A  UK poll carried out by consumer champions Which? has given San Sebastian, in northern Spain, top marks for its food culture, range of restaurants and its overall qualities as a holiday destination, placing it ahead of  traditionally foodie favorites NY and Paris.

The panel of judges, a collection of food critics and travel writers, gave each destination points in 30 different categories which included the quality and range of food, the gastronomic culture, local markets and the general appeal of the place as a holiday resort.
After looking into the choice at every price range, from Michelin starred restaurants to budget eateries serving local produce, San Sebastian came top with 81 out of 100 followed by Tokyo, Japan with 78 per cent and Sydney, Australia with 77.
As spokesman said: "On holiday, the quality of the food you eat can make all the difference. There’s no quicker route to the heart of a destination than through your stomach. The food you eat and the people you share it with are part of what makes the experience so deliciously memorable."
And it seems the old saying has proved right for San Sebastian this time, being its food scene described as 'fiercely distinct, passionately produced and on the gastronomic cutting edge”.

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From September 17th through September 30th, José Andrés and his team at Jaleo restaurant, will allow Washington the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of Spain through with a two-week event featuring master of paella Chef Rafael Vidal, as the special guest this year. 

The Valencia-born chef, famous for his preparation of the dish in the authentic technique over a wood fire, will be creating exciting new paella varieties such as Fideua negra con pulpo, paella of black noodles with octopus and Arroz con col y costillas de cerdo, paella with Ibérico ribs and cauliflower in front of a limited number of guests, who will need to make their reservations at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Additionally, 15 participants will have the opportunity to learn how to make classic paella with Jaleo's Head Chef, Ramón Martínez, who will lead two cooking classes throughout the festival.

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