Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The History of Cinco de Mayo

CINCO de MAYO FIESTA at HARRY'S

Thursday, May 5th, come down and join us for our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Harry's in Pismo Beach! We have all kinds of goodies lined up for you! Specials on Mexican Lollipop Shots, Micheladas, Margaritas and Beer Buckets, plus free Chips & Salsa, our senor/senorita cutouts for photos, giveaways, and Karaoke at 9pm! 




Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

HISTORY OF CINCO DE MAYO: BATTLE OF PUEBLA

In 1861 the liberal Mexican Benito Juárez (1806-1872) became president of a country in financial ruin, and he was forced to default on his debts to European governments. In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, ruled by Napoleon III (1808-1873), decided to use the opportunity to carve a dependent empire out of Mexican territory. Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat.

Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez (1814-1892) set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a rag-tag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla. Led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), the vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez drew his army, well provisioned and supported by heavy artillery, before the city of Puebla and led an assault from the north. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.

Although not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s success at Puebla represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement. Six years later—thanks in part to military support and political pressure from the United States, which was finally in a position to aid its besieged neighbor after the end of the Civil War—France withdrew. The same year, Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, who had been installed as emperor of Mexico by Napoleon in 1864, was captured and executed by Juárez’s forces. Puebla de Los Angeles was renamed for General Zaragoza, who died of typhoid fever months after his historic triumph there.

CINCO DE MAYO IN MEXICO
Within Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, where Zaragoza’s unlikely triumph occurred, although other parts of the country also take part in the celebration. Traditions include military parades, recreations of the Battle of Puebla and other festive events. For many Mexicans, however, May 5 is a day like any other: It is not a federal holiday, so offices, banks and stores remain open.

CINCO DE MAYO IN THE UNITED STATES
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations. Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla. Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

CONFUSION WITH MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
Many people outside Mexico mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican independence, which was declared more than 50 years before the Battle of Puebla. That event is commemorated on September 16, the anniversary of the revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s famous “Grito de Dolores” (“Cry of Dolores”), a call to arms that amounted to a declaration of war against the Spanish colonial government in 1810.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Never trust anyone who is rude to a waiter ... or cocktail server!

Never trust anyone who is rude to a waiter

There's a lot of bad behaviour in restaurants these days. But I always follow my gran's rule …
'The way people treat restaurant staff reveals their character.' Photograph: Getty Images/Fuse
I remember my grandmother telling me that if I were ever to marry, I should make sure he was kind. But she might just as well have said: "Find yourself a man who's nice to waiters." The way people treat restaurant staff is, I think, a kind of poker tell, revealing a person's character in as long as it takes to say: "I'll have the sea bass." A man (or woman) who is actively unpleasant to waiters is best avoided. Ditto those who patronise them. Just as bad, though, are people who treat waiters as though they're invisible. This is not, as these cretins seem to think, a sign of metropolitan sophistication. Do this, and you might as well be wearing a T-shirt that says: "I'm an over-privileged baboon: cold, ruthless, rude and rather stupid."

Is rudeness in restaurants on the rise? It feels like it to me. Several times in recent weeks, I've watched, appalled, as someone on a nearby table has harangued their waitress beyond the point of reason. On one occasion, in a restaurant I love, I came close to intervening. Why is it happening? I'm not sure. On one level, it's connected to the disappearance of manners in general, a loss of grace that I connect to the rise of the smartphone. But perhaps, too, people feel, in recessionary times, able to demand more. Their conviction that the restaurant needs them more than they need the restaurant gives them licence to bully.

I am not rude to waiting staff. Quite the opposite. I begin by being ingratiating, inserting the word "possibly" – as in, "could I possibly have some water?" – into every sentence, and then, bit by bit, I crank it up until appreciation oozes, brie-like, from every pore. On hearing the day's specials, for instance, I smile and nod maniacally, a look of wonderment spreading across my features as if I've lucked out merely to be listening to such poetic descriptions. Should I then fail to choose one of these specials, I'm careful to sound a touch embarrassed, and when my order arrives, I try to look pleased, yet not too pleased. "You were right," says my chastened expression. And so it goes on. I overpraise. I overtip. I am just so bloody grateful.

