The Spanish Pantry from Foods & Wine from Spain: Anchovies
January 27, 2016
Cantabrian anchovies are one of the most sought-after ingredients for chefs who seek the finest flavors of the sea. This short video from Foods & Wine from Spain gives a nice look at the entire process of bringing these anchovy fillets to the kitchen. From the waters off the coast of San Sebastian, to filleting the anchovies and packing them by hand, to the high-quality olive oil that preserves them in glass jars or tins, you'll get a glimpse of just what it takes to produce one of the foundation ingredients for numerous pintxos and tapas.
One afternoon not that long ago, A.J. Weiss was sitting in a cafe, tapping his pen on an empty note pad, and staring out the window. The prior accumulated years of adventure, heartbreak, and common drudgery had all amounted to this, a particular moment, for reasons both unknown and fairly straightforward. The most straightforward being that he was part of the family in the family-owned and operated Blue Planet Foods, Ltd. (importer of high-quality food products and ingredients), founded by Andrew E. Weiss and Miguel Rubio de Urquia, and that he had set forth to complete the task of conjuring a suitable name for the company's new Spanish specialty food label. After a certain amount of consideration and voluminous list-making, Donostia Foods came to be.
What was the inspiration for this (superb) brand name? Donostia-San Sebastián, a small coastal city in Basque Country in northern Spain, renowned for its restaurants, gastronomic societies, and culinary traditions. A place where locals and visitors alike wander the cobblestones of the old town in the warm evening light, drifting amongst the pintxo bars to sample unparalleled small-bites accompanied by the effervescent local wine, txakoli, and sharing in the laughter that becomes the fondest of memories; a place that exudes good food, good drinks, and a general sense of revelry. All of which is quite enjoyable.
With Donostia Foods we hope to introduce more people in the United States to the gastronomic pleasures of Donostia-San Sebastián and Spain as a whole, with a continually expanding product line of the best examples of the best products we can find and with the conviviality of the place itself.
Thank you for your interest in Donostia Foods, and if there's anything we can do for you, please contact us.
A.J. Weiss in the village of Espelette in Basque Country.