Cinco de Mayo
Any excuse for booze.
Old school margaritas: lime juice, sugar, blanco tequila, orange liqueur and coarse sea salt.
Ceviche will be on the table, too. Fresh fish, kissed by lime, cilantro, whatever, is good. My Korean fishmonger will give me whatever is freshest.
Beans and pork to finish the meal (Yucatecan style, cribbed from Rick Bayless).
Anybody else doing a cinco de mayo meal? I did a search but came up empty.
For us, Tequila Sunrises to start and then margaritas of course.
Sopa de fideo (but I like your idea of ceviche, may do that instead)
Chili rellenos with Mexican rice, for beans "Frijoles Maneados Sonorenses" and the "Original" Caesar salad (both Diana Kennedy)
Haven't decided on dessert, maybe classic flan.
re: steve h.
Those margaritas sound to good to be true.
Here's a Cinco de Mayo dessert thread with quite a lot of ideas and some recipes:
I don't know how involved you want to get but since your meal is not really a big one, I think you could fit in a piece of Tres Leches cake. it's actually quite simple to make and can be done up to a few days before. Believe it or not, Martha Stewart has a very good recipe on her site.
I am too much of a hermity loser right now to have parties but if I were having a Cinco de Mayo party I would make sopes, because they were so delicious the last time I made them.
Basically you make tortilla dough, and make little thick tortillas, which you pinch into bowl shapes after they come off the griddle.
I used those recipes as guides, and filled them with sauteed onions and chorizo and they were pretty damn amazing.
Really you just have to have something involving masa.
I had a Derby Day / Cinco de Mayo theme so it was a bit of a mashup. The Mexican theme was hinted by the:
Trio of salsas (ancho, verde con aguacate and macha)
Scallop kilawin (very similar to ceviche) on squid ink pasta nests
Kani salad with mango
Chorizo scotch eggs
and watermelon-cucumber margaritas with chili salt rims.