Ask a Chef: Where to Eat in San Sebastián, Spain

For our travel issue of JBF Notes, we asked top toques about their favorite international locales for culinary inspiration. Below, chef Bryce Shuman and GM Eamon Rockey of the 2014 JBF Award–nominated Betony share their picks for San Sebastián, Spain:

 

Bar Zeruko (photo by Anders Lanzen)

 

San Sebastián’s gastronomic community resonates with a strong sense of pride in regional Basque culinary tradition, from their pintxo bars to some of the world’s most famous food destinations. Don’t miss:

 

Bar Zeruko for the amazing array of highly progressive tapas.

 

The market under the Plaza de la Brecha for the city’s finest selection of produce and seafood.

 

Gran Paladar for the best olives and cured meat in the city. (The family who owns it is the archetype for the city: passionate, kind, hospitable, and warm!)

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Wine Wisdom: Add These Regions Less Traveled to Your Bucket List

 

Fresh off the Barn at Blackberry Farm’s win of the 2014 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine Program, Andy Chabot, the restaurant’s food and beverage director, tells us about his favorite less-traveled wine regions. 

 

Paso Robles, California
I imagine that Paso Robles is what Napa was like in the ’70s: farm country, plenty of incredible wines, and friendly winemakers who open their doors to visitors. A nice bonus is that local restaurants sell many of the area’s hard-to-find wines.

 

Chablis, France 
A quick trip from Paris, this is a fantastic region for white-wine lovers. It’s not overly touristy, and there are some very fun restaurants and hotels with great wines. All seven of the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis sit together in a bowl like an amphitheater. 

 

Tokaj, Hungary
The traditional Aszu Tokaji wines from this region in northeastern 
Hungary are among the world’s finest dessert wines, but... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Where to Eat in Lima, Peru

For our travel issue of JBF Notes, we asked top toques about their favorite international locales for culinary inspiration. Below, JBF Award winner Rick Bayless shares his picks for Lima, Peru:

 

Malabar

 

“Lima has all the right components to be a world-class food city: a rich history, incredible ingredients, and ambitious chefs.”

 

Malabar is a great example of modern Peruvian cooking—if you plunked this place down in New York, it’d be the most popular restaurant in town.

 

El Chinito and La Lucha are two great spots for one of Peru’s quintessential eats: the pork sandguches (sandwiches).

 

If you can get there during Mistura, the huge food festival, you’re in for a fine time. When I was there I fell in love with the chancho en palo (boned-out pigs roasted over huge fires), the sparkling ceviches... Read more >

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JBF Trip Planner: Long Island’s North Fork

vineyards

 

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when planning a trip—perhaps even before booking a plane ticket—is figure out where you’re going to eat while you’re there. Museums, sightseeing, and shopping are all well and good, but food is often the main attraction. To make trip planning a little easier, we’re compiling lists of our can’t-miss pit stops in some of our favorite places. JBF Award winners, hole-in-the-wall favorites, America’s Classics, and one-hit wonders—we’ll give you a quick rundown of our absolute must-eats in each featured location.

 

Just across the bay from the celebrity-studded beaches and mega mansions of the Hamptons, the quaint North Fork of Long Island lures us with its laid-back vibe, countless vineyards and farm stands, and succulent local oysters on every menu. Autumn is harvest season, which is an ideal time for a jaunt out to the... Read more >

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JBF Trip Planner: Tokyo

The James Beard Foundation names its top dining picks in Tokyo

 

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when planning a trip—perhaps even before booking a plane ticket—is figure out where you’re going to eat while you’re there. Museums, sightseeing, and shopping are all well and good, but food is often the main attraction. To make trip planning a little easier, we’re compiling lists of our can’t-miss pit stops in some of our favorite places. JBF Award winners, hole-in-the-wall favorites, America’s Classics, and one-hit wonders—we’ll give you a quick rundown of our absolute must-eats in each featured location.

 

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If food travel were an Olympic event, our own Mitchell Davis would easily be a top contender. Not only has he been everywhere, but when he's on a trip he leaves no stone unturned, no baguette un-tasted, no crazy, tomato-only... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Andrew Zimmern

 

What's on television personality Andrew Zimmern's mind? Find out on last week's episode of Taste Matters as he chats with JBF's Mitchell Davis about travel, taste, and gastronomy. Andrew Zimmern is the co-creator, host, and consulting producer of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods. A multiple JBF Award winner and the honoree at this year's Chefs & Champagne New York, Andrew discusses how small, remote pockets of the world have changed his perspective on culture and humanity, why he thinks walnuts are the most disgusting thing to eat, and the importance of travel. Listen below:

 

 

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The Bookshelf: Jasmine and Fire

Salma Abdelnour

 

After fleeing a war-torn Lebanon during her childhood and starting a new life in the United States, food and travel writer Salma Abdelnour always dreamed of returning to her homeland. Her poignant book, Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut, chronicles her complicated return to Lebanon and its vibrant food culture. We got in touch with her to learn about her go-to Lebanese restaurants here in New York City, her favorite cuisines around the globe, and what makes Beirut’s food culture so extraordinary.

 

(Join Salma tomorrow at noon for a special installment of our Beard on Books series at the Beard House.)

 

JBF: You wrote that when you returned to Beirut and had to come to grips with so many changes in your life, you found solace in Lebanon’s food culture. Can you tell us a bit more about that?

 

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JBF Trip Planner: Copenhagen

 

For in-the-know food lovers heading to Copenhagen this winter, there are some obvious places you probably want to hit (and at least one of them rhymes with "MOMA"). But instead of speed-dialing René Redzepi's foraging temple, or waiting on line at Relæ, check out these slightly more under-the-radar restaurants that are just as deserving of attention.

 

Marv & Ben

Contrary to our original assumption, this place is not owned by a pair of old, Jewish friends. Marv and ben translate to "marrow and bone," and this modern Nordic bistro lives up to its name with a meat-focused menu of dishes like pork neck with beets and rosehips, veal tartare with celery, chive powder, and a coddled egg yolk, and the B.L.T.-reminiscent fried rice bread with smoked marrow.

 

Aamann's

This simple but chic smørrebrød restaurant serves modern interpretations of the... Read more >

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