When in Greece

Saturday night, the birthday celebrations continued because my birthday doesn’t stop until I say it stops! Hubs and I met up with a group of our friends at Taverna Opa, a Greek restaurant in Pointe Orlando. Pointe Orlando is a large outdoor shopping/dining area that is super touristy because it’s really close to Universal Studios, but it has a lot of cool places so we try to forget how annoying the parking garage is and go there once in awhile.

From left: Klainie, Chris, Moi, Lisa, Tom (Lisa’s husband making a rare appearance!), Hubs, Michelle, Susan, Elton)

Opa features belly dancers, (extremely) loud music, and a staff that encourages everyone to dance on the tables and waste all the napkins.


Chris really liked the belly dancers.

So did Michelle.

Michelle also liked other things. I can’t take her anywhere.

When we sat down, I couldn’t hear anything including those sitting next to me. The music was so loud that I wasn’t sure I liked the place. I’m not even sure why the waitress bothered to tell us about the menu because no one heard her. So, we winged it and decided that if we were going to be at an authentic Greek restaurant, we should order authentic Greek food.

The table had some pita triangles with hummus that was insanely garlicky but really good. The entrees were also exceptionally delicious, so I think that helped counter the annoyingly loud music.

Hubs had a steak he declared the best steak he’s ever had (!!) and I had the Mousaka (eggplant, ground beef, potatoes, Greek cheese).

For about a half hour, I thought my dish was named after a character in Lion King. Anyway, we tried each others meals like germs didn’t exist and they were all equally delicious. I’d go back again because the food is that good and it’s reasonably priced, but I would sit outside. It’s too crazy inside for my old ass.

Speaking of crazy, someone took it upon themselves to let the server know it was my birthday. Then this happened.

My signature dance move coming up.

You can’t contain that talent.

After we created America’s Saddest Dance Crew, we left for a more quiet place to hang out so I could enjoy getting old and discovering new wrinkles in peace. I was getting a serious headache in there.

And with that, the birthday celebrations were over. After four days of celebrating, I think I’m gonna need that year to recover until the next one.


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21 responses to “When in Greece

  1. Lee

    There is a place just like that here in Atlanta called Taverna Plaka. Complete with the napkin throwing. It’s pretty fun.

  2. haha love this, looks like a blast!! 🙂

  3. I’ve never been there, but do keep hearing good things about it. Looks like fun! And, haha you all got on the table and danced (or something), nice! And, that’s a cute dress, too. Glad you had a good birthday weekend!

  4. I’m anti-loud places, but when the food is good, it can be worth it. Looks like y’all had a great time!*

    • Paula

      Yes, me too! Unless I’m the loud person of course. Good thing there was an outside area. When we got there I thought the people were crazy for sitting out in the heat. Then I realized they weren’t the crazy ones.

  5. Ooh, loving the new pic up there! You did a good job celebrating it up right. And Michelle’s face in that group pic is priceless. I fully expect tabletop dancing the next time we’re together. Signature dance move required. No excuses.

  6. Um, that Mufasa looks insanely delicious. And you look beautiful!
    Loud music in places like that reallllly bothers me. If I am out for dinner with friends, I like to be able to hear them talk! I do enjoy table dancing quite a lot though…

    • Paula

      Yay! You got the Lion King joke! But seriously, I thought his name was Musaka for part of the night. This is my life.

  7. Looks like such a fun night out! And it was complete with dancing on a table. What more could a birthday girl ask for?!

  8. Would you believe that we take clients there? Ha!

  9. This would be my husband’s happy place…he loves Greek food and I am actually not thrilled about going to Greece anymore. A happy authentic restaurant in Orlando with good food should do the trick. Is the signature dance move waving the finger with the hand on the hip? I’m loving that…classic…so 50s. My favorite is when women use a cigarette or drink as a dance prop.

    • Paula

      I can also do a mean lawnmower and tightening the light bulb. Sometimes people ask me to stop dancing but I think it’s just because they’re jealous that they can’t pull off those awesome moves.

  10. Amber K

    Looks like fun! Although I’d be cringing at wasting all of those napkins. And the noise. I always avoid my favorite Mexican restaurant until way after the normal dinner time because they have a mariachi band that plays and sings FAR too loudly.

  11. Laura WL

    I own that same dress you are wearing in these pictures! What I’m sayin’ is: You have good taste! 🙂 Happy Birthday!

    • Paula

      Yes we do! It’s a little too flowy in the hip area for me so I use it as my celebration or “going to a buffet” dress. Lots of room to expand in there. 🙂

  12. love it!! I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t feel like their birthday is the best day ever.

    Greek restaurants are so much fun, the atmosphere is just amazing

  13. I love your dress! Sounds like a great birthday celebration(s). 🙂 Glad it was a good one, girl!!

  14. Jina @ Behold the Turtle

    You look great! Love the dress.

    I went to a Greek restaurant in Tampa and had the same experience. Delicious food, but way too freaking loud. I will sit on the sweaty sidewalk and eat, but never inside again. Never.

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