Pincho of the Week: Foie al Pedro Ximenez

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It’s been a while since I’ve highlighted a new Pincho of the Week on my blog! I love the pincho and tapa culture around Spain, especially when it comes to trying out new and often wild taste combinations. I try to always try something new and different, like kangaroo and avocado or pineapple and shrimp kebab, though many times I end up going back to my favorite dives, again, again, and again til they know my name, my life story and my order by heart. One of my last night’s in Logroño, I wanted desperately to find some new pinchos to share with you guys, which was tricky since I’ve been to about every bar in Logroño at least twice!

When H wanted to get a foie pincho, my first reaction was no, no, no, HELL NO! I don’t DO foie gras! It wasn’t the idea that grossed me out, rather I was forced to eat it a lot growing up since my brothers were chefs and one time I had an incident. Stomach flu. 2003. Get publicly ill in a Starbucks at my local mall in Virginia after eating foie and asparagus. There are some things so emotionally scarring you’ll never forget them.

So yeah, foie gras was up there on my hit list of foods I’ll never eat again, along with asparagus, caramel frappuccinos and tuna noodle casseroles (separate episode).

But I was in an adventurous mood that night, and after some convincing and reordering, I decided, what the hell, it’s been almost a decade, I’ll give it a go. And of course, IT WAS AMAZING!

Starbucks incident aside, the foie gras pincho served at bar Plan B (yes, yes, that REALLY is it’s name, and no, no, Spaniards do not know what Plan B means in America) is mindblowingly delicious. It is served on a slice of baguette, like most pinchos, and with lashings of a Pedro Ximenez wine sauce with a few flakes of sea salt on top. FYI Pedro Ximenez is a type of white grape grown mostly in southern Spain that is used to make sherry and sweet, strong, and dark desert wines (conveniently how I like my men too). Just ask for a pincho foie and you will not be disappointed, I promise! The flavors combine perfectly, salty and sweet, it almost tastes like maple syrup!

So I learned my lesson that night, I must give certain food a second chance! I am officially a foie fan now!

Is there a certain food you’ll never eat? Have you ever gave a dish a try after vowing to never eat it again?

Plan B, Calle San Agustín, 41, Logroño

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  1. My best friend growing up lived on a farm. Her mom once made us an eggplant casserole, and I promptly got sick. It was a stomach virus, but I blamed the eggplant, had to cancel my super bowl party (threw up during Packers touchdowns before they went on to win) and didn’t eat eggplant until returning to Spain.

    1. it’s not really a typical Spanish pincho, I’ve only seen it in Logroño, but it is damn good! guess you have to come back and try it now 😛

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