Friday, May 6, 2011

The Night the Lights Went Out

Last night was quite possibly the most epic Cinco de Mayo yet.  Let's face it, I'm not 21 partying down and barfing in a back alley.  I'm 22 and far too mature for that.  The Chef and I decided to roll over to our favorite Mexican place around 9:30 - let me preface this by saying it is a family owned restaurant.  Key word being family - that's the bulk of the clientele as well.  

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd walk up, be asked to enter via the front door only, then go around front to find a guy hanging onto a palm branch unable to stand begging some girl to come back to his place and continue the party.  Oh it gets better:  there were gobs of people strewn everywhere all wearing wristbands.  I had to get a wristband if I wanted my Don Julio.

Exhibit A 
(taken hours later in the Chef's kitchen that is undergoing significant cleaning)

Even better?  It was a mariachi disco once inside.  Oh who am I kidding?  I heard that music from the parking lot.  As I followed the host, weaving through the crowd toward our table, servers danced on by.  Upon closer examination it appeared the majority of patrons were dancing around.  Unable to contain myself I burst out laughing and collapsed into the booth immediately taking to twitter:

 Carrie   Omg our fave Mexican restaurant has turned into a mariachi disco...I just had to get a wristband & a server danced by the table

Moments later the Chef appears with a big grin on his face.  I holler, 'This place is going OFF.  Who would've thought?'  To which he responds, 'WHAT?!? I can't hear you.' As I peruse the menu the Chef gives me the secret eye signal to look to my left where I found the following:


 Carrie   Red alert: couple grinding next to table   isn't this a restaurant??

Next thing you know some random guy from another table joins them.  I have to turn away.  I'm officially old.  Wait!  My camera's in my bag! Is it too late to get a video?!  While I attempt to figure out how to work the stupid thing they disco off back to their separate tables before I can get documentation.  Bugger.  We manage to get our drinks, take a few gulps from the plastic cups, ogle the older woman next to our table with the tatted sleeves tossing back shots of tequila, and get our food order in while trying to maintain composure.  As my Shrimp Botana arrives at the table and I proceed to indulge in a homemade tortilla as we revel in the joy of being out with the crazy Cinco de Mayo peeps.  It's fun, it's energetic, it's scary, we're alive...and the place blows a fuse knocking out power for an entire city block. Where's my camera again?

Exhibit B
Drunken Cinco de Mayo revelers attempting the 'drink and dash' 
after the mariachi disco spinner blows a fuse.

Within 5 seconds drunken fools began screaming 'Bin Laden's dead!' as they scattered to exits attempting not to pay their tabs.  Fortunately employees began blocking off exits and handwriting checks.  I was so bummed.  All I wanted was another margarita.

Exhibit C:  Best Cinco de Mayo yet

I have officially lost control of the font and can't get it to behave.  In any event I would love to hear about your Cinco de Mayo's.  And if you don't have a tale of your own, by all means feel free to re-tell mine.  

Have a great weekend everyone...enjoy celebrating your Moms!  I can't wait to see what my cats got me.

44 comments:

KatiePerk said...

This post is hilarious! Glad you guys had fun!! Wristband!! woowoo!

Taylor said...

OMG, I WANTS YOURS!!!!!!!!!!! I worked late, then ate half stale chips and guac that was about to turn! This instantly turned my mood from sour to happy!

PS Update your blog roll I'm officially at www.curlyinthecity.com NOW!!!!!

Laura said...

hahahaha... what an eventful night. :) I love cinco de mayo.. yet since I couldn't drink .... we decided to go for sushi instead. lol. That way to not allow myself to be depressed :)

xoxo

Higgenbottom said...

Hee hee! I'm glad you had a great night! I don't even have a story to tell...like the old lady I am, I promptly fell asleep in the car at 7:30pm and stayed that way while waiting for Aaron to finish worship practice for the next three hours.

I didn't even notice a problem with your font btw.

Sabrina O. said...

LOL, great post dear!
Love that fringed vest of yours ;-)
x

Venus In Virgo said...

Great funny post! XOXO

Courtney Erin said...

I want to visit this crazy marachi disco/family restaurant - sounds amazingly weird/awesome/fun. My cinco de mayo was decidedly more tame, just a few margaritas and then a beer to celebrate the acceptance of my course proposal. As for mother's day, I'm assuming my cats will be serving me breakfast in bed.

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Anika http://www.byanika.com said...

You are so funny and fab my dear! :D Thank you so much for sharing! Mwuah!

Closet Fashionista said...

HAhahaha...oh my goodness that sounds like a crazy time. I probably would have died laughing. I am proficient in the *look over there glance* with my friends...haha....I do it ALL the time
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Marie a la Mode said...

Your Cinco de Mayo was much more exciting than mine! You could call mine "Cinco de Boring" because I had to do a focus group last night. Oh well, there's always next year...

Oh, and I hinted to my cat that I wanted a gift card to Sephora, hopefully she listened!

Claire Kiefer said...

Welllll this is pretty hilarious (as it was when I read it on twitter last night). I babysat yesterday evening and had a nostalgic pause when I thought, "Wow. No longer am I flitting all over Tres Agaves drinking tequila on Cinco de Mayo." It was bittersweet. I am approaching old--fast. Maybe not quite yet in years, but in spirit, for sure.

hip hip gin gin said...

Dude. I thought the epic amounts of homemade guacamole we consumed last night made for a pretty legendary Cinco, but this? THIS is a Cinco de Mayo! Good lord!

The only similarity is that, like you, all I wanted was another margarita but alas husband had to cover an engine test from his laptop (which apparently is important! and hard! and you can't be tipsy! whatever. little engineer squares) so he ixnayed that idea.

