Tapas Crawl– Spain (Plus Cider and Wine)

Tapas Crawl through Spain (well particularly the Basque Country). The Basque Country in Northeast Spain bordering France is very well known for tapas, or as strictly called there is the Basque language: Pintxos (pronounced “pincho”). Tapas are small single appetizer-like, palm size food of various dishes. In the Basque country there simply are pintxo bars everywhere, and very hard to find standard restaurants. On average each tapa costs anywhere between 1.50-3 Euros. In pintxo or tapas bars mostly everyone stands at the bar to eat their tapas (unless they are lucky enough to find an empty bar stool or table). The tapas of different kinds are on plate atop the bars and one is given a plate and chooses different ones from different plates. Normally one orders a class of wine, beer or cider to have with it.

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In the summer so many visitors pack the alleys of San Sebastian. And pintxos are very popular with the locals and tourists alike.

From Sweden and Miami

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From South Korea and Austria

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From Austria

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Made some for a family get together in Miami

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Typical Spanish snack: chorizo, cheese mini sandwich

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Now for the Cideria tour: cider is very popular in Basque culture and Ciderias are everywhere. We went on a tour to one of the many in the countryside:

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This is the inside of a traditional Basque restaurant (notice the cider barrels on the walls) and yes they have cider in them. They are complementary with a meal and you need to pour it from barrel to glass yourself. And a very important part of Basque social life.

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Now for the wine tour. As we generally know wine is extremely popular in Spain, with many vineyards and wineries.

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Calimocho/Kailimotxo is a popular mix of coke and red wine. I love it!

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One Response to “Tapas Crawl– Spain (Plus Cider and Wine)”

  1. Raul December 10, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    excellent coverage!

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