Sunday, May 5, 2013
Cinco de Mayo
Oh shame on me. Not only am I so much later with this post than I'd planned that it's nearly Seis de Mayo, but like many Americans, BW and I were under the false impression that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican Independence Day. And we should know, having lived in Texas and (in my case) New Mexico, right? Then on Friday I was checking out Nava Atlas' collection of vegan recipes for Cinco de Mayo, and noticed this off-hand remark in her introduction...
"Cinco de Mayo has become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride (contrary to popular belief, it isn’t Mexico’s independence day)"
and I thought, oh Nava, don't be silly. But having been wrong before (on Aug 22, 1979, lol), I had BW, who also thought Nava was being silly, look it up while he was online, and turns out we were full of toro because Nava was spot on. So in case you too have been under the wrong impression about the reason for Cinco de Mayo - besides as an excuse to drink margaritas on May 5 - here's the interesting history lesson BW found:
Anyway, at least we learned something new, and we were still right about one thing: it IS a good excuse to drink margaritas. :-) And that, along with making a favorite recipe, Enchilada Casserole, had been our plan for today's festivities. But yesterday it rained all day and we spent much of it in the kitchen, making Asparagus Pesto Pasta Salad, BW's Bodacious Blackstrap Muffins (recipe coming soon!), and Lemony Baked Tofu with Rosemary, and doing the heaps of dishes that resulted. So when today dawned sunny and warm and absolutely beautiful, we did NOT feel like spending more time in the kitchen. Instead, after taking the dogs for a wonderful long walk, we decided to eat out for the first time since February and try a new Mexican restaurant in town, Las Delicias. Vegan friends had already eaten there a couple of times and gave it a good report, so off we went. Even at 2pm on a beautiful Sunday it was pretty crowded, and we could understand why since la comida was indeed delicias! :-) Glad I'd brought along my little Kodak just in case...
We chose Negra Modelos over margaritas since Mexican beers were $3 for Cinco de Mayo
BW's Spinach Enchiladas with green sauce
The sizzling portion of my Sizzling Veggie Fajitas
I brought at least half of my fajitas home to enjoy again tomorrow (and have met my oil quota for the year!), while BW ate all his food but is swearing he'll never have to eat anything more, ever again. :-)
And now we're heading back outside to continue digesting and enjoying the lovely weather! It's supposed to be beautiful all week, and we expect the nekkid trees to be attired in fashionable leaves by next weekend.
And speaking of beautiful, I found this photo a few weeks ago (photographer unknown, unfortunately), and today's a perfect day to share it!
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"