May 052012

My name is Meredith, and I’m addicted to Mexican Food.  And while I don’t really need an excuse to indulge in my favorite cuisine, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect day to celebrate all things Mexican.

For those unfamiliar with the holiday, it is observed every May 5th in the United States to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.

Here are a few ideas for your own Cinco de Mayo celebration.

-Whip up a bowl of fresh guacamole, using my tried and true recipe.

-Indulge in a round (or two) of margaritas.  Try this recipe from Alton Brown of Food Network, for a traditional margarita.  Or, mix it up a little and try this ginger margarita from Guy Fieri of Food Network.

-Book a trip to Tulum, a laid-back jungle oasis just 90 minutes south of Cancun.

Tulum Beach

The “resorts” in Tulum are mainly beachfront cabanas (some quite rustic).  High maintenance types beware, many cabanas have little or no electricity.  We’ve stayed at Nueva Vida de Ramiro, and, while the older section is VERY rustic, it was a welcome respite.  The white sand and turquoise water create a stunning visual.

Next to Nueva Vida de Ramiro is La Zebra, another popular cabana resort.  La Zebra has a fantastic beachfront restaurant, with bartenders who happily hand-craft margaritas with freshly squeezed juices (try the ginger margarita, it may change your life).  For those looking for a little salsa (the dance, not the dip), La Zebra is famous for its Sunday night Salsa lessons and live music.

So, what are you doing to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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