Last Saturday night, The Santa Monica Luskeys dined at Bar Pintxo, an authentic Spanish tapas bar serving up pintxos, tapas and fine wines. We were introduced to Bar Pintxo through the Santa Monica food tour we went on in July. Pintxo literally means thorn or spike (referring to the toothpick stuck in the center) and is a name for a certain snack eaten in a bar with friends and family in the Basque region of Spain. There is a strong socializing component with pintxos as they are related to tapas and meant to be shared in good health. Needless to say, not only did Brian and I have a great time socializing with each other, we made friends with the patrons dining on either side of us as well as the chef, Joe! (Joe also owns Joe's on Abbot Kinney.)
We shared the above roasted peppers, a squid ink risotto with seafood, some mushroom stuffed mushrooms, two "cuartos" of wine, and finished the evening with churros con chocolate. After dinner we went to see standup at 3rd Street Comedy. The comedians were so-so, but it was nice to do something different on a Saturday night. And for the record (and by "record" I mean Brian's ego) I'm glad we ended up doing dinner and a show instead of my idea. My idea was going to IKEA to pick out fabric from their textile department and recovering our dining room chairs. You win some, you lose some.
Another romantic date night for the Santa Monica Luskeys!