Out and About: Jaleo

It all started with a tweet. I don’t remember the exact phrasing of those 140 characters, but I do remember these words were included: Jaleo, Tapas, Tweet Up and Informal.

My thought? I’m. So. There.

The group for the Totally Informal #DCTweetUP on February 11th was laboriously lovingly casually thrown together by Janine at Twofer Mom after some chatter on Twitter about meeting over wine and tapas, and…well…really that was all it took to get the ball rolling. Who doesn’t want to use a social gathering as an excuse to drink wine and gorge on tapas? (Or should that be the other way around….?)

It’s been over 15 years since I lived in the DC suburbs (as in, within 20 minutes – because some would argue that Frederick is considered DC suburbs), and since Jaleo is only celebrating its 10 year anniversary this month I’ve never had the opportunity to go.

But, tapas? I love me some tapas. So despite the fact that my bedtime has been between 8:30 and 9pm before 10pm lately, I really wanted to be a part of the action – both food-wise and conversationally. I mean, look at this awesome group of tweeps: @jodifur @twincident @jessicanow @totalwine @punditmom @ciaomom @jsbagain @justicefergie @delora!

So, eat and chat we did – lots of both. And for $4 a tapas, it wasn’t difficult! Chef Paul even bought us a few special treats we didn’t order (love that!), and was kind enough to correct me when he saw I tweeted the name of one of them wrong (whoops).

Chef Paul et Moi
Photo courtesy of @JusticeFergie
Chef Paul’s 1st Treat: Tortilla Patata
think frittata meets hashbrown, in a classier way
Chef Paul’s 2nd Treat: Manchego Cheese with Marinated Olives
perfect for snacking
 Then the endless stream of our tapas selections…and lovely sweet (but not syrupy) sangria:

Calamares a la Romana
seasoned perfectly – just the right amount of salt, and a light, crispy coating
Endibias con queso de cabra y naranjas
didn’t get to try this until the end of our night – good thing for everyone else because it ended up being my favorite and I’m not sure there would’ve been enough to share

Pollo al ajillo con salsa verde
marinated chicken…seared…juicy…YUM
Croquetas de pollo & Patatas bravas
several plates of each of these passed through the night
Datiles con tocino ‘como hace todo el mundo’
who wouldn’t love dates wrapped in bacon every day – but is it wrong of me to wish they were stuffed with the goat cheese from  Chef Paul’s endives?
Endibias con queso de cabra y naranjas
one more shot because they were that good – and they have the aforementioned goat cheese that would go SO well with the dates
Setas al ajillo
another tapas perfect for snacking and chatting – love simplicity
sweet, refreshing, tart, wonderful
Gambas al ajillo
total sucker for anything with shrimp – this didn’t disappoint, but make sure you’re okay with spice!
Pan con tomate y queso manchego
texture of the brushed tomatoes is suprising, but good
Patatas bravas
did I mention several of these plates passed through our group? yes. delish.
Jaleo – it’s the place to meet up (or tweet up) in Bethesda, especially for happy hour when your wallet’s just as happy as your mouth. Just be prepared for a crowd,  I’m not the only one that enjoys the tapas and atmosphere!


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  1. says

    Love this post! It is always so much better coming from a foodie. Those endive leaved with the mandarins oranges and other goodies? Loved them! And that creamy sauce on the potato dish was to die for. So fun to hang with you again!

  2. says

    @Janine – Yeah, the aioli on the potatoes was SOOO good – it’s hard to tell from the photo, almost looks like melty cheese (which probably would have been yummy too). Hope to see you soon!

  3. says

    If we want to get together anytime in the next couple of weeks, we should probably start coordinating sooner rather than later! LOL! It’s not like any of us are busy or anything….

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