Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays! Others are Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day (another time, another post). I like these holidays because they’re usually fun and don’t require gift giving or travel expectations. My focus is usually (ok, almost always) on the food and beverages on these holidays. Yes, I realize that there is historical significance to the fifth of May and I know what occurred. However, like many Americans, I have adopted this day as a time to enjoy margaritas and Mexican food.
This year’s Cinco de Mayo was pretty low-key compared to some we’ve celebrated in recent years. We usually meet up with friends and fight for table space in a packed restaurant. Some years we bar hopped and enjoyed tequila specials. This year, He and I went to eat at a Mexican restaurant on our side of town, and then ventured to one of the trendier areas to see the happenings. Both of the restaurants were packed! This was to be expected, but at least at the first spot we got (slow, but steady) service! I’m pretty sure we waited for an hour at the rooftop bar of the second spot only to leave without the Sangria I came for. Can’t win ‘em all. 🙁
Every year I get my hopes up for the perfect Cinco de Mayo. (To be honest, I do that with most special occasions…make all these fanciful plans then cave for what’s easier.) My ideal Cinco de Mayo would consist of eating an array of Mexican(ish) food and drinking great margaritas. A little Mexican music wouldn’t hurt! I think that in order to have things the way I imagine them, I’ll have to plan a party at our house next year. Here’s my sample menu:
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Shrimp & Fish Tacos with slaw
- DIY Nacho Station (Chips, ground beef, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, black olives, etc.)
- Queso con Carne
- Guacamole (Mine is SO good…just trust me!)
- Salsa & Pico de Gallo
- Margaritas (Recipe I’ve been using for years…you’ll have to ask me for the recipe!)
- Top Shelf tequila (for shots)
- Negro Modelo
Next year will be great! I’m sure of it! 🙂
Well another Cinco de Mayo has come and gone. Another for us Americans to usurp all the good qualities we love about everything south of the border for the purpose of our enjoyment. I mean May 5th isn’t Mexican Independence Day, and as far as I know I don’t have historical bloods ties to Mexico. However, I do appreciate a good Mexican restaurant and good margaritas. You can keep the Coronas, or any of the other beer really.
This year I didn’t even really have to go far from the house in order to have just that. Our very own Mexican restaurant opened up not too long ago and this year Her and I decided to spend our first Cinco with them. This was the restaurants first Cinco as well, so it was great to see what they would do and how it would look. Well it was definitely busier than any other time Her and I had been, but that was to be expected. The food and margaritas are always good, but this day the margaritas were on a whole new level of good.
The only thing about going to this restaurant that bothers me is the fact, no matter what I order, when our order comes out Her’s food always looks better. Always!! No lie, it has come to the point where I let her order my food. Even on this Cinco day her food looked better. (Her better use those pictures I forced her to take for the feature image!) The food was good but can I win? Her will get a kick out of that because I sound like her now. I am a born winner from a long family line of winners; natural, great, fierce competitors, and yes I feel like I am losing with this ordering thing.
Well after our great meal Her decides she wants to go downtown to the pretentious, trendy, hip, new Tex-Mex place that all the so call “foodies” profess to love. Let me tell you… it’s overpriced, not really that good and I have yet to see an actual Mexican person there. That is a requirement for my ethnic food endeavors (ha ha inside Her/Him joke). I need to know my food is at least partially legit, and I gauge that by the number of matching ethnic workers I see there. That was a lack luster experience that I will easily forget.
The only other thing I wanted to mention to get you to think about Cinco is that America in general is at war with all, most, some things Mexican (especially illegals) to a degree. Taking their country back and all; but those same people didn’t have a problem celebrating the Cinco, and learning just enough Spanish to potentially piss of someone working for the sole enjoyment of their May 5 Mexican themed celebrations.