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    RESULTS ARE IN for the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 places 51-100!!!!! The NEW World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2016 1- 50 will be presented next week but, hot off the press,  here’s the NEW World’s 50 Best Restaurants FULL COMPLETE LIST 2016 51- 100: No.51 MANÍ – SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL No.52 PER SE – NEW YORK, USA No.53 HOF VAN CLEVE – KRUISHOUTEM, BELGIUM No.54 THE JANE – ANTWERP, BELGIUM No.55 NERUA – BILBAO, SPAIN No.56 MIKLA – ISTANBUL, TURKEY No.57 L’ASTRANCE – PARIS, FRANCE No.58 ALAIN DUCASSE AU PLAZA ATHÉNÉE – PARIS, FRANCE No.59 MARTÍN BERASATEGUI – LASARTE-ORIA, SPAIN No.60 HEDONE – LONDON, UK No.61 MAAEMO – OSLO, NORWAY No.62 LA GRENOUILLERE – LA MADELAINE SOUS MONTREUIL, FRANCE No.63 AQUA – WOLFSBURG, GERMANY No.64 LASAI – RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL No.65= BRAE – BIRREGURRA, AUSTRALIA No.65= LYLE’S – LONDON, UK No.67 THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD – ST. HELENA, USA No.68 TEGUI – BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA No.69 EPICURE – PARIS, FRANCE No.70 BURNT ENDS – SINGAPORE No.71 DANIEL – NEW YORK, USA No.72 PAVILLON LEDOYEN – PARIS, FRANCE No.73 HERTOG JAN – BRUGES, BELGIUM No.74 LE CHATEAUBRIAND – PARIS, FRANCE No.75 TWINS – MOSCOW, RUSSIA No.76 LA COLOMBE – CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA No.77 DEN – TOKYO, JAPAN No.78 BELCANTO – LISBON, PORTUGAL No.79 DIVERXO – MADRID, SPAIN No.80 L’ATELIER SAINT-GERMAIN DE JOËL ROBUCHON PARIS – PARIS, FRANCE No.81 CHEF’S TABLE AT BROOKLYN FARE – NEW YORK, USA No.82 HAJIME – OSAKA, JAPAN No.83 MANRESA – LOS GATOS, USA No.84 REALE – CASTEL DI SANGRO, ITALY No.85 THE FRENCH LAUNDRY – YOUNTVILLE, USA No.86 8 1/2 OTTO E MEZZO BOMBANA – HONG KONG, CHINA No.87 INDIAN ACCENT – DELHI, INDIA No.88 DIE SCHWARZWALDSTUBE – BAIERSBRONN, GERMANY No.89= ZUMA – DUBAI, UAE No.89= BENU – SAN FRANCISCO, USA No.91 ST JOHN – LONDON, UK No.92 QUINTESSENCE – TOKYO, JAPAN No.93 DANIEL BERLIN – SKÅNE TRANÅS, SWEDEN No.94 BRAS – LAGUIOLE, FRANCE No.95 L’EFFERVESCENCE – TOKYO, JAPAN No.96 COSME – NEW YORK, USA No.97 MOMOFUKU KO – NEW YORK, USA No.98 QUAY – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA No.99 LA PETITE MAISON – DUBAI, UAE No.100 CHESTNAYA KUHNYA – MOSCOW, RUSSIA   We’ll keep you updated on the results of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016  1- 50 (June 13th 2016 live from New York). We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal. Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 places 51-100!!!!!   and Nerua, in The Basque Country, Spain, is the current World’s Number 55 Restaurant!! The NEW World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2016 List  1- 50 will be presented next week ….. we’ll let you know on the 13th of June! In 2011, Nerua received its first star for the Michelin Guide 2012, then in 2015 was a NEW ENTRY in the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for the first time at nº68! A great start for Nerua which is ideally located in the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. Nerua has now climbed higher in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List and is currently at Nº55!!!    There are literally thousands of restaurants all over the world – hundreds of thousands! – and acclaimed Restaurant Magazine narrows it down to organize, compile and present, year after year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards and List. This prestigious list, coming up to its 14th year,  is an annual recollection of the opinions and experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts and the ceremony is attended by the world’s finest chefs, international media and the world’s most influential restaurateurs. This year, 2016, sees the awards ceremony being presented from the United States of America, the first time the ceremony has moved from its beginnings in England, from London! We’ll keep you updated on the results of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016  (June 13th 2016 live from New York) but in the meantime we’ve been taking a look at the Spanish (and Portuguese) movers and shakers in our Gourmand Breaks series “A la Crème de la Crème” We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal. Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100!!! At Number 79 for the World’s Best Restaurants List 2016 is: DIVERXO, Madrid – a Michelin 3 star restaurant at the hands of David Muñoz!!! The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 1-50  will be awarded at a grand ceremony in New York, on the 13th of June and we’ll keep you posted! We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100!!! At Number 78 for the World’s Best Restaurants List 2016 is: BELCANTO, Lisbon – a Michelin 2 star restaurant at the hands of José Avillez!!! The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 1-50  will be awarded at a grand ceremony in New York, on the 13th of June and we’ll keep you posted! We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100!!! At Number 59 for the World’s Best Restaurants List 2016 is: MARTÍN BERASATEGUI, Lasarte-Oria (Basque Country) – a Michelin 3 star restaurant at the hands of Martín Berasategui!!! The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 1-50  will be awarded at a grand ceremony in New York, on the 13th of June and we’ll keep you posted! We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100!!! At Number 55 for the World’s Best Restaurants List 2016 is: NERUA, Bilbao  – a Michelin 1 star restaurant at the hands of Josean Alija!!! The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 1-50  will be awarded at a grand ceremony in New York, on the 13th of June and we’ll keep you posted! We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    The results for the WORLD’S 1-50 BEST RESTAURANTS 2016 will be announced on Monday night!!! The World’s 50 Best Restaurants NEW 2016 complete list will be presented, from it’s new home in New York, on the 13th of June and we’ll keep you updated …… oh we’re so anxious to know if: El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain will remain at Nº 1? Tickets, Barcelona, Spain rises from Nº 42? If Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain, will return to the Top 10 from it’s current place at Nº 17 ? If Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain, stays put at Nº 6? If Quique Dacosta, Alicante, Spain, rises or falls from Nº 39? If Azurmendi, Basque Country, Spain, climbs higher than Nº 19? If the “Best BBQ in the World” Asador Etxebarri, Basque Country, Spain, enters the Top 10 from Nº 13? ALL WILL BE REVEALED NEXT WEEK ……. Watch this space! In the meantime the results are already in for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100!!! And with this news we are delighted to report that there are 4 Spanish/Portuguese entries in the Top 51- 100 list for 2016: Nº 55 NERUA, Michelin 1 star restaurant in the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain Nº 59 MARTIN BERASATEGUI, Michelin 3 star restaurant in the Basque Country, Spain Nº 78 BELCANTO, Michelin 2 star restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal Nº 79 DiverXO, Michelin 3 star restaurant in Madrid, Spain We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal. Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.  

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    TONIGHT, LIVE from New York, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards and List 2016 will be presented !!! Who will be the No 1, Worlds Best, Numero Uno, Top, Number One ??? Well, that’s the million dollar question that we’re all dying to find out and the wait is nearly over !!! Changes in store at the top? Who knows … but, here’s a quick recap of the current Top 3 (2015): 1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona (Spain) 2. Osteria Francescana, Modena (Italy) 3. Noma, Copenhagen (Denmark)   Actually half of the list has already been announced and the results are in for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100!!! With this news we are delighted to report that there are 4 Spanish/Portuguese entries in the World’s Best Restaurants List for 2016. This number will surely rise when the other half of the list – The World’s Best Restaurants 1-50 – is announced this evening.  Good luck chefs We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal. Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.  

