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There are more Michelin star restaurants in the Basque Country per capita than anywhere in the world, 29 and still counting.  Since the 70’s pioneer Chef Juan Mari Arzak started to combined traditional Basque dishes with French gastronomy creating a whole new world class cuisine.  “La Nueva Cocina Vasca”. Here you’ll partake of this great cuisine when you visit the sophisticated cities of San Sebastian and Bilbao, as well as the lovely historic towns of Hondarribia and Getaria. The abundant fishing waters of the North Atlantic, provide their Chefs with the perfect ingredients for unique seafood dishes.

Vegetables grown in their fertile Valleys are so flavorful, they have become main dishes in their own right. Like eggplant, white asparagus and wild mushrooms. Or you accompany a meat dish witha “Piparrada”, sweet red and green peppers sautéed in olive oil. Their secret is not very secret. Use the best natural produce and prepare them so as to enhance their natural flavors. It’s the way they’ve been cooking for generations.

We will introduce you to the delightful “Pintxos”, gourmet tapas, complimented with their local white wine "Txakolí"’.  A slightly effervescent, fruity and dry wine. Or you might prefer a world-class red from La Rioja Alavesa. The Basque Country is more than a region. It’s a culture. A friendly people with a history all their own and a language so different linguists can’t figure out its source.

Our Dine Your Way through Spain Programs are designed to not only be a feast for your palate, but for your eyes and hearts as well.  We look forward to working with you in 2021!

For more information visit www.ExclusivelySpain.US or call 562.916.3359.
 
   
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Although Galicia has long been a favorite of European gourmands, it has yet to be discovered by American aficionados.  Here some of Spain’s finest seafood Chefs like Pepe Solla or Marcelo Tejedor, can be found preparing amazing dishes in the great historic cities of Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra, Baiona or Vigo.

Galcia’s rugged coast offers some of the world’s best fishing waters. Over 200 varieties of fish and 54 kinds of shellfish alone. During your stay in Galicia you’ll enjoy wonderful dishes. Like Mariscos a la Planch (shellfish simmered in olive oil). Or Fideos con Pulpo (grilled octopus over pasta). Galicia is also known for its unique cheeses and rich produce. Turnips, peppers and mushrooms so scrumptious they’re often served as a main dish. Like Grelos Gallegos (turnip greens simmered in olive oil, garlic and pimento) and Caldo Gallego (a delicious country soup).

You will find your meals always paired with Galicia’s crisp local and exquisite white Albariños, renowned Ribeiro whites from the Ribadavia wine area or the lush red Mencìas from the magnificent Ribeira Sacra Vine valley.

During your visit you’ll stay in lovely Pazos (former manor and inns) some located along the trails of El Camino, as well as historic hotels surrounded by beautiful landscapes and rich history.

Our Dine Your Way through Spain Programs are designed to not only be a feast for your palate, but for your eyes and hearts as well.  We look forward to working with you in 2021!

For more information visit www.ExclusivelySpain.US or call 562.916.3359.
 
   
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Extremadura, the beautiful land beyond the River Duero, is one of the most remote of all Spanish regions, a land where modern time seems to have passed by. When you travel to the historic cities of Caceres, Trujillo and Merida it’s like stepping through time into the middle ages and into Spain’s rich medieval history. The ancient walls, winding, cobbled streets, castles and noble’s mansions of its quaint old towns are still intact. Both "Conquistadores" Pizarro and Hernán Cortés were born here.

Many of the original dishes enjoyed today in Extremadura were introduced during the Roman occupation and also date back to the medieval times.
They are still prepared and enjoyed today the same way. Their Olive Oil is exceptional and compliments the local cuisine. Extremadura is also known for their excellent variety of "Quesos" cheeses.

Extremadura is known for its variety and abundance of wild game. Pork and Lamb dishes play a big part of their gastronomy and can be served grilled in many of their savory stews. Extremadura’s cured hams and sausages “Embutidos” are very popular ad well known throughout Spain.

Each year Extremadura celebrates the largest and most important Festival of the “Jamón Ibérico” spanish ham in Spain. The region is also known for their tasteful wild "Hongos" mushrooms which are generously used in their cuisine, and their local cheeses also make excellent partners to the great variety of ‘"Tintos" red wines produced in this fascinating region.

Our Dine Your Way through Spain Programs are designed to not only be a feast for your palate, but for your eyes and hearts as well.  We look forward to working with you in 2021!

For more information visit www.ExclusivelySpain.US or call 562.916.3359.
 
   
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The Region of Valencia and its capital Spain’s third largest city, is located in the heart of the Spanish Riviera on the white sandy beaches of La Costa Blanca. With its near perfect temperatures, this region has become Spain’s favorite vacation getaway.

Valencia is known for its produce, its seafood and its rice. It’s home of the popular Paella a la Valenciana, as well as more than 67 varieties of savory Spanish rice dishes. Here you will learn how to prepare the real Paella. Valencia is also the perfect place to buy saffron spices and key ingredients in their historic market, used to prepare the authentic Paella.  A visit to the Albufera rice fields is also part of the Paella learning process.

When you dine in some of Valencia’s excellent restaurants you’ll discover why it’s becoming a gourmand’s paradise with internationally recognized chefs, like Rafael Vidal.  The region is also known for its traditional cuisine, something Valencia has known to cherish over the centuries.

As you explore and visit many of the region’s historic sites like El Puig and Roman Sagunto where El Cid left his mark, you’ll also partake of recipes and drinks some dating back to the Roman occupation. The original Horchata drink for example made from the Chufa root was a favorite of the Romans. 

Valencia’s white wines also compliment its cuisine. You can follow the Route of Wines linked to more than 2,700 years of history, when you visit the Wine Valley of Utiel-Requena.

Our Dine Your Way through Spain Programs are designed to not only be a feast for your palate, but for your eyes and hearts as well.  We look forward to working with you in 2021!

For more information visit www.ExclusivelySpain.US or call 562.916.3359.
 
   
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The wines of La Rioja Alavesa are among the finest in Spain. But don’t let its reputation for wines detract from the fact that it’s also home to superb cuisine. Gourmands may come for the wine, but they stay for the food. While you travel through the beautiful landscape filled with vineyards, you will also enjoy visiting historic Vitoria-Gasteiz and the popular towns of Laguardia, Briones and Elciego to to name a few.  Elciego is also home to the magnificent Marques de Riscal Resort designed by architect Frank Gehry.

International gourmands have rediscovered La Rioja Alavesa classical cuisine. Innovative chefs, like Francis Paniego, are combining Spanish traditional cuisine with a French nouveau twist. Many unpretentious “Casas de comida” (home cooked eating houses) are creating their very own specialties.

Vegetables such as artichokes, eggplants and peppers figure prominently in its cuisine. Especially in “menestras” (stews). So do goat, trout, venison and lamb cooked over grapevines. In one of the many family owned Bodegas some dating back 500 years old, you will learn that sometimes only one grape from a thousand make it to the bottle. You can see how the wine is aged for years in special oak barrels and the love “Riojanos” have for the local “Tempranillo Grape”.

La Rioja Alavesa is only seventy miles long and thirty miles wide. Yet every inch of it is special. Its history, architecture and art. But what makes it the most special is its wine. Everything revolves around wine. When a “Riojano” goes out to dine, first they order the wine. Then they order the food that best accompanies it!

Our Dine Your Way through Spain Programs are designed to not only be a feast for your palate, but for your eyes and hearts as well.  We look forward to working with you in 2021!

For more information visit www.ExclusivelySpain.US or call 562.916.3359.
 
   

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