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Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Quick Pic: How to Porron Like a Pro

This weekend I learned that sometimes you just gotta go for it. Presented with a porron, a glass wine carafe with an elongated spout for laser-beam pours, I nervously had … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Preview: Calçotada in Altafulla

This past weekend, the BasqueStage crew hit the road for what I’ve been calling Spring Break Spain 2K12. We road-tripped from the Pais Vasco to Catalunya for a calçotada, a … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hike to Buruntza

On Monday, Elisha and I decided to take advantage of a sunny day off from the restaurant.  We went for a beautiful hike up to Buruntza, a local peak just … Continue reading

February 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Carnavales en Tolosa

It’s Fat Tuesday, and that means the marathon celebration known as Carnival is coming to an end. Whether you’re in Venezia, Rio de Janeiro or New Orleans, this party involves … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Plating up at the Pescados Pass @Berasategui

Emplatar– Disponer los alimentos en el plato para presentarlo al comensal. (No aparece en la Real Academia Espanola pero se dice mucho en el restaurante.) Plate up– to arrange food … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Straight prepping @Berasategui

Left: Abel from the Meat station makes spheres of Brie Cheese. Right: Eric from the Fish station makes a Mushroom-Cream sauce. Don’t worry, I’ll publish those two recipes in my … Continue reading

February 18, 2012 · 4 Comments

Six weeks in

I’m six weeks into the BasqueStage at Martin Berasategui, and I’m starting to get used to the kitchen. I’ve scribbled down dozens of recipes while a sous chef barks ingredients … Continue reading

February 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Day in the Life of a BasqueStage

The application process for the next round of the BasqueStage opens February 20th, and I hope lots of cooks are considering the opportunity to come live in Spain. We’ve already … Continue reading

February 13, 2012 · 3 Comments

Quick Pic: Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Today Elisha and I took the train into France to see the Pays Basque beach city of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Since it’s February and freezing cold, we were mostly alone on the … Continue reading

February 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Quick Pic: It Snowed Today

February 3, 2012 · Leave a comment