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    The Cipriani Wall Street in New York was the venue for the prestigious awards ceremony for The World’s Best Restaurants 2016 list.  RESULTS ARE IN and there’s a NEW Nº 1 Restaurant in The World’s Best Restaurants 2016 list !! Congratulations to Osteria Francescana and chef Massimo Bottura  for claiming the Number One spot, and for becoming the 1st Italian Restaurant ever to become the World’s Number 1 Restaurant. El Celler de Can Roca drops to 2nd place and the 3rd place goes to Eleven Madison Park. Here’s the COMPLETE FULL 1-50 The World’s Best Restaurants 2016 list: Osteria Francescana, Modena (Italy) – WORLD’S BEST RESTAURANT AND BEST RESTAURANT IN EUROPE El Celler de Can Roca, Girona (Spain) Eleven Madison Park, New York (USA) – BEST RESTAURANT IN NORTH AMERICA Central, Lima (Peru) – BEST RESTAURANT IN SOUTH AMERICA Noma, Copenhagen (Denmark) Mirazur, Menton (France) Mugaritz, San Sebastian (Spain) Narisawa, Tokyo (Japan) – BEST RESTAURANT IN ASIA Steirereck, Vienna (Austria) Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo (Spain) D.O.M., Sao Paulo (Brazil) Quintonil, Mexico City (Mexico) Maido, Lima (Peru) – HIGHEST CLIMBER AWARD The Ledbury, London (UK) Alinea, Chicago (USA) Azurmendi, Larrabetzu (Spain) Piazza Duomo, Alba (Italy) White Rabbit, Moscow (Russia) Arpège, Paris (France) Amber, Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Arzak, San Sebastian (Spain) The Test Kitchen, Cape Town (South Africa) – BEST RESTAURANT IN AFRICA Gaggan, Bangkok (Thailand) Le Bernardin, New York (USA) Pujol, Mexico City (Mexico) The Clove Club, London (UK) Saison, San Francisco (USA) Geranium, Copenhagen (Denmark) Tickets, Barcelona (Spain) Astrid Y Gastón, Lima (Peru) Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo (Japan) Restaurant André, Singapore (Singapore) Attica, Melbourne (Australia) – BEST RESTAURANT IN AUSTRALASIA Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin (Germany) Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach (Germany) Boragò, Santiago (Chile) Nahm, Bangkok (Thailand) De Librije, Zwolle (Netherlands) Le Calandre, Rubano (Italy) Relae, Copenhagen (Denmark) – SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT AWARD Fäviken, Järpen (Sweden) Ultraviolet, Shanghai (China) Biko, Mexico City (Mexico) Estela, New York (USA) Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (UK) Combal.Zero, Rivoli (Italy) Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau (Switzerland) Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown (USA) Quique Dacosta, Denia (Spain) Septime, Paris (France)   51- 100. And remember, there’s more, here is the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100 Congratulations to our great Spanish Superchefs for their fantastic World rated restaurants and another year in the prestigious list!   Next year, 2017, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards Ceremony will be heading to Melbourne, Australia!!! We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    Huge congratulations to the Spanish Restaurants who yet again feature strongly in the World’s Best Restaurants List. Occupying 10% of the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List, half of them climbed positions and half fell, but all 10 Spanish restaurants maintain their status in the Top 100 Restaurants of the World 2016 (7 in the Top 50, of which 3 are in the Top 10). Portugal,  last year, had 2 entries in the 51-100 List but for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List just one stays. Congratulations to Belcanto in Lisbon, slowly but surely establishing its gastronomic offering by climbing up the charts. Here’s a look at the Spanish and Portuguese movers and shakers in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List: Nº 2 – El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain, falls from Nº 1 to Nº 2 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List Nº 7 – Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain, falls from Nº 6 to Nº7 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List Nº 10 – Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain, climbs from Nº 13 to Nº 10 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List Nº 16 – Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain, climbs from Nº 19 to Nº 16 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List Nº 21 – Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain, falls from Nº 17 to Nº21 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List Nº 29 – Tickets, Barcelona, Spain, climbs from Nº 42 to Nº29 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List Nº 49 – Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain, falls from Nº 39 to Nº49 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List Nº 55 – Nerua, Bilbao, Spain, climbs from Nº 68 to Nº55 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List Nº 59 – Martín Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain, climbs from Nº 61 to Nº 59 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List Nº 78 – Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal, climbs from Nº 91 to Nº 78 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List Nº 79 – DiverXO, Madrid, Spain, falls from Nº 59 to Nº 79 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List N/A – Vila Joya, Albufeira, Portugal, disappears from the list where last year it was at nº 98   Here are the COMPLETE Lists for the World’s Best Restaurants 2016: 1 – 50 World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2016 – FULL LIST 51 – 100 World’s Best Restaurants 2016 – FULL LIST   There are literally thousands of restaurants all over the world – hundreds of thousands! – and acclaimed Restaurant Magazine narrows it down to organize, compile and present, year after year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards and List. This prestigious list is an annual recollection of the opinions and experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts and the ceremony is attended by the world’s finest chefs, international media and the world’s most influential restaurateurs. This year, 2016, the awards ceremony was presented from The Cipriani Wall Street in New York, USA, the first time the