The problem with Cinco de Mayo we can’t ignore 

For Americans, Cinco de Mayo is another excuse for excess — to drown themselves in Mexican beer and margaritas, and wear sombreros for fun, as if donning one imbues one with actual culture. “Cinco de Drinko,” was how Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer referred to it last year, before she tweeted an apology, while the hosts of MSNBC’s Way Too Early had to apologize for their own margarita-and-sombrero incident. Indeed, on this one day, Americans drink more beer than on St. Patrick’s Day or during the the Super Bowl.

While the United States will go to great — even deadly — lengths to secure its border from Mexican immigrants, it will gladly accept aspects of Mexican culture that it can bastardize. 

And the saddest part? The real history gets lost. No, Cinco de Mayo is not “Mexican Independence Day.” 

It’s Cinco de Mayo!


Don’t be that jerk who’s “celebrating” Mexican culture by wearing a sombrero, poncho, whatever. Don’t be that person who treats Mexican people like props or gets obscenely drunk at Mexican establishments hosting Cinco de Mayo specials.

And, if you’re not sure you can stop yourself, do us all a favor and just go to Taco Bell, where you can share chalupas with your ignorant brethren. 

But… If you want to celebrate (respectfully!) with No More Ramen, submit your favorite Mexican dishes to the blog! We especially invite folks to submit who have a cultural connection with these foods - we welcome pictures, recipes, and anecdotes about how food intertwines with family and culture! Thanks!


Tuesday Tips - Inspirations
“La Vallée des Bannis” (“Valley of Banishment”, ?)
Growing up in Canada (Quebec), European “bandes-dessinees” were all-around. Not viewed as a”kid’s thing”, it seemed like every household had a collection of Asterix, Lucky Luke, Gaston Lagaffe, etc. I would say they were considered “light literature” by adults. As they should. Spirou and Fantasio was my favorite. I’ve read most of the series (excluding some of the last ones), but number 41 hit a sweet spot. It followed the events from the previous tome, but it also stood on its own as a great little story. The two inseparable friends are thrown in a mysterious, hostile environment were Fantasio gets infected by a virus that makes him act crazy and violent towards his friend. In this dangerous environment and situation, Spirou has to not only fight for his life but also figure out the secrets of this forsaken place.

This particular tome was in complete Indiana Jones territory. Spirou, originally conceived as a Bellboy in the original Franquin tomes, quickly became a journalist (reporter) in later adventures. In “La Vallée des Bannis”, he’s a full-on adventure-seeker, a man put in a very dangerous, mysterious situation.

Apart from the fun story, the art was just the most exciting thing I had ever seen. I was always a Goscinny fan (Asterix), but Janry’s work kept evolving has the tomes went on, and I was all-in on the ride. The staging, acting, inking, everything was just pure entertainment, all done with a sense of fun and comedy. And it still holds up! Just amazing.


if you’re not Mexican and you’re celebrating today, most likely you are perpetuating racist stereotypes such as alcoholism being rooted in our culture, probably getting it mixed up with Mexican independence day, you’re giving profit to (most likely) non Mexican business who are capitalizing of my culture, and you are literally celebrating the deaths of white people. And it’s so funny! Because Mexicans are DESPISED every other day of the year, so incredibly disrespected and dehumanized and today’s costumes and behaviors will enforce our being the butt of the joke, but let’s forget that and let your clown ass get drunk and wear a “sombrero” today!!:)