Private Paella Class? (maybe Andalusia?)
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Mar 21, 2012 1:18 AM Last Post By: SanneA
Mar 7, 2012 5:22 AM
Private Paella Class? (maybe Andalusia?)Hi everyone,
I'm planning to give my boyfriend a paella class as a gift (august this year)... It would be wonderfull if it could be something private, maybe from a cook that specializes in the dish. Could somebody maybe tell me where to go?
I guess somewhere in Andalusia would be great, because I would like to go to that area and it is known for its fish paellas (right?). But any suggestion in another city is also very welcome.
Thanks a lot!
Mar 7, 2012 5:48 AM
1The home of paella is Valencia. Andalucia has arroz dishes and fish can be involved, but you are suggesting something new to me with the region being renowned for paella. Sorry, I cannot help more.
Mar 7, 2012 7:16 AM
2I guess somewhere in Andalusia would be great, because I would like to go to that area and it is known for its fish paellas (right?).
No it isn't. A paella is a paella and it isn't typical from Andalucía. Paellas are typical from Valencia. It can be some rice dishes typical from Andalucía but they won't be paellas and if, by chance, they call them paella, they'll be cheating.
I'm sorry but I can't provide you any info regarding private cooking classes.
Mar 8, 2012 5:45 AM
Mar 11, 2012 12:46 PM
4See my blog (link below) for a 'Paella (Monu)mental!' Photographed (and tasted) in Burriana, Castellón de la Plana, Valencia. Delicious!
There are also many variations on the 'standard' Paella Valenciana, my favourite being 'arroz del horno', which usually has some (or all) of the following: butter-beans, sauté potatoes, chick-peas, tomatoes and monster 'teeth' of garlic added to the rice.
Come to Valencia, the home of Paella. Some of the best paella can be tasted in the small towns near the Parque Natural de Albufera, the main rice-growing region, just south of Valencia. El Palmar is a particularly nice town with some great open-air dining and enough variations on the standard paella to keep you busy for weeks.
During some of the (many) local fiestas you can often see paella cooked in the streets (not always as big as the paella monumental), so the best way to learn is simply to watch, and then try all the different varieties you see.
And, very few people from around here will scream "BUT THAT IS NOT PAELLA!" For a start, very few of them speak English, but more importantly, they're a pretty laid-back and welcoming bunch who seem to enjoy eating paella no matter who cooked it.
Mar 11, 2012 1:57 PM
Mar 12, 2012 2:29 AM
Mar 12, 2012 8:28 AM
7ZenKyuMaestro said on #6: Probably,
This link should clarify it.
Mar 13, 2012 1:15 AM
Mar 16, 2012 7:25 AM
9Oops, I guess email notification is turned off, only noticed all your reactions today.
Thanks a lot, so Valencia is home of paella (my mistake...) So I guess Valencia it will be. But does anyone know of a famous paella-restaurant where I could arrange some kind of class??
Something else: if you can eat paella on the streets during festivals, does anyone know of a good festival in autumn? September/october would be perfect.
I can't wait, all sounds delicious!
Mar 16, 2012 7:29 AM
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