Cinco De Mayo

5 May 2010 – Biko/Mexico City is 46 on World’s 50…

Cinco de Mayo=fifth of May is a holiday celebrated in the USA and primarily limited to the state of Puebla Mexico. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on 1862. Cinco de Mayo is not an obligatory federal holiday in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily. It is not Mexico’s Independence Day which actually is 16Sep, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.  While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed voluntarily in the USA and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Happy Cinco de Mayo to my Mexican friends in Mexico and around the world, especially to the Korkowski family!

For chocolate lovers- the word chocolate originates in Mexico’s Aztec cuisine, derived from the Nahuatl word xocolatl=bitter water. Chocolate was first drunk rather than eaten. It comes from the fermented, roasted, and ground beans of the cacao or cocoa  tree.

CNN: World’s 50 best restaurants. Danish cuisine reigns supreme, according to the some of the planet’s most prominent eaters.

S. Pellegrino’s annual ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ list was released on Monday at a celebrity-chef-studded event in London, England, marking the ninth edition of the much buzzed-about (and hotly debated) catalogue of the international culinary landscape.

No. 1 spot goes to Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark. The restaurant, helmed by chef René Redzepi, ranked No. 3 in 2009. The Guardian newspaper’s restaurant critic Jay Rayner — better known to U.S. food fans as a judge on ‘Top Chef Masters’ — agrees with the judges’ decision.

Writes Rayner on The Guardian’s food blog, ‘Is that the right result? Allowing for the fact that I think the rankings are far less interesting than the list itself, I would say, yes. Redzepi, the 32-year-old chef at Noma, pursues a regional, seasonal agenda that is right on the cutting edge: if it isn’t available in the Nordic region, he won’t cook with it. The result is a very idiosyncratic style of food that speaks to concerns about the way a global food culture turns our eating experiences a uniform beige.’ – Sarah LeTrent and Kat Kinsman

SIN’s placing out of the 50…

28) Iggy’s (Singapore)

39) Jaan Par Andre (Singapore)

46) Biko (Mexico City, Mexico)

The Norwegians told me that the Danes live to eat while the Norwegians eat to live… so true 🙂

If the first grape you eat is bitter then you will not bother eating grapes again. If the first grape you eat is a sweet one then you will be willing to eat a lot of bitter grapes in search of another sweet one –