Why is that guy so happy?
Okay, and maybe this gigantic hunk of steak has something to do with it, too. If you’ve never been to a Basque ciderhouse, you are missing out on a revered tradition, one that has a place in the heart of everyone from teenagers to octogenarians in Basque Country. Every year, starting in December, the cold air brings with it the urge to taste the season’s first cider.
So Basques everywhere make the trek to their nearest cidermaker, where as tradition mandates, they drink all the cider they want and partake in the traditional meal.
The meal typically starts with a cod tortilla, followed by cod with peppers, and finished off with that steak you saw above. And always punctuated with frequent breaks for cool, yellow-green cider.
Hence the happy faces. Seasonality at its best.