The Pulse: May 2014

By AFM – May 1, 2014

Cinco de Mayo

Before celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a pitcher of margaritas, brush up on your cultural knowledge.

  • Cinco de Mayo does not celebrate Mexican Independence Day (that’s on Sept. 16), but instead commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when the Mexican army defeated French forces.
  • Americans eat some 81 million pounds of avocado on Cinco de Mayo. That’s around 162 million avocados.
  • Contrary to popular belief, tacos are not the national food of Mexico. It’s actually mole, a chicken or turkey dish with a chocolate chile sauce.

Best local, low-key places to check out for Cinco de Mayo

Skip the crowds at chain restaurants and opt for something more low-key and authentic as you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year.

  • Cheko’s (1304 W. Koenig) is where you can find some of the most authentic Mexican food in Austin. Try the jamaica (hibiscus juice) and Mexican-style shrimp cocktail. And you can’t beat their happy hour $1.50 Dos Equis. 
  • La Mexicana (1924 S. 1st) is the place to go if you’re craving pan dulce, or Mexican sweet bread. Try the cuernos (sugar-dusted, fruit-filled goodness) and marvel at the wide selection of sweet bread that’ll have you working out extra hard the day after. 
  • Cisco’s (1511 E 6th) is the best place if you’re craving a hearty breakfast. Hop in during their short hours (7 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.) for the most delicious eggs and chorizo this far from the border.

May 4th: Star Wars Day

“May the fourth be with you” as you celebrate all things Star Wars on May 4. Here are some things you can do to connect with your inner geek:

  • Carry a light saber on your next run around Lady Bird Lake. You’ll feel so cool and “in the zone,” you won’t notice the stares or laughs.
  • Head to your local comic book store, like Austin Books & Comics, to find Star Wars swag and comics that’ll make your more-obsessed friends jealous.
  • Opt for a triathlon-ready version of Princess Leia’s famous do as you complete the Rookie Tri. You’re guaranteed some memorable finish line photos.

Playlist: X Games

Austin is hosting this year’s X Games, and there are numerous shows to accompany the Games. Here are some songs from the musicians scheduled to appear:

"Lost in the World" — Kanye West
"It's Summertime" — Flaming Lips
"I Can See It In Your Face" — Pretty Lights
"Stranger than Fiction" — Bad Religion
"Bright Ligths" — Gary Clark Jr.
"Knock Knock" — Mac Miller
"Wiseman" — Slightly Stoopid
"Falling Up" — Dillon Francis
"A Long Time" — Mayer Hawthorne
"Overtime" — Cash Cash

Listen to the playlist on Spotify here


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