The scene was really well planned out with tables and chairs spread out across the river side. It turns out that this event was planned and hosted by the Spanish consulate. And as far as I could tell it was a free for all. No one asked for invites and they even had free flow beers! That’s right, cartons and cartons of imported Spanish beer that is not even available on the local market. This MAHOU beer is a product of the San Miguel brewery but it had an exceptional and unique flavor that I will venture to say was, grainy. I loved it.
But what I was there to see was the Paella. The Biggest Paella in Guangzhou! And what I saw instead was 3 really big paellas. Or I should say 3 really big and empty paella skillets. These guys actually flew down 3 chefs from Spain to make the paellas and they flew down bags of Spanish rice and spices, which I saw lying empty on the ground. And although I was imaging 1 really big paella that people could swim in, I must admit that the dishes were pretty large and might actually have been the largest paellas in Guangzhou… That day.
Fortunately there was some paella left in the last skillet that the stragglers were left to sample. Apparently they made 3 different types of paella, a seafood, vegetarian, and meat. We were left to try the meat one and I will say that it was off the hook. The Spanish chicks were complaining that it was not authentic but I say you cant always get what you want, but if you try some time you just might find you get what you need. Okay, I didn’t say that, Mick did, but I concur.
All in all another great day in the GZ. Nothing beats getting pissed outdoors in this weather.