Create Your Own Fiesta For Cinco De Mayo

If it weren’t for Cinco de Mayo, French might be Mexico’s official language. Although sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s National Independence Day — which is actually September 16 — the May 5th holiday commemorates the bravery of a ragtag group of Mexican militia in a battle against the invading French army. A proud celebration of Mexican […]

Cuisine On Tour: The Philippines

From lumpia to halo-halo, Filipino cuisine is on the hot list of emerging ethnic flavors. Exotic and enticing, the food of the Philippines is similar to that of its Thai and Vietnamese neighbors, but is inflected with influences ranging from Spanish to Malaysian to Indian. Colonizers from Spain brought produce such as chiles, potatoes, corn […]

Explore Israel’s Flavors For Independence Day

Each spring, the people of Israel celebrate the country’s establishment as a sovereign state and Jewish homeland. On May 14, 1948, Israel declared its independence under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion.  Israel Independence Day, or Yom Ha’atzmaut, might not be as well-known to Americans as Jewish holidays like Passover or Hanukkah — and the symbolism […]