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Pintxos and tapas are usually eaten in bars or taverns as a small snack while hanging out with friends or relatives; thus, they have a strong socializing component, and in the Basque country they are regarded as a cornerstone of local culture.

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It is also very convenient for tourists too. Our previous post (see part 1 here) showed various platefuls of pintxos we had along our way to some sightseeing destinations – a market here and a museum there.

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The photos shown here were all taken during one lunch period at the bars and taverns located in the old town (Parte Vieja) of San Sebastián-Donostia.

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The area is a bit touristy but it became famous partly because of the pintxos bars here. The beach, waterfront and some of the city sights are just a few minutes away.
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We were doing a kind of bar-hopping, except that the main objective was to try different kinds of pintxos.

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If you search, there are lists of the best pintxos-tapas bars in this part of town online.

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We stopped by Ganbara which is one of the better known tapas/pintxos bar. It was packed and nearly impossible to place an order.

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Cool sparkling white wine on a hot day.

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Ganbara piled their special ingredients on the counter – mushrooms and peppers.

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We ordered their famous mixed mushroom with egg yolk. It is so simple and delicious that we have made a note of the idea and will try to replicate the dish at home.

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We had jamón ibérico in croissant – it was light and yet fatty, salty too.

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We also had the spider crab baked tart and chorizo sausage roll. The idea of the tart sounded more interesting than its taste. The rolls were however divine.

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All were accompanied by skewers of something sharp and salty – olives, pickles and anchovies.

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One of the other places where we stopped do not display the tapas dishes on the counter. At Borda Berri, another well-known tapas bar, the items were all listed on a board. As far as we saw, few items were served on a stick here.

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We ordered the mushroom risotto – Arroz “Bomba” con hongos.

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We also tried grilled octopus – Pulpo a la plancha con Membrillo.

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And we ordered Oreja de cerdo con romescu (pig’s ear). The photo looked rather dull so we are skipping it here.

It was fun eating lunch this way, albeit a bit hectic. Everything tasted great here.

 

 

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