Thursday, April 30, 2015

Iran Supreme Leader tweets about Baltimore unrest

LG G4 Smartphone Camera Leaves Galaxy S6 And iPhone 6 Outgunned

VideoLG has finally launched its latest flagship smartphone, the G4 - a phone fitted with a camera that’s technologically way ahead of arch-rivals Apple and Samsung. With the G4, LG has delivered one of the most impressive smartphone camera specifications I’ve seen. Seemingly innumerable leaks and teasers ensured that we already [...]

Exclusive: Social Media Management Platform Sprinklr Acquires Brazilian Startup Scup

The New York-based marketing startup has been on a buyout spree for over a year.

Saigon Shrugs Off Parade On 40th Anniversary Of Communist Victory In Favor Of Focus On Business

The great parade marking the 40th annivsary since the defeat of the old U.S.-backed Saigon regime on April30, 1975. was a show stage-managed by the victors for a southern audience that remains largely indifferent to rhetoric and bombast from their northern leaders.

Researchers Identify Why 'Agility' In Strategic Plans Is So Hard To Execute

If formulating an effective company strategy is tough, apparently executing that strategy is even tougher. In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, Why Strategy Execution Unravels – and What to Do About It, authors Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes and Charles Sull examine and summarize work that Donald Sull had started almost a decade ago on how “complex organizations can execute their strategies more effectively.”

Jury to weigh Boston bomber's past in sentencing phase

BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers seeking to spare Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty will continue to argue on Thursday that he was a good young man whose life was derailed when he fell under the influence of his now-dead older brother.






Faith Leaders Warn SCOTUS: 'Don't Cross That Line'

A group of prominent Christian leaders are issuing a warning to the Supreme Court. If it legalizes gay marriage, they will not obey.

Listen to the soothing sounds of Wikipedia being edited

Listen to the soothing sounds of Wikipedia being edited

If you are thinking of opening a spa, or you're just having a stressful day and in need of mellowing out, we have the perfect playlist for you: Wikipedia.

Each Wikipedia edit has been given its own sound - gentle bells play for new additions and string plucks signal subtractions, while pitch is controlled by the size of the change made - the bigger the edit, the deeper the note.

We suggest you go and run a nice bath, click here then relax while people you'll never meet create a live symphony of facts just for you.

Mailbag: Moustakas, Cubs, Dodgers, New York supremacy, and more!

Rob Neyer brings back his mailbag and addresses Mike Moustakas' adjustments, the Dodgers' rotation, the Cubs' most glaring need, and the Mets' chances of taking over New York.

Mailbag: Moustakas, Cubs, Dodgers, New York supremacy, and more!

Rob Neyer brings back his mailbag and addresses Mike Moustakas' adjustments, the Dodgers' rotation, the Cubs' most glaring need, and the Mets' chances of taking over New York.

This high-speed camera can record a trillion frames per second

This high-speed camera can record a trillion frames per second

Researchers have developed a high-speed camera that can capture video a thousand times faster than traditional high-speed cameras.

It's called Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography, or STAMP for short, and records at one trillion frames per second. That's just fast enough to capture waves of atoms passing through crystal structures, which move at about a sixth of the speed of light.

The device was created by Keiichi Nakagawa from the University of Tokyo. He saw that the speed of conventional high-speed cameras are limited by their mechanical and electrical components - so used just fast, optical components instead.

It works by splitting ultra-short flashes of light into different colours like a rainbow. These hit the imaged object in quick succession, and can then be analysed to see how the object looked over the duration of the flash. The first version could only take six frames, but that has since been expanded to 25. Nakagawa believes it could be improved to 100 with current technology.

He adds that he thinks the camera "holds great promise for studying a diverse range of previously unexplored complex ultrafast phenomena".

[Image credit: Keiichi Nakagawa/ University of Tokyo]

Make This Bourbon Waffle Cake With Candied Bacon Because You're A Breakfast Hero

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The line between breakfast and dessert is a thin one. This Bourbon Waffle Cake crosses that line unapologetically. It is a breakfast-dessert hybrid and it is proud to be so.

As you can see, this waffle is no ordinary waffle. Bourbon whipped cream is sandwiched between three waffle-cakes, which boast cinnamon, sugar and even more bourbon. It's all topped off with maple syrup and candied bacon praline.

