Cinco de Mayo Isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day

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Not only is Cinco de Mayo not Mexican Independece Day, but it isn’t even celebrated in most of Mexico.

This NPR piece explains it well: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/05/02/308624630/cinco-de-mayo-whose-holiday-is-it-anyway?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140502

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On a less serious note, here’s a list of Cinco de Mayo Do’s and Don’ts from Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/20-dos-and-donts-of-cinco-de-mayo

Azuñia Platinum Blanco Tequila – Casablanca Restaurant – Venice, CA

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At my friend Robert’s suggestion, I went for the first time to Casablanca, a long-time tradition on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice.

Shortly after arriving, we were offered “the best margarita you’ve ever had.” I begged off, but Robert took up the challenge, and reviewed the range of super-premium tequilas that were on offer. He went with the Azuñia Platinum Blanco.

Azuñia tequilas are made from 100% Weber Blue Agave that comes from the Zuñiga family farms in the Tequila growing region of Jalisco, Mexico. The plants are cooked for 36 hours in clay ovens before being pressed, fermented and twice distilled. Here’s a great website that describes the process, with photos and all. http://www.azuniatequila.com/process/

And yes, it was the best margarita Robert has ever had.

Here’s Casablanca’s website: http://casablancarestaurant.net/