Fallas in Valencia

March 1st, 2011

The Falles (in valencian) or Fallas (in Spanish) are a Valencian traditional celebration in praise of Saint Joseph in Valencia, Spain. The term Falles refers to both the celebration and the monuments created during the celebration. A number of towns in the Valencian Community have similar celebrations inspired in the original one from the city of Valencia.

Each neighbourhood of the city has an organized group of people, the Casal faller, that works all year long holding fundraising parties and dinners, usually featuring the famous speciality paella. Each casal faller produces a construction known as a falla which is eventually burnt. A casal faller is also known as a comissió fallera.

The name of the festival is thus the plural of falla. The word’s derivation is as follows:
fallaVulgar Latin *faclaLatin facula (diminutive) ← Latin fax, “torch”.

Paella in Valencia

February 15th, 2011

Paella (Spanish pronunciation: [paˈeʎa]) is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain.]

Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain‘s national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.

There are three widely known types of paella: Valencian paella (Spanish: paella valenciana), seafood paella (Spanish: paella de marisco) and mixed paella (Spanish: paella mixta), but there are many others as well. Valencian paella consists of white rice, green vegetables, meat (rabbit, chicken, duck), land snails, beans and seasoning. Seafood paella replaces meat and snails with seafood and omits beans and green vegetables. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables and sometimes beans.

Most paella chefs use calasparra or bomba rices for this dish. Other key ingredients include saffron and olive oil.

And every week at Hôme Backpackers we have a Paella Class!! Ask us!!!

Valentine’s Day

February 8th, 2011

Valentine’s Day is a traditional celebration in which the lovers, boyfriends or husbands express their love and affection each other. Held on February 14, Valentine’s birthday.

In some countries known as Valentine’s Day and others like the Day of Love and Friendship

Today is celebrated by exchanging love notes known as “valentines” with symbols like the heart shape or Cupid. Also on this day is common tradition of giving roses to those people who have a special affection.