I like to think I'd behave like this even if I'd been born into great wealth, a houseful of servants to iron my pajamas. But it probably has as much to do with having worked as a waitress myself as with manners. When I see someone in a white apron, leaning heavily on a bar, I can't help but wonder about their shift. When did it begin, and when will it end? I think about their feet, too. Do they ache? I worry about their tips, which may be snatched by some higher authority, and about their boss, who might be decent, but might also be a tyrant, and stingy with late-night taxis home.

Long ago, I worked as a waitress in a pub-restaurant in Sheffield. Except that I wasn't only a waitress. I was a barmaid, too. And a cleaner. Each day began at eight o'clock, with the hosing down of the men's urinals. Cleaning the pub took two hours – or at least, that was how much time I was paid for. So I had to be quick. Polish, Hoover, mop, mop, mop. At 10, I went home for breakfast. I returned at midday, for a five-hour shift behind the bar. We were expected, then, to add the drinks up in our heads. Also, to push two new drinks: Taboo and Mirage. I never knew how best to do this. Neither one had anything to recommend it.

At five, I went home for tea. I returned at seven, and worked as a waitress until closing. When I used to ring the bell, I would think of The Waste Land – "HURRY UP, PLEASE, IT'S TIME" – and smile. It was hard to believe, sometimes, that I had another life – though it was this other life that I clung to when the landlord, having discovered that the till was down, told me that my pay would be docked. "Are you accusing me of stealing?" I asked, knowing that if he sacked me, it was only three weeks until my grant check would arrive. "If you want to see it like that," he said, jangling the keys to his Ford Escort. There's no one on earth half so jumped up as a fat Yorkshireman with a tiny bit of power.

I've written all this by way of a plea: please be good to your waiter. I know it's annoying when things aren't right. I know it's galling to be given a hefty bill when all night you've been wondering why the table that came in after you was served before you. But waiters are mere messengers most of the time, and it's wrong to shoot them, however bad the news. As you ponder your tip, consider this: you probably don't know the half of it.

Article courtesy of The Guardian
Article written by Rachel Cooke
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Favorite Beers and Who Loves them Around the World

Did you know that Bud Light is America's favorite beer? What's yours?

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Every Country's Most Popular Beer

For Thousands of years beer has filled the bellies of humanity. Beer defies borders and stretches into almost every culture on the globe. The beer companies of the world are some of the most successful businesses ever known.

Huge international business conglomerates are purchasing breweries of all different sizes. A more newsworthy acquisition recently has been the purchase of Pabst Brewing by a Russian corporation. This means my local beer of Lone Star has even less of a foothold in Texas – where it’s regionally sold. Other regional brands like Old Style, and Washington’s Rainer brands are also owned by Pabst, or should I say some business man in Russia.

With the exponential growth of craft beer, market leaders like Budweiser and MillerCoors have all but given up competing with the small breweries. They now just seem to swoop in and purchase the popular craft breweries like there’s no tomorrow.

Although today’s infographic is on a global scale, you must understand a lot of these international beers are owned by just a few companies. If somehow a popular national brew isn’t owned in any way by a foreign agency, you can guarantee their international distribution deal is.

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Article written by Tim Willinghamcourtesy of DailyInfographic.com

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Winter has Arrived!

10 Winter Cocktails for Cold Nights
By Vicki Santillano

Hot beverages are the perfect prescription for chilly autumn and winter nights. Fortified with brown liquors and heavy creams and spiced with seasonal flavors, like cinnamon and mint, these winter cocktails are comfort in a glass. Just one sip will make you feel a little toastier—and perhaps a little toasted, as well.


