Cinco de Mayo, Hoagie Day, Oyster Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
May 5, 2013

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★~ Today’s Quote: He was a bold man that first eat an oyster. ~ Jonathan Swift

★~ Happy Cinco de Mayo:

 Cinco de Mayo

On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. A single military battle signified the defeat of a European colonial power and a victory for the Mexican people. In the battle lie the roots of Cinco de Mayo.

On Cinco de Mayo, celebrate the anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Puebla with a nice cold margarita, shot of tequila or a siesta. Here are a few snacks to consider.

Beef Flautas
Chicken Tostadas

~ Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. The date — May 5 — actually commemorates a battle in 1862 between the Mexican and the French forces.

~ Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world

~  Mexico is the largest salt producers in the world. Along with that petroleum is their major export.

★~ Hoagie Day:


The Hoagie was originally created in Philadelphia, and was declared the “Official Sandwich of Philadelphia” in 1992. If you want to keep with the Cinco de Mayo theme, order your Hoagie with a little chorizo, salsa, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime!

If you want a genuine Italian Hoagie, build it with Italian ham, prosciutto, salami, provolone cheese, and the works. Wondering how Hoagie got its name? The most widely accepted story centers on an area of Philadelphia known as Hog Island, which was home to a shipyard during World War I (1914-1918). The Italian immigrants working there would bring giant sandwiches made with cold cuts, spices, oil, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and peppers for their lunches. These workers were nicknamed “hoggies.” Over the years, the name was attached to the sandwiches, but under a different spelling.

★~ Oyster Day:


You could have a oyster with you Hoagie . . . or just wear your pearls in honor of Oyster Day. Seattle, Washington is the world’s largest producer of cultivated pearls. The city is known as the “Oyster Capital of the World.”

Two oysters walk into a bar, as one gets eaten the other one says, “Don’t look at me, the sign said ‘Oyster Bar’

Note: Oyster Day is also celebrated on August 5. So if you favor a Hoagie over an Oyster you will have a do-over in August, just sayin’ 

★~ Today in History;

Pittsburgh Marathon.

♥~ 1958 – On the cover of LIFE magazine: “Fresh Hope on Cancer”. A 2,000,000-volt radiation machine was pictured.

♥~ 1961Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the first U.S. space traveler as he rode a Redstone rocket on a 15-minute, suborbital flight that took him and his Freedom 7 Mercury capsule 116.5 miles high and 302 miles downrange from Cape Canaveral, FL.

♥~ 1973 – 56,800 fans paid $309,000 to see Led Zeppelin at Tampa Stadium. This was the largest, paid crowd ever assembled in the U.S. to see a single musical act. The concert topped The Beatles 55,000-person audience at Shea Stadium in New York ($301,000).

♥~ 1978 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds smacked his 3,000th major-league hit. Not many years later, ‘Charlie Hustle’ would break Ty Cobb’s career record of 4,191 hits.

♥~ 1985 – The first husband and wife team to win a major marathon,Ken and Lisa Martin, won over $50,000 for their first-place finishes in the Pittsburgh Marathon. They had never run in the same race before.

♥~ 2004 – A 1905 painting by Pablo Picasso titled Garcon a la pipe(Boy with a Pipe) sold for a record $104 million at Sotheby’s in New York City.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1927 – Pat Carroll Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: Caesar’s Hour [1956], The Ted Knight Show, With Six You Get Eggroll, Brothers O’Toole

♥~ 1942 – Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh) Grammy Award-winning country singer: I Don’t Wanna Play House [1967], Stand By Your Man [1969]; D-I-V-O-R-C-E, Near You, Apartment #9;died Apr 6, 1998

♥~ 1944 – John Rhys-Davies actor: Sliders, Lord of the Ringsseries, Helen of Troy, The Gold Cross, Au Pair, Marquis de Sade, The Untouchables, The Lost World, War and Remembrance, Raiders of the Lost Ark

♥~ 1973 – Tina Yothers actress: Family Ties, Laker Girls, Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story

♥~ 1979- Vincent Kartheiser – Mad Men

★~ Good to Know:


Anyone who has experienced the painful aftermath of a date with too many margaritas (on, say, May 6) has likely wondered, “What is in this stuff?”

♥~ Tequila is made from the fermented and distilled juices taken from native Mexican Agave plants. By Mexican law, Tequila can be produced from only the Blue Agave (Weber Blue Agave, Agave Tequilana). The Agave plant is botanically classified as a succulent, and is a relative of the lily family. While cacti and Agave both share a common habitat, the Agave is not a cactus.

