Traditional paella finds its origins in the coastal towns of Valencia and is largely considered today as Spain's national dish. Many regional variations of this popular rice dish exist, but the three best known are Valencian paella, seafood paella and mixed paella. While each incorporate different ingredients, all share the same foundation of toasting a layer of rice at the bottom of the paellera (pan), which is then left to develop and absorb all the delicious cooking flavours.
Obviously, the best paellas are found slow-cooking over open fires on the beaches of Eastern Spain, but you can still find some tasty recipes being served up here in Montreal.
Open for over 30 years, El Gitano knows their paella. With over a dozen kinds to choose from, you will have a hard time deciding which one to get. Portions are really generous and deliciously prepared. The lamb and rabbit are always good choices, or pick your own lobster from the aquarium to add to your paella. El Gitano also hosts Flamenco shows every Saturday night.
Tapeo is already well-known for its simple and elegant tapas, but the Paella à la Tapeofor 2 is so worth it. Ingredients change daily, so you know it's always fresh, but generally features nice, fat shrimps, complemented by a large selection of Spanish wines to choose from.
An Old Port favourite, Barroco features a warm and rustic interior with paella to match. The "Paella Barroco" is expertly prepared and overloaded with fresh sea food, chorizo, and veggies, and for a little extra you can add a half-lobster straight from Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Plus Barroco offers great drinks and live rock 'n roll/jazz music that always make for memorable nights out.
Don't be fooled, Club Espagnole De Quebec can be considered a community center, but that just means you're guaranteed some truly authentic paella with huge shrimp, perfectly-cooked rice, mussels and sausage in every bite. Plus, a humble decor also means very humble prices.
While La Sala Rosa serves up great food 6 nights a week, the paella tastes extra delicious along side live Flamenco music every Thursday. You have a choice of several different kinds of paella, each served with salad and include a creme caramel for dessert. Once dinner's over, why not head upstairs to dance the night away.
Les Pyrénées is a French/Spanish fusion restaurant in the heart of Old Montreal with great atmosphere and impeccable service. Their Catalan Paella made with seafood, pork, chorizo and chicken is a true taste of the Pyrénéesin the Basque Country, and the dessert menu features some delectable French classics.
So more of a Portuguese restaurant, Casa Minhota still makes a mean paella. This friendly, unassuming restaurant serves up fresh and perfectly cooked seafood, always well-seasoned, and the rice is always tender. Wash it all down with a fine wine, and you're primed for a night out on The Main afterwards.
Baked in traditional metal plates for that real authentic flavour, Casa Galicia offers 12 different kinds of paella including their delicious Catalonian paella made with lamb, chicken, mussels, chorizo and squid. Or get the seafood paella for 2 with lobster and shrimp, which comes with your choice of lobster bisque or a chef's salad as appetizer. Throw in a pitcher of sangria and free professional Flamenco shows on the weekends, and you might even forget you're in Montreal!
The report compared key indexes of attitudes toward LGBTQ2+ people across 34 countries. Canada ranked seventh based on social acceptance, sexual activity rights, civil union rights, marriage rights, adoption rights and military service rights, as well as anti-discrimination and gender identity laws.
Canada ranks seventh, after mostly European countries
The top five countries on the list were in Europe. Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain made the top three.
According to the report, Canada's provinces only introduced same-sex civil union rights in the early 2000s, while Sweden registered same-sex civil partnerships in 1995.
However, Canada was faster than Sweden to adopt gay marriage rights. Canada legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2005 — with some provinces legalizing it as early as 2003 — while Sweden legalized it in 2009.
Compared to Sweden's 94% social acceptance rating, 85% of Canadian society was found to be socially accepting of LGBTQ2+ communities.
Gender identity and anti-discrimination laws
Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain all have anti-discrimination laws for LGBTQ2+ people, the report shows.
The report says that in Spain, since 2007, all documents can be amended to a person's 'recognized gender.'
Comparatively, in Canada, transgender people have been able to change their gender and name (but not their sex) since 2017 — the same year Bill C-16 came into effect, making gender identity and expression a Constitutional right.
'Conversion therapy' has been illegal in Manitoba and Ontario since 2015, and Vancouver and Nova Scotia since 2018, according to the report.
And only a few moments ago, the announcement was made official, Catalonia's president has declared independence.
But exactly does this mean, and how did this happen? Well, here's everything we know so far:
First, the reason why they wanted independence is simple: Many people in Catalonia are concerned that they're paying too many taxes to the central government, and they want the right to self-determination.
That's why on October 1st, a referendum vote was held where 90% of voters were in favor of Catalonia's independence.
The vote was later declared illegal by Madrid, and suspended by the Spanish Court Constitutional Court due to irregularities and the violence surrounding the issue.
Since then, Puigdemont has said on many occasions that he was going to declare independence, despite the strong opposition across Spain and Europe, and today the announcement was made.
Today, Puigdemont asked for a mandate to declare Catalonia an independent state. He said he wants to hold talks with Madrid regarding independence, and that he is willing to resort to international mediation to resolve the crisis is need be.
Spanish food is all about taking the freshest local produce and making it into a simple, uncomplicated dish that is bursting with colour and flavour.
There's a new restaurant that's about to come to town that is going to feature the best of Barcelona's cuisine and social scene! It's called Restaurant Ibérica and it will be located in the heart of downtown Montreal at 1450 Peel St!