The Paella Trip
So, perhaps the signature dish of Spain is paella (pie eh’ ya). And you can make a paella in many styles. But the favorite is Paella Valencia. And Kathy was “tour lead” for our paella outing.
We had a very good tour guide who was English and grew up in Barcelona. He loves his city, knows everything about it, including how to make quality paella.
But before hitting the market to see where one could get the necessary ingredients, he wanted to show us some more sites. We did a quick stop at Casa Mila again. Some of us had not yet seen it and even for those who had he had more perspective on it. Then back on the bus for a ride to Placa Catalunya and a short walk down Las Ramblas to the market (Mercat de la Boqueria). We see vendors with all the necessary and tasty seafood and of course saffron. Then a walk through the Gothic Quarter on the way to the restaurant where we get to watch chefs cooking paellas in paella pans 3’ across. Then of course, we eat. Mmmmmmm.