Tempted by the display of tapas and oysters we dropped into Orio for a quick bite to eat.
|Loved this sign – the logo is cut out to reveal the original brick wall.|
I liked the concept of this modern day Basque tavern in the center of the Gothic Quarter.
This is called a pinch or “pintxos” bar, which is typical in this area.
|Peppers wrapped in an anchovy with green olives.|
Here’s how it works: you sit down and order drinks (they sell wine by the inch ~ seriously!}
|A red pepper stuffed with some sort of chicken salad and topped with greens.|
Then you take your plate to the bar and help yourself to whichever tapas look appealing to you.
|Sundried Tomato, Mozzarella, and a marinated artichoke heart.|
Each tapas has a toothpick,
|Anchovy wrapped caper berry, tops a tomato slice, mound of cheese and a tuna salad.|
when you are finished, the waiter counts up how many toothpicks you’ve accumulated and charges you accordingly.
|Omelet wrapped in a cucumber slice, topped with something creamy and caviar.|
I have to say, the food quality was a little lacking,
but it all looked quite beautiful.
|No tengo la menor idea!|
|Sardines, with some sort of a onion confit and sprouts.|
I think this would be a fun way to serve a casual dinner or lunch at home.
|I may have “pinched” a few too many delights, the pate with caramelized onions was numero uno!|
I'm a huge fan of small bites…we have several very good tapas bars here in SB…even if the food quality was a little lacking, your photographs are wonderful.
For some reason when I look at your posts I always get hungry, and not for what is in my fridge! Love that sign too – very cool!
I Dream Of says
I think that after this week, I could use several inches of wine 😉 The photos are beautiful, and I love the the idea of a dinner party planned around colorful pintxos sounds like a splendid idea! Have a lovely weekend, Emily!
pve design says
I ditto Jeanne and dream of having a few inches of some smooth beverage and a few of this lovely tasty treats. Wonderful blog here.
The enchanted home says
Love the idea of tapas type eating for every meal. My parents were visitng and I did that for a few meals and honestly I think we all enjoyed that more than any of the "big meals" we had..its so much fun to try a bunch of different things and you can get so creative….great post.