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Pintxos Tour

November 15, 2018

After all the walking and eating yesterday, we were dead tired.

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We slept in, and eventually made our way to Old Town Coffee (of course) for some coffee and fresh squeezed OJ.

 

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Cobi got his avocado toast with tomato and ham, and I got my PB, banana, honey and coconut toast.

 

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After breakfast, we made our way back to the beach. It was grey and a little cold, but it was still nice weather for a walk.

 

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We decided to walk to the other end of the beach, and see where it took us.

 

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We were both pretty tired, so we slowly walked along the beach enjoying the view. Once we reached the end of the path, we turned around and made our way back to the apartment for a relaxed afternoon of naps and Netflix. We had a walking food tour in the evening, and we wanted more energy!

 

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After a rejuvenating nap, we head to the Mimo San Sebastián Cooking School for 6:30pm. We met up with the guide there, along with our new friends from Dallas that we met at dinner the night before, and a woman visiting from Tokyo.

Our tour guide, Verónica, was a local who has lived in San Sebastián her whole life. She was very knowledgable about the history of the town, and the history of Pintxos! She explained to us that Tapas came first, meaning ‘lid’ or ‘cover’. The origin is thought to be from requiring food to be served with alcohol to limit drunkenness, and customers would ‘cover’ their drink with the small plate of food.

 

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Pintxo, meaning ‘spike’, refers to the toothpick. We didn’t realize that you don’t always need to eat the bread, but typically it’s used to make it easier to grab.

 

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Verónica took us to all the best places for her favourite Pintxos, which were paired with incredible local wines. She told us that a common saying was “just a little, many times”. I love that.

 

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She told us more about the original Pintxos, the Gilda, made of olives, peppers and anchovies.

 

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We also learned that the best Pintxos were not the ones out on the counter, but the ones you have to order from the menu. I wish we had known that a few days ago!

 

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This was my favourite dish by far. It was scallops in an almond milk broth, with crunchy slivered almonds and kale. So, so good.

 

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This was Cobi’s favourite dish – tuna belly topped with foie gras!

 

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He also loved all the delicious wine pairings.

 

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We also learned that good fried fish should never need lemon. You squeeze lemon on friend fish that has no flavour.

 

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The most interesting dish was this pile of mayo, peas, corn, eggs and prawns. We didn’t have any, but it sure looked intriguing.

 

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The weather was perfect. Clear skies and very mild, we hardly needed our coats!

 

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These little sausages were as delicious as they were adorable.

 

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“You can’t please everyone – you’re not a croquette!”

Truer words have never been spoken.

 

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Last stop was for dessert. I was so full, but this Brûlée French Toast was unbelievable.

 

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After the tour ended, Cobi and I went for another round of drinks with our new Dallas friends Emily & Devon.

 

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The cocktails were so delicious. And very pretty!

 

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The tour was amazing. If you ever find yourself in San Sebastian, we highly recommend the Mimo Pintxos Tour! After another round of cocktails, we walked our separate ways home. We packed our bags and went to bed early, as we had a 5.5 hour drive to Barcelona the next day.

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