Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Cinco de Mayo with Cafe Ole!

Hola todos, and a Happy 5th of May to you all!

Back home, and "a l'epoque," as the French would say, Cinco de Mayo meant we had an excuse to go to Don Pablos and drink gigantic bowls of Margaritas.

If you were to ask what the holiday was all about, some would say that it's the Mexican Independance day. But they would have been WRONG. Very wrong.

Other than correcting you on that fact, however, I couldn't really tell you what it was all about.

Until now. And it makes me giggle....muhahahahahahahahaha!!!

Meghan and I, both avid feters of this holiday, decided that we needed to celebrate. We contemplated going to the Tex Mex place right by our house, but sadly there did not appear to be any events going on.

So what to do, what to do?

Fortunately Meg had recently told a story about a restaurant in Wisconsin that served "Cafe Ole." She never figured out if it was actually a Mexican style coffee or just a stupid person writing the menu, but nonetheless it provided the inspiration for our makeshift celebration.

So tonight we celebrated with crepes (these are all occasion) and Cafe Ole at our old standby, Crepe Mili. The people there know us pretty well by now, and tonight we got a free aperitif.

On our way back home, we decided we were a bit bummed about there not having been some sort of Cinco de Mayo celebration en ville.

Wired on Cafe Ole, Court decided she was tired of being ignorant and finally looked up the true significance of this holiday...and Voila! The reason the French are not celebrating this holiday is because Cinco de Mayo celebrates the defeat of the French!

Ha ha!

So if you are as ignorant as me and want to better yourself, here is a brief explanation. You can read the whole thing here.

The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be! And Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, but it should be. Mexico declared its independence from mother Spain on the 16th of September, 1810. And it took 11 years before the first Spanish soldiers were told and forced to leave Mexico.

So, why Cinco de Mayo?? And why should Americans savor this day as well?? Because 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862.

I guess this explains why there were no celebrations in Strasbourg tonight. As Meg pointed out, it would be a bit like the Brits celebrating the 4th of July.

So, my fellow Americans, go on out there, drink your bowls of Margaritas and celebrate the downfall of the French!


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