First night in Valencia, Spain, had to mean Paellas in all their glory. Valencia, home of the paella promised much and in the main delivered. It's easy to over-order when you haven't been in Spain for a while and ... you're a glutton! We went a bit wild on the starters, not realizing the size of the portions on offer. The Ensalada Forcat (with anchovy, egg, tomatoes and tuna) was enormous and delicious, as was the calamares and especially the croquetas (bacalao cod, potato and herb filling). We then had the traditional Valencian paella (rabbit), Arroz Negro (black rice) and Fideau (fine noodle paella). The traditional was the stand-out. The Marques de Riscal 2006 Reserva was good, service average, atmosphere less than average (although it was a midweek night). Spain however, always delights with it's outdoor nightlife and friendly people. It's hard to be too harsh on such a great city as Valencia.
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