Cinco de Mayo is a historical reason to celebrate and get outside to enjoy spring weather. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo actually is NOT a celebration of Mexican Independence. In 1810, Mexico actually declared independence from Spain on midnight, the 15th of September. (Interesting Fact: It took 11 years before the original Spanish soldiers were actually forced to leave Mexico).

On the 5th of May in 1862, about 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French, and traitor Mexican army twice their size at about 8,000 soldiers at Puebla, Mexico (near Mexico City) to defeat Napolean III and his troops. Napolean didn’t care for Americans, and this defeat kept Napolean from supplying to the confederate rebels. Just over a year after the battle at Puebla, in 1863 the United States had put together a strong enough army to win the battle at Gettysburg and change the tide of the Civil War.

If Wednesday night rolls around and you feel like staying in, do not feel like you can’t join in on the fun. Head to the grocery store and get some avocados, garlic, cilantro, limes, tomatoes, and onions and make some guacamole! I start by mincing my garlic and cilantro and chopping onion and tomatoes. In a bowl, mash the avocados with a fork and add a little lime juice to soften. Add the garlic, onion, and tomatoes and stir. Add salt to taste. Adjust lime juice and garlic and onion for the amount of flavor that you want. Its easy and delicious with tortilla chips, or on a topping to other mexican dishes.

If you are bar hopping or need a ride home after an evening with drinks, Luxor Cab in San Francisco is offering free cab rides and in the East Bay (Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley) Veterans Cab is hosting free rides. You must say that “Berg Injury Lawyers” is picking up the tab. It is part of the “Safe and Sober Free Cab Ride Home” program for 2010. Check the website for cab numbers and details, along with other free/nearly free Cindo de Mayo events in the Bay Area.

On Saturday, May 8th the Mission Neighborhood Center is hosting a picnic in Delores Park, 10am-6pm. Bring a blanket and picnic food and enjoy the culture of Mexico with Berta Olivia, featured signer and cultural ambassador.

Avocados can get a bad rep because they are high in fat content. However, do not be fooled! The avocado, related to berries, might be a perfect fruit. Some of the benefits include:

~ almost 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients

~ mono & polyunsaturated fat (good fat), which help curb cravings for unhealthy fats

~ help enable the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients from foods they are eaten with

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