Cinco de Mayo Fiesta + Some GREAT News

We know that Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it. If you don’t know me by now, I use any reason to host a fiesta and this day is no exception. With warmer weather and flowers in bloom I am itching for an outdoor event to kick off the summer.

The best part is that Cinco de Mayo is EXTRA special this year! Do you want to know why? Our Muy Bueno cookbook is finally available for pre-order!!! Ajúa! You can expect to see physical copies of it around September or October, but you can pre-order it on Amazon now. If the Amazon price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.

WOW! We can’t even begin to tell you how exciting this is for us. We are so happy to finally have all of our favorite family recipes in print and to share a sneak peak of our book cover with you. We promise to share more details in a future post about the cookbook’s progress but in the meantime let’s get this fiesta started!

Here is a yummy photo shoot to serve as inspiration. Now you too can prepare some Mexican street food for your fiesta by creating casual self serve stations in your own home.

The recipes for these dishes will be posted soon (I promise). If you want to host a fiesta we have plenty of other recipes here for you to serve, and always remember to check out our “Buen Provecho” recipes on the right, which are some of our most popular recipes. Also don’t forget the simple staples that you MUST have at your fiesta: guacamole, cerveza, and margaritas. Check out some of our favorite margaritas on Pinterest.

When decorating your space try to use elements around your home by taking indoor furniture and accessories outdoors.

In this case I used a desk that I bought at a garage sale for $5. My goal is to paint or stain it for my daughter’s room, but until then I figured the antique look of it is the perfect surface for some grub. Use props that you have at home or can buy for cheap at antique shops and garage sales. Doilies, mason jars, old suitcases, vintage table linens, rustic wood, and chalkboards are some of my favorite elements.

Like I mentioned earlier, there is so much to celebrate! It’s also Jeanine’s birthday — she was destined to be our photographer.Feliz cumpleaños Jeanine!

This is the menu I plan to make for my Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Hope your day is delicious and memorable!

Tacos al Pastor with Grilled Pineapple Salsa and Tomatillo and Chipotle Salsa

Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca and Cucumber Martinis

Paletas de Aguacate y Coco (Avocado and Coconut Popsicles) and Jicama and cucumber wedges

Bowls of limes, onions, cilantro and buckets of cerveza

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!

Written by Yvette / Photos by Jeanine

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18 Responses to “Cinco de Mayo Fiesta + Some GREAT News”

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    Itzel Yagual — May 3, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    Wow everything looks wonderful!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — May 4th, 2012 @ 8:39 am

      Gracias Itzel! Wish you lived close to party with us!

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    Justice Jonesie — May 3, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    Congrats to you, so happy! It’s going to be amazing. And this fiesta looks excellent!! Will have to try the avocado and coconut Popsicles — yum!!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — May 4th, 2012 @ 8:39 am

      Thank you Justice Jonesie! We will post the avocado paletas recipe soon. They were a serious hit for my son and Jeanine’s two boys.

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    Flavors of the Sun — May 4, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    You must be so pleased about the book–congratulations! All of this food looks so wonderful and so comforting.

    • Muy Bueno replied: — May 4th, 2012 @ 8:38 am

      Thank you so much Flavors of the Sun! Yes, we are pretty darn excited! We look forward to celebrating tomorrow!!!

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    Dax Phillips — May 4, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    Congratulations on your book! All the best with your continued success.

    • Muy Bueno replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 10:42 am

      Thank a TON Dax! Truly appreciate your kind words ;)

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    Steve Smith — May 4, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    Congrats! I am so proud of the 3 of you! This is truy Muy Bueno!
    Love you all!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 10:41 am

      Thank ya brotha! We couldn’t have done it without your lovely wife ;)

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    Joyce — May 4, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    Great post! The avocado & coconut popsicles look really good! And, oohh! I LOVE the tortilla warmer! Do you mind sharing where you got it? Thanks!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 10:40 am

      Hola Joyce! Thank you! We will post paletas de aguacate recipe next month. I bought that tortilla warmer at a mercado in Juarez, Mexico. Its an oldie but a goodie. I looked around and found this one online: http://www.mexgrocer.com/50409-87321.html

      Looks almost identical!!! And for under $10 ;)

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    M. Alicia — May 8, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    The Cinco de Mayo spread looks amazing…I can’t wait to try the paletas, my mother, I know would LOVE them! :)

    Congratulations on the book and I will definately pre order!

    Best wishes to you and may you all continue on this successful path!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — May 8th, 2012 @ 9:38 am

      Thank you so much!!! I had fun setting it all up, and of course eating!!! We will share the paletas receta in June, so please stay tuned for that.

      Thank you for pre-ordering. The price is quite the bargain on Amazon ;)

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    Adri @FoodieBeFit — May 8, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    Muchas felicidades! You ladies super deserve this! Can’t wait to get my copy!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 10:54 am

      Thank you so much Adri! We truly appreciate your excitement. Its been a labor of love ;)

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    Lori — May 27, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    Only thing that would make me love this site even more, is having a recipe for Homemade Flour tortillas! my abuela used to make them for me every morning with papas con huevos and I still can’t find a way to make them like she did. Of course she never used measuring spoons or anything – just did it all by hand measurements LOL.

    I like having the recipes online instead of in a book. I have three kids and they get into everything! Lord knows I have gone through so many disappearing cookbooks! Just wanted to see if you’d be able to do a members access online to view
    and save all your amazing recipes. Maybe even look into getting a iPhone app that you can buy and have all your recipes marked and saved. Just a thought!

    Anyway, thank you SO much for sharing ally he recipes and stories! I have been reading your blog all morning!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — May 29th, 2012 @ 10:29 am

      Hi Lori! Your abuela sounds just like our grandma ;) She NEVER measured out anything either and that is why it has taken us so long to write out all of our recipes. We have to remember to slow down and measure everything. LOL!

      Our grandma made fresh flour tortillas for us everyday too. Ahhhh, the smell of tortillas cooking on the comal makes me smile. We have been saving that special recipe and story for our cookbook. Hopefully you can make an exception and buy our cookbook ;)

      Thanks for ALL your great suggestions! I will be sure to look into them. All super incredible ideas!

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