Each year, Oyamel hosts a Mexican Day of the Dead fiesta here in DC. (Incidentally, Oyamel is just one of many fabulous restaurants run by star chef Jose Andres. You may have heard his name lately because of all generous Puerto Rico relief work!)
Anyway, here’s how the festive night unfolds…
You line up outside with all the other eager patrons, waiting for the doors to open.
As soon as they let you in, you’re presented with a colorful display of food and drink stations, passed bites, a live latin music band, a dance floor, and painted skeletons everywhere.
The atmosphere is buzzing with festive energy, amplified by the free-flowing drinks.
Seriously, I could not even keep up with all the interesting cocktails being made all around me.
A bit of a lightweight (it was a week night after all), I enjoyed two non-alcoholic Mango aqua frescos for most of the night, but later topped those off with one very salty and delicious traditional Margarita.
Waiters with large trays endlessly circled the area, presenting us with street tacos!
There was everything from roasted pork to beef to vegetables, all served with the spiciest sauces and moles. Not for the spice shy, that’s for sure!
This night was so fun, and we ended up meeting a great group of people.
Until next year, Oyamel!