A couple of weeks ago was the September mixer. Since I really enjoyed Common Ground at the August mixer, I decided to go back there but this time for Wednesday night trivia! I was able to rally Peter to meet me for dinner beforehand (he doesn’t normally come to the mixers).
The cheesy balls
Close up of our favorite
Pete getting ready to chomp!
We went to Caracas Arepa Bar in the East Village. YUM YUM YUM! We got 2 appetizers and a sort of sampler arepa plate to share. We got yoyos (fried sweet plantain balls stuffed with white cheese) and Tostones Mochimeros (Fried Green Plantains topped with Mojito Mayo, a squeeze of lemon and white cheese) for the apps. And we opted for the La Popular combination platter: La de PabellÃ³n (shredded beef, black beans, white salty cheese and sweet plantains), La Reina Pepiada (chunky chicken and avocado mix salad) and La Mulata (grilled white cheese with jalapeÃ±os, sautÃ©ed red peppers, fried sweet plantains and black beans). The La Mulata was both of our favorite and it was fun to see Pete shout out a Whoo! when he got to the jalapeÃ±os. The Reina Pepiada was our 2nd favorite and the de PabellÃ³n was our least favorite (a bit too sweet). We were too stuffed to get any of their desserts and tried to think of somewhere for some ice cream when we ran into Alison and Josh going to the mixer. We decided to just start drinking and head to the bar.
Josh, Nuno and Ali thinking up answers
Pete stayed for a drink and left before trivia. Guess what? We won trivia night!! Wooohooo!! Now, I can’t take any credit whatsoever for the win. I might have known about 5 answers to the 60 questions asked. Unfortunately our team was named Monkey Karate Ninjas (I think Josh picked this one and I was already feeling the beer and did not argue! HA!) and there were some really entertaining team names. I think most credit goes to Jonathan. We won a $50 gift certificate to Common Ground and will probably use it for the November mixer. The mix I made I had Sienna in mind as I called it We Can Count! Below is the tracklist.
Starts With OneÂ Â Â Shiny Toy Guns
Two TimesÂ Â Â The Blakes
3 Strange DaysÂ Â Â School of Fish
Four-Eyed GirlÂ Â Â Rhett Miller
The First Five TimesÂ Â Â Stars
Six Barrel ShotgunÂ Â Â Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Seven Nation ArmyÂ Â Â The White Stripes
Crazy EightsÂ Â Â Tapes N Tapes
Step On My Old Size NinesÂ Â Â Stereophonics
10Â Â Â M.I.A.
The 11th HourÂ Â Â Rancid
TwelveÂ Â Â Jurassic 5
ThirteenÂ Â Â Big Star
FourteenÂ Â Â Â¡Forward, Russia!
15 StepsÂ Â Â Radiohead
Sixteen, Maybe LessÂ Â Â Calexico / Iron & Wine
Seventeen Dirty MagazinesÂ Â Â Modern Skirts
18 and LifeÂ Â Â Skid Row
19Â Â Â Paul Hardcastle
Twenty On My WayÂ Â Â Arthur Lee & Love