Tag Archives: Cinco de Mayo

Wednesday:) Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

6 May

“Cinco de Mayo is here! Let’s give ’em something to taco bout!”

Which Disney princess only comes out on Cinco de Mayo?
Taco Belle!



I remember on St. Patrick’s Day, I shared some Irish jokes that a few people thought were a bit much, mostly about drinking. Well, I think Cinco de Mayo has the same reputation with drinking and Mexican jokes, but that’s OK. I’m Mexican-American and I love margaritas and a good joke.

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May, for the Spanish impaired) is not Mexican Independence Day. It’s actually the day the Mexican Army won a shocking victory against invading French forces in 1862. Not only does the holiday commemorate a great military victory, but also celebrates Mexican unity in the face of overwhelming odds.

At least, that was the original idea. Today, Cinco de Mayo is much more popular in the United States than in Mexico. And while it’s nominally about honoring Mexican-American culture, let’s be honest – it’s Taco and Margarita Day as far as most people are concerned. (allwording.com)

I can’t remember the last time I made a margarita. Wait, yes I can… last year on Cinco de Mayo. I’m wearing the hand-stitched huipil that belonged to my mother. Gracias, mamasita.

Also, in honor of my heritage which is woven with wonderful traditions of celebrations, food, family, and sharing, I stopped over at my local Fire Station 9 to share some snacks for the occasion. You may recall, I was told last month that I couldn’t bring any more homemade goodies for a while, but prepackaged items were OK.

I put together a bag of different tortilla chips, beans, cheese, jalepeños, and of course, my favorite BERNARD’S Gourmet Foods Salsa. Also, a case of bottled water to wash it down with.

My little drop by visits are always appreciated, and I appreciate all our fire fighters do for us. Gracias!

Now, it’s getting late and my margarita is melting. I need a refill and some chips and … BERNARD’S Salsa.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Toni’s Taco Tuesday and Sequestered Cinco de Mayo~ Salud.

6 May

Cinco de Mayo is here! Let’s give ’em something to taco bout!

How much Mexican food do I plan to eat this Cinco de Mayo, you ask? That’s nacho business!

Cinco de Mayo is boring… said no Juan ever.


This is the first time in ages that I didn’t have friends over for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, or go out to lunch or dinner. It’s not fun celebrating all by yourself, but I managed.

I love to cook, but I haven’t been to the store in weeks. So, I took my life into my own hands by searching the overstuffed freezer for some possible ingredients for dinner. Only two things fell on my foot during my search. No injuries.

I found some frozen cooked chicken breasts, chopped green pepper, and some frozen avocado. Oh yes, the ever important container of Minutemade Limeade for margaritas. I already had plenty of tortillas in the fridge. Every good Mexican has plenty of tortillas at all times.

After my evening walk, I started preparing my shredded chicken tacos with black beans.

While the tacos were frying, I mushed the now defrosted avocado with some Bernard’s Salsa, poured out some tortilla chips, and blended the margaritas. I know…I know… that’s enough food for an army. I’ll be having taco Wednesday, and Thursday, and Friday. As long as the margaritas hold out, I’m OK with that.

Salud Amigos. Feliz Cinco de Mayo.

Yes, I do have my very own super cool sombrero.

Saturday:) Cinco de Mayo

6 May

“Is it really necessary to adopt another country’s holiday just to have an excuse to drink tequila? You don’t need one the other 364 days of the year.”


Last year, I was drinking margaritas alone in my kitchen.

This year, I invited a few friends over for margaritas, sangria and snacks.

Friends don’t let Mexican friends drink alone on Cinco de Mayo.

Who could be knocking at my door?

As is my tradition, I made enough food and had enough drinks for the entire Mexican army. So, after our little gathering, my friend, Linda Grossman, world’s greatest realtor, and I took two big bags of chips, salsa, queso, roasted corn salsa, cookies, and brownies over to our new Fire Station 9. (No margaritas) I did make enough food for an army. With no army around, the fire station was the next best place to share our Cinco de Mayo feast.

There are still many people, even here in Texas that don’t know the history of Cinco de Mayo. No, it’s not Mexican Independence Day. But, it has become a good excuse to drink margaritas and eat Mexican food. Nothin’ wrong with that…

Cinco de Mayo, (Spanish: “Fifth of May”), also called Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States in honour of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III.


Women performing a traditional Mexican dance at a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Los Angeles, 2002.

Kevork Djansezian/AP


When in 1861 Mexico declared a temporary moratorium on the repayment of foreign debts, English, Spanish, and French troops invaded the country. By April 1862 the English and Spanish had withdrawn, but the French, with the support of wealthy landowners, remained in an attempt to establish a monarchy under Maximilian of Austria and to curb U.S. power in North America. On May 5, 1862, a poorly equipped mestizo and Zapotec force under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated French troops at the Battle of Puebla, southeast of Mexico City; about 1,000 French troops were killed. Although the fighting continued and the French were not driven out for another five years, the victory at Puebla became a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination. The city, which was later renamed Puebla de Zaragoza, is the site of a museum devoted to the battle, and the battlefield itself is maintained as a park.

Theme Song Thursday:) Cinco de Mayo

6 May

“I’m not above using obscure Mexican battles to justify my drinking.”



Most people, well, at least a lot of people, still think Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day. Probably because we celebrate the 4th of July here in the States, Los Estados Unidos, so we relate the 5th with independence celebrations. WRONG!

Never the less, we are more than happy to celebrate, drink margaritas, and eat Mexican food. I know I did. My neighbor, Diane, came over for chips, salsa, cheese dip, and…the mandatory margaritas.


Cinco de Mayo and Montage Monday

6 May

“Every year thousands of Americans mistakenly refer to cinco de mayo as Mexico’s Independence Day.” –Joe Baca
A lot of people think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day…no…no. Literally “the Fifth of May,” Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. In 1861, France sent a massive army to invade Mexico, as they wanted to collect on some war debts. The French army was much larger, better trained and equipped than the Mexicans struggling to defend the road to Mexico City. It rolled through Mexico until it reached Puebla, where the Mexicans made a valiant stand, and, against all logic, won a huge victory. It was short-lived, as the French army regrouped and continued; eventually taking Mexico City, but the euphoria of an unlikely victory against overwhelming odds is remembered every May fifth.
The McKinney Square celebrated their first Cinco de Mayo celebration yesterday, sponsored by the restaurant, Bien Salsa. Magnificent Mariachi’s performed, as did the Mexico Lindo Ballet Folklorico. A good time was had by all.

Mexico Lindo Ballet Follorico dances.

The Mariachi band was magnificent, also.


HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO MIS AMIGOS! Victory against overwhelming odds. I like that.

Here’s my montage for Monday. A week in a peek.