Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cinco De Mayo

The most famous Mexican holiday in America, Cinco de Mayo is observed by many Americans regardless of their ethnic origin.

Basically, the holiday is to celebrate the Mexican army’s victory over the French. In The U.S., Cinco de Mayo has taken on a signifigance beyond that in Mexico.

Ask anyone who celebrates St. Patrick's Day or Octoberfest and they will tell you that Cinco de Mayo is just another great excuse to party and drink Margaritas. Economic interests in the United States have taken advantage of the celebration, advertising Mexican products highlighting beverages and food. This is a highly profitable day for the likes of Tequila Sauza, Patron,Dos XX Beer, and many other Mexican importers.

In honor a Cinco de Mayo this week, I checked out a little Mexican restaurant that has put Chicago on the map for great Mexican street food. Mercadito has been open for about a year.

In addition, my neighbor threw her annual Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday afternoon starting with the Kentucky Derby at 3:00 PM.
I somewhat remember why I love her parties. My margarita recipes is used every year and this year, I tried some of Mercadito’s because I found agave nectar at Trader Joe’s yesterday.

No matter what your reason is to celebrate the day, have fun and don’t forget to shout Arriba, abajo, al centro y adentro!" at midnight…if you make it up that late.

The morning after, well I’ll see you for Carnitas and a double dose of Michelada at Mercadito.

Salud and Bon Appetit!