Paella Iberico at Jaleo. (By Greg Powers)

It was also Wednesday, which means Post food critic Tom Sietsema held his weekly chat. Among the topics he tackled: who is currently serving the best paella in the city. From the Q&A :

Q: Paella

Tom, thanks for all your indispensable advice over the years! I've got a quick question- I've never had paella and I'd like to try it out. Where's the best paella in the area? I'm in Loudoun County but I'll head to DC or MD for an excellent meal. Thanks!

A: Tom Sietsema

The best paella around is the one served at  Jaleo in Penn Quarter. And now through Sept. 30 is the ideal  time to check out the Spanish classic: The restaurant is celebrating its 10th annual paella festival with variations including black pasta with octopus.

Read on for more — from birthday dinner suggestions, to last night out before baby eats, to the plea to ban the word “foodie” — in the always-engaging chat with Tom.