Katie said...

This place sounds like it relocated to my college town. Epic indeed!

Anna Walker said...

I'm lame [er awesome] and I did nothing! I actually went to the gym last night to workout! It was deserted! [NOTE: Places that aren't partying places tend to be deserted on holidays!] I think I had a nice one considering that I don't celebrate Cinco De Mayo [although in high school I had to watch the same video 3 years in a row explaining why we celebrate it]

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Jen said...

Maybe you should save the wristband in case you need it again!! ;-)

And a mariachi disco? You go girl!! Bet you got down!

this free bird said...

Girl you know it. I was ready to cut a rug right around the time the place went pitch black. eeps!

OneCraftyFox said...

I so wish I was there with you. LOL!!

Have an awesome weekend, babe :)

heather said...

love those hot pink wristbands! you are not old! i personify old by finding out it was cinco de mayo at 11pm... in bed.

Lisa said...

Ahahahahah best cinco de mayo ever!!!!

And you are not old!! If your old I'm totally ancient!

Hehe yes I'm moving to Germany.. I'm scared of the change (ok so maybe I am old) but excited to get my shopping and grub on European style!!! But hello all of my favorite designers are Parisian...I.am.so.excited!

this free bird said...

you're going to pee your pants. um ISABEL MARANT

annelise said...

How does mayhem follow you?! Hilarious. I've never heard of cinco de mayo before and I've decided that if I ever make it to the States, I'm going to concide it with 5 May. This shit sounds kuh-razy.

Rachel from Love a la Mode said...

I didn't go all out for cinco as I was under the impression I would be spending all day on planes going home. Of course the airlines had a different plan.... So now I'm back in my townhouse. The boyfriend doesn't even know I'm still here yet, but once he gets done taking his spanish final he will be informed we're making up for my day by celebrating Seis de Mayo. I don't care if it's not a real holiday, I'm making it one.
Bisous,
Rachel
http://lovealamode.wordpress.com

Daisy said...

this is nuts. i love your stories. your life is so fun and i only wish my cinco de mayo was as exciting.

My Heart Blogged said...

I don't even know where to start. This is pretty much the best post ever.

fashioneggpplant said...

lol! that's wild, grinding next to the table in a family restaurant! hahaha :)

Style Attic said...

Ummm, I think you had enough Cinco de Mayo to last you until next years! Thank goodness you had your friends marge and rita with you :) XO, Kelly

Josie said...

DYING. This is hysterical, Carrie! It sounds like you had a kooky Cinco de Mayo -- I was at the library; what a shock...
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh, I so wish I woul have remembered to celebrate this year. I was sick in bed - the flu loves to strike me at times of celebration. On the bright side, just looking at your food has made me feel infinite times better. Ohmigosh how yummy is that?! :)

Jess said...

Wow sounds like an exciting Cinco de Mayo! I'm boring and didn't do anything. In fact, I fell asleep around 9:30 the past two nights... what is wrong with me?!

Krystal said...

how do i miss these tweets?! that is hilarious!

Missy said...

oh I love this! Fab pics x

Missy
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Santina said...

Oh, I love walking into hilarious situations like the one you describe here! Sounds like so much fun! I've seen some ridiculous things during my time here in Mexico... As for me, I spent the day lounging on the beach drinking Pacifico and and then margaritas later in the day. Calm but fun. :)

Ruby Girl said...

i agree with marie a la mode. i had a cinco de boring :) didn't really celebrate it. but would have loved to! next year :) yours seemed like a blast! <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

Ashleigh said...

Ah, yes. Cinco de Mayo isn't always the classiest of holidays ;) but I love it!! Peeps love to party ;P

Hope the kitties are good to you! Last night, hubby took me out to celebrate 'below average mother's day'. After all, he's the one who scoops the poop and handles the 6am feedings so I'm okay with that title :)

Torrie said...

Cinco de Mayo with the kids and friends @ Chilli's baby... Picked up Ryan at the airport at 11:25 pm, but arrived over 30 minutes late due to traffic (seriously??).

Now Seis de Mayo on the other hand... Strawberry margaritas & guacamole (and not just *any guacamole)... and braised brisket tacos... Mmmmmmmmmm.

ruthy ann said...

There was a wristband and cover required where I went! cover?! and there were a lot of women with grey hair shaking and grinding...it was awkward.

Olivia.Dee said...

this sounds like you had quite the adventure for everyone who didn't! (like me) and trust... I will be re-telling this tale!

this free bird said...

ruthy ann...grey hair grinders? i'm scared.

Becca [Free Honey] said...

Oh wow, this sounds like an intense evening. Although, is anything that can be described as a mariachi disco ever really a bad thing. To me? probably not. Hope you enjoyed your mexican fix with a side of gawking at the party people!

Kavery said...

We don't have Cinco de Mayo here so I would gladly re-tell this story. What an epic night!

LyddieGal said...

Haha, sorry I have no awesome story. Got fish tacos and and a coconut margarita. Both were very tasty.

Erika of Style Activist said...

Hahaha I am cracking up. Your life is epic. My night was Mexican food (that was a disappointment) two Mexican beers and an entire table of elderly American's asking why the restaurant was so busy. Oh it's just the 5th of May. Definitely not a Mexican holiday.

P.s. your guac looks bomb! Yum yumm.

Xo,
Erika

Miss Caitlin S. said...

haha, i love that random hilariousness in unexpected places. That's so funny, who knew what night you guys were walking into!!! :) :) sounds like it made for a great story no less :) you look pretty sippin' on your margarita.

Annie said...

omg Carrie - too freaking funny! Now that is a Cinco de Mayo to remember... I would have loved to see video footage, but you gave us a great mental image without it. lol xo

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