To folks like us who speakÂ 99 languages but erm, Spanish ain’t one of them,Â La Bodega’sÂ Una Decada Espanola promised to be an exotic affair. To those down with the lingo it translated quite literally as “a decade of all things Spanish”, but the obvious alliteration made it no less reason for the La Bodega chain to celebrate their 10th anniversary – what a feat!
Held in conjunction with Spain’s National DayÂ which was a mere 2 days later on October 12, theÂ festivities or should we say “fiesta”Â was held at La Bodega’sÂ historic first outlet, at the Tapas Bar at BangsarÂ and its adjoining sister venues, La Bodega Deli located just next door and La Bodega Lounge upstairs. Nothing quite lubricates the wheels on a runaway event than alcohol andÂ putting everyone in the mood wasÂ the free flow of La Bodega’s now legendary Sangria.Â
If you just happened to be walking by Jalan Telawi 5,Â the scene would have been impossible to ignore as fire flarers took to the streetsin a sizzling hot display ofÂ fire (fuego) and muscle.Â Winding their way through the throngs of revellers, waiters and waitresses bearing Spanish canapes (or tapas) and the gargantuan pan of paella being prepared on the terrace would have lured you in as surely as a bull would charge at a waving red flag.
Kayla, a professional flamenco dance instructress from the Havana Dance Studio beguilled all with her hynotic flamenco performance throughout the evening, but for those who prefered to participate rather than sit back and sink into a Sangria stupor, games like Motor GP simulators were set up for play.
The real excitement however centred on the mechanical bull. It looked almost impossible to stay stuck on the bucking thing, and in the end some guy with iron thighs named Fabian, won himself a bottle of Torres Vina Brava liquor for staying on a record 56 seconds. Bravo!
In the continued spirit of giving back, the La Bodega team, with the help of Carlsberg, also held a charity drive for the Pusat Aktiviti Kanak-Kanak Chowkit and themed t-shirts were on sale at RM30 per piece. They are still available at all La Bodega outlets until the end of the year so it’s not too late for you to give back too!
The celebration ended with a live Spanish band playing upstairs at La Bodega Lounge with guests dancingÂ the sounds ofÂ ‘Guantanamera’, ‘El Mariachi’, ‘O Ye Como Va’ and ‘Oba Oba’.Â Ahh, the aroma of Spanish cheese….