After reading a review in the LA Times, we decided to have a belated-anniversary dinner at Smoke.Oil.Salt. on Melrose. Every Sunday night, the Spanish restaurant offers a prix-fixe dinner where the star of the meal is paella. Chris paired his meal with a flight of red wines from Spain. Our meal started out with a tapas dish of olives, marcona almonds and cheese, along with an octopus and yellowtail cocktail marinated in tiger nut milk. Second course consisted of two dishes: first, flori-col amb allets, one of our favorite dishes of the night that consisted of caramelized cauliflower, broccoli and garlic in a lemon chili sauce, and, second, a watercress, beet and goat cheese salad. The main course was a delicious seafood paella that arrived to the table in a large, shallow metal pan with shrimp, lobster and dollops of aioli atop a bed of cooked rice. At the table, we mixed the paella together and then ate to our delight, scraping the bottom of the pan to get every last bite. Dessert was no disappointment. The chocolate truffle with vanilla bean ice cream and cinnamon rice pudding with passion fruit ice cream were a nice way to end one of our favorite meals of the year. On our way back to the car, we came across a two likely pieces of Banksy street art.

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