We make an effort every Wednesday (a bit lax lately due to travels) to meet our Spanish mate Maria for lunch to have a mini, 1 on 1 (or 2) intercambio. An intercambio is when folks who speak different languages but are learning another (Spanish & English in this case) get together to practice. Our time together is usually split fairly evenly so that half the time we speak English, the other half we chat away in Español. We have been opting for places that offer the bargain deal of the menu del día but Maria suggested we go the pintxo & racíon route at Bar Sadara on Calle San Pedro. So off we toddled…
The Hounds had sampled Bar Sadara’s pintxo offerings before on one of our regular weekend pintxiteos (pintxo crawl) and we knew they were top notch, so we had no hesitations here. First to arrive on our table was a fresh as tomato & tuna (the tuna is exceptionally good round these parts) salad sprinkled with the local delicacy – guindillas. Guindillas are pickled chillies that have a smidgeon of heat but really add a nice tartness or piquancy to the dish.
And as we are in or near the end of artichoke season, a racíon of grilled alcachofas & jamón was next to make an appearance. Hard to beat this combo folks – a crowd pleaser with a perfect mix of veg & meat, cooked to perfection with the artichokes crisp but tender & the jamón spicing it up with a bit of saltiness.
On to the pintxo round – Maria and I opted for the Morros de Credo, which I only found out later (post eating) that I had had pig’s snout. Tasted great…ignorance is bliss.
Hound #2 went the seafood route with a puff pastry stuffed with a marisco assortment…vanished from the plate.
One of the nice things about of eating this way (probably a health benefit too) is that your stomach has sufficient time to catch up with your eyes & mouth. The amount of food you actually have consumed almost never seems to be too much. Thus, there always seems to be room for dessert (pleases Hound #2 to no end), so Alex & Maria tucked in while I got to finish the wine (my kind of dessert)….