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“La Espanola Meats”

Melting Pot Food Tours
Ranked #3 of 44 Food & Drink in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Melting Pot Food Tours is the original food tour company in southern California. If you are looking for new and different things to do in Los Angeles, a food tasting walking tour is sure to please. Choose from amongst Melting Pot Food Tours' flagship Original Farmers Market Food & History Tour, its highly rated Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, or its off-the-beaten-path East LA Latin Flavors Food & Culture Tour Private tours available with advance reservation.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed October 30, 2017

This is a great and informative tour done by Alex. Followed by wonderful meats, cheeses and of course their signature dish, paella. Served with wine to share among the new friends we meet on the tour. Great time!

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tifosa23, Owner at Melting Pot Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Thank you for being our guests at La Espanola and for sharing these very kind words. We agree that this event is truly a special and unique experience - and incredibly delicious too. We hope you'll explore our other tours soon!

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Reviewed October 23, 2017

We had great food and our guide was very informative! We learned a lot about Pasadena and tried different culinary cuisine along with way! Can't wait to give it a try again!

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tifosa23, Owner at Melting Pot Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

We are sure that Old Pasadena is waiting to welcome you back with open arms! Thank you for being our guests and for posting this very kind review, please join us for another tour soon!

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Reviewed October 16, 2017

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Reviewed October 4, 2017

Andrew was our guide and gave an exceptional tour with great knowledge. This was a very fun and interesting way to see the farmer's market. I would highly recommend Melting Pot and requesting Andrew if available.

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MeltingPotFoodTours, Owner at Melting Pot Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2017

We love that your tour with Andrew and the Market was such a positive one, and thank you for your recommendation! We hope you'll tour with us again soon.

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

Diane Scalia head of MPFT and Alejandro of La Espanola Meats were consummate guides. Alejandro took us through the factory portion of the tour letting us in on the various processing & curing rooms for their signature Chorizo & Salsicha. Every aspect about making Spanish sausages was demonstrated or discussed by Alejandro. Diane was our hostess for the Paella lunch clueing us in on what the various foods were on the table as well as serving us generously the Paella in a huge metal pan.

The tour took about an hour, and then we retreated to their small covered patio where we indulged in a colorful, beautifully presented land & seafood paella that included shrimp, mussels, chicken, rough ground pork sausage, peas, slivers of green bell peppers, white beans. Red piquillo peppers & orange-yellow saffron tinged rice made of colors that reflect the Spanish national flag.

Nice bottles of white wine Albarino & a red Tempranillo were served as well as bottled water for those who abstained.

Previous to the main dish, a plate of thinly sliced dry cured Spanish sausages & salami, Manchego cheese along with cured Castelvetrano olives & whole garlic in a vinegary brine in which you can dip Spanish bread into were the appetizer.

The sweet end to the meal was Tortas, a thin,crispy, sweet flour "tortilla" flavoured w/ anise, and Rosco de Vino Mata, a dry cookie flavoured w/ wine & cinnamon.

Lastly we perused the small market that is chock full of Spanish comestibles. A whole leg of Jamon Iberico de Bellota can be bought for $1,000.00, but slices of it are also on sale so no need to panic. I find that the Spanish Jamon is overall superior to Italian Prosciutto di Parma, German Schwarzwald Schinkin, & French Jambon. Interestingly, all these cured "ham" locations were under the rule of the Roman Empire over 1,600 years ago.

I discovered the most amazingly addictive Turron de Alicante by Pablo Garrigos Ibanez. Basically it's a Nougat based in a sweet, chewy, slightly gooey egg white infused w/ Rosemary flower honey that adds a smokey, oily herbal undertone that accentuates the toasty crunchy Marcona almonds. Truly a confectionery Manna.

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MeltingPotFoodTours, Owner at Melting Pot Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2017

Thank you for this complimentary and comprehensive review of our La Espanola event! We love that you enjoyed the experience and have such a deep appreciation of this treasure in our own backyard! Alex and his family will love your comments, we hope you'll visit them again soon.

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