Inspiration: Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Pan con Tomate

Inspiration: Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Pan con Tomate

Joanna Miller
Sep 2, 2008
It's fitting that Barcelona is mentioned in the title of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" – the art, architecture, music, food and wine of the city play as much of a role in the movie as Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson). It is a Woody Allen film after all, so the characters spend a great deal of time analyzing their relationships, and they do so while sipping Spanish wine and nibbling on tapas. One dish that caught our eye in a couple of scenes is a favorite: pan con tomate. This classic Spanish dish is incredibly simple, and it's a great way to use up some of those late season tomatoes. Toast or grill slices of bread and rub with a half clove of garlic. Then rub the bread again with a halved tomato, basically crushing the tomato into the bread. Finish by drizzling with olive oil. For a variation, try topping it with cheese, chorizo or ham. Either way, enjoy with a glass of Spanish wine and good conversation. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is in theaters now. Related: Been to Spain Lately? (Images: yosoynuts, licensed under Creative Commons and Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
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