1. apple cider
This cocktail has all the standard accoutrements of the hot cider you remember as a kid, like cinnamon sticks and cloves, but with one adult addition: bourbon. Add orange slices for a festive, citrusy garnish. Get the recipe


2. peppermint patty
Already a cold weather staple, hot chocolate is made even better with a splash (or three) of peppermint schnapps. (Crème de menthe also works well.) It makes a decadent yet refreshing liquid dessert. Get the recipe.


3. mulled wine
Sometimes called Glühwein or glögg, mulled wine is red wine that’s been heated and mixed with sugar; spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; and orange and lemon slices. Bon Appétit’s version incorporates brandy into the mix. Get the recipe.


4. cherry pepper martini
Though martinis aren’t hot temperature-wise, the pepper-infused vodka in this particular variety is sure to warm you up from the inside out. A little grenadine nicely complements the subtle heat in SheKnows.com’s winter cocktail. Get the recipe.


5. hot toddy
A hot toddy actually does wonders for a sore throat and stuffy head, thanks to its soothing ingredients, like honey and whiskey. A smidge of orange juice and a sprinkle of cinnamon help it go down even easier. Get the recipe.


6. irish coffee
This winter cocktail turns coffee naughty with the addition of Irish whiskey and a little whipped cream on top. This recipe comes from the Buena Vista, a famous café in San Francisco that first brought the drink to the United States. Get the recipe.


7. winter julep
Imbibe magazine’s winter take on the light, summery mint julep utilizes peppermint tea and brown sugar to create a drink that’s heartier without sacrificing any of the tastiness. Don’t forget the mint sprig! Get the recipe.


8. the blizzard cocktail
If you thought the Peppermint Patty sounded rich, check out the stats on the Blizzard, a cocktail featured on Martha Stewart’s website. It’s whiskey, hazelnut and Irish cream liqueur, and coffee, topped off with Grand Marnier whipped cream. Like the name implies, this is only for extreme sweet tooth situations. Get the recipe.

9. hot buttered rum
Hot buttered rum has all the makings of a delicious and comforting baked good: butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar, and heavy cream. It’s almost as if a buttery caramel cookie was melted down and poured into a mug, making the perfect winter cocktail. Get the recipe.


10. tom and jerry
A Tom and Jerry cocktail is similar to eggnog in both its taste and its association with the holidays. The main difference is that it’s served hot instead of cold, which enhances the bold flavors of the spice blend and the Jamaican rum in Epicurious.com’s recipe. Get the recipe.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

10 Hangover Remedies: What Works?

"The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But it’s often easy to overindulge." 
Don't get your hopes up

Traditional hangover remedies often aren’t effective, and some of them may actually make you feel worse. Find out what hangover cures will help, and what is too good to be true.

The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But it’s often easy to overindulge. 

Alternating your drinks with water or another nonalcoholic beverage can help you slow down and stay hydrated. If you still wind up with a hangover, you may be inclined to try one of the many supposedly tried-and-true remedies.

However, traditional hangover remedies are often ineffective, and some of them may actually make you feel worse.

1. Hair of the dog
Even though the thought of a Bloody Mary may appeal to you, a Virgin Mary is a much better choice the morning after. "The worst thing to do is to have another drink," says Charles Cutler, MD, an internist in Norristown, Pa., and the chair of the American College of Physicians' board of governors.

The alcohol may temporarily help your symptoms but could hurt in the long run. Hangovers make you feel horrible because alcohol is toxic, Dr. Cutler explains, and you need to give your body a chance to recover. That morning drink could lead to an even worse hangover the following day.

2. Greasy breakfast
There’s no scientific evidence that a heaping helping of bacon and eggs will ease hangover anguish, even though many people swear by it. "Greasy food is just going to give you heartburn," says Dr. Cutler, who recommends sticking with easy-to-digest foods such as toast or cereal. "You want to get calories right back into your system." 

