Tapas, in its many guises, has become a commonplace style of eating at many restaurants in Atlanta. Over the years, the concept of tapas has extended well-beyond all things Spanish and it seems like a small portion of ANY dish can somehow become "tapas" at restaurants.
So, we suggest you go back to the homeland, Espagna itself, for inspiration for a tapas and paella party!
To have a Spanish fiesta a la casa, Atlantans can take advantage of some of the great ingredients that are available locally:
*If you need to stay intown, you can still stock up on jars of Ortiz Spanish tuna in olive oil and grab some vacuum-packed artichokes at the Whole Foods Market off Ponce to get some authentic flair without having to poach a single thistle.
*For those paella perfectionists out there- splurge a little and go to Star Provisions to worship at the altar of chorizo. We think it has the perfect subtle smoky paprika aroma that comes out when you allow it to sizzle and burn a little in the paella pan before adding the liquid to the rice. Notably, the gourmet deluxe storefront for all things for foodstuffs is another creation of our biggest chef-couple crush ever, Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison-- which directly connects to their original, superluxe restaurant, Bacchanalia.