Repsol Restaurant Guide – Sun-ratings

The Repsol Guide in Spain has been giving out sun-ratings to great restaurants for over 35 years. Nowhere near as well-known worldwide as  Michelin Stars but within Spain they are highly rated and sought after.

For 2016 a total of 476 Spanish restaurants were listed –

36 with Three Suns
147 with Two Suns
293 with One Sun

That’s a lot of fabulous restaurants to try, so where ever you head to around Spain be sure to consult the Repsol Guide to for excellent restaurants. I’ve listed all the three sun  restaurants throughout Spain and then all the sun rated, one, two and three stars ones in Andalucia. Why all of them in Andalucia? That’s where I live and the ones I’ll probably get to first!

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Tres Soles or 3 Sun Repsol Restaurants in Spain

ABaC –  Barcelona
Akelarre  – Donostia/San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa
Aponiente – El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz
Arzak  – Donostia/San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa
Atrio –  Caceres
Azurmendi  – Larrabetzu, Bizkaia
Cabaña Buenavista – El Palmar, Murcia
Can Jubany  – Calldetenes, Barcelona
Sant Pau – Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona
Casa Gerardo  – Prendes, Asturias
Cenador de Amós  – Villaverde de Pontones, Cantabria
Coque  – Humanes de Madrid, Madrid
Dani García – Marbella, Málaga
DiverXo – Madrid
Dos Cielos – Barcelona
El Celler de Can Roca – Girona
El Portal – Ezcaray, La Rioja
Etxebarri  – Atxondo, Bizkaia
Hispania  – Arenys de Mar, Barcelona
Kabuki Wellington – Madrid
L’Escaleta – Cocentaina, Alicante
La Terraza del Casino – Madrid
Martín Berasategui – Lasarte-Oria, Gipuzkoa
Mugaritz –  Errentería, Gipuzkoa
Nerua  – Bilbao, Bizkaia
O’Pazo – Madrid
Quique Dacosta Restaurante – Dénia, Alicante
Ramón Freixa – Madrid,
Ricard Camarena – Valencia
Rodero – Pamplona, Navarra
Santceloni – Madrid
Solla – San Salvador de Poio, Pontevedra
Vía Veneto – Barcelona
Zalacain – Madrid
Zuberoa –  Oiartzun, Gipuzkoa

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Repsol  Restaurants In Andalucia

 
Three Suns 
Aponiente – Cadiz
Dani García – Málaga
Two Suns
Abantal – Sevilla
Choco – Cordoba
El Campero – Cadiz
El Faro del Puerto – Cadiz
El Lago – Malaga
Jose Carlos Garcia – Malaga
Kabuki Raw – Malaga
La Costa – Almeria
One Sun
Acanthum – Huelva
Alejandro – Almeria
Alhucemas – Sevilla 
Antonio – Cadiz
Arriaga – Granada
Cantina La Estacion – Jaen
Casa Antonio – Jaen
Casa Bigote – Cadiz
Castilleria – Cadiz
Don Giovanni – Malaga
Egaña – Santo –Sevilla
El Faro de Cadiz – Cadiz
El Churrasco – Cordoba
El Jardín – Hacienda El Rosalejo – Cadiz 
El Jardín de Lutz – Malaga
Jaylu – Sevilla
Juanito – Jaen
La Catedral – Almeria
La Curiosidad de Mauro Barreiro – Cadiz
La Fabula – Granada
La Plazuela – Huelva
Los Marinos Jose – Malaga
Los Sentidos – Jaen
Marbella Club Grill – Malaga
Don Giovanni Finca Cortesin – Malaga

2017 Michelin Stars Announced

Congratulations to all the 2017 listed Michelin Star restaurants in Spain.

Foods and Wines from Spain

lubina-lasarte-571 Sea bass at Lasarte / Photo courtesy of Lasarte

It’s official! Spain now has its ninth three-Michelin star restaurant, which is none other than Martín Berasategui’s Lasarte. Located in Barcelona and run by chef de cuisine Paolo Casagrande, Lasarte brings both the taste of the Basque Country and three Michelin stars to this cosmopolitan Spanish city.

