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PDXEltes Lit It Up At Yelp’s En Fuego Elite Event @ OBA!



We may be deep in to one of the cooler weeks in this fine Portland summer, but that didn't stop 100 Yelp Elites and their guests from donning hot Latin flair and spicing things up at Yelp's En Fuego Elite Event¡OBA! on Monday, Augus 27, 2012. 

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Photos courtesy of Silent Partner PDX

PDXYelpers are no strangers to Portland's legendary food, but they had a chance to get reacqainted with an old favorite offering new twists as ¡OBA! played host to the Squad in their luxe private Havana Room. This signature South American restaurant has been around for many years, but as Danni D dotes, "OBA, you've changed… and all for the better! The ceviche is the stuff of dreams. The guac is delicious and kicked my gringo palate's ass." But it wasn't just guac (which ¡OBA! now does table-side) and salsa that spiked Yelpers' appetites. Think small-bites of South American street food like seared rare ahi, prime-rib roll-ups, coconut shrimp, chicken quesadillas and more, all dressed up with tangy flavors, delectable sauces and mouth-watering picos. The food kept coming until faces were stuffed.

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Photos courtesy of Silent Partner PDX

¡OBA!'s savory, succulent spread paired perfectly with the bold beverages brokered by our buddies at Drink Think. It was, as Sherry S swears, "Latino flavor.. mixed up with some delicious Cachaça baby!" Novo Fogo's finest, to be exact. They brought their classic silver (rested one year in stainless barrels) and aged (in American Oak) versions to the party. The former was served up as Caipirinhas in small glass Mason jars to be shaken to perfection. Jessica K quips that they're "the most darling drink served at an Elite event. Ever. How fun to start off the party shaking your little drink in the jar!" Both styles were also on sample. For those in need of a more hearty quaff, Ninkasi's Otis Stout graced many a glass. Red wine was poured to perfection courtesy of Youngberg Hill's 2007 Natasha Block Pinot. And of course it wouldn't be a PDXYelp Elite party without some bubbly!

With food and drink in hand, Elites mixed and mingled and admired Melvin and Merilou T's fine outfits. But they weren't the only ones dressed in Latin-flavored finery. Plenty of Yelpers decked themselves out in flowery dresses and fantastic tropical wear. ¡OBA!'s dinner-for-two gift went to Mr. Luchador himself, and thanks to Tim from Silent Partner PDX, we have the photos to show it. 

Huge thanks go out to Kelly and Brian from Drink Think; Dragos and Emily from Novo Fogo; Morgan and Alison from Ninkasi; Randy, Ghalit (I hope I spelled that right) and the great staff at ¡OBA!; Mantern Kevin K, and of course the Yelp Elite Squad, without whom none of this would have been possible. For now, check out the photos and reviews, and make sure you're following us on FB, Pinterest and the twitters so you can find out when the next party is!

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Until next time… ¡OBA! 

–Don "El Padrino" B

Don B

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