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Cinco De Mayo 


Happy Cinco De Mayo ! 


Although most of my Mexican friends say that Cinco De Mayo is really a day to celebrate created by the rest of North America and not really the same celebration in Mexico (though it is a day off from work!) it is a good reason to enjoy good food, good chocolate (thank you to the Mayan Culture for Chocolate!) and great coffee with friends!

Enjoy the fantastic celebrations & libations of the day but be safe safe and take care of your friends! 

Look for the special treats offered around Vancouver and share with us the great treats that you find! Pictures would be great and I will share them with a follow up post! 

Here are a few pictures of great things to search out:


And don’t for get the chocolate terrine or cafe! 

Have a great day! happy Cinco De Mayo! 

Places to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Las Vegas – brought to us from About.com


Places to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Las Vegas

Thanks to About.com for sharing.
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Tequila, tacos, guacamole, margaritas, and the “Most Interesting Man in the World” contest. Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas is set to be a day long fiesta with drink specials, food deals and plenty of Mariachi music!

1. Eric Estrada Hosts 12 Hours of Cinco De Mayo at Tacos and Tequila Las Vegas

You’ll get Mariachi, food, drinks and even a search for “Miss Hot Tamale” but what you’ll be most excited about is a party hosted by Eric Estrada. Everyone favorite motorcycle cop will do his thing at Tacos and Tequila at the Luxor Las Vegas.
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2. Cinco De Mayo Fiesta At Hussong’s Cantina Las Vegas

Are you interesting? Are you the most interesting man in the world? I tell people I am all the time so I might need to win me a “World’s Most Interesting Man” contest in Las Vegas. You could win a $250 bar tab on Cinco De Mayo. Drink specials include $10 48oz Dos Equis Pitchers and Jose Cuervo shots for $10.
3. Efren Ramirez of Napoleon Dynamite MC at Dos Caminos Las Vegas

Cinco de Mayo at Dos Caminos Las Vegas will start at noon on May 5th with mariachis kicking off the party and soon the festivities will evolve to magicians and luchadores entertaining deep into the evening.
4. Pablo McFadden’s Cinco de Mayo celebration and “Sexy Señorita Showdown”

Pablo McFadden’s will kick-off its Cinco de Mayo fiesta at 4 p.m. with enough tequila, cerveza and guacamole to stuff a piñata. Pablo’s powerful Ambhar Tequila margaritas will be available for $5 throughout the night, along with $3 Tecates and $10 yard glasses of frozen Malibu beverages to keep the crowd saying “Ole!” until the final lime is squeezed. “Sexy Senorita Showdown” for a $500 cash prize.
5. Rock ‘N’ Roll Cinco De Mayo at Cabo Wabo Cantina

Cabo Wabo Tequila drink specials and food specials right on the Las Vegas strip. One person will walk away with a Sammy Hagar autographed guitar. Live music on the stage and plenty of fun out on the patio as Cinco de Mayo is celebrated only feet from the Las Vegas strip.

You Gotta Try This…. Vegas for Cinco de Mayo? Of course!

10 food swaps for a healthier Cinco de Mayo – brought us from Fox News and Health.com


Happy Saturday happy foodie friends… And Happy Cinco-De-Mayo

10 food swaps for a healthier Cinco de Mayo

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/05/04/10-food-swaps-for-healthier-cinco-de-mayo/#ixzz2SMWMHKWQ

