The Quarter Century Mark (Part 1)

My 25th birthday this year was a simple one. I only had one request: I wanted to look "cutesy". (You know me and my love for getting dolled up!) In terms of planning my special day, I decided to let Ruben take the reigns for EVERYTHING.

So, the morning of the 16th, Ruben told me that he was going to cook breakfast and dinner for me, followed by a night of dancing. It sounded like the perfect idea...and I didn't even have to lift a finger!

Well, things didn't go according to plan. Ruben did make breakfast for me, but judging by my (and his) reaction when I tried the food, I think he may have gotten a little discouraged and didn't want to cook dinner for me anymore. He asked if he could take me out to dinner instead.

Birthday breakfast: Ruben in the kitchen making the batter for French toast!
Such a rare sight to see him in the kitchen!

Enter Nuevo Laredo Cantina, one of THE BEST Mexican restaurants in Atlanta (supposedly). I had absolutely no problem having Mexican food for dinner, as I have been craving it ever since we moved here (which was nearly a year ago!).

From what I've heard, the restaurant is always packed and that they don't take reservations. No worries though, that gave us a little time to enjoy a few drinks at the bar. Their margaritas may be the best I've ever had!

My drink of choice for the night: Premium Tequila Margarita with 1800 Tequila

Although it was extremely crowded that evening, it didn't take too long for us to be seated. (That or maybe by the time we were seated I was already on my second margarita and had lost all sense of time...)

As with any good Mexican restaurant, chips and salsa are a staple. I particularly liked the cilantro in the salsa; it really brightened up the flavor.

I ordered the Sopes: Masa tortilla with chorizo topped with sour cream, rice, beans, and pico de gallo. While I thought the rice and beans were amazing, I thought the sopes had a little too many bells and whistles and felt there was too much going on at once. But considering that I was pretty hungry (and a little drunk), they were still amazing.

You know what they say, hunger is the best spice!

Ruben had the Steak Diablo: Lean Beef strips in red chili sauce, sour cream, rice, beans, pico de gallo, and tortillas. Why is it that Ruben ALWAYS orders the better dish? And I'm always that one that recommends that he gets it!

Much better flavor than my sopes, and all the toppings are ON THE SIDE! Why couldn't they do that with mine?

Fast forward two hours later...we're sitting on the couch, our bellies are at maximum capacity, and we're watching the Karate Kid marathon on TV. We decided not to go dancing that night because we were just TOO FULL.

It's okay though, because he got me a cake. :)

So many candles!

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