It's been just over a year since we've made London our home-base. And what a year it has been. Certainly in the book of my life, this past year will be an interesting chapter. We've managed to visit nearly every place in Europe we've ever wanted to go, and made a commitment to do today, before we've even turned 30, what most say they might do when they retire.
Summer has managed to slip through our fingers and its that time of year when days get shorter and I find myself pulling a sweater over my head as soon as I wake. Rather than totally succumb to fall we managed to squeeze in one last summer trip where beaches and food took center stage.
Basque country in Spain is situated on the Bay of Biscay, borders France to the east, and sits just above La Rioja. Our time in Basque country was spent in San Sebastian. Mornings were spent exploring the town and hiking around, afternoons dedicated to wave surfing and sunning at the beach, and evenings were dedicated to Rioja and pintxos.
Pintxos are San Sebastian's answer to tapas. Most are littered along the bar and you pick what you like. Locals wash them down with cider, but we found we much preferred Rioja with our pintxos.
Others are chosen from a menu and cooked to order - like this calamari...
Or this squid, stuffed with meat and a whole shrimp!
The most memorable though may have been this Tarta de Queso from a pintxos bar in Old Town called La Viña.
Light, smooth and deliciously caramelized edges - we couldn't get enough.
We had multiple slices, every single day we were there. Nate even told me to take smaller bites and to slowly savor each bite. We've contemplated going back to San Sebastian just for the cheesecake.
Rumor has it that the recipe includes goat cheese curd and yogurt. Now on a mission to recreate.