This past weekend, Tony C from Sinosoul gathered several food bloggers together for what promised to be an epic paella feast of massive proportions. I’m not a huge paella person, but the experience seemed random and fun; so I threw caution to the wind, recruited Sly to be my partner in crime, and headed down to the rather industrial trappings of Harbor City for an afternoon lunch of golden rice and savory proteins.
Photos of this adventure after the jump…

When we arrived at the address of La Espanola — the purveyors of the aforementioned paella — we were a bit underwhelmed by the local character.

Specifically, I believe Sly moaned “It’s just so awful.”

Truth be told, it looked like we had arrived at some sort of post-apocalyptic dead zone.

This could also double as a location for any number of violent scenes on 24.

But amidst the industrial wasteland, we found the charming little enclave that was La Espanola.

Things got started with a tasty bottle of wine that we shared with Diana from Diana Takes A Bite and Erin, a non-blogger — at least for the moment.

Erin also procured a small container of almonds that were quite tasty. As I’m not as well versed in almonds as she, I cannot tell you what types these were, but they were great.

Eventually the paella arrived. Don’t let the low-rent presentation fool you. This was some good stuff, and that’s coming from me, a non-paella enthusiast. The roasted red peppers totally stole the show.

Our little clique also ordered a tapas plate, and as a result, we received some free bread.

The tapas plate. More of a charcuterie plate than anything else, all the items were quite tasty. The outermost ring of chorizo gave us all giddy smiles.

Continued paella consumption.

A rather festive crowd of noshers.

While the meal was nowhere as intensely lengthy as our Jitlada experience, it proved to be just as enjoyable.

We ultimately left full. And hey, the sun came out! What better way to take in the scenic views. And yes, that IS an oil rig in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

36 replies on “ADVENTURES IN ESPAÑA: Paella Edition”

  1. I believe I said, “It’s the end of the world”….certainly seemed so with the tumbleweeds and dust cyclones circling acros the road.
    I perked up when I saw the fantastic selection of olive oils though.

  2. Strange, strange place!
    It looked like the almonds were a product brought into the establishment as opposed to something ordered, say, off the menu?
    It also appeared some brought their own beverages.
    Put with the totally temporary tents and tables, even the disposable EVERYTHING serving stuff, do you plan to return?
    Was it that good?

  3. I almost licked the screen with that first pic. Guess I need to go find me some lunch…

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