Written By Guest Writer Destinations / Places May 4, 2011 Why Mexicans Don’t Celebrate Cinco de Mayo SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestIt’s noon and the full length of Puerto Vallarta’s beautiful beach is packed with people. But since I set out early, I’m already settled into a prime spot, half shaded under an umbrella with a book, sun lotion, bottled water and towel– and I’m wondering if it’s too early for some guacamole and chips.I recently spent a week in Mexico with the family and one of my favourite things to do was enjoying a big plate of fresh guacamole, salsa and tortilla chips in the afternoon. That and sipping on piña coladas. While the guacamole was different each day, it was always fresh and delicious. Some days the guacamole was chunky and simple with the perfect amount of lime, garlic and salt, while on other days the avocado was more blended and tomatoes, jalapenos, onions and cilantro were added. Of course, the piña coladas were heavenly, made with fresh coconut cream, pineapple juice, rum and just enough crunched ice keep to keep it chilled. Now I’m back, and just in time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo here at home. Aside from being fabulously relaxing, the visit renewed my appreciation for the food – fresh, bright, flavourful dishes and perfectly ripe melons and fruit – and also gave some insight into the history behind May 5th. Somewhat surprisingly, Cinco de Mayo is not a public holiday in Mexico and is not as enthusiastically celebrated as it is around the world.In the United States and here in Canada, we welcome the day as an occasion to celebrate and enjoy Mexican food and culture. But in Mexico, the day commemorates a battle that took place in Peubla in 1862, where troops triumphed over the French army who out numbered them two to one. It’s a dark part of their history, full of oppression, and one that a local friend told me they would rather let pass. Nonetheless, celebrations continue around the globe. It’s thought of as a reason to gather friends or family together to share some great Mexican food, cold cervezas and just maybe a shot of tequila.Around VictoriaHere in Victoria, we are fortunate to have a number of exceptional Mexican eateries and grocers. La Taquisa serves authentic Mexican food from a cozy taco stand in Cook Street Village while Puetro Vallarta Amigos Mexican food cart can be found at the bottom of Yates during the day. Other local favourites include Carlos Cantina & Grill in Sidney and Cafe Mexico. Mexican House of Spice at 2220 Douglas sells specialty spices, sauces and homemade tortillas.by Melody Weymexican foodMexicoPlaces SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Destinations / Travel March 3, 2020 Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort Continued from March | April EAT magazine’s Best of Asia in Mexico. by Shelora Sheldan The morning after the Taste of Asia event, after ... Read More Chefs / Destinations / Epicure at Large / Food People / Travel August 1, 2019 Letters From Lyon August 2019 Cher Eat, I have been wondering a lot lately about how Lyon gained such a recognisable status in gastronomy. Sure, yes there are plenty of ... Read More Chefs / Culture / Destinations / Elsewhere / Travel May 7, 2019 An Introduction to Letters from Lyon to EAT I have spent my career thus far with a few goals in mind: climb the brigade of each kitchen I set foot in, put in my time and become “chef”. ... Read More Destinations November 2, 2017 November Tofino News An old Tofino classic is going to be new again. The Maquinna Pub, part of the Maquinna Hotel building at Main and First Sts., is set to reopen soon ... Read More Destinations / First Look June 26, 2017 Newly relaunched Cure Lounge in Whistler is just in time for summer fun Nita Lake Lodge proudly relaunched its Cure lounge just in time for some fun in the sun during Canada’s 150th summer. Built in 2008, Nita Lake ... Read More Destinations March 16, 2017 Tofino – Ucluelet March Food Buzz Welcome to spring from the west coast. This time of year means the return of migrating whales past our shores, and the event that welcomes them – ... Read More Comments are closed.