problem to have.