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

[Photographs: Liz Bomze]

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.

That was about seven years ago, and the images of the Basque food and landscape I read about as a result of that conversation hung in the back of my mind ever since. When my girlfriend and I were tossing around the idea of adding a second destination onto our Barcelona trip this fall, Basque Country—specifically, San Sebastian—was my first inclination. Just look at the Google images of the place; they're stunning. Oh, and it's considered one of the top food destinations in the world? We were sold—and can't wait to go back someday.

Check out the slideshow to see the best things I ate in San Sebastian.

La Cuchara de San Telmo

Calle 31 de Agosto 28/Corredor de San Telmo, San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa (map) 34-943-435-446;

La Bodega Donostiarra

Calle de Peña y Goñi, 13, 20002 San Sebastián, Guipuzcoa, Spain (map) 34-943-01-13-80;

Restaurante Bodegon Alejandro

Calle de Fermín Calbetón 4, 20003 Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa (map) 34-943-427-158;