Archive for May, 2014
As the summer travel season approaches, many Texas visitors and even Texas residents may make their way to San Antonio and visit the Alamo, the site of a 13-day siege on the Alamo Mission (the Battle of the Alamo) in April and March 1836 by Mexican President General Antonio López de Santa Anna and his troops. All Texas defenders of the Alamo were killed.
Santa Anna’s troops were especially cruel during battle, subsequently inspiring many Texas settlers as well as Americans from elsewhere in the U.S. to join the Texas Army. Keen on avenging the deaths of those who died at the Alamo, the Texans went on to defeat the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto just a few weeks after the battle of the Alamo, on April 21, 1836, thus ending the Texas Revolution, which established the Republic of Texas, which eventually was annexed to the U.S. (as the 28th state) after the U.S. won the Mexican-American (1846-1848).
As “bathing suit season” approaches (the summer months, when most of us will be heading to the pool or Gulf Coast at least once during the season), many people will be thinking about losing a few pounds here and there.
A taco filled with fresh ingredients and lean meat or fish can be a very healthy and figure-friendly meal.
Mexican food actually can be very healthy. Skip the cheese drenching, opt for leaner cuts of beef, add lots of steamed vegetables instead of refried rice or refried beans (use black beans) and you have a very healthy – and waist-friendly – meal, particularly if you opt out of hard taco shells and/or chips. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve ever enjoyed flan or another traditional Mexican dessert, you undoubtedly noticed that it’s not as super-sweet as more American-style desserts.
What’s more, most traditional Mexican desserts, like flan, are a pudding, custard or a dish of sweet, cooked fruit.
Flan, a very popular Mexican dessert.
Dessert in Mexico was traditionally served as the last course of the main meal of the day (the comida). If you were to live in Mexico, you also might enjoy a mid-day snack/dessert (the merienda), which could include sweet rolls, cakes, cookies, hot chocolate and atole (a corn porridge) eaten with fruit, eggs, milk, and sugar. Read the rest of this entry »
Texas has historically close ties to Mexico so it’s natural that Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the Lonestar State celebrates this popular holiday commemorating Mexico’s military victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1861-1867.
It’s a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, but it’s become a whopping excuse for celebration in the U.S., particularly in those states along U.S.-Mexico border: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California.
San Antonio almost always puts on a great Cinco de Mayo celebration, with a terrific offering of food, music, concerts and commemorations of the battle. Most take place at Market Square. Read the rest of this entry »