ceremony has moved from its beginnings (the first list was published in 2002) in England, from London! Next year, for 2017, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards Ceremony will be heading to Melbourne, Australia!!! We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 1-50  At Number 49 for the World’s Best Restaurants List 2016 is: QUIQUE DACOSTA, Denia (Alicante)  – a Michelin  3 star restaurant at the hands of Quique Dacosta!!! The 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 1-50  was awarded at a grand ceremony in New York, on the 13th of June ! Next year, for the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List the ceremony moves to Melbourne, Australia! And remember, there’s more, here is the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100 We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 1-50  At Number 29 for the World’s Best Restaurants List 2016 is: TICKETS, Barcelona  – a Michelin 1 star restaurant at the hands of Albert Adrià!!! The 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 1-50  was awarded at a grand ceremony in New York, on the 13th of June ! Next year, for the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List the ceremony moves to Melbourne, Australia! And remember, there’s more, here is the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100 We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 1-50  At Number 21 for the World’s Best Restaurants List 2016 is: ARZAK, San Sebastian  – a Michelin 3 star restaurant at the hands of Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Arzak Espina!!! The 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 1-50  was awarded at a grand ceremony in New York, on the 13th of June ! Next year, for the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List the ceremony moves to Melbourne, Australia! And remember, there’s more, here is the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100 We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 1-50  At Number 16 for the World’s Best Restaurants List 2016 is: AZURMENDI, Larrabetzu – a Michelin 3 star restaurant at the hands of Eneko Atxa!!! The 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 1-50  was awarded at a grand ceremony in New York, on the 13th of June ! Next year, for the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List the ceremony moves to Melbourne, Australia! And remember, there’s more, here is the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100 We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.    

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 1-50  At Number 10 for the World’s Best Restaurants List 2016 is: ASADOR ETXEBARRI, Atxondo  – a Michelin 1 star restaurant at the hands of Victor Arguinzoniz!!! The 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 1-50  was awarded at a grand ceremony in New York, on the 13th of June ! Next year, for the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List the ceremony moves to Melbourne, Australia! And remember, there’s more, here is the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100 We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 1-50  At Number 7 for the World’s Best Restaurants List 2016 is: MUGARITZ, Errenteria – a Michelin 2 star restaurant at the hands of Andoni Luis Aduriz!!! The 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 1-50  was awarded at a grand ceremony in New York, on the 13th of June ! Next year, for the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List the ceremony moves to Melbourne, Australia! And remember, there’s more, here is the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100 We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    RESULTS ARE IN for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 1-50  At Number 2 for the World’s Best Restaurants List 2016 is: EL CELLER DE CAN ROCA, Girona – a Michelin 3 star restaurant at the hands of the Roca Brothers –  Joan as chef, Josep as sommelier and Jordi as pastry chef!!! The 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 1-50  was awarded at a grand ceremony in New York, on the 13th of June ! Next year, for the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List the ceremony moves to Melbourne, Australia! And remember, there’s more, here is the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 FULL LIST 51-100 We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and/or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

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    We are delighted to report that the Michelin Restaurant Guide for Spain and Portugal 2017 will be presented this year live from Girona, Spain!!! The beautiful city of Girona is home to world renowned El Celler de Can Roca,  so who better to hold the event than home-grown chefs !!! The prestigious gala ceremony will be held on the 23rd of November 2016 at Mas Marroch, a country house estate and gastronomic space used for special events, at the hands of the famed Roca Brothers. Joan Roca of Michelin 3* – and current World’s Nº2 restaurant  – El Celler de Can Roca (Girona) will be in charge of the gastronomic side of the evening, along with his brothers Josep and Jordi. The province of Girona is no stranger to Michelin stars, and currently holds 13 Michelin Starred Restaurants (see below), but, with this news, that the Michelin Stars 2017 Spain and Portugal gala is coming to Girona, can we expect some new stars in the province? or even in Catalonia? Remember, Barcelona city still doesn’t have a Michelin 3* Restaurant! Could this be the year? We will, of course, keep you updated …   Current Michelin Starred Restaurants in Girona, Spain: Girona city– El Celler de Can Roca *** Llançà – Miramar ** Olot – Les Cols ** Castelló d’Empuries – Emporium * NEW Llafranc – Casamar * Tossa de Mar – La Cuina de Can Simon * La Vall de Bianya – Ca l’Enric * Corçà – Bo.Tic * Girona city  – Massana * Gombrèn – La Fonda Xesc * Llagostera – Els Tinars * Arbucies – – Les Magnòlies * Roses / Playa de Canyelles Petites – Els Brancs *   Experience Michelin starred Restaurant dining opportunities in Spain and Portugal on one of our Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours . Contact us for your personalized quote.    

