For the last fours months I've been writing reviews for MojoPages; the first 50 reviews were from different places (mostly bars, pubs and restaurants) I've been to in San Diego. Eventually it got a little more difficult to remember places and names, so I started making it a point to visit new places (mostly bars, pubs and restaurants). Turns out my efforts have been noticed and tonight I was invited to the first ever VIP Reviewer Welcome Soiree, to do some wine tasting.
Vin de Syrah, a Spirit and Wine Parlor located on the corner of 5th and E Street at the Gaslamp. The decor is unreal, first of all the door is hidden, this place is in the basement so you go down some stairs. Once you're down there it looks like a dead end, with three walls covered in street art and one solid wall of greenery, turns out that's the door. I was about to go back up when someone opened the door for me.
I went to the event by myself and felt overwhelmed when I saw there were a lot of people milling around, there was a charity event going on with several vendors. Of course, as the Super-Star Mingler that I am, the first thing I did was head to a corner, sit and hide with my cell phone. Fortunately, there was another poor soul in the corner, feeling just as awkward, if not more, than me. He went there for a speed dating event, but got the dates wrong. He offered to get me a drink and I declined (Damn it! Will I ever learn!), but I was there for an event and finally saw some people sitting with wine glasses in front of them and I was Home. Who knows what happened to that guy, my heart goes to him since I remember my Speed Dating Experience.
The event was very interesting, I learned about two different wines, had yummy appetizers and meet some of the people I've only seen in the website. In many ways it was a surreal experience since I still feel like a small town desert girl. And there I was in a great city, at a nice place, with pretty and confident people; thankfully I do look the part. I've spent so many years learning how to dress, accesorize, hair, makeup, etc and now its all coming together. Every time I felt out of place, all I did was do a quick glance to a mirror to realize I looked just fine.
When I arrived at the event I received a goodie bag with coupons from the different vendors, as well as samples of potato chips and an energy drink. And as a parting gift, MojoPages gave us a cupcake from Cupcake Love, it was so good and on top of the icing it had the logo of MojoPages printed in edible white chocolate.
Originally I thought this would be a big event and was surprised to see it was small and somewhat intimate, where we actually had a chance to talk and get to know each other. I am honored to be included in this group and really felt VIP.