On Saturday, the new Houston Area Kossacks group finally got together for its first meet-up. I woke up that morning a little nervous because I'd never planned one of these large meet-ups before. I was excited to meet everybody, but also apprehensive (despite my loud mouth online, I'm really not all that outgoing in person). But, looking back, I don't know why I was nervous--the venue was great, the food was fantastic, and we have an incredible group of very nice Kossacks. I think I speak for everyone when I say the meet-up was a blast. And the La Mexicana staff did a great job accommodating such a large crowd during their Saturday lunch rush (I kind of sprung a large number on them a week before the event, not expecting the large RSVP list we got). Overall, it was a success in every way, and we can't wait to plan another one (and I'm going to get on that ASAP!).
Anyway, I promised a photodiary, so I figured Top Comments was as appropriate place as any. Follow me below the beef enchilada for some lovely pics of awesome Kossacks eating fabulous Mexican food.
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First of all, if you're ever in Houston and wondering where to eat, I can't recommend the restaurant we ate at--La Mexicana--enough.
I think commonmass and Steveningen, as well as anybody at the meet-up, will back me up on this--the food and service are pretty fantastic. And it's located in Montrose, arguably the coolest neighborhood in Houston. So anyway, there's my plug for La Mexicana. My favorite is the beef enchilada.
As you can see, we had a really good turnout at the meet-up.
suesue's husband took some more action shots of our whole table (since I'm a really bad photographer, lol).
Although, I did capture a few good pics. Here's one of suesue and her awesome photographer husband. Two very, very sweet people.
It was also a privilege to finally meet Texdude50 (right) and his partner after interacting with him for quite a while online.
Oh, and then there's miscanthus, who I found out loves Angry Birds almost as much as I do!
Here's GrannyOPhilly (on the right--Mrs. PDiddie is on the left). She surprised all of us by bringing a bag of Obama buttons to pass around, which you can see they're both wearing. I snagged the only LGBT for Obama button, as you would probably guess.
And here's PDiddie. I suppose I should have just gotten all three in one shot!
cosette is rocking her Obama Mama button, which goes quite well with her shirt.
And, last but not least, the cool end of the table (just kidding! We're going to have to mix ourselves up next time so all of us get to know each other!). From right to left, Delilah, disconnect the dots, and me. And nomandates's hair!
That's not everybody--there were a few attendees who didn't make it into the pictures. nomandates (not just her hair), doraphasia, and lightseekertexas were also in attendance, and just as awesome as everybody pictured! ;)
And that's it for the pictures. Since this meet-up was such a success, we'll be planning another one very soon. If you're reading this and are from Houston and aren't a member of Houston Area Kossacks, let me know so you can get in on the fun!