I plead the Cinco

I sent the text to my dear wife Karen at mid-afternoon, figuring she’d warm to my suggestion when she’d find a moment to peek at her iPhone 6 at her job at SMG.

How about keeping the meat loaf cooling an extra day in the fridge and taking a run out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Text arrival tone.

Yes, dear.

Karen had a margarita on her mind, her text enthused.

Have I ever mentioned that our friend Lori has given my dear wife the nickname Margarita? No, not solely delicious drink directed, but also because Karen’s middle name happens to be the beautiful but apparently hard to remember Marietta.

But I digress.

She pulled into the driveway of our cherished Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, came in so we could retreat to the backyard for a few minutes of play with Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle, and freshened up so she could continue to be way overdressed compared to my shorts and T-shirt. I threw on a baseball cap to sharpen my look a tad.

Off we went three blocks to James Street and Chadwick’s.

Yes and yes.

Yes and yes.

Bartender Beth said hell, yes, she was ready to make a special margarita for Karen. Her pour from the bottle of Beringer’s Cabernet Sauvignon for me was pretty darn great as well.

Consider Margarita unwound.

Consider Margarita unwound.

It was a good call on my part, this trip to our local sports bar for Cinco de Mayo. The crowd was thin on a Tuesday around the start of the 7 p.m. games, but Billy the owner was manning the kitchen, and Beth was her fun and talkative self, and the couple sitting to our immediate left joined in the conversation, too.

Hot from Billy's kitchen.

Hot from Billy’s kitchen.

We eyed the bar food menu thoroughly before deciding on a share-’em combo of cheese quesadilla and sweet chili chicken wings. Our friend Michelle texted Karen that she was on her way to join us. Then her cousin Jason texted her that he was on his way to join us. That gave us two of the four founding Martins of the famed winter Martin Fest, we explained to Veronica and Dave as they smiled about that hootenany that runs in the downtown parking lot the same time as the official Syracuse Winter Fest. If they remember, I have a feeling they’ll show next February. Jason and Beth know each other, it turns out. Of course they do.

Click on any photo for a description. Click on the bottom right photo and hold for an enlarged slide show.

We were home in plenty of time to spend another couple of minutes in the backyard with Ellie B without worrying about disturbing Good Neighbor Tim and his Wonderful Wife Lorraine across the fence. I knew I was in Loud Mark Mode. Or maybe Karen had reminded me.

The meat loaf awaits a normal seis de Mayo Wednesday night.

Did you do anything to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and if so, what? Do you appreciate a margarita, and if so, which is your favorite brand of tequilla? Which is your favorite photo, and why?

Advertisements

74 thoughts on “I plead the Cinco

    • Thank you, Barbara. And I pulled that title out after several glasses of wine for the Cinco. Oy. Not quite the drinker I used to be, the more Senor this B gets.

      Yes, my dear wife Karen is lovely in her Margarita state. Thanks for noticing. πŸ˜‰

      Liked by 1 person

  1. This Cinco de Mayo I celebrated by coming home from the hospital. Today, I celebrate Seis De Mayo by reading your post, Mark. Please don’t loudly ask me to choose my favorite photo, Mark; I love all of them.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I didn’t do anything special for Cinco de Mayo – just some house cleaning. πŸ™‚ I like the first picture of the two drinks mark – very classy.

    Like

    • The first thing Billy told us when I said I was going to order food was: Don’t order pizza, my pizza oven is not working. You lucked out here, Scott. Chadwick’s makes good pie for a bar.

      Like

  3. Yep, not really big on the Cinco de Mayo although it is my cousin’s birthday. Sounds like a fun one for you though. I like the pic of Karen and friend and other friend (and by that I mean the Margarita). My friend had a baby and actually named her Margarita, not Marietta, but Margarita, full on. Interesting choice.

    Like

  4. Oh man! I would have joined you guys in an instant! Mr. B had a night meeting so I ate my chicken burrito and drank my wine in the comfort of my couch all by my lonesome! We did have a wild weekend though, so I guess it was okay to stay put. πŸ™‚

    Like

  5. Oops, did I miss Cinco de Mayo again? I am sure there will be lots of celebrations going on in downtown Los Angeles this weekend but I have other plans. Β‘Salud!

