May 3, 2021 • 6M

Cinco de Mayo Survival Guide

Essential 411 for the Curious, the Hungry, the Thirsty & the Adventurous

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ATLsherpa is an educational podcast & newsletter for people who would like to know Atlanta on a deeper, more meaningful level. My mission is to help you connect with ATL’s past, present, and future. I hope you enjoy this special edition of my podcast & newsletter. — Steve Saenz, your ATLsherpa


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“Cinco de Mayo” by “WAR” from their Outlaw album (1982)…

Bienvenidos amigos!

This special edition of ATLsherpa was created for the Curious, the Hungry, the Thirsty and the Adventurous. You know who you are! This “survival guide” features a six-pack of bucket lists that will fulfill your quest for knowledge, satisfy your craving for excellent food, quench your thirst for mouth-watering beverages and inspire you to pamper yourself with unique experiences. I hope you enjoy it! — ATLsherpa

5 insights that will make you sound smarter on the Cinco de Mayo (even more than the tequila)…

  • Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day. Actually, the holiday had its origin more than 50 years after the date the country’s independence.

  • Cinco de Mayo, which is not widely celebrated in Mexico, commemorates an underdog victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. 

  • $600 million worth of beer is sold on Cinco de Mayo, more than on Super Bowl Sunday and St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Americans consume 127 million liters of tequila and mezcal on Cinco de Mayo.

  • Americans consume 87 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo.

Avocados: 87M lbs. + Beer: $600M + Tequila & Mezcal: 127M liters — click to enlarge

5 dining experiences that will make you want to take your sombrero off…

(*) Alma Cocina’s Downtown location is closed for remodeling

Superica (upper left) + Casi Cielo (center) + Bone Garden Cantina (upper right) + Agave (lower left) + Alma Cocina (lower right) — click to enlarge

5 dining adventures that will have you singing in Spanish by the end of the night…

(*) Mezcalito’s has another location in Oakhurst

Mezcalito’s (upper left) + Nuevo Laredo (top center) + El Rey del Taco (upper right) + La Parrilla (lower right) + Mezcalitio’s (lower left) + No Mas Cantina (center) — click to enlarge

5 sources of inspiration for those who prefer to create their own experiences…

Clockwise from upper left: Tabletop piñatas by Inspired by Charm + Best Tequila Brands by Luxe + Chicken kabobs by Inspired by Charm + Jalapeno margarita by a couple of cooks + Spiced shell tacos by Food Network + Elote (Mexican Street Corn) by Delish — click to enlarge

5 ways to spoil yourself on the Cinco de Mayo (you deserve it)…

(*) In case you haven’t heard, we are now living in the YOLO (You Only Live Once) economy

Is it time for a YOLO vacay? On the left: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende | On the right: Las Ventanas al Paraíso — Forbes Travel Guide (click to enlarge)

5 quick reads that will make you sound brilliant on the Cinco de Mayo…

Avocados, cilantro and chili peppers are a few key ingredients for traditional Cinco de Mayo dishes. Each of these sees significant retail and sale activity during the holiday week and each has its own unique story. — click to enlarge


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