S A N S E B A S T I A N:
I recently got back from an amazing trip to ‘the food capital of the world’ AKA San Sebastian in northern Spain. This so-called gastromnic gold mine did not disappoint. My poor friend Milla was dragged in and out of almost every tapas bar in the labrythine and heaving old town in search of the perfect ‘Pintxos’. These substantial Basque take on the traditional Spanish tapas were invented in San Sebastian. Pintxos often begin with a foundation of bread, upon which is built a tower of creative and delcious Basque ingredients. Seafood and fish seem to be the most common choices (San Sebastian is, after all, a seaside resort), with the traditional cured meats and cheeses of Spain coming in a close second.
Milla and I’s fave Pintxos had to be this warm, melted bundle of stringy cheese encased in filo pastry. Sadly we never found out the name of the cheese but I assume its a Basque speciality (perhaps made from sheep’s milk?). They served it with a sweet red berry jam- D E L I C I O U S:
Milla LOVES it:
A typical tapas bar in San Sebastian (below)- they work on an honour system. You point to or grab the pintxos that takes your fancy, order a drink (usually traditional Basque cider- very very strong!) and then tell the bar staff at the end how much you’ve eaten. If the tapas lived up to expectations then you simply throw your napkin on the floor to show your appreciation. The messier the floor, the better the food!
We also went to the famous mussels bar La Mejilonera and ate as many mussels as we could muster! At 3 euros a plate its a pretty cheap way to enjoy some the the juiciest, freshest and tastiest mussels you’ll ever eat. You can choose from a selection of about 5 different sauces- I recommend the vinegar, shallot and lemon juice one. Y U M Y U M
Finally- it isn’t just food that this town is famous for. San Sebatsian was recently voted the best city for Gin and Tonic in the WORLD! We went to a bar that recently won the best G & T in San Sebastian- making it officially THE BEST G&T IN THE WORLD- I have to say it tasted pretty good and (in true Spanish style) there was a lot of it! Can’t remember name of bar (should really write these things down) but its just opposite main church in old town.