Paella is a dish that I truly enjoy. I’ve never made it before and have always ordered it in a restaurant. Michael told me about La Española in Harbor City and so I kept that filed away in the back of my brain as a potential source for paella ingredients.
As a food enthusiast, I’m truly blessed that my wife is so forgiving about my quirks. I remembered what Michael had told me and decided to find La Española on a recent Saturday.
As I drove through Harbor City, I wasn’t confident that I was near the place. The area appeared to be industrial and I was quite surprised to find La Espanola in a large warehouse.
Given that La Espanola is located in a warehouse, I was surprised to find out how cozy their retail operation was. Canned goods, oil, olives, crackers, pasta, and wine filled the front part of the shop. The back was almost exclusively dedicated as a Spanish deli.
A very good assortment of aged sausage, ham, Spanish chorizo, and cheese filled the refrigerated cases. They also had some of their deli products sliced for individual sampling. I learned that Saturday is the day that they prepare and sell paella!
I picked up a number of ingredients so that my wife could make paella at home. However, having the chance encounter of enjoying the ‘real deal’, I purchased one to go.
Tucked away behind some shrubs is an outdoor shaded area with bench seating. A number of people ordered paella and bocadillos (sandwiches) and shared everything.
The next time, I’ll have to bring some other people so that we can sample many items!
Oh, and if you’re curious about how my wife’s paella turned out….
- La Española
- 25020 Doble Ave. Harbor City, Ca 90710 (310) 539-0455
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laespanolameats