Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! a common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day (that's September 16th.) The holiday actually commemorates the Mexican army's defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It's just a nice opportunity to celebrate the culture and people of Mexico which I gladly do.

Mexico gave me the gift of weight loss surgery and post-op plastic surgery and for that I am forever thankful. To those who say "You went where for surgery?! Are you crazy?" Damn right I did and I'd do it again in a nano-second. To the beautiful Mexican people that helped to give me my life back: Dr. Aguirre and his staff especially Rosella, Bambi (RIP), Alejandra and Sonia, Dr. Quiroz and his staff especially Jenny and Giselle, and Alonzo and the rest of the Lucerna staff... a heartfelt thank you and ¡Viva México!

So last week I got a notice on the door that Southern California Edison would be doing work in my area and I would have no electricity from 8 AM to 4 PM on Tuesday. I didn't think much about it then it hit me... uggh that's Cinco de Mayo. I have a gas stove but errr no pilot light. That meant no cooking indoors till after 4.

I've said it before and I'll say it again... I could NEVER be Amish. No hair dryer, no tunes, no computer, no COFFEE MAKER?! WTH?!

Plan B. I was able to make a festive lunch without the use of anything electric. Where there's a will there's a way.

Shelly's Tropical Shrimp Cocktail

1 pound Large Cooked Shrimp (21/25 count), peeled, deveined, tails off
1 Avocado, diced
1/2 cup Papaya Mango Salsa (I used Trader Joe's fresh)
1/2 cup Mild Fresh Salsa (Tomato Salsa)
dash of Kosher Salt

Toss all ingredients together and spoon into margarita glasses.

Mmmm and some BBQ'd Elote Corn...

How to make it: Grill Corn on the BBQ till golden. Wrap in foil with a pat of butter inside. Put back on the BBQ closed lid for 5 minutes. Open foil packet, careful not to get a steam burn. Sprinkle with Cotija Cheese. Light squeeze of lime if desired.

Our Festive Table...

More Eggface Mexican Favorites:

Shelly's Mexican Beef & Bean Bake
Shelly's Mexican Chicken and Bean Bake
Shelly's Crock Pot Carnitas
Shelly's Tortilla-less Enchilada Casserole
Shelly's Chili Relleno Casserole with Chicken
Shelly's Chili Cheese Soup
Shelly's Crock Pot Carne Asada & Soup

Tomorrow I'll share what we are having for dessert. By the way my cactus has a name Espinoso Mocos (Spiny Booger) and he'll getcha if you aren't careful.


Erica Hanks said...

It looks FAB!! Your table is so cute! I wish I had something festive to put on my table tonight for our Mexican Food dinner!

Shelley said...

Table looks great!

chelsea's mom said...

Oh how I wish I had seen these recipes before yesterday. We had a Cinco de Mayo potluck here at work yesterday and I made a disaster of a cheese dip (couldn't find the asadero cheese and used provolone and it all clumped up!). Inedible! But your food looks so nummy...might have to celebrate Ocho de Mayo!!! Thanks!

rammer03 said...

Shelley, was plastic surgery cheaper in Mexico? I live in Minnesota so I am not sure how I could do this but I REALLY want to have plastic surgery done. Why did you go there?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you guys. Hope you had a nice day too.


I had RNY in Mexico (awesome experience, literally best hospital experience I ever had) so when it came time for post-op plastics it was a pretty easy sell to go back. I asked for a referral from my Dr. and went with his recommendation.

Oh yeah California PS prices were beyond me (Cali is one of the most $$ places for PS. It depends where you live cause the costs your surgeon must pay for rent, salaries, supplies, insurance and overhead factor in the price) I got about $70,000 worth of work done for $12,000.


HOA Mgr Lady said...

Wow that looks delicious. Hey we have a friend in common Kacey H. I am 12 weeks post op and of course she is 2 years plus. Love her!

rammer03 said...

I hope you do not mind my asking but what did you have done? I am looking at doing breasts, tummy and thigh's. Depending on the cost maybe arms. How long ago did you do it? How long did you have to stay in Mexico? Did you do it all in one shot or did you have it done at seperate times? If you want, please email me directly to discuss I have alot of questions. Thanks.

kathylovesred said...

OMG Michelle! You always warn pre-and post-ops about coming to look at food porn during restricted periods. Did I listen? NoooOOOooo! Instead I looked at your yummy fresh shrimp cocktail and *sigh* barbecued corn on the cob. I guess I know what I'll be dreaming about tonite...........

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Aww Kathy :)


Hey Kelly,

Nope don't mind at all. I had a lower body lift (includes stomach, pubic area, butt, outer thighs), breast augmentation & lift, and arm lift. I did those all in one shot but that is pretty hard on your body and they won't always do that. I went back for a second surgery on my breasts 6 months later I had pretty damaged breast tissues was told it would take 2 surgeries at the first consult.

I'm fairly local so I went to Mexico for 5 days and returned home then went back for stitches out, check ups all that. If you come from far away they do things differently.

I need inner thighs still. One day.

Happy to answer any Q's you can also go back in the archives I had the first plastic surgery in October 2007 so start say in September and you see consult stuff and then recovery.