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Pintxos not Tapas

We LOVE Pintxos

During our little tour of Barcelona, (6 hours in each port just doesn’t cut it really), our fantastic guide informed us we had an hour to explore and get some lunch. Never having been to Spain, we asked our guide, “Where we can we find a good Tapas bar?” Well really, you have to have Tapas while in Spain. Don’t you?

His answer was,

“Do you want tapas or Pintxos?” 

Having no idea what Pintxos were, we were very keen to find out. ‘Show us” we said.

As our guide weaved his way through the streets of Barcelona, he explained the difference.  He said, “Pintxos comes from the word Pinchos which means a savoury, topped bread that has been skewered or pierced with a cocktail stick”.  Over time it has evolved into a range of goodies served in small portions, not unlike tapas, but oh so better. And just like that, we were stood in front of what is commonly called a Pintxos bar.

WOW. What fun.

He asked the English speaking waitress to explain the routine.

“You take a plate and this little metal vial, collect as many little treats (1.60 Euro each) as you like, remove each skewer and pop it into your vial until your full.  Sounds exciting.  And full we were, we asked the waitress how many do people typically eat.  She replied with 8 to 10.  Wowsers, we were full on 6.   She also said the record was 23. OMG.

So you eat your Pintxos, put your skewer in the tube and take it to the till to pay at the end. Very civilized, don’t you think?

Have you ever had Pintxos and what’s your favourite flavour combination? I’m thinking when our friends plan our next foodie get together, (think they all seem to revolve around food and drink) we might just have a Pintxos party.

 

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