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Clearly, this culinary masterpiece combines breakfast and dessert's best qualities in one (recall: bacon, waffles, whipped cream). Become the breakfast hero you've always dreamed of being, and make this as soon as possible. Get the full recipe from F and B Department here.

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13 Things Anyone Who Loves A Highly Sensitive Person Should Know

When I was in kindergarten, a boy in my class tossed my favorite book over our elementary school fence. I remember crying profusely, not because I was sad to see it go, but because I was so furious that he was such a bully. It was probably one of the first times I expressed my sensitivity to my peers -- a rollercoaster I still continue to ride each day.

Many of my friends lovingly tease me about my emotional reactivity, but it's certainly not like I can control it. Some people are just more sensitive than others, and that's not always a bad thing. I'm also not alone: Approximately one in five people -- women and men -- can be classified HSP, or as a highly sensitive person, according to HSP researcher and psychologist Elaine Aron, Ph.D. That makes it highly likely you know and love someone with the personality trait.

Below are a few things to keep in mind about your highly sensitive loved ones.


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1. We're going to cry.
When we're happy, when we're sad and when we're angry. That's because highly sensitive people just naturally feel more deeply and react accordingly.

2. Not all of us are introverts.
Introversion does not equal sensitivity. In fact, according to Aron's research, approximately 30 percent of highly sensitive people are extroverts.

3. Decisions make us nervous.
Highly sensitive individuals are notoriously bad at making choices -- even if it's just picking out where to go to dinner. This is mostly because we agonize over the possibility of making the wrong one. (What if the food is bad?!)

4. We notice that subtle change in your tone.
If you normally end each text message with an exclamation point and lately you've been using a period, you better believe we'll pick up on it. Highly sensitive people are generally more intuitive when it comes to the tiny nuances of our environment and we're more affected by shifts in other people's moods.

5. We're always willing to hear you vent.
Don't be afraid to reach out to use us when you need a shoulder to lean on. Our overly-empathetic nature allows us to be excellent listeners when you need it, because when you feel pain so do we -- and we want to do whatever we can to make you feel comfortable. Highly sensitive people make excellent teachers, therapists and managers for this reason.

6. Repetitive and loud noises are the worst.
Loud chewing, a barreling train, boisterous co-workers: You name it, we're sensitive to it. That's because chaotic or overstimulating environments have more of an influence on HSPs, according to Aron.

7. Our workplace habits are a bit atypical.
Working from home or in a quiet space is a dream for highly sensitive people -- especially because it allows us to focus if we become too overwhelmed. However, don't let our solo work ethic fool you. "Sensitive people can use their observations to their advantage ... They're going to rise to the top," Aron previously told HuffPost. "They know how to bring ideas up without being ridiculed or scorned." HSPs also make excellent team players due to our analytical nature and thoughtfulness for others' ideas (just don't force us to make the final decision on a project).

8. Don't ask us to see that new slasher movie.
That same high empathy we experience for others combined with overstimulation makes gory, violent films truly terrible for highly sensitive people.

9. Criticism is incredibly distressing.
As a result, we tend to avoid anything that may cause those feelings of shame. This may mean we engage in people-pleasing or self-deprecating behavior more than most of our peers. In other words, we're far from perfect.

10. We're constantly being told we take things too personally.
A joke at our expense sometimes just isn't a joke to us. We know it's a little silly to be upset, but what else are we supposed to do with all of our feelings?

11. We have a low pain tolerance.
Pass the ice, please. It doesn't matter if it's a broken arm or just a stubbed toe, any injury really hurts. This is because highly sensitive people are more affected by pain than others, according to Aron's research.

12. We crave deep relationships.
According to Aron, highly sensitive people tend to get more bored in marriages than non-HSP couples, mostly due to the lack of meaningful interaction that naturally occurs as time goes on. However, this doesn't necessarily mean we're dissatisfied with the relationship -- we just need to find a way to have more stimulating conversations.

13. We can't just stop being highly sensitive.
A 2014 study published in the journal Brain and Behavior found that highly sensitive people experienced more activity in regions of the brain associated with empathy and awareness when exposed to pictures of emotional individuals than the average person. In other words, we're neurologically wired to behave the way that we do.

With that in mind, know that the best way to love us is to support us. Try not to shame us for our sensitivity. Tell us it's okay to feel the way we do. And in return, we'll try not to tear up over your kind words (no promises, though).

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9 Emotions Every Messy Person Feels While Cleaning Their Room

There are all types of people in the world: tall and short, Democrat and Republican. But nothing separates us from one another more than being messy or, well, not messy.

