"Empanadas & Pisco", so much fun with new and old friend (aka Mal) :)
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November 4th, 2008 – by: yadilitta
The preparations started early that day. I wrote Jered in the morning asking him how he's doing and if his friends were already in Lima. Yay! they did it. So, they would be 5 happy people coming tonight. I asked Romain if he could join us, but he was busy :( No worries, Mal & I had everything under control.
In our way to my house we stopped in a supermarket in order to get the rest of the things we would need. After thinking and walking around we ended taking with us: Pisco (of course, this was the top in our list); Inca Kola (normal & light) and Chicha Morada (purple corn soft drink) both drinks to mix with Pisco, we would make an experiment; baby potatoes to dip with Huancaina sauce; carrots; cabanossi (spicy sausage) and fruit to make a fresh fruit salad. We got fruit they haven't seen before: pepino and granadilla. While we were doing shopping, Mal couldn't help it and took a "Tres Leches", he's still looking for the perfect one, haha. We arrived home early, around 6:30 and weren't expecting the guys until 7pm, so we had some time to chill out and relax a bit :)
It was 7 when Jered called me to help him talking to the taxi driver, haha.
It was around 8pm and everything was almost ready when Jered arrived. Mal opened the door and they came. A curly hair girl came straight and gave me a super hug. Now I know how it feels when somebody you don't know hug you when you see him for first time in your life. I have to be honest and say: I love it! This girl was Tina.
So, now it was time to start with the challenge. Lance would be the one who tried the Piscos. In order to be blind, he used Tina's scarf. Then he took a sit and tasted the 3 Piscos.
We started to eat the potatoes and the girls found the dip addictive, haha. I knew it, haha. But I know Jered was waiting for the 2nd challenge of the night. The Empanadas Contest! They were still warm and Mal cut them in pieces, so we all can try the different varieties. Jered and I started being in touch on TB because of an Empanada picture, so this contest meant a lost for us, haha. His opinion meant to me a lot since he has tried different empanadas in Chile and finally his veredict was that he likes Peruvian Empanadas better, haha. Ok, we are even! We were just sharing food, chatting and having a great time.
Ok, back to the drink. Would be drink straight Pisco the whole night? No no no. To make things more Peruvian we would mix Pisco with Inca Kola. Yes, it sounds weird, but trust me, it worked, haha. The Peruvian Pisco and the Inca Kola matched perfect! Before mixing the Inca Kola, just try it straight. Inca Kola is a must here and they would find it everywhere they go in the country. The girls just loved it! I was afraid they would find it too sweet, but just said: Bubble Gum! haha. It was the first time in Peru for all the guys - except Mal of course, who's a local now, haha - and they were so happy about spending their first night in a Peruvian house, hanging out with local people and tasting local food and drinks. So glad they enjoyed the experience.
Suddenly Mal stood up and he came back with the fruit salad! It was his master piece, how could we forget about tasting it? No way! I brought some mini forks and we all had our desserts.
We weren't talking about politics, but other serious subjects were present like religion, customes, etc. They might not be the easiest topics, but we had a great time sharing our points of view and experiences, haha. Suddenly one of the girls remembered about the beer.
Mal decided to invite somebody else to the party: Gunther, my baby! First we all went to the backyard to play with him, who was really excieted about having so many new people with him. Then we left him coming into the house. We were just chilling out when Jared came with a Chirimoya - a fruit similar to the starfruit. I took it, went to the kitchen, cut it and served it to everyone.
Once Megan was checking the computer, she noticed all the photos hanging on the wall of fame of the HQ, haha. So it became an attraction. Everyone liked it, but most of all they were amazed about the fact I met all these people in real life, haha. Now everyone wanted to join TB or become more active. I guess, I created some monsters, haha. Well, Gunther was driving me crazy running all over the place without any kind of control.
It was getting late and we run out of beer and Peruvian Pisco. It was time for the guys to go back to the hostel and be ready to start their adventure next morning, actually in a couple of hours. I called a cab and while it came for them, we kept on chilling out. The girls were so sweet. They helped me cleaning everything. Super!!!! Lance was trying to convince me to join them to Cusco, haha. Teaching me how to pretend I was sick when I talk to my boss, haha.
Ok, the taxi arrived. It was time for them to go. It was so sad saying good bye to the girls. They would be back in Lima, but just in order to catch another flight. So we won't be able to meet again, well at least not here.
Wow! It was very late, time to go to sleep. But I wasn't the only one who went late to bed. Gunther was awake until 2:30am too. Next morning he was sleeping the whole morning, no jumping or barking, haha. TB dog needed a break too, haha. Ok, now I'll get ready for the next Meet Up, I think it will be sooner than expected ;)
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