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    The Douro Valley is Port Wine Country The region is located in the North of Portugal The Douro “vinhateiro” winegrowing area of the Douro Valley is a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site Port and DOC Douro wines are made only with native grape varieties. Authentic port is made at ‘quintas’ (estates) along a narrow river gorge that winds 100 miles through the mountain ranges There are over 200 Quintas in the Douro Valley Port Wine produced in the Douro Valley was once shipped downriver to the city of Porto in sailboats called ‘barcos rabelos’ The terraces of vines in the Douro Valley were introduced by the Romans in the third century A.D Spring and fall are mild, with daytime temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees The grape harvest season starts in September The valley was the first demarcated wine-producing region in the world established in 1756 The River Douro rises in Spain and flows across Northern Portugal reaching the sea at Oporto   More about Portugal: Some fascinating facts about Portugal Fascinating Facts about Lisbon Fascinating Facts about Porto   Visit the beautiful Douro Valley and more in Portugal on one of our private Portuguese Culture, Food and Wine Tours to see the wonderful vineyards and fascinating culture of this country, taste port wine, local foods and much, much more!

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    The 64th San Sebastian Film Festival will be held from the 16th to the 24th of September 2016, with national and international actors, directors etc representing their films. Since 1986 the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award has been included and is presented to a great film personality  in recognition of their work and career – some years there have been more than one! (see below) The first Donostia Award was presented to Gregory Peck in 1986, and, since then, many a Hollywood star has graced the San Sebastian Film Festival! Sigourney Weaver and Ethan Hawke will receive the honorary award for 2016!! Sigourney Wever will receive her Donostia award on September 21st, in the Kursaal Auditorium.  The date, not surprisingly, coincides with the gala screening of the European premiere of the latest movie by J.A. Bayona, “A Monster Calls” in which Weaver stars, along side Liam Neeson among others. Ethan Hawke will receive his Donostia Award on Saturday, September 17th followed by a screening of his latest film The magnificent seven.   Here’s the complete list for all the winners of the prestigious Donostia Award: 1986 – Gregory Peck 1987 – Glenn Ford 1988 – Vittorio Gassman 1989 – Bette Davis 1990 – Claudette Colbert 1991 – Anthony Perkins 1992 – Lauren Bacall 1993 – Robert Mitchum 1994 – Lana Turner 1995 – Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve 1996 – Al Pacino 1997 – Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irons and Jeanne Moreau 1998 – John Malkovich and Anthony Hopkins 1999 – Fernando Fernán-Gómez, Vanessa Redgrave and Anjelica Huston 2000 – Michael Caine and Robert de Niro 2001 – Julie Andrews, Warren Beatty and Francisco Rabal 2002 – Jessica Lange, Bob Hoskins, Dennis Hopper and Francis Ford Coppola 2003 – Isabelle Huppert, Sean Penn and Robert Duvall 2004 – Woody Allen, Annette Bening and Jeff Bridges 2005 – Ben Gazzara and Willem Dafoe 2006 – Max Von Sydow and Matt Dillon 2007 – Richard Gere and Liv Ullman 2008 – Antonio Banderas and Meryl Streep 2009 – Ian McKellen 2010 – Julia Roberts 2011 – Glenn Close 2012 – John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ewan McGregor, Tommy Lee Jones and Dustin Hoffman 2013 – Carmen Maura and Hugh Jackman 2014 – Denzel Washington and Benecio del Toro 2015 – Emily Watson 2016 -Sigourney Weaver and Ethan Hawke   Maybe not a great time to visit San Sebastian when the International Film Festival is on, but away from the glitz and the paparazzi San Sebastian is a great destination to include in your Food, Wine and Cultural Tour with Gourmand Breaks.

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