Monday, January 12, 2009

Week 3 Review - Lalibela (Macher) - December 20, 2008

Hellooooo BYOBers! Time to climb into your way-way-back machines as this review recounts a pre-annual-rebirth of Jesus 2008 event. You think I am lazy for not writing entries more timely? You are RIGHT! You have a problem with it? Then write a damn entry sucka!

Thinking back I remember some email drama surrounding the then rookie now sophomoric Elizabeth and her unrelenting Stamos-esque positivity. So did it live up to expectations? Or, was it a flop? Did we have the bestest time ever? Or was it another ho-hum get hammered while stuffing African food in your face at Lalibela evening? Read on good reader.

Besides the hype, the other defining factor at Lalibela was the HUGE number of BYOB rookies and guests. It was like the Real World Road Rules Challenge The Inferno XXIV Rookies Versus Veterans, but with more drinking (we are so awesome!!) and less sex in the sand. In all 10/23 attendees were virgins (not counting Tusk). As you can imagine, BYOB credentials drove some considerable variation in scoring.

and with the scoreboard!

The Scene

My first thought on entering Lalibela was...thank god I didn't just slip and crack my head open on the slipperiest doorway in Africa! For serious! I didn't even know they had ice in Africa. Then I recovered and took in the view of authentic (maybe?) wooden chairs, sexy African art (boobies!!), grass chain curtains and mostly empty tables. There were a few regulars (the Miz, Coral, Abe, Veronica, etc.), which is typically a good sign, but overall the place was fairly empty. Even without a crowd, some voters really loved the scene. Maybe they were in wine-love with the greatest club in the world? Or maybe they simply enjoyed the amazing floral arrangements in the ladies powder room. Oh BTW...I think I heard Coral and Miz getting frisky in there! Are silk sun flowers an aphrodisiac? OMG!

Group Rating: 2.89
Rookies: 3.25
Veterans: 2.70

The Service

This is where things get dicey. Although there is no hard evidence of the Rookies having an alliance with the server, well, let's just say that his tug-of-war skills weren't what kept him in the game. On the real tip, the server or perhaps owner was friendly, courteous, helpful and incredible at mesmerizing unsuspecting Rookies by wafting incense before the meal. It smelled wonderful and may have kept us sedated during the long wait for food. Of course, a wait is to be expected when you attack a restaurant with 23 hungry hooligans. Lalibela was aiming for professional and understated service..they nailed it, but perhaps left a few BYOBers unimpressed. Nevertheless I must say that the owner was one of the most earnest looking gentlemen I have ever seen. I think that makes him even more dangerous in a trust no one, stab-you-in-the-back, winner take all reality gameshow.

Group Rating: 2.83
Rookies: 3.25
Veterans: 2.60

The Grub

In an unexpected, ratings-killing plot twist (MTV producers be damned!), the Rooks and the Vets really came together on rating the spongey goodness that is the Ethiopian dinner experience. Jody, Derrick and all the gang agreed that Ethiopian food, especially at Lalibela, is both delicious and fun! Who doesn't enjoy eating with their hands?! We know, thanks to the notes from one capricious Rookie, that our dear friend Diez certainly did. I quote, "The company was beyond entertaining...perhaps MacKenzie could wear a bib next time? Has there ever been a club bib?" Careful Diez, spilling too much food has been known to attract the Tusk (cat pawing with open claw sound). Of course there were a few issues such as an icky green salad and a few under-spiced entrees, but all-in-all Lalibela came correct with the grub. Surprisingly, on a mostly vegetarian menu the lamb shined through as a star.

Group Rating: 3.33
Rookies: 3.63
Veterans: 3.17


So who won the Inferno XXIV? This Veteran is declaring it too close to call. Were the Rooks impressed by the amazing BYOB Club? Were some wily Vets out for sabotage? Does it matter? Probably not. Lalibela rocked and Elizabeth came through in the clutch with a great pick (note that Stamos most certainly would have made a panic pick).

Group Rating: 3.01
Rookies: 3.38
Veterans: 2.82

A few odd and ends...
  • Though the pics suggest otherwise, Crazy Tuna did not make an appearance at Lalibela. But CT (OMG the perfect RWRR Challenge linchpin!!!) did punch me in the face later that night. A loving white-wash in the snow calmed her down.
  • Jordan is really really beautiful.
  • Diez claims that he did not black out and also claims that he did not poop while gone missing in the bathroom for 20 minutes.
  • Many BYOBers agree that Cecile's friends are most-smairting, others prefer Greg's Lisa (mostly Greg)

More Evidence


Diez said...

The proof is in the pudding! Check out my awesome CLEAN t-shirt in the very flattering pic. No bib necessary! I did make a mess of the table, I can certainly be held accountable and made fun of for that fact. However, I would like to note for the record that I had to reach quite far and dodge many obstacles in order to carry the num nums from the plate to my mouth and that I was also rather ham-boned...

I did not make poopie at this restaurant BUT, in the interest of full disclosure, I did make a doo-doo at the Turkish Bakery, home of the coldest bathroom on the face of the earth. In other news, half-frozen dung comes out of one's body in a very intriguing manner! Smairtings!

b*schus said...

So Diez is now even more sketchy. Were you doing some Mills-James wedding style snoozing in the restroom? One can only hope.

Diez said...

OMG I'm soooooo sorry I got a call from hairtings work and had to try to pretend that I was sober and not surrounded by an exceedingly loud gaggle of people...