Mar 2, 2012

Oscars a la Paella

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Nice, France March 2008

I notice whenever there is any sign of warmth in the air, especially during spring, I start fantasizing about Occitania. This fantasy inevitably leads me to craving paella. Since I can't drive to this region, I will have to recreate this mediterranean delight at home, here in the desert. Dori found out from a coworker about an authentic paella mix imported from Spain at our local Cost Plus World Market. Perfect timing with the Academy Awards that night, what better dish to eat while watching the Oscars? All the shellfish and movie stars might be in California, but we have our World Market to comfort these desert rats.  


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It had been a long time since I stepped into a Cost Plus World Market. Once Dori and I walked into the store, we meandered off in different directions gawking at all the imports. At one point, I began calling out Dori's name (Finding Nemo?) as she replied with her special whistle from across the store. Heading her way, I slowly became mesmerized within the labyrinth of Moroccan, French, and Irish imports until finally Dori had to reel me in, "start looking for the paella mix!" she urged. I was hopeless. Thankfully, I soon realized that if I didn't find the paella mix, I would miss the Oscars. 
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This is how I felt after Dori said: 
"your paella was delicioso!".

19 comments:

  1. I love paella, but I don't know what happened, suddenly I became allergic to mussels... :(
    Thankfully there isn't a market like this close to home!
    Congratulations, your paella looks yummy!
    I lol when I read the last part of your post! :D
    Tenha um lindo fim de semana Sandy! :)

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    1. Don't feel bad. You're not the only one that is allergic to mussels. I know a few people that are as well.=/
      That's okay Lúcia. That means more mussels for moi. ;)hee hee Thanks for the compliment. I'm glad I could make you laugh!:D
      Tenha um lindo fim de semana Lúcia! =)

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  2. Mmmmm . . . . paella! I love paella, too. There was this Spanish tapas restaurant in Chicago that I loved going to (when I lived there) that had awesome paella. And in the Boston area (when I lived there) there was a seafood restaurant that would sometimes have some tasty paella on their menu as a special.

    Your paella looks awesome; I'm sure it tasted as good as it looks!

    We had a Cost Plus World Market in El Paso that I'd shop at once in a while. I guess I should say the store's still there, even though we're not anymore. ;) It was next to the Babies R Us where I'd shop for baby Livie's necessities (when she was a baby), and a Starbucks, where I'd buy myself a necessity. Ahh, fond memories.

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    1. Hi Sonya. =) It sounds like you know your paella! You're a lucky girl to have tried all these paellas. And lucky to have lived in all these places. Thanks, the paella was not too shabby! ;)

      There could have been a Babies are Us next to this World Market. You know how these strip malls do. Yes, caffeine is a necessity. I like how you put that. ha!

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  3. Ah, paella! Don't get me started, my mouth is starting to water already ;-) It's funny, I bought the same paella kit from World Market a few months ago. Once improved with fresh seafood, it is actually quite tasty. Paella seems a bit daunting to prepare, but apparently, there's nothing to it. I have a great book, "Paella, Paella" by Maria Sollis Sallinger but have only drooled over the recipes and photos so far. Mmmm. Should I try this? Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Why do I have a feeling you're a good cook Veronique?;) That's funny, I wish I had known about this paella kit years ago. Just like you said, it can seem daunting. But with this kit, it's easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy! And it's yummy. Now you have me curious about this book you speak of. I know what I will be looking for next trip to Barnes & Noble. I can't wait! Mmmmmm. Yes you should!! =) Have a nice weekend.

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  4. Thanks to your link to Occitania. Now I understand more about paella. Anytime you get the French, Spanish and Italians together in the kitchen, good things are sure to follow, hence Paella!

    Your market pics are fun! Skinny Girl Margaritas?

    Although I'm not familiar with paella, the ingredients I see in yours makes me know I would love it! A work of art! If I knew French, more adjectives would have been used. I'm sure Dora got it right, Delicioso!! In any language!

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    1. Hi Parker! =) I'm glad that I could introduce you to Occitania and paella. ;) I agree with you, good things are sure to follow with that combo. Gosh! I'm getting hungry again.... is it 6PM yet? ;)

      Thanks for liking the photos. I haven't tried Skinny Margaritas yet, but it looks good without guilt! I have to say, you made my day. Dora the Explorer is another good one. Heeeee. Have a nice weekend Parker!

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    2. Did I miss your post Parker? I didn't see one this week. =)

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  5. I have never had paella before, nor have I ever had mussels. My husband loves them...I guess I'm a big chicken! I really looks good though. I have seen the mix there before. Gotta love World Market!!!!!

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    1. Well then you haven't lived Teresa. Just Kidding. ;) Maybe you could start with just the paella kit? The canned mussels in the kit are seasoned well. You might like it? AND you know where a World Market is!!! Have a nice weekend! =)

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  6. LOL! That's some good looking food. You made me hungry with the very first photo and after seeing the rest I'm starving!!

    Pop Rocks and margaritas? Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen!

    Now all you need to do is learn how to make sushi! :~)

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    1. Hi Ron! =) You are so right, I still need to learn how to make sushi! I promise you, they will not look as good as yours!

      Pop Rocks and a margarita mix. LOL!!!! Have a fantastic weekend!

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  7. I'm jealous, your Cost Plus is so much bigger than ours. I love that store. Wonderful shots. Have a happy weekend.

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    1. Thanks Randy! It seems like a popular store. You have a nice weekend too. =)

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  8. What a great market! Unfortunately I too have become allergic to mussels so I will pass on the paella! ;-)

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    1. Hi RedPAt. =) I'm glad you like the market. Lúcia will feel good about being in good company. ;)

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  9. I had tired paella for the first time many years ago in Spain. It completely changed my perception of this world :)

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    1. Isn't it funny how food can change your perception of a place. When I first moved to Vegas, I became friend's with a Chilean woman. I ate her food and she told me stories. Since then, I've always wanted to go to Chile. =)

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