In Spain’s Basque Country, pintxos – a finger food similar to tapas, are ubiquitous fare in small bars. Pincho (the Spanish version of the name) or pintxos (the Basque version) means ‘spike’ and helps to distinguish this toothpick-adorned treat from its tapas cousins, which generally aren’t served with toothpicks. Go into a bar – especially in the late-afternoon hours – and you’ll see locals feasting upon pintxos after work, even making a progressive snack out of them, by moving from bar to bar.
Renditions made with fresh tuna fish, potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, or shrimp often found their way onto my plate since they’re generally gluten-free. However, Shawn and his parents enjoyed pintxos protein resting atop a crispy slice of a baguette.
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