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Music & Culinary Tour: Part 2 - D.C.

Music & Culinary Tour: Part 2 - D.C.

Our gastro-adventure continued in D.C. This time we expanded our group to ten for tapas at José Andrés' Jaleo. In my last blog entry I mentioned that I had to drop Dudamel's name to get seating for our large group. It turns out that José Andrés and Gustavo are good friends, so after the restaurant presumably vetted our reservation, Gustavo and Deborah Borda showed up and crashed our party! The food and drinks kept coming and each dish was a revelation of Spanish culinary arts. My favorite was the Jamón Ibérico de bellota Fermín - black-footed Ibérico pigs which are raised on a diet of acorns. Unlike the other black-footed pigs I am used to eating, this one had a distinct nutty flavor with a buttery texture....I will never be able to go back to honey baked ham.