Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy Cinco de Mayo

One of the greatest aspects of food is its ability to express the traditions and heritage from which it comes. Food helps define distinct cultures, it educates us about diverse cultures and perhaps most importantly food helps us in establishing our own unique cultural identity. The culinary traditions of our cultural heritage strengthen us, give us a sense of pride and in times of crisis and celebration become our comfort foods. Today we celebrate the rich traditions and history of Mexico. For many in the U.S. this means gathering with friends and family to consume the great foods and beverages from Mexico. As Foodies, I hope we all seek out deeper understanding of the culinary history of Mexico and seek out truly authentic Mexican cuisine and celebrate all those of Mexican heritage who work so hard to bring this great food to us everyday.

In 2007 my wife, kids and I celebrated Cinco de Mayo in Old Town, San Diego - a truly great day. Today, on the other side of the country, the Cinco de Mayo adventure is yet unplanned. All I know is that it will be great. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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