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If you’re trying to eat healthy or watching your weight, you don’t have to ditch your Cinco de Mayo festivities. There are plenty of healthy food swaps you can make to stick to your diet without sacrificing your favorite Mexican fare.
These 10 simple swaps incorporate fresh vegetables, lean protein, and fiber-rich beans, lowering the fat and sodium content of your favorite Mexican meals.
Shredded cabbage
Use it instead of: Shredded iceberg lettuce
Why it’s healthier: Cabbage is a more nutritious taco topping than lettuce. A low-calorie vegetable (just 22 calories per cup), cabbage is filled with antioxidants and is an excellent source of vitamin C, providing roughly one-third of your recommended daily intake in just one cup. A cup of iceberg lettuce, by contrast, provides only about 3 percent of your daily dose.
As an added bonus, cabbage packs a crunchy bite and comes in a variety of colors, ranging from bright purple to green, that look great on your plate.
Health.com: 8 Recipes for a Healthy Taco Night
Fish
Use it instead of: Ground beef
Why it’s healthier: Fish is a leaner protein option that’s full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and is lower in calories than ground beef. Swapping beef for fish also cuts down on dietary cholesterol.
Using lean fish—such as tilapia or mahi-mahi—in taco recipes keeps the calorie count low, without skimping on flavor or forgoing a “meaty” texture.
Low-fat Monterey Jack
Use it instead of: Regular Monterey Jack cheese
Why it’s healthier: Shredded cheese—and especially Monterey Jack—is a must-have when it comes to Tex-Mex fare. Luckily, cheese is actually quite nutritious, fueling your body with protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc, and phosphorus. But you need to choose reduced-fat varieties to avoid unwanted calories and saturated fat.
Tillamook’s Reduced Fat Monterey Jack, for example, contains 30 fewer calories, 3 fewer grams of fat, and 10 fewer milligrams of cholesterol per serving than the brand’s regular Monterey Jack.
Health.com: 25 Low-Fat Mexican Food Recipes
Raw jalapeno peppers
Use them instead of: Pickled jalapenos
Why they’re healthier: Mass-produced pickled vegetables are soaked in preservatives (such as sodium benzoate) and often contain added sugars and sodium. Raw jalapenos, on the other hand, are sodium-free and have just 4 calories per pepper—not to mention a fresher, spicier flavor.
Plus, research has shown that raw peppers have a higher concentration of antioxidants, including capsaicin, a compound that gives peppers their heat and makes your body temperature rise, helping you burn fat and calories faster.
Homemade guacamole
Use it instead of: Store-bought guacamole
Why it’s healthier: Yes, making guacamole in your own kitchen takes time, but store-bought varieties are often loaded with preservatives and firming agents, like sodium benzoate and calcium chloride.
Some mass-produced guacamoles also are surprisingly high in sodium. For example, Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole contains no fewer than 280 milligrams (or 12 percent of your daily limit) per two-tablespoon serving.
Health.com: 25 Surprisingly Salty Processed Foods
Whole-wheat tortillas
Use them instead of: White-flour tortillas
Why they’re healthier: Whether stuffed as a burrito, folded as a taco, or rolled as an enchilada, tortillas are key ingredients in most Mexican dishes. They can also be a good source of fiber if you choose the right kinds. Opt for whole-wheat tortillas to add filling fiber and protein.
Using Mission brand 96 percent Fat Free Whole Wheat Tortillas instead of the enriched-flour version of the same tortillas provides 2 more grams of fiber, 1 more gram of protein, and 2 fewer grams of carbs per tortilla, for instance.
Lime juice
Use it instead of: Margarita mix
Why it’s healthier: Sipping a margarita is pretty much a must on Cinco de Mayo. Whether you choose a frozen, on-the-rocks, or flavored variety, be aware of the calories that go into the drink mix. Some margarita mixes are packed with sugar. Jose Cuervo’s Original Margarita Mix, for instance, contains an estimated 110 calories and 24 grams of sugar per 4-ounce serving.
Using freshly squeezed lime juice will lighten up your tangy cocktail. Four ounces of lime juice contain roughly 30 calories and 2 grams of sugar.
Health.com: 9 Margaritas for Less Than 300 Calories
Whole beans
Use them instead of: Refried beans
Why they’re healthier: Beans are loaded with filling fiber, but they can add sodium and fat when refried and packaged in can. Choose whole bean, non-refried, or low-fat canned varieties when you are looking for convenience, or buy dry beans if you have time to make them from scratch.
A can of S&W brand whole black beans has nearly 140 fewer milligrams of sodium, 3 more grams of fiber, and 1.5 fewer grams of fat than Rosarita traditional refried beans, for instance.
Homemade pico de gallo
Use it instead of: Store-bought salsa
Why it’s healthier: Mass-produced salsas typically contain processed ingredients (such as tomato paste and dehydrated onions), but the real health downer is the sodium. Just two tablespoons of Tostitos Chunky Salsa, for instance, contains 250 milligrams of sodium, about 10% of your daily limit. And who stops at just two tablespoons?
Pico de gallo (also known as salsa fresca), an easy-to-make mixture of minced vegetables and chiles, offers a similar kick of flavor and spice, but with roughly one-fifth the sodium.
Light beer
Drink it instead of: Regular beer
Why it’s healthier: Throwing back a cold Mexican beer with your plate of tacos is a fun tradition and delicious combination. It’s also one that can add calories and carbs to your meal.
Enjoy a Corona Light with a lime wedge for 49 fewer calories and 8 fewer grams of carbs than a regular Corona. If you’re not a big drinker, opt for Coronitas, a 7-ounce bottle that has only 58 calories and 3 grams of carbs.
This article originally appeared on Health.com.

