Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Cinco de Mayo

Many believe this day is in celebration of Mexican independence, but they are mistaken. On this day in 1862, the Mexican armies beat off the invading French at The Battle of Puebla. The marauding French apparently also had designs on the Southern United States and were planning to work their way North, taking advantage of the turmoil the Americans were in (they were in the midst of a wee skirmish at the time).

Mondo Cocktail is full of interesting facts like these and connect more thoroughly how this event connects with the invention of the Margarita. So call your local publisher and demand that somebody publish my book if you want to read more.

So tonight for dinner we shall start with my own personal brand of Margarita and later indulge in fresh made salsa, guacamole, camarones in garlic, cilantro and shallots, and beef and chicken flautas. We shall hopefully have time to get flan for dessert, which will be followed by a flight of our new tequilas recently bought on our trip to Chicago.

We picked up a platinum El Tesoro, which is a very distinctive tequila that smells almost like cheese. Sounds disgusting but the flavour mellows as you get used to it. Also, Del Dueno, our most expensive foray this time, a very smooth reposado and another I'd never heard of called Hacienda del Chihuahua. Will report it's merits or lack thereof at another point.

We didn't need to pick up a bottle of our staple, Cazadores, as a bottle is arriving straight from Mexico on Friday, so we were free to buy some of the harder to find brands this trip.

We drink our tequila followed by sangrita, but much like the proper method of making a margarita, I cannot reveal the secrets on how to make these beverages for fear of scooping my own book.

Blogging will obviously be light tomorrow, but stay tuned for the definitive answer to the question of which is the better city, Toronto or Chicago. In the meantime, there was a nice little book review in The Star on Sunday which people might enjoy.