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Tapa Thursdays: Eating (and drinking) La Rioja

When it came to the last region of Spain left to visit, I didn’t have to do much planning: I was in La Rioja, Spain’s wine country, and I was going to drink as much vinate as possible.

But, as any adult knows, moderation is key, as well as stuffing your face to minimize the effects of the garnacha grape that’s been fermented.

One of Logroño’s most famous sites is Calle Laurel. This pedestrian stretch of street in the historic quarter is home to the city’s pintxos – the northern version of a tapa – bars. Being in Logroño on the weekend meant we had plenty to see, do and stuff our faces with, as the average pintxo and glass of house wine ran under 2,50€. As a lover of eating and drinking on the cheap, I felt almost too much at home in Logroño!

Stop One: Pintxo of Tortilla with a Spicy Sauce and glass of tinto: 2,20€

Parada 1: Pintxo de tortilla y tinto at Bar Sebas: 2,20€

Stop Two: Pintxo de Chorizo and a glass of tinto at Bar Villa Rita, 2,10€

Stop Three: Pintxo of Champi with shrimp and a glass of tinto at Bar Antonio: 2,80€

Stop Four: A Pintxo of Queso de Cabra con confitura de Mermelada, a pintxo of Pimiento Relleno de Setas y Gambas and a glass of tinto: 4,30€

I really just wanted Tana’s morcilla, though…

Stop Five: Meat on a Stick! Pintxo Moruno and glass of red at Páganos: 2,10€

self-timer portrait, yikes!

Stop Six: Pintxo of Piruletas de Solomillo con beicon and a beer (noooo more wine!), while my friends snagged the last three mini hamburgers: 3,50€

I’d say we made out like bandits, but we really made out like fatties. We would return to Calle Laurel just once more, instead choosing to try Calle San Juan, where the pintxos were even cheaper and the bars less crowded.

How do you eat while on a trip? Have you ever been to La Rioja?

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  1. 21 mos, 2 wks ago

    Everything looks delicious!
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  2. 21 mos, 2 wks ago

    does this mean i’m really meant to go to spain, and eat like a pig EVERYTHING in site. god, look at those pics, and of course, bite me, it looks so easy those little ‘step five’ , right! you know i’d mess it up so badly….
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  3. 21 mos, 2 wks ago

    You ate like royalty! Looks like your trip was amazing :)

  4. 21 mos, 2 wks ago

    Yum Yum yum!
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  5. Sunshine and Siestas
    21 mos, 2 wks ago

    The great thing about tapas, Gabi, is that you cannot cannot cannot ever mess them up! The dishes are so small and we were so hungry after a long day, that they just went right into our tummies!

  6. 21 mos, 2 wks ago

    yum, yum, yum! i love those food photos – they sure make me want to visit!!
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  7. 21 mos, 2 wks ago

    So jealous! I cannot wait to get to La Rioja.

    And you mean after five wines you didn’t want another?! I drink Toro wine a lot in Zamora and it usually has 14 or 14.5% alcohol (once had one with 15%!), and after five wines I’d be ready for SLEEP!
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  8. Sunshine and Siestas
    21 mos, 2 wks ago

    If the photos look good, think how good the tapas tasted, Jessie!

  9. Sunshine and Siestas
    21 mos, 2 wks ago

    I thought of you yesterday when I stopped for coffee in a bar, and they had an open bottle of your favorite!

  10. 21 mos, 2 wks ago

    That reminds me. We went to this one place in the center, near the cathedral, and they had Toro wine! Annnd it wasn’t open so they opened it for us, so that’s always nice.

    We did try the fino! It’s not my favorite type of wine/beverage, but it’s not bad!
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  11. 21 mos, 2 wks ago

    I’m only a fino lover when it’s mixed with 7-Up and I’m in a flamenco dress!
    Sunshine and Siestas recently posted..Tapa Thursday: Eating (and drinking) La RiojaMy Profile

  12. 21 mos, 2 wks ago

    Yum! I spent some time on Calle Laurel in June during our Camino stop in Logroño. It was one of THE best nights. The streets were alive with the San Bernabe festivities and the Rioja was flowing. I even splurged on a hotel room, so I could see night fall and not have to be back to the albergue by the 10 p.m. curfew! I wish I tried all the delicious tapas you did!
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  13. 21 mos, 1 wk ago

    Oh, these look so delicious! I’m ready to hit the tapas bar right now…
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  14. 21 mos, 1 wk ago

    Lauren’s right. Everything does look delicious. Even the meat. And I’m a flesh-phobic vegetarian.
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  15. 21 mos, 1 wk ago

    Nicole’s right, my tired fingers meant to type in the previous post.
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  16. 21 mos, 1 wk ago

    Tapa Thursday…now this is a series I can get behind. Thanks for making me hungry:)
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  17. 21 mos, 1 wk ago

    Very civilised and healthy way to eat (and drink), love tapas all over Spain!
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  18. 18 mos, 3 wks ago

    Ooh, I like that idea of Tapas Thursdays. You can’t go wrong with those!

  19. Sunshine and Siestas
    18 mos, 3 wks ago

    It’s definitely giving me a great excuse to keep eating! I publish every two weeks, so look for the tag “Tapa Thursdays” for more deliciousness. Thanks for stopping by!

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