Well, there are probably thousands of spaniards who would agree with me. Tapas in Granada are definitely the best in Spain.
Until you go to Bilbao...
Well, technically they are not the same, as in Bilbao they are called "pintxos" and in Granada "tapas". Also, whilst they are free in Granada, you'd need to pay for your pintxos (usually around 1.5€ each).
I'll tell you everything about pintxos now. Last weekend we went on an unexpected short break to Bilbao (you can't go wrong with 4 return tickets to Bilbao for £75 in total, can you?).
If you've been reading this blog for a while then you'd know that if there is something that can make the difference to me when I'm away is food.
Pintxos are small finger foods served at bars and taverns throughout the Basque Country, in Northern Spain.
The name comes from the Spanish verb “pinchar” meaning "to poke" or "stab". Historically, pintxos used to be served on a small slice of bread and have a toothpick piercing them through the middle (therefore the name). However, with the evolution of Basque cuisine, pintxos have become much more diverse and these days only some of them are pierced to a piece of bread.
It’s typical to go into a bar in Bilbao and find the entire counter lined with plates of various pintxos. They range from traditional pintxos of Spanish omelette to mini haute cuisine experiments as the amazing ones you can see in the pictures I took over the weekend.
So the thing is... once you are in a pintxos area, go into a few bars and have a peek over the counters. Fancy something? Have one or two pintxos and move on onto the next bar.
We tried over 30 different pintxos over 3 days, and if I had to choose my favourite one without a doubt it would be this "Idiazabal Cheese Soup with Quail Egg and Wild Mushrooms" from Gure Toki bar in Plaza Nueva, Bilbao. Honestly, the best thing I've ever eaten. Sooo good that I even broke the "never order the same pintxo twice" rule!