Seis de Mayo

Seis de Mayo

Last night, the 5th of May, millions of people commemorated the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla (1862) with volleys of shots — of tequila — bravura barrages of beer, and murderous margaritas. Unsurprisingly, this morning finds heads held hostage and stomachs seared from nacho napalm. Today’s Spanish vocabulary lesson: crudo means ” hangover.”

If you celebrated Cinco de Mayo with cerveza, celebrate Seis de Mayo this morning with el desayuno de los campeones, the Breakfast of Champions. The traditional Mexican hangover cure is menudo tripe soup or stew.

Emergency hangover instructions issued by the Department of Homeland Security suggest a stockpile of canned menudoJuanita’s,  Pico Pica, La Preferida, La Costeña, — but if you prefer fresh relief, have an ambulance deliver a few pounds of white honeycomb beef tripe (culin or pancita), posole (white hominy), dried or fresh chili peppers (ancho, poblano), onion, garlic, maybe a nice calf’s foot (veal knuckle) … sure beats corn flakes.

Recipes from:

San Marcos Texas Menudo Cook-Off 

Drink of the Week 

Crockpot Offal Recipes Home Cooking



Top image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here and a related  one (Pablo’s Hangover, after Picasso) here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length. Yes, we know Picasso was Spanish and not Mexican, but we like the picture.

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One Response to “Seis de Mayo”

  1. Michele Cain Says:

    Thanks for the comment on my article. I love yours: “Department of Homeland Security” cracked me up. More power to you for being brave enough to go this route! :o)

    Michele writes about holidays for the Denver Examiner. – ml

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