♥~ Tequila is never, ever bottled with a worm. The CRT enforces the NOM that specifically prohibits placing a worm in the bottle. Although technically the larvae of one of two kinds of insects, the “worm” is frequently seen in bottles of Mezcal. The most common type of larva is the Agave Snout Weevil (doesn’t that make you want to run right out and devour one or enjoy as a side dish with Tacos) or the red worm which is the caterpillar of the Hypopta Agavis Moth. A gastronomic genius named Jacobo Lozano Páez discovered in 1940 that the “worms” changed the taste of the spirit (makes you wonder, doesn’t it). The “worms” are now considered a delicacy and can be found on some restaurant menus.

♥~ Gold Tequilas are better than Silver Tequilas…No es cierto….Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a Tequila by its color. In fact, the majority of Gold (Oro) Tequilas are artificially colored with caramel coloring, while some of the finest aged Reposado, Añejo and Extra Añejo Tequilas acquire a golden color from the wooden barrels in which they age. Similarly, there are Silver (Blanco) Tequilas ranging from high-quality brands made from 100% Weber Blue Agave, to cheap, low-grade mixto brands that contain only the minimum 51% Agave. There is simply no way to determine quality solely by a Tequila’s color

♥~ The 1958 song, “Tequila” was the first, and only, #1 hit for a band called The Champs.

♥~ The world record holder for the largest margarita is Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Orlando, FL. The colossal cocktail held 5,861 gallons of blended booze.

While many spirits are useful for activities beyond swilling (vodka, for example, is a great stain and odor remover), tequila holds some particularly magical powers.

♥~  SYNTHETIC BAUBLE:  In 2008, a team of scientists in Mexico discovered that when the heated vapor from an 80-proof tequila blanco was combined with a silicon or stainless steel substrate, it resulted in the formation of diamond films. These films can be used in commercial applications, such as electrical insulators, or to create one big fake diamond. Who knew that spending $50 on a bottle of Don Julio was such a wise investment?

♥~ ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE:  Keeping with the science theme: In 2011, researchers at England’s University of Oxford suggested that we may one day be gassing up our cars up with tequila. They identified agave, the plant from which tequila is produced, as a potential biofuel source—and a particularly attractive one, as the plant itself is not consumed by humans and can thrive in desert climates.

♥~ COLD REMEDY: In the 1930s, doctors in Mexico recommended the following concoction to fight off a cold:

.5 ounce of tequila blanco
.5 ounce of agave nectar (to eliminate bacteria and soothe sore throats)
.5 ounce of fresh lime juice (for Vitamin C)

♥~ WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENT: Scientists have long promoted the potential benefits of the agave plant for its ability to help dissolve fats and lower cholesterol. The bad news? These properties get a bit diluted when the plant is distilled into alcohol. Don’t expect to see the margarita diet appear anytime soon…on the other hand one never knows.

♥~ SLEEP AID: No Fooling…Really. Relaxation is one of the positive side effects of tequila drinking; a small amount (1 to 1.5 ounces) before bedtime can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Drink more and you will sleep  but your probably not  wake up singing Jimmy Buffets Maragettiville.

♥~ COLON CLEANSER: Too much of a good thing may not bring a welcome turn of events for your liver … but your colon will thank you! Researchers at Mexico’s University of Guadalajara have identified the blue agave as a potentially helpful source for delivering drugs to the colon in order to treat colitis, IBS, Crohn’s disease and even cancer.

♥~ DIABETES PREVENTATIVE: If Ernest Hemingway had known about the healing properties of tequila, his signature drink might have been a margarita instead of a daiquiri. In 2010, experiments conducted at Mexico’s Polytechnic Institute of Guanajuato revealed that the agave plant (which is high in fructans, a fructose polymer) could stimulate the GLP-1 hormone, aiding in increased insulin production.


I have never had a shot of Tequila. I’m usually a pretty brave soul, but my experience with liquid anything that doesn’t taste good is that it has an immediate and unattractive side effect. Oysters are okay if they are cooked and crusty; not slimy. I like pearls any old way. Not picky. Hoagies! Yes! Love Hoagies – especially when the bread is really fresh! Maybe it’s the hour…very early in the morning, but I just read this very random, nothing-to-do-with-anything tweet and it made me giggle…so I’ll share: “Housesitting” is just a nice way of saying, “I don’t want my house to get robbed, but if it does, I’d like you to be the one to die in it.” If you are going to church, add me to your prayer list, please!

What’s new with you? Amuse me!

Have a sunny Sunday (somebody should..)


18 thoughts on “Cinco de Mayo, Hoagie Day, Oyster Day

  1. Morno,
    Clouds are still threatening, but it looks like we can get out on the course for at least 9 holes. My sister is fixing Mexican food for dinner, so I might go for a Hoagie for lunch. No oysters. You have to be in New Orleans to really Oysters or at the very least and Oyster bar. Tequila shots are for the young and stupid. A good Margarita is nice tho. Did not know Tequila had some many medicinal qualities.
    Have a good one.

