1) there is a lot of prep involved, which means we got to spend most of the afternoon in the kitchen together (and there were enough jobs to keep both of us busy).
2) we could use the "holiday" as an excuse to splurge on some proteins that we don't normally buy, because the great thing about paella is that you can choose to make it with whatever seafood/meat/vegetables you like.
The Veggies and Aromatics (not all pictured here):
roasted red peppers
hot chile pepper
sweet yellow peppers