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Win a Trip to the Basque Country?!?! Yes Please!

Cooking Pinxtos the Basque Way

I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of a cook! Well you have to be, when you’re a fussy eater like me, and like vegetables a lot!!!

So when I was invited to the UK Cooks Basque event at the popular Spanish Bilbao Berria restaurant earlier this week, I was intrigued… Having just come back from Italy, where the veggie options had been limited (!!) I was a bit worried about how the Spanish would fare. However, I was very much catered for, and thankfully not in the minority!

The Head Chef gave us a demonstration on how to make a traditional pintxo, which was anchovy, egg, tuna, olive and chili on a skewer, drizzled with the most delicious dressing, and then his eager mentors (filled with local wine including a delicious Vina Real Rioja) were left to our own devices to create our own winning combination.

Competition was fierce as twelve journos were competing for a trip to the beautiful Basque country where pintxos are everywhere! Provided with a tray of bread, pepper, olives, Jamon Serrano, cod, soft cheese, mayonnaise and the smallest egg I have ever seen, it was difficult to know where to start! However taking inspiration from the region, I got stuck in and managed to make three (what I thought could be) winning combinations. Chef was giving encouragement all round and I was trying not to be too swayed by my neighbour’s extravagant concoction! Believing less is more; I opted for my sweet red pepper, olive and cream cheese combo for the competition. Naming it Sunshine on a Stick, I thought I was in with a chance…

The evening continued with many more professionally prepared pintxos, and even more local wine and cider whilst our attempts were being judged; By the time of the winning announcement, we were all a little bit excitable!

The Basque country sounds delightful, and a holiday was at stake.. Perfect for a beach break- with La Concha being voted one of Europes Top 25 beach resorts; San Sebastian is the hotspot for surfers, whether to admire the view, or learn yourself! And a mere hop skip and jump away is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao for some culture. My kind of break!

Alas my Sunshine on a Stick was not a winner, but I feel like a winner as I learnt some new skills, made some new friends and have another destination on my hit list!

Go to

Bilbao Berria

2 Regent Street, London

to check out more delicious pintxos for yourself or see you on the beach!



Sara Darling

Hello there, Thanks for reading! I am an ex fashion stylist (gave it up to follow my gypsy soul). Now writing words for mags and websites on culture, fashion, travel and wellness. As well as copywriting for numerous fashion and travel clients, I write features, interviews and reviews for clients including Schon! magazine, Riverside Journals, Style of the City magazine, Eluxe magazine, Kensington and Chelsea magazine,,,,, and more! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @WordsByDarling @1stClassDarling