September 02, 2020 0 Comments

Lilia´s Paella de Marisco

This recipe is part of a family book of recipes
´Les Receptes de la Lilia´.
Dedicated to our Agnès Lilia, whom never met her great grandmother, Lilia,

but will one day keep her cooking alive.

(Please note that the ingredient list is as Lilia described it.
A handful here, a dash there, so go with the flow and it should turn out just fine)!


  • 4 handfuls of rice (arroz de bomba)
  • Fish stock (3 ladles per person) 
  • Selection of seafood: fresh prawns (gambas), muscles (musclos), clams (cloisses), cuttlefish (sepia) (2 large cut into small squares) and white fish (cut into large cubes).
  • Vegetables: long green capsicum (finely chopped), ½ red capsicum (finely chopped), 1 onion (finely sliced)
  • Tomato puree or 3 large mature tomatoes
  • Garlic (few cloves) and a small bunch of parsley with a dash of olive oil mixed into a paste.
  • A shot glass of white wine or cognac.
  • Bomba paella rice (1 cup per person).
  • Salt & Pepper.



  1. Heat a large paella pan with 3 tablespoons of oil on medium heat.
  2. Add the cuttlefish with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Add the onion.
  4. Add both green and red capsicums.
  5. Stir until colour starts to change.
  6. Place the prawns in the paella dish for 1 minute and turn for 1 more minute.
  7. Remove the prawns only and place to the side for later.
  8. Stir the paella pan only occasionally.
  9. Add white fish to the paella pan and leave for 1 minute
  10. Add the tomato puree or chopped tomatoes to the paella pan
  11. In another saucepan pour in the fish stock and simmer on low
  12. In another saucepan place the muscles on low heat (with glass lid on)
  13. Once muscles have cooked use a little of the water from the muscles and add to the paella pan. Leave the muscles to the side in the saucepan.
  14. Sprinkle 1 tsp of raw sugar over the paella pan
  15. Add a shot glass of white wine or coñac to the paella pan
  16. Pour the fish stock into the paella pan and bring to a simmer.
  17. Sprinkle the bomba rice over the paella pan evenly.
  18. Cover the paella pan with aluminium foil.
  19. On high heat (200 degrees) bake the dish for 10 minutes. 
  20. Remove the aluminium foil and place the prawns, muscles and clams strategically around the dish.
  21. Cover again with aluminium foil for another 3-4 minutes.
  22. Remove the paella pan entirely from the cook top and let stand. The rice should have absorbed the fish stock and be fluffy. Be careful to not burn the rice on the bottom. However in Catalunya the word ´socarrat´ refers to the rice that gets crunchy and forms a crust at the bottom of the pan. Which is the best part of the paella!!
Serve hot with lemon wedges and a glass of white wine on a warm summer´s day! Sit and enjoy and love life.

Bon Profit!

Lauren & Helios x
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Getting the right fit
Petit Barcelona Fit Guide


We often talk instore about the perfect fit. What we’re looking for, how it should feel, and how to overcome any niggly foot problems you may be having. 

So, we asked Lauren, owner of Petit Barcelona, to sit down and answer a few questions that we’re asked regularly. Questions around fit, leathers and care of our sandals. 

How do I find my size?

The first thing you need to consider when buying a pair of Spanish sandals is the length of your foot. The length, not the width, of your foot will determine your size. We recommend you go with your standard size.

Narrow Fit - shop the standard fit collection and choose your standard size. If you are between sizes, go down a size. The best leathers for a narrow fit and thin achilles is to choose the thicker Nubuck leathers which will provide more support. 

Standard Fitshop the standard fit collection and choose your standard size. All of the leathers in the range will suit your feet.

Slightly Wide Fit - shop the standard fit collection and choose a leather that will give and mould to your foot shape - suede's and box calf leathers. It is also recommended that you try the New Wide Fit Collection as these will also provide the width you need. 

Wide "D" Fit - shop the NEW Wide Fit Collection if your feet are traditionally wider than standard (see further information below). Available in a selection of Flat Avarcas and Platform Avarcas - Shop here. Stick with your standard size as we have made the width slightly larger to accommodate the extra width room you require. 


Need an extra wide fit?

Love our shoes but find that the width isn’t wide enough? Then our NEW Wide Fit Collection is for you. 

Introducing our new Collection of Flat Avarcas and Platform Avarcas in a wider “D’” fitting size. Our first drop comes in our best selling Almond Nubuck, Black Suede and Metallic Braided Champagne Box Calf in both Flats and Platforms. 

How does the Wide Fit Collection work?

Our Wide Fit Collection is essentially the same standard fit length, but the width is wider than your standard fit. 

If you are normally a size 38 in length but a wide fit, most of the time you would have sized up to a 39 to accommodate the extra width needed. By going up a size, it often left you with a little too much room at the back of the shoes.

To check if our New Wide Fit Collection is perfect for you, please consult our size guide below (the column on the far right - Wide Fit Width - CM).

My shoes have arrived and are feeling very snug, is this ok?

It sure is! We want them to feel a little snug across the front of your foot! This is the part that will soften and mould to your foot with wear.

If your feet are within the stitching on the insole of the shoe you have the right size. Long toes may peep through the front of the shoe, others may not. This is a normal variance.

If the shoe feels a little snug but you’re not experiencing actual pain, you have the right size. 

If your shoes are too tight across the top of your feet, or your toes are pinching, then the NEW Wide Fit Collection of Flats and Platforms will be perfect for you. 

Simply shop the available Wide Fit Collection here


The back straps are quite loose or won´t stay up. Is this the right fit?

Your back straps should sit firm on your heels. They will naturally fall to the widest part of your heel as they wear in. They will at first feel like they might fall off, but they won´t completely. If your straps are gaping, or sliding up and down as you walk, but your length is fine, then our shoes are not the right fit for your heel shape.  

Many people who can´t wear back straps normally, choose our Platform Avarcas or Wedge Espadrilles, as the incline of the shoe means that the back strap stays up higher than the Flat Avarcas. 


Should my toes be visible or not?

As all feet are different shapes, the length of your toes are too. Whether or not your toes are visible is not an indication that your shoes fit or not. We like to think that when you haven´t had a pedicure, our shoes hide a multitude of sins! 


I don’t think I have the right size. What should I do?

If your Spanish Avarcas are snug to the point of pain you may need to go up a size. If your foot is within the stitching but the back strap is falling, you may need to go down a size.

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