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Aug 26, 2008 07:38 AM

Paella rice in Charlotte

Does anyone know where I can buy proper Paella rice in Charlotte?

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  1. By "proper" rice I assume you mean bomba rice? If so... good luck.

    You can try some of the latin supermarkets (Compare Foods maybe?), but I think it is mostly available in the US by mail.

    Other than that, I would suggest arborio or a medium grain rice that Goya makes.

    4 Replies
    1. re: mcap

      Yes I do mean bomba rice. I have made Paella numerous times with many different types of rice and it's never quite right, too firm, too soft and such, so I am on a mission. I was about to order from La Tienda but I thought I would ask Charlotteans if they have had any luck finding it locally.

      Thanks for the input.

      1. re: worktime

        Are you guys really called "Charlotteans?"

        1. re: jacswisher

          Yup, we are.

          Not great, but it's certainly better than Charlatans!

          1. re: jacswisher

            I have been called worse, and that's just today. I wont even mention its also early in the day!

      2. I'd call around to Reid's, Dean & DeLuca and Earthfare. Better yet, email Kathleen Purvis, the Food Editor @ The Charlotte Observer, she's got the skinny on anything food related in the queen city.

        Good Luck!

        1. All through the Paella (summer) season, I consistently use Botan Calrose rice and receive raves for the finished dish. Great results and easy on the pocketbook, too!