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1st Trip to Spain Exclusively for Food (Valencia, Barcelona San Sebastian)

EatFoodGetMoney | Mar 5, 201605:50 PM

Plane tickets are purchased, airbnb's are booked, just deciding on restaurants. I've already put dozens of hours of research into restaurants and considered nearly 100 restaurants, I have a large list of places I want to go but can't fit into this trip and I'm open to changing things. The trip is in late May so I still have some time to make reservations. I enjoy cooking and eating cuisine using progressive techniques but I think it is important and enjoyable to also experience simple classic preparations of an area. I've tried to mix it up a bit and not only eat a places with tasting menus, especially in San Sebastian. I've tried to keep most days open for grazing/pintxos there, or just finding random spots since it seems the average bite there is exceptional. Valencia was a bit hard to find recommendations for, but the city seems cool and I wanted to check it out and eat some paella, though it seems like a dish most oft cooked at home. I speak a little Spanish, though that will only really help me in Valencia it seems. I've read a lot of past posts on chowhound and they have been extremely helpful already, especially your posts Phild.
While this is my first trip to Spain it will not be my last, so I can always try new places next time.

Here is what I have so far:

Thursday Dinner Tasca Angel/Tapas
Lunch Levante
Dinner Joaquin Schmidt
Lunch Casa Montana
Dinner El Poblet
Lunch Casa Carmina
Dinner Tapas/Q de barella
Early lunch *Open (Train @~12)

Dinner L'Eggs/tapas
Lunch Tapas/ceviche/wander
Dinner Pakta
Lunch Cinc Sentits (probably lunch menu, maybe the big one)
Dinner Disfrutar
Lunch Ca L'Isidre
Dinner Tickets
Lunch *Open (Flight at ~4 pm)

San Sebastian
Dinner Pintxos/somewhere
Lunch *Open/find random spot
Pintxos 5-6 places
Dinner Mugaritz
Lunch Etxebarri
Pintxos 5-6 places
Dinner *Open/find random spot
Lunch *Open/find random spot
Pintxos Lots of places
Dinner *Open/find random spot
Lunch Kokotxa
Pintxos 3-4 places
Dinner Arzak

Lunch Azurmendi
Dinner *Open

Couple main questions
Is this plan too ambitious? It seems in line with what many people do. I've looked at everything on a map and I don't think I have any day with too much food or too much travelling
Are cocktails not consumed with dinner or lunch? I didn't really find a definite answer but it seems like people mostly drink beer or wine, and that cocktails are consumed after dinner, most often at a location other than the restaurant.
Is it easy to catch a cab in Barcelona?
I already have a narrowed list of tapas places in Barcelona, and 10+ pintxos places in San Sebastian but I would like to know where to get a great cocktail in any of these cities. My spirit of choice is gin and I do love a great gin and tonic so it seems I've come to the right place.
I'm definitely interested in some more under the radar spots, especially in San Sebastian (Fagollaga looked good).

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