Dinner of Pintxos in the Basque Country of Spain

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!
My travel journal with descriptions of the amazing 'pintxos' in Bilbao‘meat (veal), sprouts, raspberry jam, mushrooms’
Pinchos (pintxos), a bar snack elevated to the highest form in Bilbao, Spain ‘bread, deep-fried dark and mushy (gooey) mushroom pate inside, red pimento’
Pintxos (Pinchos) in Bilbao‘crepe wrapped around a sausage’Pintxos (Pinchos) in Bilbao ‘pickled green bean, yellowy-white goo, anchovy, deep-fried(?) crunchy shallots’
Pintxos (Pinchos) in Bilbao ‘white cheese, avocado, tomato, lettuces’Pintxos (Pinchos) in BilbaoNot illustrated but a classic ‘tapa‘ of omelette garnished with a roasted pepper, simple and one of my faves.
Pintxos (Pinchos) in BilbaoTrying to eat, sketch and take photos amidst all that action was not easy. I notice that my glass of beer remains full in all my photos – highly unusual for me!
Trying to keep track of the pintxos (inchos) in Bilbao in my Journal I loved this pintxo and thought it was mainly slivers of mushrooms. Later I realized that what I thought were mushrooms were actually gulas, baby eels and tasty. Sorry, no photo, but by now I had almost given up trying to keep up with the whirling pintxos (pronounced peen-shos).My travel journal with descriptions of the amazing 'pintxos' in BilbaoAlso not illustrated, a trio of pintxos from a different bar.
Pintxos (Pinchos) in BilbaoIce-cold Amstel beer, the tap covered with ice, along with even more pintxos.
Pinchos at a Bilbao bar, SpainThis was our typical dinnertime in Bilbao – absolute delicious chaos. And, as an added bonus, we were there during ‘National Day’ which was a street fiesta of eating, drinking, dancing and singing.
People chatting at Bilbao street party on the 'Dia de Fiesta Nacional' More of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: Dinnertime

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8 responses to “Dinner of Pintxos in the Basque Country of Spain

  1. Beautiful! I want to go back…we were in Spain last year and loved the wonderful pintxos. Love your sketch! Thanks for bringing back good memories. Great post.

  2. These just make me want to reach into my Mac screen and grab one! I have been looking for ideas for our Christmas Eve very casual supper and these really REALLY hit the spot. Now I need to try and recreate some! Your pictures both photo and sketch will help a lot!

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