Food.Fun.Stuff: Cinco de Mayo!

[ 0 ] May 5, 2009 |

Cinco de Mayo. Ironically, Cinco de Mayo is not “an obligatory federal holiday” in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily. It is celebrated regionally, primarily in the state of Puebla. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In America, it seems to have taken on a meaning of its own…a day for non stop Margaritas! For those of you interested in the Margarita part of the festivities there will be plenty of places for you to go starting with:

1. Cafe Citron @ 1343 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. (202) 530-8844. Live salsa music from 6-9 pm, half priced appetizers 4-8 pm, $4 beers/$5 shots/$6 margaritas…sounds like our type of party;-)

2. Chi-Cha Lounge @1624 U st., NW Washington, D.C. (202) 234-8400. 6-9 pm drink specials.

3. Coyote Grill and Cantina @ 10266 Main Street, Fairfax, V.A. (703) 591-0006. Live music starts @ 5 pm, drink specials and $5 Appetizers.
4. Have the kids with you?? Austin Grill (@ 919 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD) will be hosting a Mexican beer garden but there will be face painting, guacamole and mariachi for the kids. Cost?? FREE (*to get in that is…;-) (240) 247-8969

Bring out your sombreros and shake your tail feather with a little salsa, Enjoy!

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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