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Cheryl Tiu  I do all kinds of media. Founder @cross.cultures. Official World's 50 Best Restaurants Tastemaker. Content Creator. Consultancy. πŸ“ Bilbao πŸš— San Seb

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I've been drinking Rioja wines for some time but to actually be drinking it in Rioja Alavesa (the part of Rioja in the Basque country) is so special. πŸ’• Ysios has one of the most remarkable wineries, designed to mimic the Sierra de Cantabria mountains behind it, by Santiago Calatrava (he also designed the Zubizuri bridge in Bilbao). They make only reservas (150,000 bottles/ year) and limited edition wines, but they make special blends for the Guggenheim Museum's Nerua and Bistro. Trivia #1: It's an hour's drive from Bilbao, and they offer public tours. Trivia #2: It's part of the Pernod Ricard group. #cheryltiutravels #cheryltiuspain #cheryltiubilbao #bodegasysios #riojaalavesa #wine #basquecountry #ysios #santiagocalatrava #pernodricard

It was a huge honor to have been part of the special Four Hands dinner between El Celler de Can Roca (Joan Roca) and Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao (Josean Alija). While Joan brought in his signature dishes (my fave was the deconstructed Palamos prawn😍😍😍), Josean created new ones (my fave was the kokotxa skin & velvet crab in pilipil sauce πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ) specifically for this evening-- a seamless flow of dishes and ideas that communicated how both chefs truly respect and enjoy each other's cuisines and philosophies.
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Accompanying them were an interesting range of wines, which Nerua sommelier Ismael Alvarez consulted with El Celler de Can Roca sommelier Josep Roca for the pairings. These included a white Rioja, a rosada (rose) with meat, and a special 1964 Campo Viejo Reserva which they opened in honor of Joan's birth date. Happy 20th anniversary Guggenheim Museum and happy 6th birthday Nerua!!!πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’ž (Swipe left for the photos; all photos by me except for 2nd: Miguel Tonda & 3rd: Nerua)

Today's Basque breakfast was a txakoli-tasting in the middle of a vineyard (as in no bathroom within the vicinity πŸ˜†). Bodegas Itsasmendi is a boutique biodynamic winery highly respected for their txakolis- they do a red one, too, quite rare (up on my IG stories)🍷. Such a precious experience πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• We then headed back to a city for a pintxos bar crawl for lunch, and then the Four Hands Dinner between El Celler de Can Roca and Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao is in a few hours!! Let's not even go to last night's 12-course dinner by Nerua. πŸ˜„ Whew! I'm really struggling not to expand horizontally here! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… #basquecountry #cheryltiubilbao #cheryltiuspain #cheryltiutravels #itsasmendi #bodegasitsasmendi #txakoli #bilbao #spain #wine #wineallday

Asador Etxebarri is a restaurant that a lot of foodie friends told me I shouldn't miss-- and getting a table at the 6th best restaurant in the world was certainly not a walk in the park. It's special because it's simple food done well-- really, really, really well-- by chef Victor Arguinzoniz on his wood-fired grill. A grill is a grill but his technique is extraordinary, hence legendary dishes like the prawns of Palamos and the beef chop that remain in memories for years. Chef Victor is self-taught, and he never leaves his kitchen- and it was so nice to meet him (he's so nice! And tall!)- it was great to see where all the magic happens. I had the most wonderful time in the company of Naiara Ortiz (who was also behind the wheel from the 45-minute drive from Bilbao 😘); thank you Josean Alija and Stefania Giordano for this precious experience. πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’ž (Swipe left for photos including a wine menu that's bigger than me!😊) #worlds50best #50besttastemaker #tastemaker #asadoretxebarri #etxebarri #cheryltiutravels #cheryltiuspain #michelin

