I had so much fun on Cinco de Mayo that I almost didn’t get to write this post. That’s what happens when you fall asleep on the couch at 8:00pm with your shoes on. So you will have to rely mostly on photos to tell you about my weekend.
Friday night, as you know, we had Holly and Jason over for a vegan Cinco de Mayo feast.
Saturday, Courtney took me up to Baltimore to check out the campus of Johns Hopkins, where he’s finishing up his first graduate course in Biomolecular and Chemical Engineering. We had a picnic on the quad, where we simultaneously watched a wedding, a game of touch football and a robotic helicopter experiment.
Of course I did a little research ahead of time to find an awesome restaurant to pick up a picnic lunch. I decided on a cute little vegetarian restaurant and juice bar called Liquid Earth that specializes in vegan and raw foods. We split Vegan Reuben and the Philly Cheese Phake, which seriously might be one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had (and that is saying something!) I think I’m going to make Courtney start bringing me a Cheese Phake every time he goes to class!
We didn’t watch the Derby, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have mint juleps. It’s a tradition, and we both love mint juleps. So Courtney whipped us up these babies, while I threw together a nice little vegan dinner of BBQ tofu with cajun sweet potato fries and kale chips.
Then on Sunday, the actual Cinco de Mayo celebrations commenced: a cantina crawl up Capitol Hill. This is an accidental tradition that started last year. Courtney and I were touring houses at the time and that particular morning we were touring houses while incredibly hungover. When we got done, I needed some greasy food, so I texted a couple of friends to see if they wanted to join us. When we got there, they’d already ordered a pitcher, and so the cantina crawl began. It was an awesome and very random day, so this year I decided to recreate it. We only made it to three spots this year before ending up back on our rooftop.