All images via Mark Miller
I've been over at The Luxe Life enjoying Stephania Varalli's culinary adventures in Spain, particularly her sampling of pintxos.
Like Stephania, I was amazed by the beautiful displays of these Basque bread-based appetizers in Barcelona and later in San Sebastián. Pintxos chefs spend a lot of time and creativity planning and garnishing these tasty little tapas, piling on colorful strips of smoked salmon or sprinkling on paprika, or setting little bits of quince paste or chopped peppers on top. The colourful platters sparkle like jewels on the bar counters, each topping speared with a toothpick to the crusty round below.