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Bar Puts Up A Wall And Hands Out ‘Green Cards’ For Cinco de Mayo

Dear God, this stunt couldn’t have been any dumber unless the bar had an ICE truck on standby.

Paul Hennessey of Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, California thought he’d make a statement on immigration by putting up an inflatable wall for guests to climb and grab a “green card” at the top. The green card was a voucher for one free drink on May 5 and had “Citizenship in progress,” printed on it.



Whose mans is this?

Hennessey claimed that it was a way to protest Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall, but very few people saw it that way, and let their disapproval be known through Hennessey’s Facebook and Yelp page.

The hate got so bad that Yelp posted an “Active Cleanup Alert,” as the hate was pouring in and affected the bar’s rating.

Hennessey tried defending himself, whitesplaining the publicity stunt, and saying that their intentions were misinterpreted — but what about in 2015, when they posted this Cinco de Mayo picture of a white woman in a sombrero and fake mustache? What a fantastic representation of Mexican culture:

I’m not saying this guy hates Mexicans, but these attempts at celebrating Cinco de Mayo are tasteless, and on the same level as frat kids who think it’s funny to play dress up and pretend to be Mexican for a day.

Whether his heart was in the right place or not, this was absolutely the wrong approach to a sensitive issue, and it doesn’t look like he realizes that with his half-assed Facebook apology.

This might blow over, and he might continue to run his bar, living his life like normal, but Mexicans will still be unjustly discriminated against, killed, and jailed. Hennessey’s micro-aggressions will do nothing to fix that.


Irish People Try Mexican Food For The First Time [WATCH]


Cinco De Mayo has just passed and more than a few of use are nursing some pretty mild hangovers. The folks over at Facts wanted to celebrate the occasion by trying some Mexican dishes for the first time.

Some of these foods include: ceviche, tequila wings, chimichangas, spicy fajita chicken wraps, churros and deep-fried ice cream.

OK, so a fair amount of these would be considered Tex-Mex. Yeah, we were a little disappointed too. We would have loved to see them try more authentic items like tortas or chilaquiles.

Also, the sombreros and mustaches were definitely too much.

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What You Need To Know Before Setting Foot In A Mexican Restaurant Today

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s surprising to realize, considering the popularity of the holiday here in America, how little we actually know about Cinco de Mayo. I bet you’ll be really shocked to hear that the Crunch Wrap Supreme is not the traditional dish that the people of Mexico will be eating today to celebrate.

To avoid everyone enjoying their tacos and frozen margaritas in ignorance, we bring you a few traditional Cinco de Mayo dishes that you can whip up in honor of the holiday, as well as a little history on the holiday itself. You are going to be the smartest person at the bar tonight.

The History

Cinco de Mayo is not Independence Day in Mexico.


Contrary to popular belief, the Mexican Independence Day is actually September 16th, not May 5th.  The 16th is remembered as the day the Mexican war for independence began against the Spanish government in 1810. For this reason, El Grito de la Independencia in September is a much more popular holiday in Mexico than Cinco de Mayo, which is not very enthusiastically celebrated nationwide.

May 5th is the day of the Battle of Puebla in 1862, during which the guerilla troops of General Ignacio Seguin Zaragoza fought off Napoleon’s troops during a French invasion in 1862. The battle for the town of Puebla was a victory for the Mexican soldiers, marking a positive turning point against the French invasion. Sadly, Mexican troops would go on to ultimately lose that war against the French the following year.

Los Angeles has the biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world.

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Including the Mexican city of Puebla. That’s saying something. The party is called Fiesta Broadway and has been a huge celebration since the 1990’s. Most major streets in L.A. are blocked off to host hundreds of thousands of people celebrating Hispanic heritage with food, music, dancing, and crafts.

The popularity of Cinco de Mayo in America was started by FDR.

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In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted the “Good Neighbor Policy”, which was meant to improve relations with Latin American countries and communities. It was because of this policy that Cinco de Mayo began to pick up steam in the 1950’s and 60’s and eventually became a national holiday.

