Ellen and I went to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for a Survivor Live event with Rob Has A Podcast. Here’s the summary – and the survivors we met in real life!
Survivor 42 winner – Maryanne (left) – and fan favorite, Omer (top)!
As you already know, my friends Elaine and Hillary and I are huge fans of Survivor. We’ve Seen All 42 Seasons – And We’re Still Going On!
We even did it ourselves Weekend getaway.
Rob has a podcast aka RHAP
We all listen to it Rob has a podcastthe most popular Survivor podcast produced by former Survivor contestant Rob Cesternino, who has been on Amazon (season 6) and All-Stars (season 8).
Each week, Rob and his team produce summaries of the show and interview the players.
Our event on Wednesday was a RHAP Survivor fan gathering and a live taping of the Know It Alls episode, which you can watch over here.
Eileen and Rob at the after party
Pre-show dinner at Zaytinia
Elaine and I went up in the afternoon and spent the night at the Courtyard by Marriott which was within walking distance of the action.
After we wore the Survivor buffs, we went to dinner at Zaytina. Eileen has been looking for great places in the US and we both love Turkish, Greek and Lebanese food.
All flat bread!
Elaine had a thyme margarita with “thyme air” foam, and she loved the spiced mezcal.
We ordered 5 dishes ending with the famous grilled octopus.
Seasoned roasted red pepper, feta cheese, oregano
Crunchy traditional hummus dumplings, turmeric pickles, cherry tomatoes, tahini
This was my favorite dish!!
BANTIJIAN BIL LABAN
Crispy eggplant, roasted garlic yogurt, pistachio, mint, cardamom spice
Smoked mushrooms, dates, roasted walnuts, cumin, labneh
Grilled octopus, marinated onion, capers, yellow pea purée
Everything was incredible!
Walk to the National Press Club
We took a quick walk to National Press Club Where the event was held.
We got there an hour early and found some great seats.
Rob has an ad
In the evening our host told us that some survivors were in the house! We knew this was a possibility, but it was so cool to mingle with the previous players!
Elaine and I immediately jumped in with our neighbor Maisy to meet Marian and Omar from season 42.
The madness was there! (We really hope our boosters keep us healthy…..!)
We also met Tori of 42, who was very nice! We ended up going down 13 flights with her later and now we’re BFFs. haha.
We met all the survivors present. very fun.
And then we all watched the live episode.
After the episode ended (with lots of snaps and cheering), Rob returned to the stage with Marianne to discuss what had happened.
Could you Listen to the live broadcast here.
Mike Turner + Omar joined the committee
Also on stage: Wendell Holland, winner of Survivor 36: Ghost Island and Brice Izyah of Survivor 28: Cagayan.
This was our first live event, and it won’t be our last!
Bryce and Wendell hosted the next party across the street which was a lot longer to mingle with the players and fans.
Elaine fangirling hard
I woke up after bedtime drinking ice water 🙂
Night by night Marianne!
We walked home in the middle of the night and slept until about eight. I was so grateful my physical clock didn’t wake me up at six.
Breakfast at Tatte
After a quick shower, we went to Come For coffee and breakfast. I had the best coffee and eggs with tomato and scrambled goat cheese on sourdough. We need to come in as a sponsor!