25 May

I went to a wedding reception at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse on Saturday night. Chima is huge taking up  two stories right in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.  Their setting is chic and trendy with a touch of class,  the upstairs area consists of a dining area, bar area and a couple of private rooms. I had to snap a picture of the wall because I thought it was so cool, I want a wall like this in my house!

Now the thing with Brazilian steakhouses is you gotta dig meat, like a lot. They give you these little cards that you turn off to indicate if you are ready for more meat or not so much.

This was the first wedding I went to stag. If I can’t find a date, I will usually drag a friend but couldn’t find anyone so it was me by my lonesome because my date is lame and canceled on me. It’s alright though, I make friends easily plus the drinks were aflowin

This is their signature drink and sadly,I have no clue what the name is. I just saw other people drinking it and told the waiter to bring me one of the pretty drinks. It was basically a mojito but without the mint. Regardless, it was still tasty! Add a couple of glasses of red wine and I was a happy gal.

We all made our way to the salad bar by order of table. The salad bar was ok….I was expecting more variety but the artichoke salad , monster asparagus and creamy veggie soup made up for that.

Before the meat came out, they set out polenta fries and creamy mashed potatoes but not enough. Seriously, five or six fries for our side of the table and a little side portion of mashed potatoes? Um, no, this girl likes her carbs. 

Then game on—flip that card to yes please and bring out the meat!! The meat men (seriously, what is their title?) came out decked in kerchiefs ala Don Knotts on Three’s Company armed with a stick of meat. At one point I just stopped asking what it was and just said sure.

And then papi chulo appeared. So papi chulo was one of the kerchief clad men serving the meat and reminded me of the guys in South Florida I used to like so much when I was in my teens. If he was over the age of 23, I am the queen of Sheba. He started asking where my date was, etc. You know appropriate stuff a young boy should be asking a woman while at work. I told him my ex boyfriend was supposed to come with me but canceled. He said something to the effect of “If I were your boyfriend, I wouldn’t let you out of my sight” Well, thank you papi. Then he asked me what a man should never ask a lady (I was in a dress and dolled up so a lady for the evening….not OF the evening) :

“How old are you?”

Oh hell no. I did my signature index finger in the air and started shaking my head back and forth and went off on a little rant. He backed off after that…..for a few minutes. Next round o’ meat he came back over asking if I wanted to get together at the end of the evening. I told him, sure, I would find him before I leave. I never did. Oops. Thanks for making me feel good for a few minutes papi chulo. I kind of want to go back there and school him on what not to say to women though.

It was very laid back and casual even for the setting. The setting was intimate where you could converse with the people around you without having to yell. I finally got to talk with my friend who got married without having to battle a line of people doing the electric slide.

The bacon wrapped sirloin was my by far my favorite because bacon wrapped items are proof that god loves us and the bbq ribs was my second favorite. Throughout the whole dinner, I was waiting for someone to say they didn’t eat meat because I wanted to break out my Greek accent with “What do you mean you don’t eat no meat…. that’s ok, I make lamb” but no go, it was a room full of carnivores.  I heard a rumor that there was pesto crusted lamb but by that point I never wanted to look at another piece of meat ever again and I also wanted to write an apology note to my colon. 

Game over.

Thank God there wasn’t a traditional cake served, instead….

wait for it….

there were cupcakes to go!

Courtesy of Just Baked Cupcakes, which I have a Groupon to burn through at home. They were so smart to give these out as favors instead of a regular dessert. And some people didn’t even want their cupcake –I believe I heard one guy say he doesn’t like cupcakes—wtf? So, me being the caring lady I am took a few to go. I would hate for those cupcakes to wind up in the trash while there is hungry Tiffany in Charlotte. So I went home and snuggled up with my hot date….their Zesty Orange cupcake.

No matter how much I eat, there is always room for cupcakes!

Have you ever been to a Brazilian steakhouse?


28 Responses to “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chima!”

  1. squigglefloey May 25, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    You look so beautiful in that dress! I love the cut. I’ve never been to a Brazilian steakhouse. If I have, then I wasn’t even aware. Hah.
    Btw, did you finish the Gilmore girls series??

  2. vixter2010 May 25, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Cupcakes as a gift is such a fab idea, I love them!!

  3. Mindy@FindingSilverLinings May 25, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I would have been in heaven at that wedding. I am a carnivore & a cupcake-avore….uh…yeah. LOL! You looked hawt sistah!

  4. Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice May 25, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    I love the look of that reception….! Looks like it was a good time. Mmmm I love me a good cupcake too 🙂 I’ll have to watch for cupcake deals on Groupon/ living social!

