March 27, 2017
Today, in recognition of National Paella Day. I was introduced to my first delectable plate of paella in 1972, while a student at Sacramento State University. It was in the Mission District of San Francisco, where you could share a plate for $7.00. Since then I have eaten many paellas and perfected my recipe, and introduced my family to Paella. But, none was as memorable as eating paella near Siruana, Spain. A little village in the Priorat región, Catalonia. First picture is a huge pan with a typical paella with rabbit. And the other huge pan was caracoles (snails) in butter, wine and herbs. This fed several villages, the tables were set-up with bottles of wine and bread. Siruana is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited and trippiest!Strange because we saw less than 4 people in this village. Although we did find an empty bar open with a dread-lock wearing bartender. The last picture is a paella I made here in Boerne, for our bible-study group. This is the way I recall it was served in The Mission District in San Francisco.
Paella Making in village near Catalonia.