Welcome to the land of Pintxos

30 Jun

We have landed in San Sebastian – a food lover’s paradise and one of the most beautiful places on earth with its gorgeous beaches on the Bay of Biscay.

San Seb. is home of the pintxo – a basque word for a small literally two bite meal.

And there are tons of them!

Every bar we go into has them lined up and piled high on the counter. Jamon Iberico mini-sandwiches, foie gras on toast, scallops in béchamel sauce served in a scallop shell, goats cheese and eggplant tower, crab mayonnaise, leeks and sundried tomato on toast.

We move from place to place like roving marauders, tasting just a bite here and a bite there washed down with little half glasses of wine or Xacoli, a basque specialty, a light white wine with gas poured from a height.

Just when I think I have found my favourite taste, my favourite place, we go somewhere else and it is supplanted. If this isn’t living in the moment, then I do not know what is.

I am in heaven!

Anchovy and blue cheese at Haizea

Ham & Pepper skewer at Haizea

Foie with apple puree at Astelena

Pinxtos on Display at Bar Gorriti

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One Response to “Welcome to the land of Pintxos”

  1. Juan Carlos de la Vega July 14, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    I really enjoy your blog and photos…cant wait to go again to Donostia

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