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Posted at 3:44 PM ET, 09/11/2006

Rice, Rice Baby

By Erin

Summer is so last week, so my thoughts are racing towards fall with its colder weather, warmer clothing and, of course, heartier meals. In hopes of finding my first fall meal, I dropped into the rich red dining room of Taberna del Alabardero to check out the month-long Paella Festival. For the month of September, the restaurant has invited Miguel Fuster Ribelles, a paella expert, to consult and collaborate on a special menu.

The result is a list of 10 deliciously filling and autumnal paella dishes incorporating land and sea fillings. The requirement is a minimum of two people to each order of paella, so take somebody who has similar tastebuds or will submit to your selection. The paella choices include rabbit and mushroom, squid ink and, my choice, the lobster, which comes studded with clams, mussels, a heaping portion of deliciously salty lobster and enough rice to last me well into the winter. For those who aren't ready to sacrifice summer, one option -- with octopus, scallions and summer's beloved fava beans -- and a carafe of sangria should take all cares away. Paella costs $22 per person at lunch and $26 per person at dinner, with a $6 supplement per person for the lobster.

-- Erin

By Erin  | September 11, 2006; 3:44 PM ET
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I hope their paella is better than the rest of their food. Probably some of the least flavorful tapas I've eaten.

Posted by: djm | September 12, 2006 4:57 PM | Report abuse

paella is a peoples' food, not usually a good choice for a really expensive restaurant. but maybe they will prove me wrong at la taberna.

Posted by: mc | September 12, 2006 5:13 PM | Report abuse

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