Could Your Please Grow Those Apples A Little Faster?


Maybe it’s because we’re on the West Coast, which doesn’t strike me so much as a European Melting Pot as back East (although we do fine with Asia and down South here) but Basque culture is not something we are exposed to very often in Portland, and a Basque restaurant, how many of those do you hear about in our area? Sure, Spanish influenced places like Lolo or Toro Bravo have splashes of Basque cuisine, but they don’t market themselves as Basque.

IMG_1849On my very last “real” vacation, sadly a little over 9 years ago, part of our itinerary was to rent a car in Barcelona, then drive all over the most Northern area of Spain, starting in the Basque Region with a stay in a Parador in Hondarribia (Spanish – Fuenterrabia) a little Barvarian looking town across the bay from France. It was fascinating, once we left Catalonia, seeing every road sign and other directional marker in both Spanish and Basque, those Basque really know how to use those weird letters of the alphabet we have little use for here, like X, Y and Z. Hondarribia was a great little place, so quaint and full of Spanish, Basque, and French History, and the food there was unlike any I had found in my other travels around Spain, particularly heavy on seafood and peppers, and costing almost twice as much as other regions we had eaten in (not quite sure why, maybe because the North of Spain is a much harsher climate, one region actually referred to as the Scotland of Spain (although this is on the opposite northern coast from Hondarribia, in the NW environs of the country, in Galicia.) (more…)