Thanks to Fox News and Health.com for the enlightening options for our health that still allow us to have fun!
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Javier’s Cantina and Grill


    Javier’s Cantina & Grill

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Good day happy fellow foodies…
This week I was introduced to Javier’s Cantina in Irvine (Orange California), just one of a handful of locations across the US.

The atmosphere definitely had a buzz about it as it was very busy. The ambiance was comfortable and seemed to be a cross of traditional and contemporary spanish with a lot of unique touches.
The patio was a great spot to sit with rustic wooden tables and both comfortable booth type seats as well as leather tub style chairs.

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The food…. Javier’s presented great flavors and seemed willing to please by accommodating different requests or alterations.

The menu is vast and full of great options for traditional or a tex-mex play on traditional or different dishes.
Every plate was hot keeping the food at a perfect temperature to enjoy.

The #2 combo was a perfect dish for the hungry diner full of flavor and different tastes to please the palate.

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On one side of the plate a delectable Chile Relleno with warm cheese stuffed inside, in the middle a nice Mexican rice and fresh hot refried beans with cheese. Also served was a chicken enchilada and a beef taco.

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Next, a slow roasted Carnitas was served…. Fall off the bone pork with flavor wow… Served with a salsa verde, guacamole and fresh tortillas for a perfect bite!

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Or the Crab and shrimp Chimichanga, a crowd favorite at Javier’s…

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All of their food, sauces, tortillas, etc…. seemed fresh made in house and only from best quality ingredients available.

If you like margaritas, try the Cadillac…. Generally a blend of lime juice, top quality tequila and Grand Marnier….
Yum….

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Javier’s is a busy spot no matter what location you go to so reservations whether for lunch or dinner are recommended.

The prices are a little higher than you might expect but the flavors and atmosphere may make it all worth while for you… That of course is your call not mine….

I am told that if you happen to go to the Newport beach location that you are likely to see notable celebs or TV personalities.

You Gotta Try This!

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Cinco de Mayo Mexican brownies


Aaron Sanchez’s Mexican Brownies
Recipe courtesy Aaron Sanchez for Food Network Magazine
Aron Sanchez Mexican brownies

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Aaron Sanchez’s Mexican Brownies
Recipe courtesy Aaron Sanchez for Food Network Magazine

Prep Time:20 minInactive Prep Time: — Cook Time:25 min
Level:
Easy
Serves:
18 brownies

Ingredients
2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground Mexican cinnamon (canela)
1/4 teaspoon pequen chili powder or cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. Press the paper into the corners of the pan and lightly grease the paper with butter.

Melt the 2 sticks of butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium-low heat; do not boil. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla to the saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.

Add the cocoa, flour, cinnamon, chili powder, salt and baking powder and mix until smooth. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out fudgy, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack, then use the parchment paper to lift out the brownies before slicing.

Photograph by Kate Sears

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Cinco de Mayo


Hi all check out this great link to some recipes from Epicurious.com
This is just the start of a posts to come in the next few days as we head towards a great day to celebrate with family, friends and FOOD!
Check back often to get great recipes and ideas for your Cinco de Mayo celebration!

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/holidays/cincodemayo/cincodemayo

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