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debrasarokin Feb 24, 2009 01:09 PM

Having a dinner party for 10 Saturday and thought to do a Spanish theme. Has anyone had the Paella from La Espagnola that they only make on Saturdays??? WOuld love any impressions you had - taste, appearance, does it hold until dinner time etc etc etc.

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    debrasarokin Feb 25, 2009 08:54 AM

    Thanks everyone - now I am convinced this is the easiest, smartest way to go. I will pick miscellaneous for tapas, cava, white asparagus etc etc. Fun!

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      annapurna7 Feb 25, 2009 10:13 AM

      You've made a wise choice. I usually go with the paella mixta from La Espanola and it re-heats nicely. That along with some jamon serrano, idiazabal, olies, etc...sounds wonderful. Don't forget the rioja wine, they have a small section there.

    2. Foodandwine Feb 24, 2009 09:26 PM

      If you have 10 people that you are ordering Paella for. I would go with La Espanola. They have orginal Paella Pans ( think big metal cool looking circle pans ) that you can have the paella presented on. As an aside, the Paella is very good. I would call them, explain your situation and pick it up late in the day as possible ( they close early ) Additionally, they have a pretty good Spanish Wine selection, Cheese and many other Spanish items. You could do a Tapas Course or Two with a nice Cava to Start. ( Spanish sparkling wine ) This is a cool spot with an Industrial setting and similiar pricing..

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      La Espanola Meats
      25020 Doble Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710

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        Nicole Feb 24, 2009 06:04 PM

        I like it a lot. But it's more like solid comfort food than company food...it's like the homemade paella your Spanish grandmother would make, if you had one. So I agree with everyone...it is "authentic" but like a lot of authentic home-cooking it is "solid not sublime."

        1. Servorg Feb 24, 2009 05:24 PM

          You also might want to check with: http://www.barpintxo.com/ and see what they would say about price/availability/etc.

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          Bar Pintxo
          109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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            Adsvino Feb 24, 2009 05:01 PM

            Solid but not sublime...

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              J.L. Feb 24, 2009 10:09 PM

              Nothing wrong with solid. Better than watery, soppy mess ( courtesy of La Paella on San Vicente)...

            2. J.L. Feb 24, 2009 04:48 PM

              I've done exactly that before. It worked out great! It's still the gold standard paella in authenticity in the Greater L.A. region.

              My advice is to order about 1 racion (1 box) per anticipated guest. Order via phone on Friday, and pick it up on Saturday early afternoon. Each racion heats up nicely. I like to arrange it in a big pan, and it looks great.

              While you're at La Espanola, might as well pick up some other stuff for your theme dinner (rioja, manchego, turron, etc.).

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                mollyomormon Feb 25, 2009 09:02 PM

                and jamon iberico or jamon iberico de bellota if you're feeling particularly flush!

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                  Das Ubergeek Feb 26, 2009 08:18 AM

                  At $180 a pound...

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                    J.L. Feb 26, 2009 10:43 AM

                    AND the jamon quality at La Espanola (lamentably) just medicore at best.

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                      Das Ubergeek Feb 26, 2009 11:38 AM

                      Well, they're the sole importers of the sole brand to be allowed into the US, so it's them or a trip abroad and an illegal importation...

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                        J.L. Feb 26, 2009 04:12 PM

                        Tried that route before...

                        I gotta say, those customs dogs at LAX have great noses, unfortunately... I was unable to enjoy my 50Euro investment in premium Jamon Jabugo from Madrid. Luckily, I made a bunch of mini-bocadillos (with another batch of Jabugo) to eat during the plane ride, so it wasn't a total loss...

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                        Sgee Feb 26, 2009 09:45 PM

                        Yeah sadly I have to agree I picked up some Jamon Iberico a few weeks ago, very dissapointing, lots of dried crusty edges. Good thing I passed on the bellota.

                        My order from La Tienda was much better.

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                  attran99 Feb 24, 2009 02:56 PM

                  I've not had it myself, but my good friend has and LOVES it. He spent much of his childhood in Spain, and he says La Espanola's paella can certainly go toe-to-toe with any of the best paellas cooked in Spain.

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