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Cinco De Mayo in Williamsburg

May 4, 2017Read More

cinco de mayo williamsburgWilliamsburg Virginia Significance 

Very few people see Cinco de Mayo in a Williamsburg Mexican restaurant as having a significant relationship with Williamsburg Virginia’s colonial history. While you enjoy one of our ice cold margaritas at El Sabroson restaurant or some of our delicious Mexican dishes to celebrate Cinco de Mayo it might surprise you to know there is a deep meaning behind Cinco De Mayo.

Cinco De Mayo:  More Familiar than you think

Tell me if this does not sound familiar. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the trial of a young developing nation against a Tyrannical European power that was invading them. For Cinco De Mayo, the big European power was France and the developing nation in North America was Mexico. But you could just as easily replace these two countries with the British invading the American colonies and see the same pattern.

The War Origin of Cinco De Mayo

So Cinco De Mayo is really the study of freedom against oppression and tyrants, a burgeoning theme in Colonial Williamsburg. The Mexicans defeated a larger French army at El Pubela on May 5th 1862, which was a huge victory for the young nation.

The Battle of El Puebla

A little more background about what is going on that occurred on Cinco De cinco de mayo battle of el pueblaMayo. The French had invaded Mexico in the 1860s and were squaring off against a smaller weaker Mexican army at the battle of Puebla. The Mexicans overcame the French and defeated them. The defeat occurred on May 5th, 1862.

Mexican heritage

Many mistake Cinco de Mayo as Mexican Independence Day which is not true. Mexican Independence Day is September 16 but that doesn’t sound as good as Cinco de Mayo. I mean Septiember de diez y seis is a lot to get out in one breath. Just kidding.

mexican restaurant cinco de mayoCelebrate Cinco De Mayo With Us

Come visit our restaurant to celebrate Sinco Cinco De Mayo in Williamsburg Virginia and enjoy fantastic Latin American food, and incredible drinks. Also try our margaritas and celebrate in style.

See you there

The Mexico Spring Food And Wine Festival Gourmet Taco Competition

March 9, 2017Read More

Springtime means warm weather and in Mexico it means it is time for the Mexican Food and Wine Festival in late April. The festival features gourmet Mexican food with top regional wines.

One thing that caught my eye was the fact that in the midst of this Springtime festival of fine wine and regional favorites, there is going to be a gourmet taco competition. I do not use the term gourmet lightly. The competition:

  • Features a dozen gourmet Mexican chefs
  • Costs a $100 to enter
  • Will have a vote at the end

I put a clip on this article of the festival that shows the different events of the festival including a past taco competition. It looked incredible.  I would say it is a very serious competition for an authentic dish.

I am guessing there will be some wide variations due to the creative flair of the chefs and the variety of taco toppings. This could also be attributed as authenticity. While the taco started in one region of Mexico, it quickly found it’s way into the different regions of Mexico. Each region put there own spin on this iconic dish.

Another spin on this dish is it will served with gourmet wines. This idea intrigues me. I have never had to pair wine with tacos. I would imagine it would be a lot of fun to “figure” out what works. I will go out on limb and guess richer meat like steak or beef would tend to go with light or dark reds. A chicken or fish taco might lean toward the white wine family. Personally I think the taco goes with anything. It is like what vanilla is to ice cream, mix it, merge and it always works.

In a way the taco was made to be adapted. The simple idea of the tortilla with meat and toppings could be adopted to just about anything…and has. In America we have everything from Tex-Mex to fast food tacos which are more of a caricature of Tex-Mex food than the real deal.

Come Enjoy Tacos At Our Mexican Restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia

If you cannot make it to Mexico which I would imagine many of us will not be leaving The Burg to be at this Festival at the end of April, we offer authentic Mexican and Latin Food at El Sabroson Restaurant on Waller Mill Road. You can get tacos made with:

  • Steak
  • Beef
  • Tripa
  • Chicken
  • Charcoal Chicken
  • Pulled Pork
  • Pork and Pineapple
  • Chorizo(sausage) and Chicken

Take It A Step Further: Mix Other Latin Foods With Mexican

best spanish rice virginiaYou can also take it a step further and take your own gourmet taco journey at our buffet. Paired with many Mexican food favorites you see in our restaurant, you also have dishes of other Latin American cultures, giving you the ability to customize your own unique taco creations with dishes you will not get anywhere else.


See you at El Sabroson


Getting A Great Margarita in Williamsburg, Virginia

August 22, 2016Read More

It has been a long day of shopping, sightseeing, or just screaming your head off at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg and you realize you need a margarita. When someone thinks of margarita, they usually imagine a giant flower shaped glass opening up to a foggy mixture of tequila, triple sec, and lime. To crown it, a ring of salt sits on the outer edge of the glass. The bigger the glass the better. This is at least, what I think of.

A Great Williamsburg Margarita

There are no bad margaritas. They are kind of like pizza. When they are bad they are good. But when they are good THEY ARE GREAT. But I am interested in the most authentic knock your socks off margarita when I am in Williamsburg, tourist, local, or otherwise. Before we talk about where to get this great Mexican concoction here is a little background

margarita_in_colonial_williamsburgThe Proud Beginning(s) Of The Margarita

Like all great inventions this one is contested. I pulled the multiple rundown of cocktail creation theories from Wikipedia. Here is a small taste of some of the origin stories

  • 1938 Carlos Herrera creates a drink at this restaurant for a dancer who was allergic to many types of alcohol but not tequila.
  • 1941 Don Carlos Orozco offers an experimental drink to the daughter of the German Ambassador. Her name was Margarita Henkel. The drink was named for her.
  • 1942 Francisco Morales mixed the miracle drink in Tommy’s Place Bar.
  • 1945 Jose Cuervo claims the drink was invented for showgirl Rita De La Rosa
  • 1948 A Dallas woman named Margarita Sames created the drink for her guests in Acapulco
  • 1948 Santos Cruz created the margarita for Peggy Margaret Lee. The Spanish version of Margaret is Margarita

And it goes on and on..

So here is what I think. Thank you to all the great margarita experimenters and margarita makers. All of you knew there was a magical connection between Agave Tequila, triple sec, and lime. It played out in many different ways but in the end they are all in the family of margaritas. In fact I think we should honor these cocktail pioneers with a statue, no better yet a memorial bar somewhere between Texas and Mexico. Maybe a border memorial bar. A somber yet fun place where you can pay homage to these early drink inventors.

margarita_barI am thinking there could be a 300 foot high giant margarita statue next to this bar. The bar should be by the highway so drivers passing by can be reminded of the toil that went in to making this drink…and they may be thirsty and you won’t miss a 300 foot mega margarita glass.

The Great Williamsburg Margarita Today

Naturally no one has realized the genius of these plans. But you can enjoy an authentic Mexican margarita at El Sabroson Mexican Restaurant in Williamsburg.

See You There

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