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.
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Out and About: Jaleo Bethesda

Last updated on March 30, 2019 by Liza Hawkins

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 11, 2011, 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 fifteen years since I lived in the D.C. suburbs (as in, within twenty minutes—because some would argue that Frederick is considered D.C. suburbs), and since Jaleo is only celebrating its ten 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 people:









So, eat and chat we did—lots of both.

And for four dollars 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).

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.

Jaleo Bethesda: it’s the place to meet up (or tweet up) near D.C., especially for happy hour when your wallet’s just as happy as your mouth.

Pro tip: be prepared for a crowd,  I’m not the only one that enjoys the tapas and atmosphere!

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

12 Comments on “Out and About: Jaleo Bethesda

  1. 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. @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. 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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