    • simplyshaka May 26, 2011 at 5:56 am #

      We have them alot in Charlotte so definitely keep an eye out! I just scored one for half a dozen cupcakes for $7. Do I need 6 cupcakes? No but I can’t pass up a deal like that!

  5. According to Gus May 25, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    I’ve never been to Brazilian steakhouse – but have always wanted to try it. I’m sort of dangerous around all-you-can eat places, so it’s probably best I haven’t made it to one yet. 😀

    You looked so pretty for the wedding! You obviously caught the attention of one sweet, yet inappropriate server!

  6. Amy @ Second City Randomness May 25, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Lovin’ the dress! Halter necklines are my fave!

    And I’ve gone to quite a few weddings stag. Most of them (luckily enough?) I’ve been part of the bridal party, so I’d rather go alone anyways than worry about where the hell my date is and if he’s having fun…. lol

    • simplyshaka May 26, 2011 at 5:55 am #

      Thanks! Me too, especially high halther necklines. I feel like such a classy lady when I wear them. That is until I start drinking beer from the bottle and dropping eff bombs.

  7. christina May 25, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    HAHAHA WHY didn’t you take home papi chulo?! WHY?! he could have fed you that cupcake. you look hot in the black dress btw!! 🙂

    • simplyshaka May 26, 2011 at 5:54 am #

      OMG I am getting that image in my head with me weariong his kerchief.

  8. megpinkgiggles May 25, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    What a pretty dress 🙂 Cupcakes to go is probably the best idea I’ve ever heard of

  9. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 25, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    You look so pretty!!

  10. miriam May 25, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Oh man, I’ve been to a Brazilian steakhouse before – it’s kind of overwhelming. We didn’t get cards, and the meat didn’t stop coming (that sounds so wrong, but whatevs 😉 )so we had to sit there and sort of look pitiful and full. And we didn’t get enough sides either! WTF?
    Not being the hugest meat fan, I couldn’t eat so much but they let everyone take leftovers home which was cool.

    • simplyshaka May 26, 2011 at 5:53 am #

      Oi, just sitting there all sad and full, I can only imagine that feeling. I guess it’s a good thing they dont serve a lot of sides in some respec. But then again, it would be nice to even it out with the gorge fest that it is.

  11. Rach @ This Italian Family May 25, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I love Brazilian BBQ! Yum!! And cupcakes to go? What a brilliant idea!

  12. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle May 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Brazilian steak houses are the BOMB. A buffet of meat? YES PLEASE.

    WTF is up with him asking how old you are? Awful.

    • simplyshaka May 26, 2011 at 5:52 am #

      Yeah, definitely not a fan. I either need to brush it off or invest in better moisturizer.

  13. Monique May 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    I would have ToTALLY gone to this wedding! looks like fuuun
    and you miss missy look STUH-Ning! ::whistles::

    going to a wedding alone in a few weeks too. I usually make friends with my table and dance with the old ladies. Im the life of hte party yo!
    ps. i wore a dress last night! two in one month! watch out now!

  14. Margie May 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    I would be one of those people that would make you quote My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I eat meat, but not enough to spend the price tag for those type of restaurants.
    P.S. You looked great!

  15. emily (a nutritionist eats) May 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Yes! First time I was a vegetarian(kind of) so I just did salad bar, which was still amazing (and $20), most recent had meat and all I can say is that cupcakes to go were a genius idea on the brides part!!

    • simplyshaka May 26, 2011 at 5:51 am #

      Hahaha, I was seriously going to ask for a to go box if they did serve cake!

  16. Megan May 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    I LOVE Brazilian steakhouses. I can put away some meat. I’m pretty proud of that fact, actually. And what a great idea for a wedding reception! BTW, I would be willing to bet that your drink was a caipirinha- it’s basically a mojito made with cachaca (sugar cane rum), sugar and lime. It’s a Brazilian drink. 🙂

  17. Alyssa May 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    well no wonder papi liked you, hotttiiiieeee! 😉

    and I looove the sounds of that place. I’ve never been to a brazilian steakhouse!

    ..did you save me a cupcake? 🙂

    • simplyshaka May 26, 2011 at 5:50 am #

      Thanks 🙂 And girl, they are soooooo gone!

  18. nic - the auspicious squirrel May 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    You look great in that dress! Vavavoom! No wonder you were getting hit on! 🙂

  19. Ashleigh May 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    you look FABULOUS!!! I looove that dress and your makeup looks great!
    I have to agree… no matter how much i eat I can always make room for cupcakes- or any dessert really

  20. Diana@mymarblerye May 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Omg last time g and I went to a Brazilian steakhouse we both gained 2 lbs! So much meat! What a foodie reception! Anyways u should have gone out with papi! Would have been a fun story!

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