How You Should Actually Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Philly

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Like many holidays born outside of our country, Cinco de Mayo’s “thing” got lost in translation once it crossed the border. Somehow, what started as a celebration to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over the French invasion into the city of Puebla, turned into something of a St. Patrick’s Day — an Americanized excuse to load up on tequila shots, chug margaritas and wear sombreros. On numerous occasions, it’s been confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, which actually falls in September.

In Philly, we know better. Right?

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with These Food and Drink Specials

cinco-de-mayoAs if there aren’t enough things going on this week for the Craft Brewers Conference, we can’t forget about Cinco de Mayo—so we pulled together a list of places to celebrate, plus the food and drink specials they’re offering.

  • El Rey Cinco de Mayo Block PartyFrom 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be plenty of tacos, quesadillas, corn on the cob, churros, and of course—beers, margaritas, and Mexican sodas. The event is family-friendly from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. with activities, music, and a special kid’s menu.
  • Morgan’s Pier: $7 Margaritas, $6 21st Amendment El Scully, $5.50 Coronas, $4.50 Tecates
  • Distrito Philadelphia$2 Tecates, $2 pollo and carnitas tacos,$3 salsa roja, $5 guac, $5 Feliz margaritas, $5 Mexican city wides. There will also be a DJ from 5-9  p.m. and raffle prizes from Corona and El Jimador.

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Vegan Commissary Expands Hours

Vegan Commissary Kale Salad

Vegan Commissary Kale Salad

Due to popular demand, Vegan Commissary is expanding its hours. The restaurant used to only be open on weekends from 10am-4pm, but starting on May 1 it will be open from 12pm-8pm on Mondays and Fridays for lunch and dinner, and 10am-8pm on Saturdays and Sundays (for brunch and dinner).

In other exciting news, Vegan Commissary has released its spring 2015 lunch/ dinner menu. Appetizers include mac and peas bites, kale salad, and pea soup. Entrees include lentil meatloaf, spaghetti with bolognese sauce, commissary burger and a seitan cheesesteak.

And if you really can’t get enough of Vegan Commissary, they’re hosting a Cinco de Mayo dinner there, with dishes like sopa de cactus and spring greens enchiladas. It’s a little sacrilegious to eat a meat and cheese free meal on Cinco de Mayo, but if you must, it sounds pretty good. You can check out the whole menu here.

Vegan Commissary [official].

Cinco de Mayo Roundup: Where to Eat and Drink as the 5th of May Approaches

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With Cinco de Mayo just a week away, we over at Foobooz Headquarters decided we could no longer put off going through the folder we had marked, “Cinco de Mayo: Deal With Later,” in our emails. So here it is you tequila and guacamole guzzling heathens: your guide to Philly’s Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo Street Festival at El Rey: The Stephen Starr restaurant is hosting its first ever, all-day (5/5, 2pm-10pm) street festival, featuring Mexican street food (think tacos, quesadillas, nachos, corn, margaritas and agua fresca), live mariachi music, piñatas and giveaways. The festival will be on the 2000 block of Ranstead Street.

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13 Ways to Spruce Up Your Guacamole

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I am the person everyone hates. You know, that person who has already shoveled two-thirds of the guacamole “for the table” onto their plate before anyone else at the table has even noticed its arrival. It’s not my fault though: I can’t help myself. I am a guacamole addict, plain and simple, and my addiction knows no limits. For example, on National Margarita Day, I forced my boyfriend to go on a Mexican-restaurant tour of Philadelphia and, over the course of the day, we ordered three guacamole appetizers. And I ate Every. Last. Bite. I consumed at least nine avocados that day.

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Cinco de Mayo Happenings

cinco-de-mayoHappy Cinco de Mayo. The day where it seems every bar makes some tenuous connection with being Mexican. Even if they’re normally Japanese or Irish. But we’re focusing on the bars and restaurants that are Mexican all year round, not just on the 5th of May.

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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day Today

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Too many people think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day but it is actually today, September 16th. And thankfully several Mexican bars and restaurants in Philadelphia are looking to educate the masses through margarita deals and food specials.

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Vietnames Le Viet Celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Vietnamese Tacos

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The cultural flair of Vietnam and Mexico collide at South Philadelphia’s Le Viet.

Le Viet, known for its traditional Vietnamese food, is offering a Cinco de Mayo special Friday, May 3rd, featuring $3 Coronas, $5 margaritas and two Vietnamese tacos for just $7. The event runs 5 to 7 p.m.

Le Viet [Official Site]

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