I have the good fortune to share my Cinco de Mayo birthday with Ann B. Davis (Alice from the Brady Bunch) and Tina Yothers (the youngest sister on Family Ties). Esteemed company, indeed. I usually go low key and have dinner out with my girlfriend, but this year we decided to throw a Cinco de Mayo party. Can't really say we went Mexican, but definitely a lot of Latin themed food was consumed. I can't say enough about the bakery in this first pic. The Big Booty Bread Company in Chelsea was great. My girlfriend got me a Tres Leches Cake (three milks cake), a dozen red velvet cupcakes, and 80 arepas-40 savory white corn w/queso blanco baked in them and 40 sweet yellow corn). The owner and his staff were great and very accomodating. I didn't want any alcohol in my cake and they don't put it in anyway (just don't like booze IN my baked goods. Alongside in a glass, thats another story). The red velvets were amazingly moist and they use beet juice for color instead of food coloring. The cream cheese frosting definitely closed the deal. Highly recommend them. They're on 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Aves). I've never been so nervous as I was taking that cake home on the subway. I thought for sure I was going to drop it.
Here's a close up of a tres leches slice. See how the milk has soaked in?
A shot of the whole cake. My girlfriend even had them write Happy Birthday William en espanol.
We marinated some portabella mushrooms and veggie skewers in spiedie sauce, then grilled them on the stovetop pan.
The arepas. Some people ate them with the pernil. I slathered some guac and salsa on them. tasty.
My girlfriend's pernil. She's not big on cooking, but this is her specialty. She also made the sangria which was strong and sweet all at once.
My roommate from college (one of my closest friends-he's always got my back) mixed the margaritas and they were mighty fine. Thanks for helping me with the grunt work, man!