What is Cinco de Mayo anyway? And why don't they make it a national holiday so we can get the day off? Or at least a regional holiday. Heck, half of California is from Mexico.
According to Wikipedia, the holiday celebrates Mexico's defeat of the French army in the battle of Puebla. Why were they at battle you ask? Well, the Mexican government had ceased making interest payments on their debt, so the French invaded Mexico to try to force payment of the debt. Am I missing something? Are we celebrating the fact that Mexico bullied France out of their country so they wouldn't have to pay them back? I think we are. 'Cuz it doesn't say anything about Mexico ever paying them back. Nice.
So do smashing pinata's at a party represent beating the tar out of the French? hmmmm.....
This history lesson is spoiling the mood. No wonder they invented tequila. Something had to numb the guilt. So let's get to it. Grab the tequila, the triple sec, some lime, ice and mix yourself a margarita.
Good tequila to try:
* Cabo Wabo (Sammy Hagar's brand)
* El Tesoro
Speaking of Sammy Hagar, we saw him recently somewhere. Where was it? He was in line behind us and you couldn't help but notice his hair. Oh yeah, in line at airport security. Don and I were whispering and doing the whole pointing with your eyes kind of thing. Elli caught on that something was up and had a little fit 'cuz we wouldn't tell her the secret. sigh...............
Anyhow, back to Fiesta Time.
Grab some chips, salsa, guacamole and have a fun little fiesta at home and make some fajita's or super deluxe nachos. Believe it or not, the best nachos we ever had were at the patio restaurant at the Biltmore in Scottsdale. I just checked their menu and they don't serve the nacho's anymore. Bummer. They were good. If we still lived in Dallas we would definitely go to Chuy's for our menu favorites: the 9-1-1 Hotplate and Chicken Relleno's. But we're not.
So we'll probably make margarita's and have chicken fajita's at home. Better drink just one margarita, though. It's a school night.
1 1/2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with lime, dip in salt. Fill with ice. Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into glass and serve.