On Saturday 30th, 2008, a little bit after 1:30 AM, I went out on a date with my husband to see the group La Excelencia played at Matrix Cafe in Astoria, NY. When we arrived, we only heard them perform 1 1/2 song of the first set. We found out the second set would start around 2:40 AM. Although, it meant we could not get home early, we made the sacrifice. We had to go across the street from Matrix Cafe to eat (my husband was starving!) at Arepas Café. We had to wait a long time for the order. There were a lot of people ordering during the brake. We could not eat during the brake; we had to tell the waitress to pack things to go. By the time, the food was ready, it was time for us to go back inside the Matrix Cafe to listen and dance to the energetic rhythm of La Excelencia’s 2nd set. It was another issue to bring the food inside the restaurant. We thought, it would be a good idea that the Matrix Cafe arranged for people to order from the Arepas Café and have the food delivered to be consumed inside while listening to the Salsa played by the band. But I guess, some places have their own restrictions and cannot allow food inside their venues.
My husband was finally able to eat the arepa inside the car on our way home, the ‘Reina’ arepa, he ordered was SO DELICIOUS!!! that we had to go back yesterday for lunch time. The chicken and creamy sauce was melting on his palate, well I had to try it so that’s how I know.