Cinco de Mayo is this week — and who better to set the stage than Los Angeles' very own Danny Trejo.
In an interview for "LA Times Today," Amrit Singh caught up with Trejo at his restaurant, Trejo's Tacos, to dispel some myths about the holiday and talk about how he is celebrating.
Mexican Independence Day is Sept. 16. Trejo explained that Cinco de Mayo commemorates when Mexican soldiers beat the French.
"They tried to take over Mexico. They were basically setting up cities all over it. Mexico didn't like oppression. So basically, the battle was like a moral victory to show them that Mexico is a power to be reckoned with. And that's why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo."
The holiday took off in the 1906s with the Chicano movement. Food is a major part of celebrations. Trejo said new cocktails and dishes will be served as part of Trejo's Tacos' Cinco de Mayo menu.
"It's lovely to come here. It's a part of your everyday life. I wanted people to feel like you're in my living room, you know? I show up at all. I'll make a stop at all of them. You know, it's like everybody seems to get along, and everybody starts talking to each other. We deliver. It's like, if you can't get to us, we'll get to you."
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Trejo's Tacos, take a look at the menu here.
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