Bonus Fun Fact: To this day, historians argue whether or not Herbert Hoover or FDR coined the term for the policy. Either way, drinking to improve national relations is fine in our book.

Alcohol companies in the 1980s influenced the modern day Cinco de Mayo.


Even as the holiday became a little more well-known in the 50’s and 60’s, it wasn’t until the 80’s that Cinco de Mayo really became a part of American culture. Or at least to the extent that we know it now. Beer companies in the 1980’s started commercializing the holiday when they saw a prime opportunity to increase sales with a new drinking holiday.

And it worked. Time Magazine now lists Cinco de Mayo as the 4th drunkest holiday in the U.S., all thanks to the clever beer moguls of the 80’s.

The Grub

Mole Poblano 


Mole (pronounced like the second syllable of guacamole), is the Spanish translation of the Aztec word for sauce, mulli. This dish originated in Puebla  and is a combination of Spanish and old-world Mexican cuisine.

This Cinco de Mayo mole has a killer combination of both spicy and sweet, with the kick of fresh chilies and the richness of dark chocolate. This mole is traditionally served over boiled chicken or turkey and topped with sesame seeds.

Chiles en Nogada

Chilies en Nogada

This celebrated dish of Puebla was said to have been made in the convent of Santa Monica for the visit of Emperor Agustín de Iturbide in 1821. Agustín de Iturbide was Mexico’s first emperor after the country won its’ independence from Spain, so his visit was a pretty big deal to the small town of Puebla.

Decorated in the colors of the Mexican flag (red, green, and white), chilies en nogada is a sweet picadillo that has been stuffed with savory peppers, dipped in egg batter, fried, and then topped with a rich walnut sauce, pomegranate seeds, and parsley.  Having some people over for Cinco de Mayo? Skip the tacos — whip up this drool-worthy dish instead.



We bet you’ve heard of this one before. Chalupas are a traditional street food of Puebla, dating back to when vendors would set up their stands outside of the Aztec temples to feed those who came to worship. The origin of the name is foggy, but most people tend to think the name is borrowed from the Aztec boats (also called chalupas) that were used in the city of Tenochtitlan.

If you’ve never indulged in a chalupa before, it’s basically a thick tortilla baked in two types of salsa and garnished with shredded chicken. This traditional street food is not difficult to make and will give you a whole new appreciation for Cinco de Mayo.

We hope that, in between tequila shots, you appreciate your new found historical knowledge of Cinco de Mayo. Now, go forth and bring us some chalupas.









This 7 Pound Breakfast Taco Will Cure Your Nastiest Hangover


Cinco De Mayo is only a few days away and most of us at the office are preparing our bodies for some pretty heavy alcohol consumption. While a hangover is pretty much guaranteed in our futures, El Original has a pretty heavy solution.

The New York City-based Tex-Mex restaurant has developed a 7-pound taco that’s designed to cure Cinco De Mayo hangovers.


Called the Seis De Mayo hangover remedy, the massive taco features 12 eggs, a pound of bacon, a pound of sausage, a pound of potatoes, a pound of refried beans, a pound of grilled peppers & onions, 8 ounces of salsa, 8 ounces of Pico de Gallo and 4 ounces of queso fresco stuffed in a 12-inch flour tortilla.

It’s then topped with additional shredded cheese and bacon strips. They’ve gone this far, so why not?

Like the name says, the taco will be available on May 6 at El Original. While it costs $50, can you really put a price on alleviating that nasty hangover?


All Drinks At SONIC Half-Priced For Cinco De Mayo


Who: Sonic Drive-In

What: Half-priced drinks all day. Applies to all limeades, slushes, Splash drinks, energy drinks and sodas.

When: May 5, 2015

Where: All participating Sonic Drive-In locations across the country.

Why: Because Cinco de Mayo.

Fast Food

Taco Bell To Release Hottest-Ever Diablo Salsa In Restaurants May 5


Taco Bell isn’t one to shy from giving out free salsa. The fast food chain’s colorful assortment of Verde, Mild, Hot and Fire salsas have always available for customers to drench their DLTs with. Looks like they can soon add yet another color to their collection.

