Disclaimer: The true extent of Vodka's lunacy may or may not be revealed in this post.
As previously stated, Vodka only travels to our nation's capital to see musicals starring Bernadette Peters or Roger Bart.
What Vodka did not admit previously is that she has a tendency to see shows starring said personalities a number of times. An excessive number of times.
Some would say a maniacal number of times.
Anyway, due to this personality flaw, Vodka carts herself back down to DC to see Bernadette Peters in Follies at the Kennedy Center. Again.
(It goes without saying that Bernadette was stupendous).
|Also I May or May Not Now Own Half of This Paraphernalia|
Vodka, forever the manipulator, decides that she is going to try to coax the name of the dish out of the Jaleo waitstaff, figuring that they are under strict orders from the Food Network not to release any privileged information before the show airs.
So much for my stealth interrogation skills.
Saddling up to the bar, I am not put off when no less than four people tell me that the paella is meant to for at least three diners. These folks have clearly never witnessed Ginger and me eating non-stop for 8 hours in a row. “Portion control” is not a term in our vocabularies.
|Time for a "I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing" Reference|
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|"I Am Not a Shrimp, I Am a King Prawn." - Pepe the King Prawn|
The paella is delectable.
|I Love Me Some Mayonnaise|
(No word on what my paella-grabbing neighbor thought of it. Dear Weirdo, keep your fork to yourself from now on).
|And Keep Your Paws Off My Shrimp Heads|
|And Worst of All, No Cocktails|
In any case, I’ve been dying to try Zaytinya ever since, and it did not disappoint. The Hitpiti spread (made with red peppers, feta, and thyme) is bowl-licking scrumptious.
|Feta Makes Everything Betta|
|Thank You For Not Being on a Stick|
|It's Not So Much "Bread" as "Clouds of Heaven"|
Jaleo’s Arroz a Banda con Gambas Paella – 5 stars*
*Certifiable Best Thing We Ever Ate