Goodbye Summer BBQ
As I posted earlier, I had three birthday events planned for Justin. He didn’t know much about any of them, but this particular one – he knew NOTHING about. In fact, when we climbed into the Uber ride and started heading downtown, he didn’t even know where our final destination was. The traffic was incredibly heavy, so even though we left as soon as he got home from work, we only got to La Villa at 7pm. I was excited to get to La Villa, so the bumper-to-bumper traffic was driving me nuts!
The week before, I had seen a notice that Redstar was promoting a “Goodbye Summer BBQ Party”. The weather is about to get really cold, but it is still nice enough to sit outside at night. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to spend an evening with friends and since it was taking place the day after Justin’s birthday, I knew I needed to book tickets. I let a few friends know – and organized an after-work meet up at La Villa.
We loved the twinkling lights, and the relaxed atmosphere as we entered the yard in-front of La Villa. There were a number of tables set up the garden. The kids were able to run around and have fun, and we all enjoyed the evening! Justin was quite surprised when we arrived and he saw familiar faces. I felt bad that I hadn’t made an attempt to invite more people. Later in the night, Justin told me he had seen two faces he knew and assumed this was a huge surprise party for him. I asked if he was disappointed when he found out that it wasn’t. He said he was very relieved!
hahaha… I’ll remember that for future birthdays!
We didn’t take too many pictures, but here are a few from the night at La Villa..
“Unplugged”: An Open-Mic Event
After the BBQ there was a return of a previously regular event, called “unplugged”, an open-mic night. Anyone who wanted to take the stage, was able to sing and/or play guitar. We stayed seated at the table where we had eaten, and enjoyed the live music. Much of it was performed by people that we know. It was good to hear from some new people too. All of our friends had left by then, and (thankfully) Eli was no longer running around. In fact, when the music started he went and sat at another table. I guess he’s getting too cool for mom and dad.
Can you see him?
There he is!
Below, A brother and sister duo from the UK.
Apparently, street BBQs are now banned in Qingdao, so this was our last chance to enjoy an authentic Chinese BBQ. I am glad that I saw this event, and was able to get a few people to join us for dinner. We really enjoyed listening to the live entertainment afterwards, and I know that Justin was happy that we did this.
Check out what we did, the night before, on Justin’s actual birthday HERE.