In between sweating profusely and spraying themselves with off, yelpers managed to have a fantastic time at our July OYE. Held at Phara's Mediterranean, delicious appetizers and booze materialized genie-style in the hands of 350 elites. As Lisa M puts it: "Phuck me raggèd! Phara's was positively phantasmagoric."
We featured the new vodka kid on the block, Graham's Texas Tea and Crispin Cider, new to Austin, both frosty hits in the heat. Phara's set out Medi apps galore. Yelpers heaped their plates with hummus, fresh pitas, baba ghanoush, beef, lamb and tzatziki. Errol M reworked a beach boys song in honor of the event. Seriously. Check out his lyrical stylings.
As light bites turned into "keep it coming", Janete Mahaila, dressed in a gorgeous costume, made everyone feel calorie conscious with her amazingly flat belly shake shake shakin' all over. She jingled and jangled and balanced a sword on her head, engaged both embarrassed and embarrassingly eager yelpers in a belly dance and provided some serious eye candy with her amazing talent. On the other side of the room, Wendy from Blood and Glitter put yelpers in henna chains with her remarkable attention to detail.
The party went one for more than the allotted two hours thanks to our gracious hosts and the copious amounts of booze bartender Gabe kept doling out. Yelp elites managed to snag a hookah and sit in the top secret Arabian nights room puffin' on some shisa. Thanks to Jonathan Garza, we've got it all documented! Photos are here and the event reviews are sitting pretty right here. Catherine T puts it best: "All my favorite peeps in one place. Sultry, sexy stuff going on. Free food and booze. 'Shady' dealings in a secret room. What more could I ask for?"
Until the next ridiculous event, SYOY!