San Sebastián. What can I say. Eating capital of Spain? Hollywood of Gastronomy? With 6 Michelin stars, it definitely is a place to diet beforehand and then eat with reckless abandon. We did nothing but….eat, and eat, and eat my friends. And that is the only thing I have really ever done in San Sebastián.
Tucked in Spain’s northern coast on the border with France, it is a place of beauty, and brawn. Not only are the chefs heavy weights, here, but the people themselves are from a different ilk. Taller. Paul Bunyon-like, if you will. I mean, they have log chopping and stone throwing competitions, for Pete’s Sake! But, that wasn’t why we came. We came looking for “Chuleton” and “Pacharan”. The former being a succulent, Fred Flintstone like bone in rib eye, and the latter, an after dinner (or lunch, in many of my cases) digestif, made with anise and endrinas, a type of wild berry. And we found it. Our first stop, was a place that was recommended to us called “Patxiku-Enea”, which basically means, Patxiku’s House. A couple of kilometres outside of San Sebastián, it is a small, unassuming house on a grassy knoll.
But once inside, you get the feeling of the place. More winter hunting lodge than anything, this is what I come to know as “we are going to have a really amazing meal” place.
After this belly filling lunch, we went out on to their terrace, and I indulged in a very large glass of Pacharan. My sweetie had the little one.
After that, we checked into the hotel, and took a nap. We really couldn’t move after, so best to digest whilst you’re sleeping.
Then, we took a stroll into town to, you guessed it, eat some more. Here are some highlights of the night.
If you ever come to Spain, try to make it to San Sebastián. Not only is it a beautiful, charming city, it is probably the best food vacation you’ll ever have.
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