Last night, I received an email that triggered a ridiculous set of emotional responses. The email had a picture of me and my deceased friend, Erica, who lost her battle with lymphoma last December. She was 30 years old. The email had a note that it was a great picture of the two of us. Fast forward two and a half hours, countless tears, and numerous fond memories, and I was a total train wreck. I mean – off my rocker!
I had spent the aforementioned two and a half hours scouring Facebook photos, not only of my friend, but also of my cousin – whom we lost to cancer as well (and who was an amazing chef and bartender – he’d probably have loved this blog). I was sobbing uncontrollably for the better part of the night.
I couldn’t think, let alone speak, a coherent sentence, though I tried while I was on Voxer with my friend Eric (who, incidentally, is celebrating his birthday tomorrow – happy birthday, Eric!). He was finally making his way home from a long day trip in a car that was slowly breaking down, and I was bugging him to make sure he made it home alive. Anyhow, he thought I was drunk, and listening back to our Voxer conversation, I don’t blame him! Not only did I have post-cry foggy head, a total inability to speak, but also had four different communications devices around me – all beeping, dinging, and buzzing. Total Continuous Partial Attention – insane CPA, folks.
Basically, I sounded (and felt) like I was out of my mind. The only clear thought I had last night was that the last meal I had with my friend, and her husband, was Mexican at Jalapenos in downtown Orange, CA. And, then, I thought…I want my next post to be about Mexican food.
So, readers in the Detroit area, in particular…I’ve been to a place or two in Mexicantown and I’ve been to Taqueria Mi Peublo. What are your favorite Mexican restaurants? Which should I try? Should I do lunch or dinner? This is going to be a special meal, in memory of my friend, and I want to make sure it’s a good one. Please leave a comment if you have recommendations!
And, if you wish to donate to the LL&S page honoring Erica, here’s a link. She’s the 2012 Light the Night Memorial Honoree!
PS. Eric, for the record, I still don’t buy the NoHo nickname! 😉