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lightbulb Oct 28, 2007 02:22 PM

I'm hosting a Spanish themed dinner next week, where I'm making Paella for the 1st time; where can I find rice from Valencia? The paella pan is easy enough but would like to peruse a Spanish store. Centrally located would be best.

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    plavka RE: lightbulb Oct 28, 2007 07:44 PM

    Pasquale Bros imports from Spain

    http://www.pasqualebros.com

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      Mila RE: plavka Oct 29, 2007 07:15 AM

      Second Pasquale Brothers.
      That is where I got my paella pan (they have 3 sizes), bomba rice, Spanish olive oil and lots of other goodies.

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        lightbulb RE: Mila Oct 29, 2007 10:07 AM

        I just called them and unfortunately the Bomba rice is on a boat and soon to arrive but not soon enough for me. It would have been great as I haven't been to their "new" location since they left King St. I was also ready to stock up on my San Marzano tomatoes.

        Sigh.

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          Mila RE: lightbulb Oct 29, 2007 10:19 AM

          I have a very vague fuzzy memory of seeing it at Shefflers at SLM.
          I'd call first... 416-364-2806

          Here a link to my absolute favourite tortilla
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/42945...

          And an old thread I remembered
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37696...

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            lightbulb RE: Mila Oct 29, 2007 11:16 AM

            Thanks Mila, your party sounded terriffic; I may borrow some of your ideas as our affair still needs rounding out. I sometimes think of SLM as my second home; if it wasn't Monday, I would have called Schefflers already and had already planned to pick up some Serrano ham from them.

    2. Bueno RE: lightbulb Oct 28, 2007 08:07 PM

      And if you're comfortable shopping online, you would certainly be able to find all that you need and more at tienda.com -- which offers phenomenal (and quick) service to Canadian shoppers. I use them almost exclusively when I want authentic Spanish ingredients. Great place to buy from if you wanna go that route.

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        Bueno RE: Bueno Oct 29, 2007 10:22 AM

        Wanted to add: http://www.tienda.com/food/products/r...

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          lightbulb RE: Bueno Oct 29, 2007 11:17 AM

          Thanks and although I have no problem ordering stuff on-line, I'm hopoing to find it locally to avoid the shipping charges.

      2. Finnegan RE: lightbulb Oct 29, 2007 06:36 AM

        The Good Price Store in Kensigton Market area specializes in Spanish and Laitin American foods/ ingredients. Haven't been there in a while but I think they are still on Augusta just south of Baldwin St.

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          lightbulb RE: Finnegan Oct 29, 2007 10:10 AM

          Apparently they don't carry any Spanish rice.

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          panko RE: lightbulb Oct 29, 2007 02:19 PM

          The rice guy in St. Lawrence market definitely has Bomba rice. If you are willing to pay a premium I have also seen it at Torito.

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            Helina RE: lightbulb Oct 30, 2007 10:45 AM

            I made paella for a crowd on the weekend. I usually buy the rice for it from the guy at St. Lawrence Market mentioned above -- Rube's. But they were out. The woman told me they weren't expecting a new shipment for a few weeks. Very frustrating as I didn't have time to shop around. I used arborio, which I've done in a pinch before, but it takes longer to cook and usually has me timing the seafood wrong. Ugh.

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              lightbulb RE: Helina Oct 30, 2007 01:11 PM

              Just back from both SLM and Pasquales'. Bomba was available and bought from Schefflers' @ an eyepopping $20kg (a sucker born every minute, eh). I went on to Pasquales' for my Paella pan; Pasquales apparently also supply Schefflers' and Rube with their Bomba. Unfortunately I need the rice for Saturday and Pasquales' container from Spain needs to clear customs, with contents (Bomba!) to be on shelf shortly.

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                Mila RE: lightbulb Oct 30, 2007 01:22 PM

                Ohhh, brutal on that price. Have a great party !

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              kittymeow RE: lightbulb Jul 10, 2009 11:04 AM

              I recently bought Bomba rice in St. Lawrence Market (Rube's). It costs $15/1K bag.

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