Fiesta Food

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Since I only live 10 miles from the Mexican border here in San Diego and the weather has been perfect this week (80s and low 90s and sunny!)…

…there has been lots of fiesta’ing going on already in my neighborhood all week.   Any excuse to party all week, right?

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought it may be fun to include some of my must-have (or would-like-to-have) Fiesta Items:


Cute sundress


Stellar bag



Sex on the Beach

Don Julio 



Vegan Fajitas with Vegan Sweet Ginger-Lime-Cumin Dipping Sauce


Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables

Vegan Quesadillas with Raw Vegan Cheezey Spread


Raw Taco Nut “Meat” Taco Salad

“Cheater’s” Guacamole


Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies


No Bake Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

I think cookie dough and chocolate is a universal party favorite, right?

From my earlier post containing Coconut Oil Recipes, I’m glad you enjoyed seeing what I make with coconut oil and how I use it outside of cooking uses, too.  And you are all some coconut oil fans, aren’t you!  Fun to hear how you use coconut oil in your life.


1. Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

After writing this post, I really wish I was going out and whooping it up but I am not.  I am working.  Thrilling.

2. What do you like to bring to parties, Mexican-themed or otherwise?

I love to bring liquor, desserts, and a good attitude.   With those three things, it’s bound to be a good party!

Oh, and a playlist that you can shake your booty to!

If you’re going out, enjoy your evening and remember to be safe!

P.S. Have you entered my Granola Giveaway yet?


61 Responses to “Fiesta Food”

  1. Kristina @ spabettie — May 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm (#

    happy Cinco de Mayo Averie!

    we aren’t really celebrating either, but I am making a mexican themed dinner, and we are having margaritas!


  2. janetha @ meals & moves — May 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm (#

    i am celebrating with greek food. i love that sundress!

  3. digital camera review — May 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm (#

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  4. The Teenage Taste — May 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm (#

    MMmmm…Mexican food is my favorite of all the cuisines! Thanks for sharing your favorites. Those vegan quesadillas look deeelish!

  5. Holly @ The Runny Egg — May 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm (#

    Love all of your food in this post! I will definitely be having some “guac” tonight (aka cheaters guac like yours!) and I see a margarita in my future. For sure.

    Usually for parties I like to bring guac, salsa and chips (because that is what I want to snack on!) or I’ll bring a salad and dessert for holidays since it seems like you can never have too many of those options.

  6. Ela — May 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm (#

    Happy Cinco!

    Just got to OR after a whirlwind working visits to friends in Tucson (loved it)–trying to catch up a bit today.
    I love coconut oil! And I love to bring salad, dessert, and things that I know the people I’m going to see will particularly appreciate.

  7. Erica — May 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm (#

    Great list of Fiesta must haves! I’m all about those quesadillas and guacamole! I’m not sure whether or not we’re going out to Mexican tonight. We have a fun weekend ahead and maybe just stay in and relax. What do I usually bring to a party? Great homemade dips/hummus or desserts

  8. Paige @ Running Around Normal — May 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm (#

    We’ll be celebrating at our favorite Mexican joint :)
    Love that sundress – very cute!

  9. Rae — May 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm (#

    your pics are making me hungry! We’re celebrating cinco de mayo as boy’s day here in hawaii. But every celebration could use some guacamole!

  10. Heather (Where's the Beach) — May 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm (#

    What a cute sundress – I think I might need that ;-) I love love love fun little summer dresses. So comfy. Not doing anything special for the day. I went to spin class, does that count???

  11. McKella — May 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm (#

    I made my version of cheater guac, but that’s all I’m really doing for Cinco de Mayo this year.
    I always like to bring salads to parties to ensure there’s some fresh veggies to eat. No meal’s complete without fresh veggies. Sometimes I’ll throw in a batch of my cookies too!

  12. Katie — May 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm (#

    I always bring veggies and dip to parties. Shocking, I know. :)

    actually forgot about cinco de mayo this year. I probably won’t do anything. I did make some new cheeze though, so maybe I’ll make nachos to celebrate. We’ll see. I wish I could have a tecate or a corona. Maybe I’ll go get some tequila…you know the good mexican kind. :)

  13. birdie to be — May 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm (#

    I love your festive post. What cute items you chose! And the food looks so good and tempting! I posted about Cinco de Mayo outfits too. Any excuse for a new attire right? :)

  14. Annie — May 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm (#

    I am celebrating with an at-home made margarita (I hope). Also, looking at the fridge and pantry and trying to makeup dinner. For some reason, I only planned for two dinners this week (I normally plan at least 4). We might be having a sandwich fiesta. :)

  15. carin — May 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm (#

    ohhhhh 90s is definitely getting too hot for my blood. just walked the dog in 95 here in the IE and was sweating BULLETS!

