One of the many social events of the year at Senior Resort Ciudad Patricia.
Many residents of all nationalities enjoyed 2 lovely big tasty mixed paella served on the terrace of the main central building on the retirement resort.
The residents enjoyed a traditional melon and serrano ham starter, followed by the delicious mixed meat and seafood paella and dessert was vienetta ice cream.
A live band called “Duo Moonlight” played various styles of music to entertain and dance to all afternoon. The terrace was perfect setting with panoramic view across the valley to the mountains.
The keen dancers were up straight away as soon as the music started. It is lovely to see all the residents talking smiling and enjoying the party atmosphere with a cool breeze on the terrace even on a very warm day. The annual paella lunch is very popular with the residents in their own retirement community which they call their home. It is particular popular as they enjoy 3 Spanish traditions paella, flamenco and long lazy sociable lunches.
A little piece on the history of paella you might find interesting.
Paella originated from Valencia. These days though can be found in western countries from America to Europe but is especially popular in Spain. The recipe has been expanded over the years to incorporated different flavors. One of the stories behind the history of paella is that servants would take home leftovers from the Moorish royal banquets. They would then cook it up over open fires into delicious dishes for their families. The word “paella” may come from the Arab word “baqiyah” which means left overs. Another speculation it comes from the Latin word “patella” which was a flat plate used for religious offerings to the Gods.
Tradition in the 19th Century is hot paella was served at midday to the laborers and consisted of collected snails and left over vegetables. Meat and rabbit were added on special occasions. Today when paella is cooked in a large flat pan can include rice, chicken, fish, shellfish, eel rabbit squid snails and a variety of vegetables.
After enjoying the delicious feast there was a spectacular flamenco show for the residents to enjoy with many costume changes from the 3 very talented flamenco dancers.
Just some of the quotes from some of the residents.
“I really enjoyed the party atmosphere.”
“I love to get up and dance to the music.”
“The paella was delicious.”
“We enjoyed the flamenco show and took lots of pictures to send to the family to show what a lovely time we are having.”
At Senior Resort Ciudad Patricia we lay on many sociable events throughout the year. This is because we believe you don’t just move into your new retirement apartment, you move into a new life. You will get chance to meet new friends, you are never lonely; you will have peace of mind and feel safe and secure.