On the recent paper on ingredients in Valencian paella

Paella Valenciana at Restaurante Navarro - with chicken, rabbit, snails, vegetables

Devvers recently shared with me an article in the Guardian titled: “Researchers in Valencia pinpoint unwritten rules of paella“. It’s about a recently published paper that aimed to shed some light on what were the most common ingredients in Valencian paella.

As I was reading the article, I had to do a number of double takes as the choice of words and tone were quite inappropriate (a list of the top N most used ingredients is just… a list, not a set of commandments), but the end of the article was just a double-take after double-take, as the article writer drops a series of dubious sounding statements, such as:

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Restaurante Navarro

Paella Valenciana at Restaurante Navarro - with chicken, rabbit, snails, vegetables

Each time someone wants to visit Valencia and asks us where to eat a good paella, we’re at a loss, because obviously there’s no place like home to eat paella!

But we’re determined to give people the answer to their question, and we’ve decided we’ll try out restaurants to establish where to eat the best paella in Valencia.

Restaurante Navarro is one of the first ones that popped up in our research. It’s very central, very close to the town hall square, so it’s an obvious choice if you’re doing touristy things.

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Self isolation, week 12: we get a very special brewing kit, the cast iron pan is brought back from exile, we have a very Valencian Sunday, some shops reopen, and I am also really fed up

Traditional / floral arnadí design

This week has become a bit colder and rainy, which I suppose means we’re getting full on into the summer!

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20th May 2019: we find a Valencian bar near our hotel, fabric shopping in Nippori, sake tasting, tonkatsu for lunch, and beer with old friends

On this day we went totally off the beaten path and spent the time doing somewhat non-touristy things—plus we found a Valencian (!) bar just a few blocks away from our hotel! Of all the places!

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