Learning something new everyday…Pintxos
From my friend Jessica, ‘PAIS VASCO (BASQUE COUNTRY). This whole area is famous for pintxos, which are NOT tapas (do not call them that!!), but rather small bites all on one toothpick. It’s really an art and the Basques pride themselves on it.’
My travel journal describes a bar in Bilbao as ‘peen-shos swirling – whirling around me‘. I see I was madly sketching, in an effort to keep track of the amazing creations that were laid before me, all of them free!
‘meat (veal), sprouts, raspberry jam, mushrooms’
‘bread, deep-fried dark and mushy (gooey) mushroom pate inside, red pimento’
‘crepe wrapped around a sausage’‘pickled green bean, yellowy-white goo, anchovy, deep-fried(?) crunchy shallots’
‘white cheese, avocado, tomato, lettuces’Not illustrated but a classic ‘tapa‘ of omelette garnished with a roasted pepper, simple and one of my faves.
Trying to eat, sketch and take photos amidst all that action…
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