As you all know, Spain is my second home. Whether a restaurant or store opening, event, show, or anything else Spanish happens in D.C., I’m there. If you can’t be in the actual country, why not enjoy the culture at home?
José Andrés kicked-off the 15th annual Paella Festival this week.
I actually have never attended it before, but I decided to go to the kick-off this year. I was blown away by how Jaleo Crystal City transformed its tapas restaurant into one I’d find in a city plaza in Spain.
The live music, vibrant crowd, and of course, the food and drinks, all added to the ambiance.
They had giant pans of paella placed around the room,
sangria, beer and wine stations;
my FAVORITE Spanish ham,
and passed tapas!
The room was vibrant despite the rain, and I could hear people chatting about which paella they plan to taste more of this month. My favorite was the fideua, as well as the seafood paella.
There’s also something magical about taking a bite of a hot croquetta and washing it down with some cold, red sangria. Paired with the Spanish music and language I heard throughout the room, it made me miss Barcelona.