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Tallahassee’s Real Paella Offers Authentic Spanish Cuisine

Restaurant Reviews, Recipes and Ramblings from Debi Lander

Spanish paella is a traditional dish made from a mixture of seafood and saffron infused rice, cooked in a flat, round pan. Living in St. Augustine, Florida’s Spanish founded in 1565, I am lucky to find it locally. But, when I visited the state capitol of Tallahassee, I discovered paella to beat all others. My meal from Real Paella was served on the grounds of the historic Spanish Mission San Luis. … Read MoreTallahassee’s Real Paella Offers Authentic Spanish Cuisine

Real Paella Catering at an event in Tallahassee, Florida

Paella

(pronounced: “pah-EH-yuh”) A saffron-flavored Spanish dish made with varying combinations of rice, vegetables, meat, chicken, or seafood traditionally eaten on Sunday.

Initially the consumption of rice in Valencia was limited to its use in the form of flour or semolina. In the XVIth century baked rice in a clay pot was already consumed in Valencia , by the XVIIIth century, there is already documentation of the dish known as paella. … Read MorePaella

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Olive Oil

Spain has approximately 1,800 factories dedicated to the production of virgin olive oil (half of which are located in Andalucia) and 308 million olive trees(185 million in Andalucia), and produces 830,000 tons of olive oil annually, around 34 percent of the world production. That makes Spain the main producing country of olive oil in the world.

The province of Jaen in general, and the city of Martos in particular, claims to be the “World Capital of Olive Oil” as the largest producer of olive oil in the world. … Read MoreOlive Oil

Real Paella Catering at the beach

Have paella, will travel: Caterer specializes in authentic Spanish dish

By LAUREN DELGADO | Daily News

Growing up in Valencia, Spain, Juan Ten ate paella twice a week. He still makes the Spanish rice dish today — just a bit more expansively.

He now operates Real Paella Catering, a Tallahassee-based catering service that serves fresh, authentic paella. They can bring the completed paella or cook the dish onsite at gatherings to serve up to 1,000 people. … Read MoreHave paella, will travel: Caterer specializes in authentic Spanish dish

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Azafran

The word saffron derives from the Arab word zafaran, meaning yellow, and it was mentioned as far back as 1500 b.c. in many classical writings, as well as in the Bible. Further derivations come from the Old French safran, Medieval Latin safranum, and Middle English safroun.

Saffron is harvested from the fall-flowering plant Crocus sativus, a member of the Iris family. It is native to Asia Minor, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years to be used in medicines, perfumes, dyes, and as a wonderful flavoring for foods and beverages. … Read MoreAzafran

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A Taste Of Spain – Authentic Paella

By Sandy Beck

In Spain (like almost anywhere) the best eating happens in the kitchen where family recipes are casually passed along by word of mouth to the next generation.

Juan Ten was born in Valencia, Spain. As a child, Juan paid close attention as his mother, Lola, cooked authentic paella, the signature dish of Spain that brings families and friends together around a giant pan. In fact, Juan’s Valencian roots are several generations deep, so this dish is in his blood. … Read MoreA Taste Of Spain – Authentic Paella

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Queso Manchego

This historic cheese is named for the Spanish region of La Mancha, also home of Don Quixote. Made of pasteurized sheep’s milk, it has a black gray or buff colored rind with a crosshatch pattern. The interior ranges from stark white to yellow, depending on age. … Read MoreQueso Manchego

Chorizo served by Real Paella Catering

Chorizo

This is Spain’s traditional sausage, seasoned with paprika and garlic.

Chorizo seems to have its origins in the Catalan xoriço. There are seventeen officially recognized varieties of in Catalonia. It is usually made from lean pork (Iberian pig), garlic, paprika, red bell peppers, and red chile pepper flakes. … Read MoreChorizo