By now, most people are familiar with tapas style eating thanks to the global promulgation of Spanish restaurants. But many people probably aren’t (yet) familiar with tapas’ tasty cousin, the pintxo.
Pinxtos, or pinchos depending where in the country you are, are small snacks, usually served in bars, cafes or small restaurants and spiked with a skewer or toothpick to a piece of bread. Because of the nature of the snack, eating pintxos with a beer or glass of wine is an important social activity, especially in the northern regions. Like tapas, guests approach a long bar filled with a variety of tasty treats, from ham and cheese on bread to fried cheese balls and even seafood. At the end of your snack or meal, the server counts the number of toothpicks on the table and charges accordingly.
There’s nothing I enjoy more than European cafe life and sitting outside on a warm day, drinking Spanish wine and eating delicious pintxos with friends is one of my favorite activities. Many restaurants offer special deals throughout the day, so make sure to check local chalkboards for their pintxos happy hour bargains.