Cinco de Mayo: Fiestas at Home
The coronavirus pandemic has caused us to be living la vida loca the last six weeks. This year, Cinco de Mayo may seem more like Quarantino de Mayo, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still fiesta. Enjoy these creative ways to celebrate! Ole!
What do you when you just turned 21 and are finally old enough to go to a bar but thanks to the coronavirus you can’t go out to celebrate because everything is closed? If you’re Max Vela, you head to the Quarantine Cantina. Max, a student at University of Texas, celebrated his 21st birthday with his parents, Joel and Meredith, and sisters, Gabbi and Gianna, in their Bellaire home in March. Since no bars were open, they brought the bar to him and festively decorated their bar area. To show their support, his parents and older sister, Gabbi, did a round of tequila shots with him to celebrate. The Velas know how to throw a fiesta - read more about their traditional Cinco de Mayo fun (when not in quarantine).
Cinco de Mayo is one of Drake Everist’s favorite days of the year. Not just because of the festivities surrounding the Mexican independence day but because May 5 is his birthday. Family tradition is that the person being honored gets to pick the restaurant where everyone goes for dinner. Even though he can pick just about anything, most times, Drake choses Mexican. This year, he’s looking forward to dinner from Pappasito’s. Feliz 21st Cumpleanos, Drake! Drake attends Pepperdine University but for now is quarantining in West University with his parents, Tracy and Jeff Everist.
Maybe you like celebrating Cinco de Mayo but prefer (GASP!) eating crawfish? No problemo, you can celebrate Cinco de Bayou style. Last year, DeeDee and Gilbert Garcia hosted a Cinco de Bayou Crawfish Boil at their house. Friends and family had a great time enjoying the meal prepared by chef and St. Thomas High School principal, Dr. Aaron Dominguez, who donated his cooking skills as an auction item for an STH fundraiser.
One of the perks of quarantine has been curbside, drive-through or to-go adult beverages including margaritas. A variety of restaurants even have the option of purchasing by the gallon. As always, be a responsible drinker. If not, you could end up wearing something crazy like a piñata costume (although Bellaire mom, Kristi Coffey, likes wearing it even when she’s sober). She also has an inflatable sumo and dinosaur costume so she’s standing by for any occasion.
A possible Cinco de Mayo activity is playing Loteria, which is often referred to as Mexican Bingo. The game has picture cards that each have drawings of recognizable items and the word for it in Spanish. Words like el gallo (rooster) or el libro (book). Artist Rafael Gonzales Jr. has created some new, humorous cards inspired by coronavirus. Gems include el hoarder (a stack of toilet paper rolls) and el trabajo (the job) which depicts a laptop dialed up to Zoom.
Houstonians are lucky to live in Houston and have so many choices when it comes to amazing Mexican food restaurants. Thankfully, many locations are open and serving your favorite dishes and offering take-out, curbside delivery and home delivery options.
However you celebrate, we wish you a fun and safe fiesta.
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