“Eating” San Sebastián

In Spain, there’s a distinct food culture. Within Spain, there are different places that also have their own distinct food cultures.

San Sebastián, Spain, is among these distinct gastronomical cultures. In San Sebastián, all of the bars are constantly packed–with people and with pintxos. Pintxo is the Basque spelling of the word “pincho” which is is the same as “tapa” and is essentially just a little snack food that comes in all flavors and variations.

Naturally in my travels to San Sebastián, I partook in this food culture. There is even a verb that describes what I did (which was bounce from bar-to-bar and eat one or two pinchos and have a glass of wine at each): “ir de pinchos”.

It would be an understatement to say I “ate” the town.
I legitimately ate the whole town. Possibly I even ate it twice.
I certainly visited some pincho bars twice (or three or four or five times).


  • Carillera (Beef Cheek)
  • Queso de Cabra Tostada (Toasted Goat Cheese)
  • Pimiento Relleno con Bacalao (Stuffed Pepper with Salted Cod)
  • Brocheta de Gambas (Shrimp Skewer)

Here are some of the pictures I managed to capture. Many were not captured because I simply could not wait to snap a picture before consuming. Either that or the wine got to my head and I forgot. But regardless…here we go.
I will do my best to remember what they all were…

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Tortilla Española con carne y queso

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Tostada with brie cheese and sundried tomato

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Carrillera (Beef Cheek) in red wine sauce

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Crab Quiche and Spider Crab / Salmon Tostada

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Pimiento Relleno con Bacalao (Salted Cod)

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Brocheta de Gambas (Shrimp Skewer)

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Prosciutto, Mushrooms, Brie Cheese, Frizzled Onions

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Homemade Croissant and Jamon Iberico

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Goat Cheese, Walnut, Pistachio and Balsamic Vinegar

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Something wrapped in bacon with shrimp on a skewer

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Pimiento Relleno

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Some seafood and béchamel sauce, baked

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This was not a pintxo. This was my friend’s breakfast.

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Fresh baguette, tomato paste and jamon Serrano

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Toasted Goat Cheese Salad

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Asparragus and Jamon

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This was my friend’s lunch. A fish called Rape.

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Prosciutto, Balsamic Glaze, Brie Cheese

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Some form of bacon, mushroom and béchamel sauce

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Carillera, Asian Style

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Vieira (Portuguese word for Scallop) with Garlic and Herbs

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Spider Crab in Wonton Cone

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Mejillones with buttery garlic suace

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Spinach and Onion Frizzled Nest and Shrimp

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Legitimate Cheese Cake

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Something wrapped in bacon

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Shrimp and Scallop

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Dulce de Leche Triangulo

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Pile of Spider Crab and Shrimp

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Fois Gras de Margaret Ravioli

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Ox Tail

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Ravioli with Lemon Grass and something else

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“Kebab” meat with ciruela (fruit) paste

Also, look at this cool collage I made:


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