  16. Baking 'n' Books — May 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm (#

    Yep. Thrilling indeed ;) Great round up.

  17. Lauren — May 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm (#

    Happy Cinco De Mayo!! We celebrated tonight with Margaritas and Tacos and it was just fantastic. :)

  18. julie — May 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm (#

    i think for mothers day my mom should get me that GORGEOUS and EXTREMELY expensive lv bag haha. i’ve been coveting the louie brown checkerboard saddle bag for YEARS. i’ll never get it :(

  19. Nicole @ Fresh & Fit — May 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm (#

    I just made your guacamole, so good and so simple! Thanks!

  20. Amanda — May 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm (#

    I usually work, I honestly have never celebrated on Cinco de Mayo!!! But this year I am on vacation in FL and we are having cervesa (sp) and eating guacamole. We are about to eat shrimp and fish tacos, yum!!! I will send love and good times!!!

  21. Mimi (Gingersnaps) — May 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm (#

    That is the hottest moo-moo dress ever! It would really go with your coloring too.

    For Cinco de Mayo I went on a quest. There is one Chipotle in the UK. I went there and got chips and guac. Woo, epic!

  22. cathy — May 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm (#

    there’s really no cinco-de-mayo-ing going on around here. i think i saw ONE bar in town with a sign saying come celebrate…we’re just too far from the mexican border, up here in southern ontario. oh, how i would love to be in SD!!! *sigh!*
    i take a veg platter or fruit plate to parties (ie no cooking involved) or i take a dessert like brownies or cookies (those i WILL make from scratch!)
    well, since you missed partying today, you better have a drink in aruba in honour!
    have a great eve, averie!

  23. Suzanne Williams — May 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm (#

    Love the cheater’s guacamole. I didn’t get to celebrate cinco de mayo very much today, so your recipes made me feel at least part of it all. They look so yummy. Love the sundress, gotta be Victoria’s Secret.
    Suzanne Williams

  24. Christina @ The Athletarian — May 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm (#

    I celebrated with a salad! Ha!

    I love bringing vegan desserts to parties. I love the look on people’s faces when they find out there are no eggs, milk, or butter…hehe

  25. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan — May 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm (#

    Feliz cinco de mayo! Nice recipe roundup. :)

  26. Noya - gluttonandstudent — May 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm (#

    I’m loving all of the vegetarian mexican food – it looks so delicious! Unfortunately, I’m not celebrating – I’ve got classes tomorrow!

  27. Ellie@fitforthesoul — May 6, 2011 at 12:02 am (#

    I agree, that sundress is purrrtyyy indeed! I’ve never celebrated 5 de mayo :P

  28. Sue @ Sue In Training — May 6, 2011 at 12:24 am (#

    1. No, Mexico is too far away from here, so no one I know is celebrating.
    2. “liquor, desserts, and a good attitude” – That’s exactly what I like to bring to parties, too! Mabye add some chips and crackers and good wine. Reminds me of last Saturday, oh boy!
    Btw, that dress looks really cute! You have a great taste!

  29. Katherine Pennington — May 6, 2011 at 3:37 am (#

    Love, love, love the dress!!!

  30. kate — May 6, 2011 at 5:35 am (#

    I love that dress, I am excited I leave for mexico tomorrow and ill be leaving our 50 degree weather for 80s woooo! Drinks look delish too I cant wait to sip one on the beach!

  31. Krista — May 6, 2011 at 6:14 am (#

    LOVE that sundress. I’ve never seen any sort of Cinco de Mayo celebration where I live….not even sure what it’s all about, truth be told! ;)

  32. Amber K — May 6, 2011 at 8:47 am (#

    I didn’t celebrate, in fact I think I only have once in my life when a friend invited my husband and I out to try a new Mexican restaurant that her friend worked at. And to “celebrate” we simply ate there! Lol, yeah we’re wild party animals like that :)

  33. Beth — May 6, 2011 at 8:58 am (#

    For parties and gatherings I like to bring gluten-free options that I can eat – including dessert. Your Raw Vegan Chocolate Snowballs (put into muffin liners) are always a huge hit, as are your cookie dough balls.

  34. Christine (The Raw Project) — May 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm (#

    Great list, there’s so much cute goodies and accessories I’d love to have for warmer weather.

    1. Nope, long day and work and no one to celebrate with hubby out-of-town. He’s actually near you currently, but working insane hours on a new contract.
    2. Raw guac, salsa and red pepper flax chips – yum! Maybe a margarita or two from the Vita-Mix. :-)

  35. Jolene ( — May 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm (#

    When I go to a party I like to bring booze and a killer appetizer or dessert.

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