I’m Officially Old

Maria's Mexican and Latin CuisineI just turned 30 this week, which means I’m officially old. It also meant a time to celebrate my birthday.

Since we went to Long Island for another family party, I chose a place I’ve never been to: Maria’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine in Nesconset. There are so many Italian places on LI, but I wasn’t in the mood for it since Italian food can be heavy.

30th BirthdayI feel like I made a good choice, although I ironically got a heavy dish: Paella Valenciana (saffron rice w/ chicken, pork, Spanish sausage, mussels, shrimps & clams). However, it was enough for 2 meals. I rarely get paella, so I had to get it when I saw it on the menu.

Another interesting note about Maria’s was that they had 2 very different “appetizers” on the table: chips & salsa and dinner rolls. This is the 1st Mexican restaurant (and restaurant in general) that did that. The rolls weren’t very good though, so perhaps there’s a reason why restaurants¬†only put out 1 thing.

As you can see by the photo, I wore the birthday sombrero (worn by everyone else that night) & got a dessert. It was ice cream and fruit mixed together, but the fruit tasted canned.

I’d definitely come back, but just for lunch or dinner. Even if it’s not for my birthday.

Did you have a similar experience at Maria’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine? How about for your 30th birthday? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @ChrisKeuling!

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