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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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  1. 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.

    1. 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.).

      6 Replies
      1. re: J.L.

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

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

            1. re: J.L.

              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...

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                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...

              2. re: J.L.

                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.

          1. re: Adsvino

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

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

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

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