Eat light and stay hydrated, agrees John Brick, PhD, an alcohol research scientist and author of The Doctor’s Hangover Handbook. "No specific foods are recommended, although honey sandwiches are helpful to some people," Brick says.

3. Alka-Seltzer
Alka-Seltzer turns 80 in 2011, and the famous fizzy medicine has probably been used to treat hangovers for nearly that long. In 2001, the company even introduced a Morning Relief formulation specifically for hangovers.

All Alka-Seltzer varieties contain sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda), which will help settle a queasy belly by neutralizing stomach acid. Still, other ingredients, notably aspirin and citric acid, may irritate your stomach after a night of heavy drinking.



4. Hangover pills
There are lots of hangover "cures" in a bottle out there—such as Chaser, PreToxx, and RU 21—but very little evidence to back up claims. "Hangover pills that have been studied are not effective, or only help against a few complaints…but not all," says Joris C. Verster, PhD, an assistant professor of psychopharmacology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, who studies hangovers. A 2005 review article in the journal BMJ identified eight peer-reviewed, placebo-controlled studies of hangover remedies, and concluded that "no compelling evidence exists" to support their use. Dr. Cutler suggests taking a multivitamin instead to restore the nutrients your body may have lost during a binge.

5. Coffee
If you’re a regular coffee drinker, skipping java when you’re hung over may—or may not—be a good idea, Brick says. You may wind up layering a pounding caffeine-withdrawal headache on top of your hangover woes when you miss your regular morning fix.

That said, caffeine narrows your blood vessels and boosts blood pressure. "Both of these may make the hangover worse," Brick says. "If you drink coffee regularly, you might try a very small amount in the morning. Wait 30 to 60 minutes and see how you feel."

6. Water and sports drinks
Conventional wisdom holds that the dehydration caused by heavy drinking is what makes you feel so sick the next day. In fact, experts actually know very little about what causes a hangover. Potential culprits include disrupted biological rhythms or even alcohol withdrawal, and research suggests that congeners—toxic substances found in alcohol, especially dark liquors such as whiskey—may also play a role. 

Nevertheless, replacing the fluid you've lost will likely help you feel a little less miserable. "Juice, water, Gatorade, all those things—they're going to make you feel better," says Dr. Cutler.

7. Take pain relievers
For women who have PMS-related pain such as cramping, breast tenderness, backaches, or headaches, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAIDs) can provide some relief. 

These include ibuprofen (Advil and similar drugs) and naproxen (Aleve). 

Or you can try over-the-counter remedies specifically aimed at PMS like Pamprin and Midol. These often combine some sort of pain reliever with caffeine.

8. Exercise
A gentle workout could help you feel better, if you can manage it (and that's a big if).

"Remember: If you've been drinking heavily, you could be a little dehydrated, you could be metabolically behind on your nutrition, and exercise is going to require hydration and nutrition," Dr. Cutler says. "Exercise is always the right thing to do, but I don't think [on] the morning you wake up with a hangover, exercise is what you need." What you really need is rest, he adds.



9. Sauna
Think you can "sweat out" the alcohol and other toxins you may have consumed during a night of partying? Think again. A sauna can cause potentially dangerous blood vessel and blood flow changes in your body. "The last thing you need is to disrupt the normal blood-flow patterns by extreme heat," Dr. Cutler says.

If you're already somewhat dehydrated, excessive sweating can be harmful, and even deadly. Researchers from the Finnish State Alcohol Company's Research Laboratories, in Helsinki, warn that sauna bathing while hung over carries "real health risks," including dangerous drops in blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms.


10. Sleep
People sleep poorly after a night of drinking. Alcohol will put you to sleep quickly, but when it begins to wear off several hours later, the withdrawal your body feels can disrupt sleep and jolt you awake. Although sleep deprivation won't by itself cause a hangover, it definitely can make the symptoms feel worse.

If you have the luxury of "sleeping it off" the next day, do so. Your foggy brain and achy body will thank you. "The body’s got an amazing capacity to heal on its own," says Dr. Cutler.

