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Posted Jan 26 2011 11:27am

The other night I met my mom out one of our favorite restaurants.

I made a little video and again-it’s super blurry because I’m still trying to train my camera man on how to use this camera. Bless her little heart-thanks mom! I love you for helping me anyways!

It’s a little hole in the wall in the middle of a strip mall, but it couldn’t be more authentic on the inside. You walk into this restaurant and you are immediately transported to Spain. The restaurant is filled with families and friends laughing, drinking, and eating. You can’t help but feel welcomed right away. The host is very attentive once you walk in, finds you a table quickly, and from there on the service is wonderful. It’s one of those few places where the food is delicious and the atmosphere is cozy and fun.

The other night was a bit special though because they were also hosting a special Flamenco Dance Performance, and this was my very first time experiencing anything like this. My mom had seen a performance like this in Madrid, but she mentioned that the dancers at Jalapeno’s were much better. It was a more upbeat performance than the one she saw in Madrid.

When I first got there I ordered a Skinny Margarita, which is essentially my go to drink. Clear tequila, fresh lime juice, splash of Cointreau or triple sec, and a splash of club soda. You know, its funny because not all bar tenders can grasp how to make this incredibly easy drink. I’m not sure why, but to me it seems fairly simple. Well the bartender at Jalapeno’s got it right…twice. ;-)

I always have trouble ordering at this restaurant because everything on the menu looks wonderful.

They offer authentic Spanish and Mexican Cuisine and Tapas. I definitely want to come back and try some of their tapas since I always order an entree. The other night I started with the Ceviche Levantino – Shrimp, scallops and calamari marinated in a citrus sauce, olive oil, cilantro and garlic. I expected all the seafood to be cut into small pieces, but they included whole shrimp and scallops. It was a pleasant surprise, and the sauce was heavenly. I love cilantro and this sauce was filled with cilantro, onions, and garlic, with a light creaminess to go with the seafood. Yum!

For my entree I ended up ordering the Shrimp Fajitas since I was in the mood for them, and my mom ordered the other dish I wanted to try, so we shared. She ordered the Cazuela de Camarones y Vieiras – Large shrimp and sea scallops in a lobster champagne cream sauce, served over rice. Oh my gosh-I wish I had ordered this as my main dish. The champagne sauce with the scallops was truly spectacular. I savored every bite in my mouth because it was just that good. I love that all the seafood tastes fresh and the portions are nice too.

My shrimp fajitas were delicious as usual, but the Cazuela de Camarones y Vieiras was sensational.

We timed it perfectly so we ate while watching the dancers. It was nice to have entertainment while eating, and it made me feel like I was anywhere BUT a strip mall. I guess you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

The great thing about fajitas is you can take home half and have them for lunch the next day. Which is exactly what I did. :-)

Delicious food, great atmosphere, and wonderful service. We love this place, and we will continue to come back.

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