An unexpected trip to southeastern Spain (at least that’s what I’m calling it) ended with the most disgusting thing I’ve ever had in my mouth on purpose. Sea nettles done paella style in rice.
In the Deltebre, I thought I’d be adventurous and try a dish specific to the area. Something with rice. At this time of year, the beautiful and fertile land is lushly green with seemingly endless fields of rice. It’s gorgeous, especially with the ancient looking stone buildings that seem as if they’re floating in a sea of emerald green. I wasn’t quick enough to get any photos so you’ll have to imagine it.
Anyway, back to the food. A quick online article said this dish is a must-try of the area and the waitress gushed like nothing else over our choice (“buenísimo” she says). And so, it arrived.
Imagine plops of pigeon poop embedded in rice and you’re halfway there. The texture made me want to gag. I was very disappointed in my life choices in that moment.
The rice wasn’t bad though.