May
05
2012
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Weekend Playlist: The Fifth of May
Written by: WhyDid | Weekend Playlist

cinco de mayoHappy Cinco de Mayo… Now before you strap on that sombrero, do you have any idea what Cinco de Mayo is all about?  No?  Hell, I don’t even know why we celebrate it.  I do know that I could live off of salsa and margaritas alone… but let’s pretend for a moment that there’s more to Cinco de Mayo than an excuse to drink Corona before noon:

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States 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 the Mexican 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.

Well then, seems that there is, in fact, quite a bit to celebrate… to which you will most definitely need something to shake your maracas to.

And if you find that the salt on the rim of your glass is not enough sustenance to get you through the fifth of May, you should go ahead and try whipping up these easy (and delicious) enchiladas.

besos,

WhyDid

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May
04
2011
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Why Did You Wear That: Cinco de Style
Written by: WhyDid | Why Did You Wear That?

Cinco de Mayo is another one of those holidays that Americans celebrate with no idea why.  They simply celebrate because it is yet another reason to drink heavily and eat delicious Mexican food.  I see nothing wrong with either of these two things, but I do think that we should probably figure out what it is that we’re actually celebrating.  Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say;

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a holiday held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state 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 the Mexican army’s unlikely victory overFrench forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.

Alright, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get this party started.  For a holiday such a Cinco de Mayo, you have to go all in.  From the food to the drinks to the dress, it’s easy to get into the spirit.  Below are some awesome ways to bring a little bit of south of the border style to your celebration:

uno. Jen’s Pirate Booty Senorita Dress, $148, dos. Wendy Nichol Handknit Shawl, $350, tres. Nightcap Clothing Crochet Beach Pant, $190, quatro. Arden B. Crochet Trim Tube Romper, $49, cinco. All-American Swing Skirt, $14.80, seis. Love Sam Guaze Smock Top with Lace, $174, siete. Top Shop Red Flower Crochet Insert Dress, $70, ocho. Free People Mexican Embroidered Shift Dress, $168

Once you’ve got your outfit picked out, don’t forget to make up a big pitcher of sangria (my famous recipe here) and cook up some crowd pleasing enchiladas (recipe and last year’s fiesta video here).

 

xx,

WhyDid

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May
05
2010
1


WhyDid Does Cinco De Mayo

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Well, happy Cinco De Mayo, little lovebugs. Who doesn’t love a “holiday” that includes tacos, tequila, and perhaps some maracas? We had a little fiesta pre-Cinco, but we were just practicing. We gathered together a fun bunch of friends, wrangled our own personal chef, and stocked up on props. You can put together your own pinata filled party by following a couple of fun recipes and tips.

Jessi’s Amazing Enchiladas:

Ground Turkey

White Onion

Taco Seasoning

Soft Tortillas

Red or Green Enchilada Sauce

Shredded Mexican Cheese

Dice onion and toss  into a frying pan with the ground turkey and taco seasoning. Cook until browned. Place a small amount of Mexican shredded cheese in the center of each tortilla, add a scoop of meat and onions and roll it up. Put either red or green enchilada sauce on top of rolled tortilla and toss on the cheese. Bake in oven for 15 – 20 minutes at 350 degrees. **Note: be sure to grease the pan!! (You’ll see why in the video).

Classic Margarita:

1 1/2 ounces of tequila (blanco

1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 ounce Cointreau (not triple sec)

Cayenne salt for rimming glass (optional)

Moisten rim of glass with water and rim with salt. Fill glass with ice. Add tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice with ice in a shaker and mix. Pour into glass. Enjoy.

We attempted a normal “how to” video, but margaritas, maracas, and sombreros tend to make that a bit difficult. Below is a sort of tutorial/trainwreck Mexican montage.

xx,

WhyDid

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