Cinco de Mayo is one giant party with friends and family: a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture that can go on for days. Here at Piedmont Grocery, we are always happy to delve into the culinary traditions of any culture, but Mexican food is close to our hearts.
Below are recipes and product suggestions. Also check out This Week's Specials to see the variety of Mexican items on sale over the next two weeks.
The San Francisco Bay Area is fanatical about cheese, and so much of our local enthusiasm is owed to the two chefs who created Cowgirl Creamery, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith. We are huge fans of Cowgirl Creamery. They were at the forefront of the American artisan cheese movement, and are still making award-winning cheeses in delicious variety, using milk from nearby dairies.
Fantastic, pure-organic cheeses, such as the mellow, triple-cream Mt. Tam and bocconcini (small balls of fresh mozzarella), are produced at at their creamery on Tomales Bay. Red Hawk is a striking red-oragne, aged cheese, and the Inverness makes for a tangy, creamy mouthful.
Australia's Favourite Ginger Beer
Bundaberg is dedicated to brewing Australia's finest ginger beer. It's made from the best ginger root, because nothing tastes more like ginger than the real thing.
Bundaberg's Ginger Beer is smooth, clean, sweet, delicious gingery goodness. But it's not hot - a bit like Asian ginger candy. It goes down smoothly, and leaves your stomach feeling warm.
Courtesy of Dona Tomas Restaurant, Oakland
4 tablespoons simple syrup or agave nectar
Juice of 11/2 to 2 limes
5 counts silver tequila
2 counts Cointreau liqueur
1 lime wedge
Salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass. In a pint glass filled with cubed ice, combine the syrup, lime juice, tequila, and Cointreau. Cover with a bar shaker and shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with the lime wedge and enjoy.
Our staff picks for
Cinco de Maya
Tres Agaves Estate Bottled Tequila
Crafted with passion. !00% pure de agave is hand selected, fermented and distilled using artisanal techniques that have been passed down through generations.
Blanco Clean, herbaceous character of blue agave.
A true expression of tequila.
$27.99 for 750 ml. (Regularly $32.99)
Reposado Aged in fine oak barrels for honey color, and slightly mellow in flavor. Balanced!
$32.99 for 750 ml. (Regularly $39.99)
Longer oak aging imparts deep, natural color and a smooth,
$37.99 for 750 ml. (Regularly $44.99)Caxadores Reposado Tequila
Great for drinking in classic tequila cocktails like margaritas, or simply enjoyed neat.
$27.99 for 750 ml. (Regularly $37.99)
Sauzá Hornitos Reposado Tequila
Preserves the true flavor of agave. Ultra-smooth and aromatic.
$24.99 for 750 ml. (Regularly $37.99)
Courtesy of Rick Bayless
Mexico One Plate At A Time
Makes 12 tacos | Serves 4 as a light meal
2 medium white onions, sliced into 1 h-inch rounds (keep the rounds intact for easy grilling)
3 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
3 tablespoons fresh time juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pound beef skirt steak, trimmed of surface fat as well as the thin white membrane called "silverskin"
3 medium (about 9 ounces total) fresh poblano chiles
Vegetable or olive oil for brushing or spritzing the onions and meat
A small bowl full of lime wedges for serving
12 warm, fresh corn tortillas