I didn’t know very much about Cinco de Mayo until my Aunt D and Uncle M moved to San Jose, California more than ten years ago. The holiday became a bit more significant to me because my Aunt D would often mention it in conversations.

When Uncle N and I visited my aunt in May 2005, I came across references to the celebration as I read up on Californian food culture.

A few weeks ago, I came across a recipe for Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas on the Food & Wine site (the recipe is from the September 2008 issue).


I made them for dinner on the eve of Cinco de Mayo as a nod to the holiday and also as a promise from me to me that I’m going to get back to California soon!

As I expected, they were delicious! I mean they were really really good. I scarfed mine down and enjoyed every bit of it. I don’t often cook foods from other cultures so I really enjoyed making these as well.

Happy Cinco de Mayo to those that celebrate the day!