Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5 in the US and parts of Mexico. It is not Mexico’s Independence Day rather a commemorative victory for Mexican militia over the French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 (according to Wikipedia.) Celebrated with fiestas in parts of Mexico, you can see the famous Mariachi bands, parades and folk dancing. Here in the US it’s a celebration, with an emphasis on Mexican beverages, music, and food.
Margaritas and beer seem to be the drinks of choice. Some of the foods associated with Cinco de Mayo are salsa, chips, tamales, empanadas, plantains, flan, and guacamole.
Guacamole originated with the Aztecs in Mexico during the 16th Century and is still enjoyed today. Guacamole pushed avocado sales to 30 million pounds on 2 days a year, Superbowl Sunday and Cinco de Mayo. Wow, we eat a lot of guacamole!
The best guacamole I have ever tasted was at El Vez Restaurant in Philadelphia; the atmosphere is cool and fun. A woman on a huge tricycle rides around the restaurant with guacamole ingredients, mortar and pestle and makes it fresh tableside. Try the guacamole with crab meat, sundried tomatoes, and goat cheese.
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