Why not use Mexican Independence Day (September 16th) – as an excuse to enjoy a themed dinner?
Don’t worry about it being too spicy, there’s options for everyone and if you’re cooking it yourself, you can be as brave (or restrained) as you like with the spice! The main thing about Mexican food is the flavors – deep, bold and fresh is the order of the day!
Mexicans celebrate their country’s Independence Day with fireworks, parties (fiestas), food, dance and music on September 16. Flags, flowers and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white and green – are seen in public areas in cities and towns in Mexico. Whistles and horns are blown and confetti is thrown to celebrate this festive occasion. “Viva Mexico” or “Viva la independencia” are shouted amidst the crowds on this day.
Mexican food has come a long way and is proving to be even more popular than ever. With handy kits and oven-ready options on the supermarket shelves for nachos, burritos, fajitas and tacos, everyone can try their hand at a Mexican feast – adding ready-made refried beans, tortillas and dips makes it colourful and a real sharing opportunity (and home-made).
There’s the ubiquitous chilli of course too (many people claim their own personal recipe is the very best!). What we like about chili (and actually most Mexican meals) is that they can be just as delicious without any meat – at home I use Quorn mince in many of my chillis and it’s just as tasty (and lower in fat) than using beef mince.
If you don’t fancy cooking anything Mexican at home, you can always head out to one of the many restaurants which every town and city has? As well as chain offerings such as Chiquitos (which have an extensive menu) there are also more local, independent restaurants which offer amazing value and the freshest of fresh food – one of our favourites is Voodoo Café in Darlington – rated exceptionally highly on Trip Advisor, this small, no-frills restaurant is vibrant and low-key at lunchtime and buzzy and busy for dinners. There’s also dance lessons for the more adventurous! Visit Voodoo Café to find out more – it’s worth the trip!
And while you’re celebrating Mexican Independence Day don’t forget to raise a glass – we’ll leave it up to you to choose from beer and tequila!