Now, the restaurant we went to is a great Tex-Mex place. Really good food. The food is generally really hot and spicy, and really flavorful. I've only been there a few times, but I usually leave feeling like I ate something extremely good, but also wondering whether or not my tongue would set off the smoke alarms when I walk in the house. I keep hearing about how good chili rellenos are, but I hadn't actually gotten up the nerve to try them since they are basically Anaheim Peppers stuffed with cheese. I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try.
Man... they were good. Really good. But when I got closer to the top of the peppers I realized that they hadn't removed the seeds, and the seeds contain the oil that gives the peppers their "heat". I decided I couldn't quite handle all that in one sitting without regretting it a few hours later, so, I finished everything else on my plate and asked for a "to go" box.
I chatted with everyone at the table for a few minutes and then we all prepared to leave. I picked up one of my chili rellenos by the pepper tail and lifted it over into the "to-go" box. A look of terror flashed across my mother-in-law's face.
"What is that? Is that a MOUSE?" She whispered loudly enough to turn heads at a neighboring table.
I about busted out laughing. In the dim light of the restaurant, from 8 or 9 feet away, the Anaheim pepper I was holding did look remarkably like a mouse. We all had a great laugh and went home.
Here's a picture of my leftover chili rellenos: