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07 Jan 2011
Txakoli is an ideal match for Caribbean heat, but what is really hot is a Basque bodega in sunny Puerto Rico.
Spanish flavors inspire new restaurant openings
Author: Rosa María González Lamas/©ICEX
Although the Puerto Rican cellar of Spanish wines has very few bottles of txakoli (a white wine from Basque Country) in stock, a new Basque Cellar has opened with a good assortment of the flavors of Spain.
It’s La Bodega Vasca, the new culinary adventure of Spanish Chef Gaspar Ballestero, which has recently opened its doors as one of the newest Spanish restaurants in the metro zone of San Juan.
Joyful, yet intimate, La Bodega Vasca offers the best of Ballestero, who has decades of experience creating a delectable inventory of more than 80 tapas. La Bodega Vasca represents a new stage for its chef-owner, previously at El Bodegón de Gaspar, a more formal establishment that became famous for its themed seafood festivals which highlighted products, as codfish, that honored the Basque culinary roots, and which are expected to continue in this new restaurant venture.
What about the other cellar? That bodega, of course, has an important selection of wines from Spain. Located in the classy Villa Caparra neighborhood, the new La Bodega Vasca opens seven days a week for lunch and dinner. It also offers take-out and catering services.