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Memories of Paella

May 2019

We used to travel a lot. Not now. Not sure what that will be like in the future either. So I'm really grateful for all the fun trips we've taken to file away in our fond memories. One of those recent trips last summer had us exploring a few European cities (with a pit stop in London which is where the photo above was taken on the way to Spain) in Besalu, Girona, Barcelona and Valencia where paella was born. I've been making a staple seafood version I found in a magazine ions ago (the cover GIF for this JAM Fall issue is the most recent paella we made at home using that exact recipe) but realized the original dish in Spain was nothing like mine. On the way to a quiet area called El Saler south of the city heading to an empty beach for the most perfect seaside lunch of traditional Valencian paella, we drove by the pretty coastal countryside where the original rice fields for paella used to grow. It reminded me of how dishes evolve with time, different locale, cultures, ethnicities and how any of the recipes we are sharing can be modified to ones liking. Search paella and find the one that suits you and be prepared to make with time and care.

JAM fall Valencia paella black

Arroz negro paella finished

Valencia, Spain: May 2019

JAM fall Valenica City of AS opera

Hemisfèric Eye of the City

JAM fall Valencia balcony

Balcony sunset viewing

JAM fall Valencia City of AS bubbles

Museu de les Ciències

JAM fall Valencia bubble

Inside the bubble

JAM fall Valencia City of AS water

City of Arts and Sciences

JAM fall Valencia central market

Mercado Central Valencia

JAM fall Valencia ham and cheese

Jamon snack only 2 euros

JAM Valencia olives

Olives of every kind

JAM fall Valenica paella lunch

Original Valencian paella

JAM fall Valencia prawns on ice

Prawns on ice w/flowers

JAM fall Valenica boat

Smith family boat ride

JAM fall Valenica soft serve vending machine

Soft serve vending machine ?!

JAM fall Valencia Imogen full

Albufera Nature Reserve

JAM fall Valencia Imogen close up

Empty private El Saler Beach

JAM fall Valencia paella black

Arroz negro paella finished

JAM fall Valenica rice fields

Original Valencian rice fields

JAM Valencia beach mommy daughter

Mommy daughter in Spain

JAM fall Barcelona hotel

Barcelona hotel lobby

JAM fall Barcelona pool

Outdoor swimming pool

JAM fall Barcelona indoor pool

Indoor swimming pool

JAM fall Barcelona tapas

Best tapas ever

JAM fall Barcelona streets

Pretty streets to roam

JAM fall Barecelona hotel pool

Spa relaxation siesta style

JAM fall Besalu

Drive to Besalu

JAM fall Besalu set

Family portrait in Besalu

JAM fall Besalu car

Husband's work set VIP tour

JAM fall Spain giant lolli

GRANDE heart lollipop

JAM fall Barcelona Miro museum

Joan Miró Foundation

JAM Besalua Margot

Architecture tour w/Margot

JAM fall Barcelona architect home

On set in Barcelona

JAM fall Barcelona cevich calss

Ceviche cooking class

JAM fall Barcelona ceviche class chefs

Our master. chefs

JAM fall London hotel

London on way to Spain

JAM fall London stop

Viet dinner w/Bernie xo



Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens.
IG: @krystalchang

JAM in House contributpr Christina

Christina Graci is a lover of all things beauty, health and wellness. She has been busy in the industry for 15 years. She is currently doing lots of self care, cooking, and staying active, reconnecting with herself, partner and friends.
IG: @xtinaesthetics

JAM now Triana

Triana Cristobal is an east coast native, west coast transplant. She is a ballerina turned fitness professional. She is also a music maker. You can find her on the dance floor but currently she's back home in nature taking long, beautiful hikes.
IG: @it_me_triana

JAM fall founder whubby

Jeremy and Helen in Oxnard 9/6/20

JAM fall gallery clay hearts

Imogen's clay hearts 9/15/20
(sculpting while studying pop artist Jim Dine in school during studio art class)

Thank you to my daughter, Imogen, and husband, Jeremy, my mom and dad, my friends and family, my JAM team, and especially to all the continuously dedicated healthcare workers, frontline, food banks, farmers, couriers and all the many others helping with economic, racial, gender inequalities, fighting for voting rights and climate change, and creating social justice.