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A member of the Bayonne ham authority, La Confrerie du Jambon de Bayonne, with a ham on the first day of the 2014 Bayonne ham fair in southern France.
Gaizka Iroz/AFP/Getty Images
April 18, 2014 The port town of Bayonne in France's Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.
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Enrique Vallejo serves soup at the Amaikak Bat txoko in San Sebastian.
Deena Prichep for NPR
May 14, 2012 Txokos are bustling, food-centered social clubs, somewhere between dinner party and fraternal lodge. And Basques often point to txokos to explain their renowned cuisine and wealth of Michelin-starred restaurants like Arzak and Mugaritz.
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