Given the late start we arrived at 2pm in time for the daily fireworks, but we also arrived very hungry. So after the fireworks and battling through the crowd we dived into Lizarran on Calle Convento Santa Clara for a jug of beer and some pinchos. Lizarran is one of these chains that is expanding worldwide so don't expect stunning traditional local pinchos but for filling, tasty formula food it worked well and also gave plenty of food for thought. Pinchos, in case you were unaware are traditionally from Northern Spain, especially the Basque country (pintxos). They generally consist of a thin piece of bread with a topping and a small wooden spike, a pincho, holding it in place.
|Pinchos on the bar|
So on the bar that day was a huge selection including black pudding, deep fried calamari with allioli, jamon croquettas, chicken with cheese, stuffed mussel shells, tortilla, anchovies in vinegar, Spanish sausage, chorizo with egg.... You get the picture, they make a lot, there's a huge turnover, nothing stays on the bar long, there's noise and bustle and it seems perpetually busy. This was a nice wee meal to fill us up for an afternoon of exploring and again there were a few ideas to bring home.
|Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències|
After this was a park train ride back to the station and the journey back before an evening of hospitality from MM's parents as the Spanish adventure just got better.
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