We just got back from 5 days in Hondarribia (Fuenterrabia), Spain. Hondarribia is a small town outside of San Sebastian* in the northeast of Basque Country, on the border of France. We were there for the wedding of one of my very best friends (congrats Jenna and Chris!). While everyone was admiring the architecture and landscape, I was admiring the food, especially the pintxos ("peent-chos"). Pintxos are the Basque version of tapas - small plates, slightly larger than traditional tapas, served at most bars starting after siesta and continuing on through closing. Some friends were couch surfing for the wedding, and their hosts (local Hondarribian 20-somethings), took us to their favorite pintxos place. Details and pics after the jump...
Bacalao - Fried cod on baguette - freshly caught; some of the best fried fish I've ever had; unfortunately Atlantic cod is overfished and not a sustainable choice
Albondigas - meatballs - these were so delicious that I made the waiter ask the cook how they're made (1/2 beef, 1/2 pork...expect to see the recipe on the blog sometime soon).
Champinones - mushrooms - marinated and sauteed in garlic and butter; so tasty; they give you bread to soak up the sauce
Cafe cortado - Not a pinxto, but a perfect accompaniment - delicious espresso with a touch of milk ("cut" with milk). Amazing how you have to struggle to find a decent cup of coffee anywhere in America, even NYC, but can walk into any random bar in Spain and get a perfect espresso.
*many of the Spanish words in this post should have accents, but due to limitations of Blogger, do not.
|Congratulations to the happy couple!|