My parents were visiting when we traveled to San Sebastian last week which meant we had someone to watch the kids for a date. It had been about 8 months since we've had a proper date and it was long overdue. Since we were only going to be getting one date during our year abroad, we decided to do it up right with a 3-star Michelin restaurant. San Sebastian has been on the culinary map for quite some time. It is home to three of five Michelin three star restaurants in all of Spain. On our first rainy day in the city, Doug and I had lunch reservations at Arzak. Three weeks notice was too short to score a dinner reservation. The meal was incredible and the presentation will keep it fresh in my memory forever. The photos do not do it justice (bad lighting) but I still wanted to share the creativity of their courses. For starters, the beet root blood apple accompanied with foie gras came perched on top of a crushed can. I loved the juxtaposition of something fancy with a piece of trash. Brilliant! I'm serving something this way at my next dinner party. The Lobster "Sea and Garden" came served on a clear glass plate positioned on top of an iPad with a view of waves crashing and ocean sounds. A multi-sensory experience! For the finish, I had to snap a photo of our chocolate "Ferreteria" (hardware store) for my tool-loving Dad. The entire meal was 5-courses, PLUS three different amuse bouche, and a dessert sampler but I won't bore you with every single photo.
The next day we gorged again at the Pinxos bar. The old town is filled with them but we quickly found our favorite that we frequented two more times while we were in town. They are great for kids because they are loud, packed and the food is served buffet-style so you don't have to wait for service. My kids disappointed me by refusing to try anything other than the cured ham on baguette ;-( Haven't the French taught them a thing or two about good food yet?