Puerto Rican Paella


 Paella is a Spanish rice dish that can be filled with meats, fish, shellfish, seasoned vegetables and of course rice. Paella is normally served in the large bowl it is cooked in and then divided up among people. Paella is one of Spain's most famous dishes and has been adopted by many of the islands and countries it once controlled. One of these places was Puerto Rico. My cousins down in Puerto Rico own two of these bowls.  One is 36 inches and the other is 48 inches. Paella is food supposed to be shared with many others as I found out after going to Puerto Rico for the first time.  After visiting the beach house my family owns we went over to our cousins to watch them prepare one of their famous meals which was paella.  He told me that paella is a special food because of how it symbolizes people coming together and sharing one big dish.  He told me about how many times he brought out the bowl and cooked for the family and how each time represented something being celebrated. After he told me that it felt special knowing that this day was important.  After that short conversation we all sat down and enjoyed something that felt like home. 

Place(s): Puerto Rico, Spain


Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more