kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Sip Some Tomato Air

Recently I wrote an article for Cheers about the margaritas topped with salt air (instead of rimmed with salt) at Jose Andres' Mexican kitchen Oyamel in Washington, DC (it's not in print yet, but I'll post it when it is). They are visually striking, and unusually delicious.

To celebrate Spain's La Tomatina Festival, his restaurant Jaleo will be offering tomato-inspired drinks, one of which will have that air garnish.

(For those of you unfamiliar with La Tomatina, it's a 63 year-old Spanish tradition that takes place the last Wednesday of August in the small town of Buñol. This epic food fight begins when more than 300,000 pounds of ripe tomatoes arrive to the center of the town at the Plaza de Pueblo. Thousands of people then gather each year to participate in this wild batalla as the delicious seasonal treats become missiles leaving everyone and everything splattered with tomato pulp. You may have seen it sometime in the news--super messy, but it looks really, really fun.)

Along with some fantastic-sounding tomato-based dishes, Andres will be offering the Dirty Tomatini topped with tomato air; and the Tomato Mimosa with Tomato Granite.

These specials will start on July 28, and continue through August 10. For more info, go to Jaleo's website.