    • Go, Mike Go! Just stay clear of lightening bolts. Sounds like a tasty dinner at your sisters. What did you take? Cheers to your health 😀 !

  2. Good Morno,
    You are on my prayer list. And after the Oyster joke and the housesitting tweet may I kindly suggest more sleep. I did laugh however, I’m sure a sin in it’s own right.
    Love Oysters. Love Hoagies, Love Mexican Food and Margaritas. No comment on shots. I can’t go wrong today!
    Hope you have some sunshine!

    • Thank you. Prayers are always welcome which is why I try to make friends with church goers. I like to cover my bases. I’m certain God understands. Wow, you hit the Jackpot today..but a Sunday lottery ticket.

  3. I learned long ago that tequila is NOT my friend. Even a single shot gives me an almost instantaneous headache that feels like I have my head in a vice grip that just keeps getting tighter. I’ll just stick to my vodka martinis. Don’t care much for oysters. Love Mexican food and Hoagies. Not sure I’ll have access to either as we make our way through to Breckinridge today.

    On another note, was that George trying to help with your shoes? How cute, eh. At home we can’t leave any shoes, socks, gloves, or hats lying around because he will retrieve them. We keep an old wooden box full of dog toys out for him. He will spend a few days retrieving toys from the box and bringing them to us. Every few days we have to go through the house gathering up the toys and putting them back in the box. Too cute.

    • Yes, that was George being my little helper. I always laugh when people complain about their golden or Labs bringing them things–Hello,they are Retrievers and they are bringing it to you…a big plus over certain Beagles, I love.
      I’ve heard Tequila can give you an awful headache. I enjoy the occasional dressed up, tricked out Margarita, but not straight up. Oh no. My Mom would toast your vodka martini. Have you ever had a Lemon Drop? Her favorite.

  4. mexican food is good once in a while. hoagies anytime! never a tequila or oyster person.
    not a bad payday for the marathon husband & wife!
    nice housesitting definition. that about sums it up!
    beautiful weekend….a gift this time of year. temps-a-rising this week.
    good day!

    • Glad you had a pretty weekend too (Sorry Debbie–see below). We had a wonderful Sunday. Hoagies are good! We have more the Italian sub kind in Chicago or Italian beef.

  5. I never had tequila either. Despite living in Texas for several years!
    Oysters? Yuck, no. I can’t imagine that raw, slimy thing trying to make its way down my throat!
    I’ll just have a Hoagie instead — oh, and some salsa and chips on the side.
    Rain here. Again. We’re contemplating the construction of an ark. Stay tuned!

    • A Hoagie is good! I have some lumber you can have and if you float this way–I am sure we can find a place to park the ark and let the animals out to romp. I’m sorry about “more rain.” Seems like everyone had pretty weather, but you…stop dancing, girl!

  6. Had tequila for the very first time years ago when my husband’s company flew us to San Antonio for an awards presentation “long weekend”. Friday evening on the way to the venue where one of the many pre-cermony parties was held, we noticed what appeared to be wooden statues of birds mounted in the trees of the venue’s rather extensive gardens. Party was great, we were served little drink that tasted harmless – like limeade – and we each enjoyed two or three or four…. and as soon as we left and hit the cool night air, the sidewalk felt as if it simply dropped away. We turned to each other and said “I can’t feel the pavement…” And then one of the motionless “bird statues” moved it’s head… To be fair, we had no hangover to speak of and we also discovered that the birds were real quetzals who often sit for long periods without moving. But what a shock when they did that night! Our introduction to tequila was, shall we say… unexpected.

    • What a great story! I have heard Tequila can through all kinds of surprises at you! I guess you had some that night! I have never seen quetzals, but I would like too!

  7. Just had to add: living on Long Island, we get some of the best oysters in the world. Delish! The Oyster Bay oyster festival is one of the high points on this area of the North shore each fall.

    • If I tell Cole that…he will be on his way to pay you a visit. He loves oysters. Me, not so much so, but fresh is always better. I’m not sure why we celebrate Oyster day in May, and in August…seems like August would be a better month!

  8. Went to church and you are officially on the prayer list. 🙂 Went to make a margarita in honor of Cinco de Mayo and had a teeny bit of tequila so made a weak one for the hubby. I had a wine slushy because it is actually warm out! And sunny! Not quite sunbathing weather but nice enough to get the garage sorted out a bit!!! Yea!!

    • Thank you for adding me to the list. Sounds like you celebrated the day in style. Sun shine! I am so happy for you! I think we have to just declare that we are over the hump! Spring has arrived. Cheers!

  9. No oysters, no tequila for me..Will not eat anything slimy. Sorry the French didn’t win that little war…If you know what I mean! Had 2 wonderful 70+ days here. Am hoping to put the winter clothes away this week. Just sayin’.

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