What I Learned About Food On My Trip to Spain

What I Learned About Food On My Trip to Spain

Last week my job once again took me out of the kitchen and on the road – or through the air in this case – to the beautiful Basque region of northern Spain. A few colleagues and I went there to visit with one of our suppliers and we were given the royal treatment. My flight left Chicago at 4:30 PM and we landed 8 hours later in Madrid where it was already 7:00 the next morning. I got to watch the sunrise from 40,000 feet at what would have been midnight in Chicago. So cool! Click here for a FREE copy of the "Top 10 MUST-HAVE Kitchen Gadgets" After a 4 hour layover in Madrid, another 1 hour flight to Bilbao and a 1 hour drive to San Sebastian I was beyond exhausted, but with scenery this beautiful I couldn’t possibly go to sleep. Besides it was 4:00 in the afternoon so staying awake was going to be the best way to combat jet lag. Our gracious hosts took us on a walking tour through this beautiful city which included plenty of stops for “pinxtos” along the way. We stopped in several bars where there was a wide array of snacks to choose from.       And I don’t mean a bowl of nuts or chips and dip! Baguettes with smoked salmon, whipped cheese and caviar, anyone? How about anchovies, peppers and shrimp?    The ubiquitous Jamon Iberico? Or my personal favorite…sundried tomatoes, caramelized goat cheese, balsamic vinegar and pistachios? Seriously, it was like I had died and gone to foodie heaven. Jamon Iberico is cured ham made...


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