Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Nothing if not versatile, paella is a dish that embodies Spanish culture. Frequently considered to be Spain's national dish though unofficially so, Paella Valenciana is a rice dish named after the paellera; the wide-bottomed, shallow pan it's prepared in. Like smoked meat in Montreal we found it advertised on every second street corner and in nearly every menu throughout the country, but we remained skeptical of the opportunists looking to swindle tourists. Paella's origins can be traced to Valencia, a city on the east coast of Spain bordering the Mediterranean Sea and that's where we focused our attention on this regional specialty. Founded in 1888, La Marcelina has been serving several variations of paella in their picturesque location on the boardwalk by the beach for 125 years.