Held on the third Saturday of May, this Maryland based horse race is just the second of the coveted Triple Crown. Having never really followed, bet on, or just known much about horse racing, this was a learning experience. I have come to understand this race (and the Triple Crown for that matter) is dedicated to excellence in three-year-old thoroughbred horses. When I googled this trinal of races, it was interesting to find that no single horse has swept the series since 1978...the year my father graduated high school and years before my life began.
At the party, next to the pitcher of margaritas and extensive variety of Mexican Beer, was a pitcher of Black Eyed Susan...the official taste of the Preakness. Until now I thought the Mint Julep was the festive horse racing beverage of choice...but it turns out this is reserved for The Kentucky Derby. The Preakness has the Black Eyed Susan and the Belmont (I've learned) used to be a White Carnation (until 1998), but since transitioned to the Belmont Breeze.
When I learned of the mixed drink's elements, I couldn't help but think of it as a turbo charged Mai Tai. The two drinks share in common - rum, triple sec, orange juice, and pineapple juice...but the Black Eyed Susan also includes vodka and lime.
In the past A's mixed drinks, especially her delicious margaritas, have quite literally kicked my butt. Always so smooth and tasty, they are sneaky drinks that you don't feel set in until after you've had a few...and then WHAM! This year I stuck mostly to beer...Pacifico of course, with a few sips of good tequila.
At kick off (not sure what the start of a race is supposed to be called), we all gathered around the television. In just a couple of minutes, we were done and Lookin' at Lucky won! It was an exciting couple of minutes...but really, all that build up for a race that is over before you've even taken a second sip of your drink?!?! It came and it went...the big Americana element of the day over (minus the games of horseshoes and some delicious dishes, which lasted through the evening).
Now about the food...
Above are Jalapeno Poppers created by a guest. These were great! I've never attempted to make them before and seems it would be a lot of work to stuff them. While it is a simple idea, I never thought of doing it, so will commend the guest for his smart approach to these...he cut them in half! Also the crunchy outside...corn flakes!! Very tasty, with a kick you'd expect from such poppers...I ate my fair share :o)
But you know what is so special about this platter?!?!
The mozzarella is homemade!!!
B&A's friends MAKE THEIR OWN CHEESE!
Can you believe it?!?!? This is incredible!
It was tasty, soft, delicious...and motivating! I need to try this!!!
Of course I had to pick their brain about it and learn the hows/whys of this amazing feat. Seems they have taken a cheese making class and are already into mozzarella, ricotta and feta...with talk about moving into chèvre!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What more can I say, these folks are superheros in my mind and I want to be just like them...I want to make MY OWN CHEESE!
The 2010 Mexican Fiesta was fabulous, as expected. I contributed my batch of Bridezilla's Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies (which were gobbled up) and I ate...then I ate some more...
I got to talk about the food, have a few drinks and just unwind :o)
Americana with a taste of Mexico (and Cuba), thank you B&A...I'm already looking forward to the next one!!