Before you continue reading, please take note of this warning :
The following pictures contain culinary tempting content and may torture your taste buds resulting in a desire to quit everything immediately and leave towards the Basque country.
So it happened at least when I showed my photos of the tapas (called pintxos there) bars in San Sebastian to Diane and Katia this week. They both wanted to go there immediately as a consequence.
San Sabastian, a seaside resort on the Bay of Biscay was just a two hour train ride away from Magescq, so I had decided well in advance to spend one of my free "weekends" (my days off were actually Monday and Tuesday) in October there. But I had not expected such a culinary paradise.
Quoting from the last "Food & Travel" magazine issue : "San Sebastian (Donostia to the Basques) is a city which devotes itself to food and drink, where foie gras forms part of the daily diet, where salt cod is more highly prized than caviar [...] gastronomy is a religion here". Do I need to say more ?
Now simply enjoy the photos. I am happy that I eventually found a great tool that lets me share more pictures with you, without spending a whole day editing my blog. Just click on the big picture to move on to the next one, by moving the cursor on the small picture a comment for the picture will appear. If you want to go there, please let me know, I am in to repeat a bar-to-bar night anytime. If you go without me, find my adress list below... ;)
Tapas (Pintxos) bars :
Usually you get a plate, then you just pick all the tapas you want and show your plate to the waiter behind the bar who will count, or sometimes the tapas comes with toothpicks, then you pay at the end simply according to the number of toothpicks you collected.
I got along very well in all those places, even without one word of Spanish. Everybody was very welcoming and friendly to me (maybe because I consumed a lot ?).
Paeso Colon, 11 (on the "other" side of the river, Gros neigbourhood)
small bar, but nice selection of tapas, and a prowd and friendly owner, that has pinned all his awards and press clips on the wall)
31 de Agosto, 13
Award winning Tapas, but less ambiance.
Puerto, 10 (old town)
big choice of quality tapas, and very good ambiance
Inigo 1 (old town, on plaza de la Constitution)
my favourite one
"gastronomic" pintxos with foie gras and high quality bread and jamon
According to Food & Travel magazine the story goes that Juan-Marie Arzak was inspired here by one of the pintxos (hake in pastry) and turned it into one of his signature dishes ("pudin de krabarroka").
Following a recommendation in the French "guide du routard" I stayed in the
San Martin, 53
+34 943 46 25 44
clean, quiet, safe, very helpful & friendly & professional service
1 minute from the Concha beach, 10 minutes to walk to the old town
reasonnable prices (I paid about 65 Euros a night)