When the Paella Hits the Park

When the Paella Hits the Park

For those who didn’t know, today was Spanish National Day or what we usually refer to as “Columbus Day” and/or [ergh…] “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in the US. I can’t really think of too much that is that amazing for this day and usually just knew that San Francisco was hosed traffic-wise due to the Columbus Day Parade. I’ve now found out that the Spaniards of the area get together at a park, mingle, drink a little, and cook paella like crazy. It seems that each group of folks time their paella to be done at a different moment, so everyone can rotate around and sample them.

People also bring tortillas (again, Spanish, not Mexican and not a fritata) to sample as well. It’s a pretty mellow way to spend the day in Sunnyvale and kick my Spanish ability in the ass a bit. My only regret is that it is indeed in Sunnyvale, which is a bit of a trek from San Francisco, although a tasty paella can make it worth the while. I guess that if they did do it in SF, the freeloader ratio would get pretty out of control and the naked yoga guy might show up, which is something you really, really don’t want to have anywhere near your paella.