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Gina’s Birthday Dinner at Abuelo’s

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Brian and I were bad again last night. Not only did we eat out but we had dinner at around 9 pm, which is a lot later than we are used to eating. We planned on having dinner at 8 pm to celebrate Gina Ann’s birthday, but Abuelo’s doesn’t take reservations on the weekends any more. Not even for large groups. They accept “call ahead” but we still had to wait. What made it worse was that this group of people would not leave. They were done eating, but they continued to sit there and sip their sodas and waters even after numerous hints from the wait staff.

Two of the tables we needed were ready, but we were waiting for the people at that last table to leave so that the three tables could be put together. There were several things suggested like buying them a round of drinks at the bar so to get them to leave the table, but then we weren’t sure if they were of legal drinking age. They looked young, but appeared to be of age. However, they were drinking water and soda so we came to the conclusion that they probably weren’t drinkers. Stephanie knew who they were and she said they didn’t drink, so that idea was nixed.

It was terrible because the restaurant and the server couldn’t make any money while they were sitting there tying up a table. On a busy Saturday night, you want a continuous flow of people coming and leaving. When you’re done and you’ve paid, then leave so that the restaurant can get the next group in. If you want to keep your table, then order dessert or order some more drinks or something. At least make it worthwhile for the server and the restaurant. It wouldn’t have been as bad if it was during a slow period and there was no wait but, when there are starving people waiting for you, at least try to be considerate.

Half an hour later, they were still sitting there merrily chatting. We were like, chat at the bar or chat in the restaurant lobby. Just chat elsewhere so that we can finally get our table. Coley finally took matters into his own hands and spoke to the manager. Shortly after that, the manager went to speak with the group to politely ask them to leave. I’m pretty sure they weren’t happy about that, but we didn’t care. We’d been waiting a while and some of us were very hungry.

I didn’t get pictures of everyone’s food because Coley hates it when I do that. I didn’t get pictures of mine and Brian’s food because we always get the same thing. It’s really not that exciting. Besides, I think most of us were starving, so if I would have asked someone to hold off eating until I got a photo of their food they probably would have chopped my head off.

I did get a picture of Stephanie’s dinner because she ordered French fries — of all things — at a Mexican restaurant! LOL. She tried to order mac and cheese, but she was denied. No mac and cheese at Abuelo’s apparently. Not even for kids.

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BTW, Brian and I are only supposed to eat out no more than once a month, but there were so many things that went on this month that I have lost count. Valentines week/month is almost worse than Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. I hit my lowest weight ever this month and promptly gained back the weight I’d lost and then some. I swore that I gained five pounds in the span of a week. Blech.

Que Picoso at Plaza Mexico

I took Brian on a cultural adventure the other day by taking him to the turo-turo inside Plaza Mexico that I ate at earlier this month during our Spanish field trip. The restaurant is actually called Que Picoso.

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I missed my second opportunity to try their champurrado, which is similar to Filipino champorado, but it has masa in it. It sounds really good actually. Therefore, I have resolved that I will return to Que Picoso and try it in 2012.

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Here’s a picture that I took of Brian as we waited for our food.

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Here’s Brian’s burrito.

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My carnitas (because I’m boring and always get the same thing, always)…

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Brian and I did some window shopping while we were there. They had some really good deals, but we didn’t have any cash so we couldn’t actually buy anything. Although, if I ever want to buy one of those exaggeratedly pointy Mexican cowboy boots, I now know where to get them. LOL.

They also had an abundance of big booty jeans in stock. I always wondered JLO found jeans that fit her bodacious figure before Levi’s Supreme Curve (Curve ID) jeans came on the scene. Now I know. 😉

On the Border Rocks

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Gina Ann, Brian and I went to On the Border after Zumba on Monday night so we could give Justin his Christmas present. The best part was that the three of us were able to eat for under $40 (before gratuity, but that’s still pretty good). That’s with a couple of appetizers, Gina’s chicken fajitas, my queso chicken, Brian’s beer and empanadas, and mine and Gina’s sangria swirls. How did we do it?

First, we had a coupon for free queso. Brian and I usually ask for beef to be added to it so we just paid the difference on that. Second, On the Border is running a special on FourSquare where you get free appetizer if you check in with a friend. They allowed us to use both our coupon and the FourSquare special so we used that on the guacamole. The opportunity to visit with Justin, who we haven’t seen in ages, was an added bonus.

Here are the obligatory food pictures…

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Mom Bought Us Los Cocos Last Weekend

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Been eating way too much Mexican food lately. However, when mom offers to buy dinner, you don’t say no. LOL. The gigantic mango margarita that we split was a bonus! Thanks, mom!

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Un Platillo de Carnitas

I got to try a new place last week. It’s a turo-turo inside Plaza Mexico on 25th. We went there a couple of weeks ago on a Spanish class field trip of sorts.

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I ordered un platillo de carnitas, which was more like un plato grande. LOL. I ended up drinking soda that day, mainly because I wanted to order refrescos. They had bottled Sprite that was hecho en Mexico.

After our class, which we had over lunch, everyone else walked around Plaza Mexico to practice our Spanish with the merchants, most of whom don’t speak English. I couldn’t stay though, because I had to return to work. Plaza Mexico reminds me of Baclaran, where Mama Iyay used to buy good for resale, because everything was so cheap. I’m thinking of taking mom there over Christmas vacation for some mother-daughter bonding time. That, and I want to show her how much my Spanish has improved. I doubt that mom would be impressed (it’s tough to impress her), but I bet she’d get a kick out of it. 😉

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