All posts tagged: paella

Paella on the Prairies

For most Canadians, when we think of Spanish cuisine we think of paella and sangria. I’ve watched for years as my friends or new people we meet interact with The Spaniard – the conversation is often the same. If they have been to Spain it is to Madrid or Barcelona, and if they talk about food, they talk about paella. The Spaniard is from the north coast of Spain. While you can find sangria and paella at bars and restaurants in Santander, the region of Cantabria is far from the south where the dish and the drink originate from. Funny enough, The Spaniard only started making paella after he moved to Canada. He brought back a paella (the name for the flat pan the rice cooks in, as well as the name of the finished dish) to Edmonton after his first trip back home at Christmas, and he has been feeding my friends and family paella on the prairies ever since. Since a paella is to be cooked over an open flame, The Spaniard took advantage of the covered …

A Taste of Cantabria

The capital of the Cantabria region on the north coast of Spain is Santander.  Famous for seafood and the bank, Santander is also home to my boyfriend –  a.k.a. The Spaniard. I first met him two years ago and just a week after he arrived in Edmonton. He was shy at first, but from the beginning he has always raved (and complained) about how much better the food was back home. So, when I booked my trip to Santander, my first ever trip to Spain, my palate and my belly had some high expectations. I was arriving a day early, but when I got off the plane my friend Adrienne was there to great me. Conveniently her and her boyfriend were planning on living in The Spaniard’s city for two months.  She immediately took me to the grocery store where I was amazed by the quantity of quality Spanish meats available, we didn’t even have to go to a speciality shop. I wanted to buy and taste everything! When The Spaniard finally arrived I had a …