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Trivia time: Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican independence from what country. It's a tricky one, huh? Answer at the bottom.
I once lived in a town that had a Chili's prominently placed, but I never went there. When I was on the road, there were many greasey spoons with more grease on the floor than on the spoon. As I peered out the window, my weary eyes and choking arteries spotted a very corporate and very backlit beacon of hope. Chili's. At last, consistency and no Scrapple or "Kitchen Sink Casserole" on the menu.
I quickly fell in love with the Molten Chocolate Cake. From my articles, you must think I must be a petite ballerina of 785 lbs with all of my cakes and chocolate cravies. In real life, I am more like Cookie Monster – post 2006 Cookie Monster – as Molten Chocolate Cake is "sometimes" food – rather than the original lovable dough snarfing machine that had no identity crisis.
Of course, Chili's isn't all about the cake. If you are wandering around far from home and don't know the low down of what Mexican restaurant is authentic and what is a greasey spoon with the word "Mexican" hastily painted over a name like "Dopey Joe's Burger Joint," you can belly up to the comfy padded booth with friends for a CoronaRita at Chili's.
What is a CoroniaRita? It's a Margarita, but with Coronita instead of Cointreu or Triple Sec along with Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila. If you are the ultra cool person that is driving, or just don't fancy one and want to be a joiner, you can always request a virgin Margarita while you hang out with your friends. I personally drew plenty of looks when my 18 year old self would sit with my virgin Margarita and my chocolate cake. You know…its the whole fruit goes with chocolate thing that would satisfy some but would revolt the delicate balance of others.
I would draw the same looks now. But it would be rubbernecking, speculating the whole non traditional "fruit (or at least red flavored mix) goes with chocolate thing"…rather than my….ahem…age.
You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages and as always, please remember to drink responsibly.
Trivia Answer: The answer is NOBODY. El Grito de la Indepedencia, which celebrates emancipation from Spain is in September. On Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican army fought back the French in the Battle of Puebla. The French army retreated and left 6 years later, but the battle was a major victory and morale booster.
And you thought you had this one in the bag and said "Spain."