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


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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