A couple of mayo’s

7 May

It’s around 5am and I’m supposed to be leaving for FL at 8am. Yeah, I don’t see that happening. I’ve been up since 3am and couldn’t get back to bed, which is just driving me crazy. Why does insomnia have to hit the night before an 11 hour drive??

So, we shall do a little recap of Cinco de Mayo and Yelpo de Mayo! I met up with some some friends for drinks at Three Amigos for Cinco de Mayo . Some of you may remember Three Amigos from my previous visits here and here—it’s officially my favorite hole in the wall Mexican joint in Charlotte.  The Cinco was a gorgeous day in Charlotte and I was all about getting a margarita in my system! But after three consecutive meals of Mexican food, I really wasn’t in the mood for a huge Mexican meal. So we just noshed on chips, salsa and guacamole instead.

Yep, works for me!

Oh, I didn’t mention the winner of the evening, did I?

Queso dip is proof from god that he indeed, loves us. Look at it spilling over—aw yeah.

On Friday evening, I went to Yelpo de Mayo sponsored by mi amore, Yelp. I go to Elite events every month but the cool thing about Yelpo de Mayo was that it was a free, open event to anyone with a Yelp account!


The nice part was that Elite members got to go at 7pm before the common folk. Love that since battling the masses was the last thing I wanted to do. The drinks were aflowing! Of course I had to try a margarita to properly kick the fiesta off with

Please disregard chipped nail polish

But then I said adios to the margarita and had the best drink I’ve tasted in awhile—Raspberry Truffle made with Whynatte Latte, vanilla vodka and raspberry schnapps.

I’ve tried Whynatte before at a local bar (they only offer them in bars for the time being, a little confused why only in bars) and that just had vodka in it and was good. But vanilla vodka and raspberry schnapps? Hello, this takes me back to college where I drank White Russians until I dropped (which could also be the reason I gained weight along with the discovery of ranch dressing with french fries freshman year) If your local establishment offers Whynatte, you should definitely try it out!

There were a number of local restaurants providing food. The first thing I tried was duck confit tamale from Roots, a new food truck rolling around in Charlotte!

Then tried chicken enchiladas from Three Amigos. After two visits in less than 24 hours, Three Amigos and I are as thick as thieves!

And then the cupcakes from Cupcrazed


The margarita mini cupcakes were the death of me. I heard a rumor that they were going to be giving to go boxes of cupcakes away if they had any left over by the end of the night. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see if that was true or not which could be a good thing. I really don’t need a to go box of cupcakes but want? Fo sho.

All in all, a successful end to my three day Mexican celebration. If I don’t have to look at any burrito or enchilada, I wouldn’t be sad.

What’s your favorite cupcake?

Any tips to help me fall asleep? I may just leave tomorrow instead if I can’t get back to bed soon. Driving 11 hours is something I don’t want to do if I’m not alert!

21 Responses to “A couple of mayo’s”

  1. Kristina @ spabettie May 7, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    ha, yeah, I can’t help you with the insomnia! 😉 it’s only 2am here, but I cannot sleep because Jason is out at band practice. sometimes I can sleep, usually not until he gets home. so Basil and I are up! 😀

    have a great trip!

  2. vixter2010 May 7, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Ah sorry you couldn’t sleep! Lavendar is good – burn a candle maybe and just try and relax. Keep the room dark and quiet! Failing that, take some Night Nurse and knock yourself out. Don’t drive if you’re sleepy!
    Those cupcakes look fab! Tequila woo 🙂

    • simplyshaka May 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

      Tequila woo indeed! What’s Night Nurse?

      • vixter2010 May 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

        Medicine for colds but apparently knocks you out! Maybe you guys don’t have it?

  3. Amy @ Second City Randomness May 7, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    One time we went to a party held at a bar and when I was a little tipsy and asked what they did with all the extra food, they packed it all up in massive bags for me! Including a million mini cupcakes. We were the most popular kids on the train home… ha ha

  4. Jessica May 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a cool cool celebration!!!! Margarita’s are so so so good.

    I love all of those cookies, how cute! I love love love a carrot cake cupcake or a dulce de leche one, delicious!

    I second the lavender idea, very soothing.

    • simplyshaka May 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

      I could definitely be down for a dulce de leche cupcake!

  5. lookingupwhileslimmingdown May 7, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    That looks like fun! I want to try that drink now. Yummy. Did you see about my Cinco de MAYO experience on FB…how I thought I was putting sour cream on my food and it ended up being mayo. SO freaking gross. Ruined my whole lunch. Cupcakes look awesome!!! I think red velvet are my fav.

    • simplyshaka May 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

      I want to try that Almond Joy one you got…or the mint one….or everything at Crumbs! Mayo….gross 😦

  6. Amanda May 7, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    mmm queso dip looks delicious!

    Hope you got some sleep! Warm bubble baths and re-reading a book always help me sleep!

    • simplyshaka May 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

      Times like this make me wish I still had a bath tub 😦

  7. Monique May 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Mojito cupcakes!??!?! Get in my mouth!!! Man, looks like you had some AWESOME food 🙂 Good luck on your drive… I’m always the same way, I can’t sleep before big trips. And even worse, I can’t sleep on airplanes, it’s horrendous.

    • simplyshaka May 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

      I love sleeping on planes-right after take off I am out!

  8. terri May 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    omg seriously. those cupcakes look soooo f’ing good……i so wish you would have waited around to see if they gave them away!!!! have a safe trip to florida!

  9. Margie May 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    I wish I could help you with the sleeping, but I’m sleep deprived myself. Have you tried 5-hour Energy? My husband swears by them to keep him alert.
    I love these banana cupcakes that my local cupcake shop makes! Yum!
    Be safe!

    • simplyshaka May 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

      I’ve never had banana cupcakes before but I love bananas and cupcakes so I’m sure I would approve!

      I’never tried 5 hour energy-I’m actually a little afraid to try it since I love getting jitters from caffeine!

  10. ay yai yai! ole ole. im in love with all your mexican filled foods! ahh guac, overflowing cheese! IWANTIWANT!

  11. According to Gus May 9, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Yay for Yelp Elite events!

    So sorry to hear about your insomnia – it happens to me every so often and it’s the most frustrating thing, ever!

    I normally grab my phone or iPad and read the news (or check celebrity gossip) and try to sleep after that.

  12. Monique May 9, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    your elite events are killer dude! I loves it!
    i love all kinds of cupcakes!

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