The Basque region: fun and fire in Spain’s top restaurants

In my last post I focused on the pintxo, what I might consider the most fun food to eat. The playfulness and social hospitality of Basque cuisine is found beyond the pintxo bar and in some of the most revered restaurants in the world. I was lucky (and crazy) enough to eat a three of…

The Basque region: what is a pintxo and how do you say it?

There are few places on earth where you will eat better than in Northern Spain. Of course, Spain’s closest culinary competitors, Italy and France, also have excellent and world-renowned cuisine. But the approach toward food and eating in Spain, particularly the Basque country, is distinctive and I think what is responsible for its standing in…

Peru: Part II – innovation and veneration in Peru’s best restaurants

In the last several years Peruvian cuisine has become a starlet of the food scene. A few restaurants in particular are credited with bringing Peruvian cooking to world-wide attention, such as Astrid & Gaston, Malabar, and Central, which is currently considered the best restaurant in Latin America. The food at these experimental restaurants often bears…

Vietnam: a guide to food, from north to south. PART 2

Vietnam made such an impression on me that I wanted to devote adequate time and space to discussing my experiences, both with the food and otherwise. The previous post focused on Hanoi and Hue, which were also the first two stops along our trip. The next major stops were Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, the feature…