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Monthly Archives: March, 2012

The good news is…

… it’s not even April yet, and the sun is shining. The Basque Country is notorious for rainy summers, but I’ll take the sunshine when I can get it. We … Continue reading

March 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Visit to Idiazabal Cheesemaker Aranburu

If there’s one thing I know for certain I could never live without, it’s cheese. I rarely go a day without it, so imagine my delight when the BasqueStage crew … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

Real Talk with… Pablo Ponce

Tonight at the restaurant I had the chance to chat with my fellow Pasteleria cook Pablo. One of the hardest working guys I’ve known, Pablo has saved my butt more … Continue reading

March 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

@BasqueStage Heads Outdoors

As BasqueStages, Elisha and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. We like to balance our long hours indoors with frequent trips to the Basque countryside. Our friend … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Calçotada in Altafulla

“So remember that what you will be eating this afternoon is the product of a two year process. It’s not just any spring onion- it’s calçot!” Joan Albert Blanch, a … Continue reading

March 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Selby’s Got a Sweet Tooth

Elisha and I enjoyed lunch today with the BasqueStage crew at the Fronton de Tolosa, a local restaurant renowned for its perfectly cooked alubias (reddish black beans) and morcilla (blood … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Vocab List, Pastry Edition

Now that I’m working on the Pastry station at Martin Berasategui, I’m learning a whole new set of vocabulary. This list differs completely from the previous vocab list I wrote … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Sunday Evening Run in San Sebastian

For a BasqueStage, Sunday is the new Friday. Restaurante Martin Berasategui only serves lunch on Sundays, so I took advantage of my evening off to go for a run in … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Edible Flowers, Beautiful Colors

From my little corner on the Pasteleria station, I have a great view of the plate-up table in Primeros. This is a shot of the preparation for the Ensalada Tibia– … Continue reading

March 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Today at Martin Berasategui, I learned how to make pepitas garrapiñadas, candied pumpkin seeds. The pepitaswill be the crunchy garnish on a chocolate mousse dessert, providing both a textural and a … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · Leave a comment