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Cinco de Mayo


May 5, 2014

I’m beyond honored and delighted to have been able to cook for the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House with Chef José Andrés and his incredible team from Oyamel. I had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama, take an official photo, and chat with him. I was almost speechless! (You know that’s very uncommon for me.)

Watch the President’s remarks right here…

You may also see it on the White House Blog, click here.
To read the President’s full remarks, click here.


May 5, 2014

I was excited to visit CNN Español on Cinco de Mayo. I spoke to Juan Carlos López about the significance of the holiday on both sides of the border, and how it is celebrated in Mexico versus the U.S., on Directo USA. Watch the clip here…

You may also view it on the CNN website, click here.


April 30, 2010
chilorio

Memories from growing up in Mexico City revolve around one celebration or another and mostly center on the foods that just had to be there.  If there was no holiday, anniversary, birthday or special occasion for a formal celebration, then we celebrated the food itself.  Just say the magic words and a get together would spring right up.

Nana made tamales? Fiesta!

Mami made mole? Well, what are you waiting for?

Papi brought real quesadillas potosinas? It is Sunday brunch everyone…

However, as much as I can remember, we didn’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo. As kids we reviewed it in passing at school, unless you lived in the state of Puebla.  The place, where on a Cinco de Mayo in 1862, a small Mexican militia won an unexpected victory against the large French army.  It was a short-lived victory, as the French won right back.

But fast-forward almost a couple centuries later: the French and Spaniards are gone, Mexicans proudly celebrate Independence Day every September 16th, and for a reason no Mexican can explain, Cinco de Mayo has become the most celebrated, joyous and colorful holiday for Mexicans living abroad.  It even surpasses the noise we make for Independence Day.

Continue reading Chilorio for Cinco de Mayo!


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