Azurmendi (@azurmendi_atxa) was so wonderful in every form-- food, service, ambiance. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ The experience at the 3-Michelin-starred restaurant which sits on No. 38 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants is in four parts: 1) picnic at the atrium 2) bites inside the kitchen 3) snacks in the greenhouse 4) main meal in the dining room with the most stunning view. 😍😍😍 I had the Adarrak menu which focuses on seasonal ingredients & I'd like to highlight Green Tear Pears, which is only available in Basque Country for 2 months in a year and is considered, as my friend Inaki explained to me, like their vegetable caviar as they delicately explode inside your mouth. πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ Azurmendi makes their own txakoli (Basque white wine), and is also one of the most sustainable restauants in the world- made from recycled materials; they recycle their own wastes, harvest their own rainfall, and use solar panels and geothermic system to produce electricity. Eneko Atxa (@enekoatxa) is not only really talented and also super kind and humble. Thank you so much for such a fantastic experience!πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ (swipe left for photos) @theworlds50best #worlds50best #tastemaker #50besttastemaker #cheryltiutravels #cheryltiuspain #azurmendi #enekoatxa #michelin

Hola, Bilbao!!! Really excited to be celebrating the Guggenheim Museum's 20th anniversary with a very special Four Hands dinner between El Celler de Can Roca (Joan Roca) and Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao (Josean Alija). 😍😍😍 It's going to be super! My 1st time in Spain's Basque Country, too! Muchas gracias team Nerua for the kindness, hospitality and very warm welcome!😘😘😘 PS And if you didnt know already, the 2018 World's 50 Best Restaurants is happening right HERE!!!πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ #bilbao #spain #nerua #elcellerdecanroca #guggenheim #frankgehry #cheryltiuspain #cheryltiubilbao #cheryltiutravels #worlds50best #50besttastemaker #michelin #fourhands #basquecountry

This is Georgia: a country with an 8,000-year-old wine culture, and that's on the cusp of a tourism explosion. It took way more than a couple of sips for me to appreciate qvervi-style natural wines but after 10 days in this amazing country, I'm obsessed, and can't imagine going back to a life w/o it. Massive thanks (αƒ’αƒ›αƒαƒ“αƒšαƒαƒ‘αƒ— madloba!) to Georgia's National Wine Agency, Taste Georgia and Georgia Tourism for this experience. It is a magical country, and has won me over in so many ways. πŸ™πŸ’•πŸ’“ (πŸ“·: @tastegeorgia) #cheryltiutravels #cheryltiugeorgia #tastegeorgia #georgiatravel #tbilisi #georgia

The Armenian table is often packed with vegetables & fresh produce (often grown in villages and backyards across the country) and centers around BBQ (khoravats), usually pork. We had this home-cooked lunch at the home of an Armenian family as part of our day trip tour to the Lori region in the northern part of the country. #armenia #cheryltiuarmenia #cheryltiutravels

I was curious about Armenia so decided to do a day trip to visit some of the things they are most known for (apart from Cher the singer, Andre Agassi and the Kardashians!)-- their medieval monasteries. This is Sanahin monastery, a UNESCO Heritage site, built in the 10th century in Byzantine architecture (notice the Armenian crosses behind us, too). Here I am with the folks from the tour, waiting for the rain to stop. And yes, there's my new Armenian bag that I'm kinda obsessed with. #armenia #sanahin #unesco #cheryltiutravels #cheryltiuarmenia

Eko Glonti's gorgeous amber wine (Lagvinari is officially one of my top fave Georgian wineries) and this view from Rooms Hotel Kazbegi. Life is beautiful. πŸ’• #lagvinari #tastegeorgia #orangewine #amberwine #cheryltiutravels #cheryltiugeorgia #georgia #georgiatravel

So freaking grateful to be in this incredible country. πŸ™β€οΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡ͺ #georgia #cheryltiugeorgia #cheryltiutravels #georgiatravel

Khinkali are what Georgian dumpling dreams are made of. πŸ’ž The way you eat it is to take from the "stem," take a small bite, sip the soup, then continue eating. πŸ˜‹ They're often steamed but you can ask them to fry them. No sauce; only a dash of pepper. You can tell how many khinkali a person has eaten by the number of "stems" left on their plates. πŸ˜†πŸ˜…πŸ˜ŽπŸ’ͺ #khinkali #tblisi #georgia #cheryltiutravels #cheryltiugeorgia #tastegeorgia #bina37 #georgiatravel

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