Podcast

A Basque Life with Marti Buckley

Marti Buckley - vermuteando in Gros

Marti Buckley – vermuteando in Gros

With courage and verve, Marti Buckley has lived in Donostia-San Sebastián for over seven years – forging a life well-lived along with her ten-year old daughter, Buckley. WIthout a doubt, she was part of the inspiration for our own move to Donostia.

Marti hails from the state of Alabama in the United States. During her time in the Basque Country of Spain, she has been a baker, opened an artisan popsicle business, and created a pop-up ice cream sandwich bicycle stand. It was not unusual to see her pedaling all over town offering her hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches, cookies, and donuts.

Now – she is the marketing and creative director for Mimo. Mimo offers food-related tours, immersive experiences, and cooking classes in San Sebastián, Sevilla, and Mallorca.

If all this was not enough, she has been writing about and photographing the food culture of the region for her own blog, Blank Palate, as well as writing travel articles for Travel & Leisure, AFAR, Southern Living, National Geographic, and many more.

Buckley as a Galtzagorri - a mythological Basque character

Buckley as a Galtzagorri – a mythological Basque character

Not only did I have the pleasure of hanging with Marti – her daughter Buckley was in the studio with us. Buckley shares her unique point-of-view: a clear-eyed and joyful account of growing up Basque. Together, they have crafted experiences that are rare and priceless.

A cooking class at Mimo in Donostia-San Sebastián

A cooking class at Mimo in Donostia-San Sebastián

Nowadays, Marti has been as busy as ever. She appears in “The Txoko Experience” – a documentary about the gastronomic societies that are prevalent in Basque culture. She not only shares her knowledge and passion for this region in that documentary, but also in her own book.

We spend some time discussing her forthcoming Basque Country: A Culinary Journey Through a Food Lover’s Paradise and her amazing experiences as she visited the nooks and crannies of this land – searching and tasting.

Marti and Faustino in Getaria - field research for her book

Marti and Faustino in Getaria – field research for her book


Show Links

Blank Palate – Marti’s blog

Marti’s Instagram

Basque Country: A Culinary Journey Through a Food Lover’s Paradise – Marti’s book (September 2018)

Mimo – culinary tours, cooking schools, and gourmet shops

The Txoko Experience – Facebook page for the documentary film

 

Recorded at REC Estudio de Grabación
Donostia-San Sebastián


Credits
Podcast intro music: “Mister S” by Luc Marcotte
Podcast exit music: “Park Bench” by Gunnar Olsen
Photography courtesy of Marti Buckley

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