Friday, April 30, 2010

Wedding Paella

I've been pretty busy this last year, especially these last couple of weeks with my wedding celebrations! We were married in a chapel in Las Vegas, and followed it with a fantastic dinner in a private room at Mario Batali's Enoteca San Marco in the Venetian. A couple shows and many decadent meals later, we returned to Los Angeles for reception #2.

We decided to go with Spanish food for this party, and went with a crowd-pleasing paella from Juan Pomares in San Diego. He is from Alicante, Spain, and specializes in paella. Really, really big ones, apparently. This one easily feed our crowd of 95, with leftovers. This was by far, the best paella I have ever had, and my Spanish in-laws approved. Loaded with chicken, chorizo and pork ribs, it was rich and savory. We had more the next night, along with our empanadas, Spanish meats and cheese, and wedding cake (from Sweet Lady Jane). I have one more bag of paella in the freezer, along with some cake, and I am looking forward to enjoying those final bites.

Paella Valenciana

Sweet Lady Jane
8360 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 653-7145

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