SICA Europe Culinary Tour Day- 14

Day 14: Sept 24 

San Sebastian and Paella 

We had a gentle reminder that it was a Sunday and the plan was to visit San Sebastian, which one of most famous tourist destinations in Spain. The city which is on Bay of Biscay offers some scenic settings.

We had a guided tour of the city. We strolled around the Bay of Biscay and along the pathway that featured ‘concha’ motif bearing wrought iron grills fence. The city boasts of highest concentration of Michelin star rated restaurant per capita/ per square meter in the world. As per our guide the number stood then at 16!. It is also considered as a center for gastronomy. The week after our visit was the Gastronomika (http://www.sansebastiangastronomika.com/en/) event that would bring together chefs across the world to the congress and the restaurants of San Sebastian putting up their show for the visitors. The great news that the partner country for 2017 event is India and many Indian chefs will show case the mystique Indian food at Gastronomika this time around. We also had a shopping break here and chefs ventured out to scout for mementos among various items on their bucket list of shopping.

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Chefs in their casual best !!

At lunch time we were off to Mount Igueldo, to enjoy Spanish typical paella( Spanish rice dish with various combinations). What awaited us on top was an incredible view of San Sebastian Bay.

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View from Mount Igueldo

The lunch was a Spanish Paella that had some choicest shell fish and was full of flavour. Some fine Spanish wine and local beer accompanied the lunch.

After somewhat leisurely lunch we were back to Hondarribia discover the local culture. The town faces France across the bay and had its own breathtaking views of the coast. The guide was proud of the fact that famous golfer Jose Maria Olazabal was from Hondarribia. It was time to retire after a quiet dinner at the hotel Jauregui.

Dinner at Hotel Jauregui

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