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Snapshots from Spain: The Best Things I Ate in San Sebastian

The first time I became aware of Basque cuisine, I was standing in New Deal Fish Market in Cambridge, talking to the owner about the best way to prepare hake. "You should make it like they do in Basque Country," he said, and offered a loose description of cooking the fillet with clams, white wine, olive oil, lots of garlic, and parsley. Sounds goods to me, I told him, and left the shop wondering what else this northern region of Spain had to offer. More

Snapshots from Spain: The Best Things I Ate in Barcelona

Two weeks ago, I fell in love with Barcelona. I was expecting to, having heard raves about how beautiful everything is: the dramatic Gaudi architecture, the sparkly Mediterranean, the people, and of course the food. For every museum, park, or otherwise-"cultural" landmark we visited, we made at least as many feeding stops along the way—everything from paper cones of Iberico ham chunks, to fresh-pressed dragon fruit-coconut juice, to some truly stunning chocolate desserts. More

Snapshots from Spain: Ensaïmada

When I told Carrie I was headed to Spain, she had this advice to give: "If you can tear yourself away from all the jamon, look for ensaïmada." But after a few clicks of research, I realized, uh, it's not entirely jamon-free. The pastry is made with flour, water, sugar, eggs, and reduced pork lard (where the oink comes in). "Saim" actually means "pork lard" in Mallorquí. More

McFoie Burger from Tapaç24 in Barcelona

McDonald's condiment options don't include foie gras mayo (big shocker) but at Tapaç24, the small plates hotspot in Barcelona, they pay homage to the fast-food chain in the form of this little burger. The beef patty comes medium-rare, almost tartare-rare in the very center, on a thin, crisp bun. Nothing else on the burger, just that little black dish of creamy foie on the side waiting to be spooned up. As my Kindergarten teacher Ms. Wookey said, a little dab will do ya (in that context she was referring to Elmer's glue). More

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