San Sebastian

We got up early, we actually woke up early and got on the road to drive to San Sebastian.  It is a 5 hour drive from Barcelona.  The longest one we have.  It honestly wasn’t that bad except for the stretch of “badlands” in the middle where the topography is an utter wasteland.  The key to the drive is listening to a book on tape.  We are listening to The Boys in the Boat which is about the gold medal rowing champions of the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  Quite good.   Driving into San Sebastian is jaw dropping gorgeous.  Green lush rolling hills with random old homes randomly placed on different slopes.  Stunning.

crowded streetWe made it to San Sebastian just in time for lunch.  The city was in chaos.  It appears that the first two Sundays of the September there are boat races.  The streets and the bars were packed.  We went with it and pushed ourself into two tapas bars and went with the flow.  It was really a lot of fun.   We plan on making our way back to many more bars one night while we are here.

stuffedpepperWe went to Borda Berri and had a red pepper stuffed with veal cheese and goat cheese.  Speechless.  I think I finally figured out the camera after this.

shrimpWe also stopped in Goiz Arugi and got a grilled shrimp tapa.  Totally different vibe which makes each bar so unique.

sansebastianThe city is really a gem.  Sitting right on an inlet.  The views are spectacular.  The streets are wide and many of the roads have no cars on them.

grillinrekobondoOur dinner was at Rekondo.  There are many restaurants here and many of them are top in the world.  We can only do so many of them as we travel around.  It is overwhelming, too much food and honestly the specialness of it all fades away if you just keep going to them night after night.  This was a wise choice.  A family owned restaurant with really good food and an insane wine list.  I believe they were given an award for having fifth best wine cellar in the world.  When you walk in there is this awesome open fire pit.

starterStarted off with a classic deep fried ball of cod salad.

riojaWe kept is simple tonight.  A Rioja from many years ago.

clamsClams with lemon.

shrimpcarpaccioCarpaccio of shrimp with a dollop of avocado and a pistachio vinaigrette.

ribeyeFor dinner we split a rib-eye for two.

redpeppersHad roasted red peppers on the side.  It was just perfect.  Highly recommend.