Cinco-Cinquième of May

May 5 Cinco de Mayo

May 5 Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo, and numerous Cinco de Mayo festivals and celebrations are underway here in America.

In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a day for celebration of the culture and heritage of Mexico, including its traditional foods and drinks, such as tacos and Tequila.

Do you know the broader history of Cinco de Mayo?

According to, the fifth of May “commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).”

Yes, it seems that Napoleon III and the French aimed to take over the Mexican territory back in 1861 but were ultimately unsuccessful in reaching that goal.

What if the French had taken over Mexico?  Can you imagine what would have emerged from those two combined cultures?  Just think of the food choices, for example!

In the spirit of reconciliation and in celebration of both Mexican and French cultures, I’m sharing two, fun Mexican-French breakfast recipes:

Mexican French Toast* Rolls
Mexican French Toast*

The first recipe above contains one ingredient, Nutella, that is famously popular with kids and adults around the world, however, you can thank the Italians, not the Mexican or French, for that sweet component.

I’ll conclude today’s fifth of May post with these words:  Viva Mexico!  Vive la France!  And, viva Italy!

*Note:  According to Wikipedia, the recipe for “French Toast” has Latin and German origins.

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