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The best guacamole for Cinco de Mayo

I love experiencing the tastes of different cuisines and I use any excuse I can find to switch things up a bit at the dinner table.

Celebratory dates from around the globe are perfect for this and May fifth marks Cinco de Mayo—a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

A common misconception is that Cinco de Mayois Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually on Sept. 16. Cinco de Mayois simply Spanish for Fifth of Mayand is a regional holiday that commemorates Mexico's defeat of the French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

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