It’s fall, nowadays dark and cloudy weather makes everyone feels going home after work but since we are “obligatorily” welcoming this pre-winter season, city’s cozy places appear nicer then summer to me. Leafs changing colors and oak scented air everywhere so the boredom of autumn urging me to re-discover this strange, disoriented, power sucker city again.
I have decide to go and have some spicy food then I went to a elegant yet cozy new-old places called “Jaleo” before hitting the to see FilmfestDC at the Landmark E Street Cinema on 555 11th St., NW. Since I start to talk about FilmfestDC, let me suggest you some of the movies I have seen before such as “Once upon a Time in Anatolia”. This one directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkish Director) who is selected as a best director by Cannes film festival. I would say, this is one brilliantly odd, a bit dark yet thrilling movie. If you feeling observed, focused and needy for new windows to breath new lives to your imaginary world to expend your horizon then go and see this drama. It’s award at the end of the movie…
Other one is from a female Turkish-German director Yasemin Samdereli, movie called “Almanya”. It’s about Turkish family’s journey from being an expat to repat again after living 47 years in Germany but this time, he is going back with his all family, including second generation German born grandchildren. It may seems as something we are not new to comprehend but this is happening in Europe and trust me its diffident and great to see this refreshing, warm, funny and thoughtfully crafted movie in this cold and dark season.
Movie suggestion are enough for now. Let me tell you my Jaleo experience. It was not my fist time there, I assume, I had been here more then six or seven times already but since its close by the movie theater I gave another shot. Here is the review:
Seems like the restaurant just recently went through some renovations and it looks great! Modern and clean and I LOVED the Foosball tables that look to seat about 6-8 people.
They serve Mexican coke which is sweeten with cane sugar not corn syrup…enough said! My waitress was helpful and friendly and I started with the patatas bravas which was just what the doctor ordered since i was nursing my hangover body from last night.
Rest of the foods are as listed below eaten by me and suggesting to those who shall go and devour those yummy goodness that created by José Andrés.
- Endive with goat cheese, almonds and oranges- REFRESHING. Salty. Crisp. Tangy. A+
- Toast with tomatoes and manchego- The tomatoes are a light sauce, the cheese is a generous thin slice. Overall- awesome. A+
- Potatoes- salted with coarse salt, served on a romanesco sauce and topped with a white sauce that you could easily dip bread into all night long… these were the stand-outs of the night. I couldn’t stop eating them! A++
- Spinach with pine nuts and raisins- awesome. The portion is generous. Very light and makes you feel good to eat it- get some veggies in! A+
- Chicken Croquettes- my friend described them as chicken pot pie, fried. You can only eat one of these things- they are too rich otherwise! But they were good- very chickeny and creamy. B+
- Fried dates wrapped in bacon- sinful. Sweet and salty. B
- Salmon- meaty. Richly flavored, on a bed of sauteed veggies. The heartiest of all the dishes. B+
- Flan- sweet, creamy, light. Perfectly done, like a Spanish restaurant should do. A+
- Chocolate mousse- very rich, creamy… but not as sweet as I would have thought. Had a rich chocolate flavor that was earthy and it could have used just a little more sugar I thought… B+