05/23/13 - 9:06am
Until last year, I’d never eaten paella, let alone tried to pronounce it. Last year, at a restaurant in Kent, Wash., I finally did both.
As for saying paella, I’ve found that few people will laugh out loud if you pronounce it “pie-ay-ah.”
When I saw paella on that restaurant menu, and saw that fish, crab, shrimp, mussels and clams were in it, I bit. After the first bite, I was hooked. It was at least as good as the best seafood gumbo or jambalaya I’ve ever had. The only thing keeping me from licking my plate was the fear that they wouldn’t let me come back for more.