Showing posts with label Mexico. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mexico. Show all posts

Nachos Day- November 6

Nachos Day is one of the food days in the United States and is celebrated every year on November 6.

The nachos is a food whose source is from Mexico and it started to be popular in Texas and from there in many countries around the world.

The nachos was invented in 1943 in northern Mexico, in a place called Piedras Negres, in the state of Coahuila. One evening, several U.S. soldiers wives who were at an outpost in the area, located just off the border with Texas, arrived at a hotel restaurant.


The restaurant was already closed and the food was almost over. The restaurant's head waiter, whose name was Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya, had to improvise to give them something to eat.

From the only ingredients he had: a few tortillas, some grated cheese and peppers, he made snacks with melted cheese and chopped peppers. The women very much liked the snack and when they asked the waiter what they were called, he replied: "Nacho's specials."

The snack soon became a hit in Texas and other Southwest states.

Ignacio Nacio Anaya moved to work at the El Moderno restaurant in Pieders Negres, which turned his nachos into its special dish. To this day the restaurant adheres to its Nachos and serves them.

Ignacio later opened his own restaurant and called it "Nacho's Restaurant", also in Pieders Negres, Mexico. Ignacio Nacio Anaya died in 1975. The original recipe of Nachos was printed in St. Ann's Cookbook in 1954.

Later, they began marketing the nachos in new versions, serving it with sauces such as spicy salsa, minced meat or guacamole, and it became a commercial snack.

Margarita Day- February 22

Today is Margarita Day, an alcoholic beverage that is basically a family of tequila-based cocktails, shaken in a shaker or mixed in a blender with ice.
The classic Margarita cocktail, officially recognized by the International Bartenders Association, consists of 35 ml of tequila, 15 ml of lime juice and 20 ml of Cointrea liqueur.
Margarita has a special cup named after her, in which the cocktail is served with her lip coated in a salt crown.

The margarita is said to have come from the name Margaret, and one of the hypotheses is that it was invented especially for the Sigfield dancer Marjorie King ("Margaret"), who used to cross the border from California to Mexico during the dry season in the USA in the 1930s, to drink it. Carlos " Danny Herrera is the one who created the recipe for the margarita Brancho La Gloria in Tijuana.
Another claim is that it was invented in Galveston, Texas by Santos Cruz for his favorite patron, singer Patti Lee.
There are two types of margarita:
Frozen margarita served as hail and consisting of natural fruit centers, tequila and orange liqueur, and smoked margarita that also includes 15 ml of scales and a crown of salt made from smoked salt.

A glass of margarita (Link)

February 22 is also Be Humble Day

Bittersweet Chocolate Day- January 10

Bittersweet chocolate is chocolate that is produced without or nearly without milk. 

It contains a greater percentage of cocoa solids than does milk chocolate, as well as less sugar. Cane sugar lends bittersweet chocolate its reduced sweetness while its bitterness is due to the richness of alkaloids contained in cocoa beans. The term "chocolate" is derived from the Aztec word “xocolātl” which means "bitter water". 

Originating in Mesoamerica, cocoa was first brought to Europe in the sixteenth century by travelers who had discovered it when they saw how Aztecs in Central Mexico preparing a hot beverage from cocoa beans. Only around the year 1830, about two centuries after its introduction, did the Europeans find a way to solidify the liquid, sweeten it and thus produce the chocolate that we so love. Research has found that, due to antioxidant flavonoids contained in cocoa, a moderate daily diet of bittersweet chocolate is beneficial to health, prevents blood vessel and cardiac disorders as well as high blood pressure, diabetes and other ailments. Note that bittersweet chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids is best for your health (the other ingredients that comprise bittersweet chocolate are not so healthful). 


Day of the Dead - November 1

Despite the scary and perhaps also depressing name, Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos, Día de los Difuntos or, Día de Muertos) is a day of happy and cheerful celebration celebrated with costumes, carnivals and dances.
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday dedicated to the memory of the fathers who passed away. It is celebrated on the first and second days of November, the day Christians celebrate Halloween (which comes after Halloween) and the day before all the souls of the Catholic Church.

The holiday is celebrated with a cheerful and happy carnival in Mexico and other places where there are large Mexican communities.