    Like

  6. Wow, Mark, Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Syracuse! Times have sure changed since I was last there. We, here in LA, could go to Olvera Street, but typically don’t. I applaud Karen’s margarita. Cheers to you and Salt City!!

    Like

    • Cheers back to LA, bethbyrnes. It wasn’t exactly citywide wee-ha here in the ‘Cuse. But we did our best on James Street. I didn’t know you had a Salt City past, by the way. Cheers. FYI, Karen is an LA Woman.

      Like

  7. I did not celebrate Cinco De Mayo this year. Life gets in the way of living sometimes. I’m not much for drinking mixed drinks and tend to prefer my liquor neat. I don’t drink enough tequila to really have a favorite although I suppose Jose is the one I’m most familiar with. When I’m out I’m more likely to choose whiskey than a mixed drink.

    Like

  8. Mark, you and Karen are just the sort of people we love meeting at the bar – fun and talkative! We went to Ruby Tuesday for dinner, sat at the bar and split appetizers in lieu of entrees. I drank a Penfold’s Shiraz, and my husband had a few Blue Moons. We managed to engage a few other patrons in a game of Trivial Pursuit since we’d brought along the cards (only) from the ’60s edition. Glad you had a fun Cinco de Mayo!

    Like

    • That’s a great idea, Kate, bringing along the TP cards to stir the conversational pot. Way to enliven you Cinco de Mayo. Karen and I are Ruby Tuesday fans, too, by the way. Reasonable prices, nice atmosphere. Good drink choices, my friend. πŸ˜‰

      Liked by 1 person

  9. I just love tequila! Love tequila! Mmm, tequila! Yes, I will drink lots of margaritas this summer, usually on Fridays. No, we don’t do anything for Cinco de Mayo, but we do our local Mexican place most Fridays.
    Is your wife even prettier with a margarita in hand, or is that just me?

    Like

  10. Karen with her blue dressy blouse on made me smile back at her photo. That was my fave! I also enjoyed a taco salad and a strawberry margarita. I considered for a little bit, getting one of the cervezas with the cute printed ponchos on them. I asked a guy if he would let me have his ‘beer’ poncho. I brought it home and also, want to tell you I was given a necklace, which reminded me of Mardi Gras. I met one of my coworkers from work, (female, shucks!)

    Like

    • Well good for you celebraing with cerveza. Look at you talking a man out of his been poncho, Robin. Sly devil. πŸ˜‰ Necklace, too. You made the most of your Cinco de Mayo. Hooray!

      Like

  11. Love the photo of “Margarita” with her Margarita. Lately I’ve seen folks order the overturned Corona bottle inside the goldfish bowl-sized Margarita. I’d pass on that one. Looks like a good time up North.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I wouldn’t put a beer inside a mixed drink, Kerbey. Spoil them both! But that’s just me. Yes, Margarita was surely a queen for the evening with her namesake drink. Good cinco. Now she’ll go back to her usual beer, I am pretty sure, a fruity drink once in a while to change things up. πŸ™‚ Yes, up North it was good.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Glad you and Karen enjoyed Cinco de Mayo Mark!

    We had way too much going on here to add on more activity; Alberta had a provincial election and the Progressive Conservatives lost their 44 years grip on our province. Also, our beloved Calgary Flames played the Anaheim Ducks on our home turf and won! They lost the first 2 games in Anaheim, so now they have to win 3 out of the next 4 – no pressure there! ❀
    Diana xo

    Like

  13. this looks like great, festive, fun, mark. mg was working so we celebrated with a sombrero wearing and card and corn cake mini-event at my house. i do love margaritas and most any food in the mexican family, and i prefer cuervo, though i can’t drink tequila alone anymore after a trip to mexico )

    Like

    • Wow, you crammed a lot of info into this comment, Beth. Sombrero wearing and corn cake. Margaritas and Cuervo and going to Mexico alone! That’s all quite exciting to me. πŸ™‚

      Like

  14. The solo of Karen is my fave, as much as the one with Karen and the DC cherry blossoms! I’m more of a beer gal but I’ve become a margarita connoisseur since moving to the southwest, yum! I celebrate every May 5th as my son, John Paul’s, birthday ❀

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s