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May 2013

Volume 9

The History of Cinco de Mayo

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For the most part, the holiday of Cinco de Mayo is more of a regional holiday in Mexico, celebrated most vigorously in the state of Puebla. There is some limited recognition of the holiday throughout the country with different levels of enthusiasm, but it's nothing like that found in Puebla. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular along the U.S.-Mexico border and in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage. In these areas the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico.

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Commercial interests in the United States and Mexico have also had a hand in promoting the holiday, with products and services focused on Mexican food, beverages and festivities, with music playing a more visible role as well. Several cities throughout the U.S. hold parades and concerts during the week following up to May 5th, so that Cinco de Mayo has become a bigger holiday north of the border than it is to the south, and being adopted into the holiday calendar of more and more people every year. [Sources:, Encyclopedia Encarta,

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Encyclopedia Britanica, Prescott's Mexico:1900,, other sources. minor edits April 25, 2007]

10 Fun Facts About Cinco De Mayo th Cinco de Mayo is a much anticipated celebration on the 5 of May. Each year, millions of people flock to Latin themed parties to partake in the festivities. The sad reality is, most people don’t know what they’re celebrating. They simply go to indulge in the refreshments.

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1.The celebration of Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican national holiday which celebrates the triumphant victory of the Mexicans over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla.

Carne Asada, Costillas Parrilla & Camarones Tropical $1 Pescado Veracruzana $2, Carne Tampiqueña $3

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Dried corn kernels that have been boiled in lime juice and water to remove the hard outer hull. Used in menudo and pozole and to make masa.

Inside this issue Cinco de Mayo – The Celebration ............................. 1 Cinco de Mayo Fun Facts……..…………………1 & 2 Recipe of the Month – Chiles en Nogada ................. 2 What’s Up Downtown Farmingdale ........................... 2 Meet Our Staff ........................................................... 3 What’s New ............................................................... 3 April Food Specials ................................................... 4 Upcoming Events ..................................................... 4 Daily Specials ........................................................... 4

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2. Mexican Independence Day is not celebrated on the 5 of th May but on September 16 . 3. The Battle of Puebla was a major victory for the Mexican people as only 4,000 Mexican soldiers battled and defeated 6,500 French soldiers. The entire war took 6 more years to finish, but the victory at Puebla was a huge win for the Mexican people. 4. The biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration is held in…yep…you guessed it, Puebla, Mexico. 5. Wearing Western costumes is part of the celebration in Puebla. 6. Typical Cinco de Mayo celebrations include dancing, mariachi bands, Mexican food and drink, festivals and parades, much like any holiday. 7. The first Cinco de Mayo celebration took place in southern California in 1863. 8. Los Angeles has the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world called Fiesta Broadway, with over half a million people attending this massive street party (I would not clean up this one.) 9. Chandler, Arizona celebrates the traditional way, but then throws a twist, they have Chihuahua races which is much like horse races, except on a much smaller scale. 10. Cinco de Mayo is also celebrated in the Carribbean, Australia and Canada, as well as in Latin countries, and of course, the United States. So celebrate for our brethren! But celebrate responsibly. If you’re going to a party and will be drinking tequila and eating 7 layer dip, please get a designated driver. Happy Cinco de Mayo! Special thanks to for the fun facts on Cinco de Mayo!

Recipe of the Month Chiles en Nogada with Walnut Salsa Ingredients - Yields 2 Servings For stuffing 1. poblano peppers, 4 each 2. ground beef, 1 C 3. ground pork, 1 C 4. golden raisins, ¼ C 5. white onion, diced, ¼ C 6. red apple, diced, ¼ each 7. walnut, diced, ¼ C 8. garlic, minced, 1 Tbsp 9. beef stock, ½ C 10. canola oil, 2 Tbsp 11. For garnish: pomegranate seeds, ¼ C Method of Preparation 1. In a large sauté pan sear ground beef and pork together until cooked through. Set aside in large mixing bowl. Wipe out the sauté pan until clean. 2. Heat oil and add onions and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes until onion is translucent. 3. Add red apples, raisins, plantains, and beef stock and cook for an additional 10 minutes until beef stock is evaporated. 4. Combine with meat mix and set aside to cool in the refrigerator. 5. On the stove place poblano chilies on flame and char the outside turning every 3-4 minutes. Once the outside of the Chile is completely black remove from heat in place into a metal container. Cover with plastic wrap and allow Chile to sweat for 10 minutes.

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For salsa 1. walnuts, chopped, 1 ½ C 2. heavy cream, 1 C 3. milk, ½ C 4. cinnamon, ground, 1 pinch


Recipe of the Month

Chiles en Nogada with Walnut Salsa plastic wrap and allow Chile to sweat for 10 minutes.

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Once chilies are cool remove outer black skin to reveal a soft green Chile. Slice Chile open and remove seeds. Once seeds are removed place filling inside and place on a baking sheet. Bake chilies for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove from oven.

Ingredients - Yields 2 Servings For salsa 1. walnuts, chopped, 1 ½ C 2. heavy cream, 1 C 3. milk, ½ C 4. cinnamon, ground, 1 pinch 5. sherry wine, ¼ C 6. cream cheese, 3 C 7. sugar, granulated, 1 Tbsp 8. salt, 1 pinch

Buen Provecho!

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Meet our staff “Our biggest asset!” Kimberly Moellenbeck aka “Kimi” has worked with Caracara since May of 2012. Kimi works with us 3-4 days a week as a food server. She originally comes from the Midwest and has much restaurant experience from that neck of the woods. However I do believe we are her first Mexican Restaurant that she has worked in. When she moved to Long Island with her family she applied at Caracara, and we were lucky enough to start her shortly thereafter. Kimi is definitely a foodie! She likes to try different foods and also likes to cook. Her husband David works for the coast guard. When she isn’t working with us she is working her full time job at home! Did I mention Kimi and David have three children?

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Following are pictures of some specials featured in April

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Complimentary Dessert Left to Right Above:

[Come in and get a free dessert with your next purchase of an entree]

Blue Corn pancakes filled with vegetables topped with chipotle goat cheese. Fried Eggplant over a salsa verde. White Corn Masa topped with fried cheese & pulled pork.

(cannot combine with other offers, One per table)

Location: Caracarara Mexican Grill 354 Main St Farmingdale, NY 11735 516-777-CARA (2272) Ph Expiration date 5/31/13

Left to Right Above: Chihua Cheese and goat cheese balls; Tostones- double fried sweet plantains, yellow pepper and poblanos over a guajillo salsa topped with chipotle giat cheese potatoes and asparagus Chicharones-Crispy pork belly with avocado arugual salad over salsa roja

Daily Specials 2 Course Meal for $19.95 Sunday-Tuesday Every Week

Meatless Monday Specials

Upcoming Events

Every Monday for Dinner

Vino Vino at CaraCara Every Wednesday Half Price Sangria Pitchers and Bottles of Wine with Dinner


Cinco de Mayo Sunday, May 5th Reserve now for dinner! Come hang at bar!

Ladies Night Every Thursday 7-10 pm Reduced Price Drinks for all Ladies

The Electric Dudes Sunday, May 5, Friday May 31, June 21 9:30-1:00 White Chocolate Revue Saturday, May 10, June 15 9:3012:30 Mambo Loco “Old School Latin” Saturday, May 18, June 8 9:30-12:30 Down and Dirty Saturday, May 11 9:30-12:30 Copy Cat Band Friday, July 5 9:30-12:30 Latinology Saturday, June 22, July 20 9:30-12:30 **********

Cooking Class Demonstration Wednesday, May 2 7pm

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