During the day it is customary to go to cemeteries and churches and bring the dead gifts such as bottles of tequila, candles and flowers. People come to the carnival in skeleton and mask costumes or make-up of creative skulls, walking around with dolls of the dead and dancing.
In the photo: a grave with gifts and candles
Other countries that celebrate the Day of the Dead are the Philippines, Brazil and other countries in Latin America.
The origin of the holiday is the cultures of the original natives of the American continent (mistakenly referred to as "Indians") - the Aztec culture, the Mayan culture, the Porfercha, the Nahuel and the Totonak.
Painting: Large electric skull, by Mexican painter Jose Guadeloupe Posada

In Aztec culture the Day of the Dead is celebrated in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, starting in early August, for an entire month. The holiday is considered the feast of the goddess Miktakakiwadel, "Goddess of the Dead," during which ceremonies were held for the souls of the dead relatives.
When Mexico was conquered by the Spaniards in the 15th century, Christian missionaries worked to eradicate the pagan holiday, and did so by postponing the holiday and uniting it with the Catholic holiday, All Saints' Day, which was held on the first day of November.

Mexican Independence Day- Cry of Dolores- September 16th

Mexico is a North American country whose official name is the United Mexican States.

Mexico's Independence Day is celebrated on September 16, the date on which, in 1810, it gained independence from Spain. Mexico's Independence Day is also called "Grito de Dolores", in memory of the historic event that took place in Mexico in the early hours of September 16, 1810. The Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo Y. Costilla rang his church bell and gave the call to arms that had begun the Mexican War of Independence. It happened in the state of Guanajuato in the small town of Dolores.

Every year on the eve of Independence Day, the President of Mexico repeats the call to arms from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City, ringing the bell rang by the priest Hidalgo in 1810.

In honor of Mexico's Independence Day, get some interesting facts about it:

Mexico ranks 11th in the world in terms of population size, estimated at 121 million people.

In Mexico there are 68 official languages, including Native American "Indian" languages. The most spoken language in Mexico is Spanish.

In Mexico, if you are an artist, you can pay your taxes in works of art.

The largest pyramid in the world is not in Egypt, but in Mexico, and it is called the Great Pyramid of Cholula and is located in Pueblo Mexico.

The Aztecs, who ruled Mexico about 500 years ago, used cocoa seeds as a currency.

The Aztecs would also sacrifice one percent of their population to the gods each year, totaling 250,000 people.

The first great culture in Mexico was the Olmec, which began in 1500 BC and ceased to exist in 400 AD.

Popcorn is a food invented in Mexico about 6,000 years ago.

San Francisco was part of Mexico until the United States War of Mexico in 1848.

In 1917, Germany invited Mexico to join the World War and attack the United States to regain the territory of Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.

Mexico is the most fat country in the world.

Since 2000 illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States has increased by 80%.

Mexico City has the largest taxi fleet in the world where there are 100,000 taxis operating every day.

The origin of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is a misunderstanding. The Spanish who came to the place asked the local people how they were called, and they answered "Yokatan", which means "I do not understand you" in their language.

Mexico's 34th President, Pedro Lascuráin, has been in office for less than an hour.

There is only one arms store in Mexico. Ninety percent of the country's weapons are smuggled from the United States.

Each year, residents of the city of Naco, Arizona, join the residents of the city of Naco, Mexico, to play volleyball beyond the border fence separating the US and Mexico.

Source: Flickr

The only country that protested against the German annexation of Austria in 1938, just before World War II, was Mexico.

When Hernan Cortez conquered the territory of Mexico he called it "New Spain".

In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia, and Israel, money notes have Braille markings for the blind.

Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836 and became a republic until it joined the United States in 1845.

75% of the sesame grown in Mexico ends up in McDonald's burger rolls.

In Mexico there is a town called La Esperanza where mass boxing fights are held to ask the gods that the season be rainy.

In 1985, after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico City, they survived a hospital that collapsed almost all babies for seven days without food, water, heat or human contact.

The Golden State Fence, which was hired to build part of the border wall between the US and Mexico, was fined $ 5 million for employing illegal foreign workers.

Sweetened drinks kill more people in Mexico than violent crimes.

In 1943, a crack broke out in a cornfield of a farmer in Mexico, who grew up in a volcano at the height of a five-story building within one week and reached 1,100 meters a year later.

Since 1981, Mexico has not extradited its citizens to countries where the death penalty is imposed, and has managed to protect 400 of its citizens accused of capital offenses in the United States.

Mexico City is the city with the most dense traffic in the world.

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