This achievement was announced at Wednesday’s celebration of the presentation of the 2017 Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal, a gala event that was held at the Roca brothers’ Mas Marroch country estate.

In addition to Lasarte’s elevation to three Michelin stars, there are plenty of other successes to celebrate. The following five Spanish restaurants received their second Michelin star: DSTAgE in Madrid; l’Escaleta in Cocentaina, Alicante; Annua in San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria; Cenador de Amós in Villaverde de Pontones, Cantabria; and BonAmb in Xàbia, Alicante.

Similarly, fifteen new one-Michelin-star designations were given to El Invernadero…

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HomeExchange Gold

HomeExchange Gold for a more personalised service is for those clients wishing for excellent service and a five-star property swap. The Gold membership offers support to help members find the right home-swap for them and these specialists can be reached  by phone, email or chat anytime and from anywhere and also has the standard HomeExchange guarantee  of unlimited-no-extra-fee exchanges across the world.

Spain has always been a popular short-haul destination and is ideal for families with only a short flight time from the UK and this year with  flights from London to Granada again the options of location are more than ever.

House Swap
There are currently  4,213 homes listed in Spain, out of those 1,643 are second homes and 1,147 are open to a long term exchange. If you travel with children there are many exchanges available to you – 2,072 are families with children and 2,510 are apartments.

Not only does the HomeExchange Gold premium service include the Specialist’s assistance in finding your ideal swap but in optimising profiles and listing your for maximum exposure. So when time is short and preferences or special needs are important then just call on the team for your own personally curated listings.

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HomeExchange Gold members have a choice between connecting exclusively with fellow Gold members’ properties or making their listing visible to the entire community.

“Luxury today is about personalisation, on-demand service, flexibility and freedom of choice,” said Peter Anton, Director of Global Marketing and this is why the higher level of service was added. Clients now have the choice between the original membership or the upgraded Gold membership and whether to offer their own property to all members or only Gold members. An exciting move in home-swapping which if you have never done, I recommend you give a try.

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Last summer I went, with my sons and their girlfriends to a gorgeous urbanisation with the largest swimming pool and surrounds I’ve ever seen just ten minutes walk from Marbella’s Puerto Banus.

Swaps can  be simultaneous or not, making it easier to find where you want to go without the other party having to travel to your home and at the same time. HomeExchange now offer a point system of ‘balloons’ earned by hosting someone without travelling yourself and then you can use your ‘balloons’ to travel to the destination of your choice and when you want. A very easy way to take more advantage of  house-swapping and take as many holidays/swaps as you please.

Find out more about HomeExchange Gold.

Disclosure: This is not a paid/promotional post but one that is interesting to me and I think it is valuable information to share.

(My swap last summer was made through a different home exchange company and the top photo is my own from that swap.) The second photo is copyright @HomeExchange.

Jaen’s Best Gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The Jaen Selection 2016 prize-winning extra virgin olive oils from Elaia Zait come with a fine price and story.
_mg_00025-copiaRealising that extra virgin olive oils (evoo)  weren’t being presented as a gastronomy/gourmet produce Elaia Zait set out with this challenge to produce that very product.

The gift presentation box Premium 2016 features the Jaen Selection, prize-winning oils, and paying tribute to the local painter Quesada Rafael Zabaleta and one of his best works “Formas en tierras de Secano” which can be seen in the painter’s museum in Jaen._mg_00033-copia
Deconstructing the painting into two parts gave rise to the two parts of the presentation pack which is made from olive wood and contains not only eight of the best evoos but a limited edition numbered lithograph of the original painting.

The presentation packaging places the bottles upright  like an olive tree and for this reason the inside also is made of gorgeously-grained olive oil. Only 100 of this series has been produced._mg_00018-copiaProduced totally in Jaen province using various providers it has been a careful and detailed project from the fine oil produced to the laser engraving and special varnishes used.

For more information and/or puchase contact Elaia Zait