Earlier, we received a mysterious package in the mail. Upon opening it, we discovered a sleek black single packet of hot sauce. It was called Diablo.

Thanks, Taco Bell.


Diablo is set to make its debut May 5 and will be available for a limited time only.

We tried the new hot sauce and compared it to its current hottest packet, Fire. The taste is actually really good and it’s noticeably spicier than Fire. However, it could definitely be spicier.


Sure, Taco Bell says you only need one packet to satiate your spicy sauce needs. Though a few more wouldn’t hurt.


This is What Happens When You Chug an Entire Bottle of Tapatio

The Hundreds X Tapatio

Cinco de Mayo has come and gone, but the legend of the hot sauce chugger lives on.

In honor of the festive holiday, The Hundreds created the ultra-limited The Hundreds X Tapatio hot sauce that sold out in a matter of minutes and actually caused their site to crash. It’s that good. But the greatness doesn’t stop there.

Resident videographer Johnny Chang was dared to chug a 10 oz. bottle of the stuff in exchange for $100, and HE DID IT. The entire challenge was caught on camera, and oh my lawd is it cringe-worthy. Johnny was a trooper and defeated the dare in a matter of seconds. Check out the footage below:

Whatever you do, don’t be silly and try this at home. But if you’re interested in adding a bit of The Hundreds X Tapatio hot sauce to your condiment collection, order it straight from their site.

The Hundreds X Tapatio hot sauce & T-Shirt, $36 @The Hundreds

H/T Hypebeast


5 Important Baja Blast Cocktail Recipes for Cinco De Mayo


It’s Cinco de Mayo, folks, which means — you know, besides all the Battle of Puebla celebrations —that Mountain Dew’s Baja Blast is finally available in stores. For a limited time, the formerly Taco Bell-exclusive flavor will soon be popping up at your local groceries and vending machines and maybe even a few backyard summer barbecues (loaded with all the necessary booze of course).

To celebrate, we’ve whipped up a few Baja Blast-inspired cocktail recipes for you to enjoy without ever having to step foot inside a Taco Bell. Sweeter than Sprite and significantly cooler-looking, Mountain Dew’s blue Listerine-colored concoction is the perfect upgrade to everything from margaritas to jello shots. What a time to be alive.


Baja Blast Shandy


1 part light beer
3 parts Baja Blast

Mix with ice. Squirt in a bit of lime juice for an extra tart kick.


Baja Blast Skinny Margarita


2 teaspoons lime juice (approx. 1 lime)
1/2 teaspoon powdered lemonade
1 ounce tequila
5 ounces Baja Blast

Sweet and zippy, this skinny Baja margarita is our favorite of the bunch. Mix all ingredients together with ice, salt the rim with some kosher salt and enjoy poolside. It’s only right.


Baja Blast Bruiser


1 1/2 ounces gin (we used Seagram’s Lime Twisted)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
5 ounces Baja Blast
1 splash grenadine

Mix together the BB, gin, juices, and grenadine for a citrus-y Shirley Temple, or enjoy layered, because it just looks cooler that way.


Baja Blast Santo Libre


5 ounces Baja Blast
2 ounces rum
1/4 ounce lime juice
Optional: mint leaves for garnish

Technically a drink from the Dominican Republic, but every bit as summery as the rest of the list. Try with white rum for a cleaner drink or a dark spiced rum for a livelier/sweeter burn.


Baja Blast Margarita Jello Shots


Makes 10 – 12
2/3 packet lime gelatin
1 cup water
4 ounces triple sec
4 ounces tequila
4 ounces Baja Blast
5 – 6 limes

Yas Spring Break. Where many jello shot recipes can be a little bitter, the soda here keeps everything light and sweet. Boil water, add gelatin until dissolved, then remove from heat and add alcohol and soda. When ready, cut limes in half lengthwise and scoop out citrus flesh. Pour gelatin mixture into emptied lime halves and place in fridge for 4 hours, or until set. Finally, cut halves into separate wedges and sprinkle with salt.

Be warned though, scooping the lime flesh can be a little time-consuming, so try freezing limes beforehand and using a good paring knife or grapefruit spoon.