Santo Tomás, Cider and a Sow!

December 21st is a very special day for San Sebastian. For the last two centuries, on this day, the Donostiarras* get together to visit the Santo Tomás Market; the baserritarras* are the main focus, who come down from the nearby towns to the Plaza Constitución (Constitution Square) to sell and display their local products and animals. Last year we came with a Japanese group. We wanted to give them a surprise ...

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San Sebastian, the world’s best food destination

A couple days before San Sebastian (Basque Country-Spain) ranked first on the world’s best food destinations, we received a request from a Canadian group to create a customized gastronomic program in the city. The agent who contacted us was surprised when we asked to interview them so we could understand what was the group’s culinary tastes. San Sebastian is a city that, despite being small, offers very different and high-quality possibilities ...

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Gathering at a 17th century farmhouse

Entering the Aspaldiko Restaurant means leaving your everyday life. A reference to traditional Basque architecture, the building was built more than 400 years ago and has been classified as a Basque Cultural Property (monument). The last time we went there, the first thing that drew our Norwegian guests’ attention (referents in the creation with wood) was the structure of the façade, built entirely with lumber and its façade sealed with tongue ...

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Let’s party

If you would like to organize an event in Bilbao for a group, associated with gastronomy, in a unique place, with possibilities to organize meetings in different rooms, with an auditorium for an official company’s act as well as diaphanous spaces that can be arranged depending on the needs and the size of the group... we know who will take the gastronomic baton. Raquel López always welcomes us with a hug ...

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Emotional Material

This is what comes to mind when you step on the land of the López Heredia-Viña Tondonia’s vineyards. When you arrive to their door, you are warmly welcomed by Elvira. This family has dedicated more tan 150 years in Haro (Rioja-Spain) to produce exceptional wines, and after we see all the prizes and recognitions that they have won, we can definitely say they have accomplished it. There is much talk today ...

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Wine Harvest Season

The Contino Winery, the first Rioja’s Château, is an amazing place to visit during harvest ; near Laguardia, at only one hour by car from Bilbao, it consists of 62 hectares of vineyard and a manor house, both along a meander of the Ebro river. After enjoying a nature walk, visiting the winery makes you feel the passage of the years. A cellar from the 16th century help mantain the wines ...

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Looking for magical places

Today I finished the day with a mojito, on a walkway 45 meters from the ground, in an UNESCO World Heritage place, facing the Cantabrian Sea. A courageous initiative that comes from the idea of an entrepreneur, the Don Peppone Restaurant, and the Bizkaia Bridge collaboration, with Marta Uriarte as Managing Director. A terrace chill-out built at the base of the world's first ferry bridge is inspiring; especially lying on the comfy ...

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A work meeting Surrounded by waves, beaches and (Michelin) stars

While boarding my airplane in New York on the way home I heard two New Yorkers talking about Spain. One of them knew the country well. For the other one, it was his first trip. - Which are the must see cities? -Definitely San Sebastian, because it is the most beautiful city in the world, and Seville, because it is the most fun. I don't believe in those labels. There are many wonderful ...

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Wine, spa and art

Whenever we take our guests to the winery Marqués de Riscal we know we will get a "wow". Suddenly, hidden among vines and next to a small town of s. XI, some forms of titanium that wave to the wind in wine tones appear. A structure created by F. Gehry (Guggenheim Bilbao) welcoming all wine, history and peace lovers. The last time we visited with a group of Norwegian guests. We left ...

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Green gold

We like to take our gastronomy enthusiasts to this very authentic place: the Gernika Market (34 km from Bilbao). On Mondays the villagers from around the region reunite to sell the best of their gardens and pens. Located in the center of this historic city honored by Picasso, a variety of products and stalls fill this traditional space with color. We will soon be welcomed by one of this market star: the ...

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