|Txoko dinner at Txori in Belltown, 2008|
In Spain's Basque Country, perhaps, but not in Seattle.
Carolin Messier and her ex-husband Joseba Jimenez di Jimenez used to run monthly txoko dinners at their Belltown pintxos bar Txori (pintxos being Basque tapas). Coed, lively, and open to all. Txoko, Messier points out, literally translates as "corner" in Basque and refers to places where men gathered to cook and enjoy their own food and drink, gastronomic societies, in other words.
"This spirit of preparing and enjoying good food can be appreciated at Txori," Messier wrote in an email newsletter three years ago, "but don't worry, women are very welcome!"
Alas, Txori is now closed, but Messier remains at the helm of Harvest Vine in Madison Park, where the Txoko tradition continues!
Harvest Vine, 2701 E. Madison, Seattle, 206-320-9771
And now a couple of boozy photos, since this is a blog about booze.
|Negroni at Txori|
|Digestivos at Cafe Iruna in Pamplona, 2008|