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 (Basque) 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, but Shawn and his parents enjoyed pintxos protein resting atop a crispy slice of a baguette.
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