02 Jan Basque Burnt Cheese Cake and San Sebastian
To bring back my Basque cheesecake experience, last week I made the Basque Burnt Cheesecake for Jared’s birthday using this recipe. Maybe I didn’t whisk everything enough, I found it’s not as fluffy as we tasted in La Vina, also I am sure it has something to do with the type of cheese but otherwise it is sooooooooo rich and delicious! Put a side the fact that it requires 1L of cream cheese, 1/2 litre of cream, 7 eggs and sugar all in one cake. I am determine to try it again next time when I think about San Sebastian.
Two months ago, we were in San Sebastian eating pintxo, tapas, fried peppers, churros, jamon, paella, anchovies… Spain is definitely somewhere I would go back, again and again and I am so glad that we made San Sebastian our last stop because it’s by far the best foodie experience! Like any other larger countries, each region of Spain offers something different from the others. Like Madrid is more well known for Flamenco, Valencia is famous for its paella which is made with rabbit and chicken, Barcelona famous for football and San Sebastian is definitely most famous for its tapas.
We learnt that pintxo is a type of tapas and the main difference is that pintxo are usually spiked with a skewer or toothpicks. During the three nights in San Sebastian, we tapas bar hopped every night and tried so many things in different shapes and form. There’s one restaurant called La Vina. You walk in and will see a full wall of cake tins with Basque cheesecake ready to go and that’s where I got hooked!!!! If you ever visit San Sebastian, I highly recommend you pay them a visit. Other dishes like anchovies cream cheese cones, chowder crabs are not to miss!
La Cuchara de Sam Telmo is another recommendation, fresh fried foie gras, beef cheek, cheese risotto, octopus. And also Gandarias Jatetxea has he best seared beef fillet ever, just ask them for solo mio. Their duck breast brochettes is also very delicious!