Inspiration: Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Pan con Tomate
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?