Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy (belated) Cinco de Mayo!

In (belated) honor of Cinco de Mayo, I wanted to post some favorite Mexican recipes we frequently enjoy in our family.  Most have been generously passed along by family and friends, and some are healthier than others, but all are tried and true.  Since we have moved to Cleveland, (particularly after living in the south, where good Mexican restaurants are everywhere) we have yet to find a favorite (neighborhood) spot.  Momochos in Ohio City (Cleveland) is currently my go-to spot for "Mod Mex", but it is usually reserved for date nights. I love their innovative menu and diverse margarita and guacamole selections.
Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo
Battle of Puebla
Observed by
US Americans, mixed nationality;
citizens of Puebla, Puebla
DateMay 5, 1862
Celebration in the United States of Mexican-American culture and experiences. Only somewhat celebrated in Mexico.
Food, music, folkloric dancing
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).  The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate theMexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is actually celebrated on September 16."

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