How come I have not been here before? San Sebastian is a beautiful city.
I am here for www.sansebastiangastronomika.com/en/, which is a remarkable three day gastronomic festival with an amazing line-up of chefs. The theme this year is London, and so many of the top names from London are here this week that you may as well give up on high-end dining in London until at least Thursday, when most will have found their way home.
Richard and Xavier
I was here to give a talk about authentic wine. Other wine people include Richard Hemming, Sarah Jane Evans and Xavier Rousset. For lunch, Richard, Xavier and I headed into town to a tapas joint called Ganbara (http://www.ganbarajatetxea.com/presentation) in the old town. It was a great recommendation, and we had some brilliant food, washed down with beer, then Manzanilla, then Godello (Rafael Palacios).
Prawns and white asparagus
Mushrooms and foie gras, a speciality here
Hake cheeks and Godello