Paella Perfection

Paella Perfection

A long day of sightseeing travelling around the city of Barcelona and starvation kicks in.

The next restaurant when we come out of this side street is being attacked we decide. We came out and there was a long row of restaurants all looking very similar and generic al fresco style two or three people sitting outside each nothing stood out in particular so we chose the closest.

I attempted to make the waiter sell me the place he basically told me to wait and see. We ordered a couple of two person mixed paella and waited patiently for 45 minutes, my mind set on it being a letdown.

The paella arrived at the table and we tucked in and with a squeeze of lemon it was the most flavourful dish i have ever experienced on my numerous Spanish visits. An explosion of fresh flavours came bursting out positioned opposite the harbour the shellfish tasted as though it was caught at 3pm and served at 4. A very memorable time for me that keeps Barcelona fresh in my memory to this very day.

Unfortunately i didn’t take the time to recognise the name of the eatery but if i were ever in Barcelona again which one day i pray i will make it back, it’s the first place I’m headed.


Paella itself elf is a great easy dish for feeding groups and entertaining. Anyone can throw together some rice stock meat shellfish but i think the key to an incredible paella is all in the fish stock. Great care should go into the stock using various shellfish shells, fish heads and generally the things that get thrown away as it’s where all the beautiful flavours hide away waiting to be uncovered. Don’t forget your fresh well sourced produce and you’ve given yourself a head start to a brilliant dish in the flavour department.


About the author


My name is James welcome to my blog. I am a 23 year old self taught kitchen loiterer where i am most happiest. I was diagnosed with terminal HCC Liver Cancer October 2012 since then i have found much more time to experiment in the kitchen and develop my knowledge. Making cookery my number one release and hobby. On a lighter note, I have been in love with food since when I couldn't possibly remember, the story of me in my youth asking Father Christmas for cucumber sandwiches doesn't surprise anyone in the slightest. I enjoy cooking, eating out, entertaining, putting smiles on peoples faces when they take their first mouthful of my dish/force feeding them and talking about food, generally basing life around the next meal. I tend to get on tremendously well immediately with anyone who has a passion for food and life in general. In my blog i will add new tried and tested restaurants, recipes and much more. Aimed at anyone even if they have hardly ever picked up a skillet. I believe great things can be achieved using minimal ingredients, hence why my favourite food to cook and eat is Italian. Hoping to meet other food enthusiast bloggers and share my recipes with fellow foodies. Every little helps when it comes to cooking and choosing between a vast amount of eateries. Let's avoid the mediocre ones and promote the unpretentious hidden gems where the true greatness lies. I hope you find this page useful and any feedback would be fantastic. Enjoy! And of course, Bon Apetit!


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