In the end, the only surefire treatment for a hangover is time.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Harry's New Year's Eve Party!


We are all SOLD OUT for New Year's Eve!
Have a great time and be safe!

Get your tickets for the best New Year's Eve Party on the  Central Coast happening at Harry's Night Club & Beach Bar on December 31st from 9pm-2am!  


Tickets include seating, a catered dinner by Willow Ranch BBQ, a Champagne Toast, and Live Music by MGB!

There are a limited amount of seats available, so call today to get your tickets reserved!  

Premium Seating is $50/person
Standard Seating is $30/person

Stop by the bar at 690 Cypress Street in Pismo Beach or call us at (805) 773-1010 to purchase tickets over the phone!



Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Winner of the Harry's Beach Cruiser Giveaway and her Story!

AND THE WINNER IS ... SANDY B.!

Harry's is pleased to announce to you that the winner of the Beach Cruiser Giveaway is Sandy B., a breast cancer survivor herself!

Harry's would like to thank each and every one of you who contributed to the success of this fundraiser/raffle!  We raised nearly $1900 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, and all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society!



We all were very happy when we found out that the winner of our Harry's Beach Cruiser Giveaway was an actual Breast Cancer Survivor!  It couldn't have happened to a more excited and grateful person!  

Sandy was kind enough to share her story with us in order to share with all of you and raise more awareness.  Below is Sandy's story in her own words.


SANDY'S STORY
My name is Sandy and I am the very proud winner of the pink beach cruiser that was raffled off last month to promote breast cancer awareness. Being a three year breast cancer survivor myself, I was elated to hear I had actually WON the bike, but hearing that the raffle raised almost $1,900 for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event was even more exciting!

When I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer three years ago I knew nothing about this horrible disease that affects 1 in 8 women. I believed that cancer happens to others…not me! Wow, was I given a wakeup call when I felt a lump in my left breast while showering one morning! I knew immediately something was not right, and made an appointment to have it checked out by my primary care doctor. During his examination, he confidently told me “the lump you feel is nothing, but if you insist, I will send you to the breast center for a diagnostic mammogram.” 

My gut instinct told me to make the appointment at the CMH Breast Center, and a few days later I was told, again… “The lump you feel is nothing” by two radiologists who looked at the mammogram images. However, this time, one radiologist saw “something suspicious” about two inches away from the lump I felt and ordered a biopsy within a few days. 

One week later I received the news that I indeed had “invasive lobular breast cancer.” I was immediately referred to a surgical oncologist who explained to me what my options were, and confidently told me “the lump you feel is nothing.” After careful research regarding lobular breast cancer, and learning that this type of breast cancer would most likely occur in my right breast, I made the difficult decision to have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. This decision ended up saving my life, because when the pathology came back on my breast tissue after my first surgery July 18, 2012, it was determined that the original lump I felt in the shower WAS in fact breast cancer, and the FOUR doctors who told me it was “nothing” were wrong. 

I endured five major surgeries over the last three years and am happy to say I am currently cancer free and healthy. I have taken an anticancer drug called Tamoxifen every day for three years to keep my cancer from coming back somewhere else in my body. Studies have indicated that if breast cancer recurs, it will happen within the first five years, so I have two more years taking Tamoxifen before I am “out of the woods.” 

I could go on and on about the endless doctor appointments, the sudden onset of hypochondria and the financial burden a cancer diagnosis can place on a person, but I won’t burden you with those things. 

In closing, I would like to say that breast cancer does not discriminate based on age, ethnicity or even gender. My advice is to be your own advocate, your own doctor, and never, never take no for an answer if you truly feel something is wrong. I didn’t and it saved my life. 
So ladies…get your mammogram! Educate yourself about breast cancer because it truly is an epidemic. Early detection saves lives, and I am living proof of that. Thank you again for listening to my story, and thank you Harry’s for your contribution to promoting awareness!
~ Sandy B.


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