Monday night I went to a tapas place downtown with S.Ball and Barkley. They're both work friends of mine, from different jobs, and I thought they would get along, and indeed - the three of us are now on a tour of not-too-expensive-but-still-really-nice D.C. restaurants. Jaleo is one of the first places in the country to offer this special ham from Spain called jamón ibérico. Barkley, a big foodie, had read about it in the paper and said we had to try it.
I have never tasted anything like it. To quote Barkley: "It's like eating butter!" Me: "It's just so...nutty!" S.Ball: "This is slammin' ham."
The pigs are fattened partly on acorns, and you can totally taste the nuttiness. It's not at all salty; it's even kind of sweet. The three of us shared one ounce of ham, sliced really thinly like prosciutto, only way better, and it probably took us six or eight minutes to get through the one tiny plate (repeating our quotes, above, in shock). I highly recommend it, if you can find it at a restaurant near you, and can't wait for them to start getting the even higher-grade stuff. Because I'll totally be back.