Maybe your closet isn't big enough for all of your clothes. Maybe you have a shopping problem. Maybe it's both. Whatever the reason is, somehow if you're one of the messy ones, every few months, it happens. You're minding your own business and suddenly it hits you: your room is a disaster.

Sure, messiness spurs creativity, but the truth is, there are downfalls to not having a place for every single thing in your life. That notion is especially clear when it comes to cleaning your room.

When you finally get around to remedying the situation at hand, a few things and emotions are sure to come up: nine, to be exact.

They are:

1. NEGLECT



This is how you got here in the first place. One night you're putting off hanging up your clothes until the morning and the next thing you know, 12 pairs of underwear are sprawled across the room. Not to mention your hamper is just sitting there, empty.

2. AMBITION



This is when you've reached your breaking point and realize it's time to restore order. You make it your life's mission to get that bedroom sparkly clean. Plus, the prospect of going through stuff you may have forgotten about is pretty exciting.

3. DETERMINATION



Arguably the most crucial part of the cleaning process. By this point you've gotten things in the hamper and your bed is starting to resemble a bed again. Also, Rihanna is probably playing.

4. FRUSTRATION



Despite your hard work, there is still so much to go. How did you even accumulate all this stuff?

5. UTTER CHAOS



You feel completely out of control. Maybe by this point you've emptied the drawers in your dresser and are sitting beneath a pile of pajamas. Plus, your "cleaning" playlist is now on its second loop.


6. EXHAUSTION



No harm in taking a quick break, right? You stop for fuel and communication with the outside world. You deserve it!

7. HOPE



This one could go two ways. Either you've given up and decided you can live with the mess, or you're powering through. If you've chosen the latter, there's no stopping you now.

8. ACCOMPLISHMENT



You're done! You marvel at the fine work you've done, which by now of course includes wiping down any and all surfaces and packing up a bag of clothes to donate to Salvation Army. You might say something like, "I'll never let my room get like that again!" You have a new, positive outlook on life, until:

9. FEAR



One night you come home and leave your dirty socks on the floor. The cycle continues.

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Report: Prisoner says Freddie Gray tried to hurt himself

The Washington Post reports that a prisoner in the same police van as Freddie Gray, who could not see him, says he could hear Gray "intentionally trying to injure himself." CNN's Evan Perez reports.

This is the reason your Apple Watch is delayed

This is the reason your Apple Watch is delayed

Apple Watch pre-orders opened earlier this month with fans hoping to get one on their wrist from day one, but it didn't work out like that for many after delays were announced.

A lot of orders have been delayed until June and a new report in The Wall Street Journal suggests why the wearable has been delayed - it's all down to some faulty Taptic Engines.

The Chinese component manufacturer AAC Technologies Holdings Inc supplied the Taptic Engines for the new watch, but many broke down during testing meaning Apple had to switch suppliers at the last minute.

Faulty engines

The Taptic Engine is a key part of the Apple Watch, as it's the component of the wearable that taps you on the wrist when you receive a notification.

It's also the piece of tech that allows you to send your heartbeat through to a friend, or draw them a little pic.

Embeddable video game tweets have become your new time suck

Embeddable video game tweets have become your new time suck

Twitter can be tricky when you don't have anything interesting to say, but then who needs to say anything when you can just embed a whole video game inside one of your tweets?

Yes, you can actually do that now, thanks to non-profit organisation Internet Archive and its enormous library of games, including arcade games, MS-DOS games and early home console classics.

There are literally thousands of games to choose from, so express your immaculate gaming knowledge and taste by sharing something awesome with your followers in a way that you couldn't do before with 140 characters.

Tweet 'em up

To tweet out a game, all you have to do is browse Internet Archive's software collection, choose a game, copy its URL and paste into a tweet.

Just like the games in the archive itself, some will work better in tweets than others, so you may have to try a couple of times before you land a truly tweet-gaming experience to share.

But when you do, be sure to tag in @techradar so we can spend the rest of the day enjoying some in-tweet gaming action.

2015 Vikings draft preview: Forecasting Minnesota's first pick

FOX Sports North's Brian Hall predicts the Vikings' first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

D-backs' Bradley placed on DL after getting hit in face by line drive

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed pitcher Archie Bradley on the 15-day disabled list with a sinus fracture in the right side of his face Wednesday, the result of being struck with a batted ball in the second inning of Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies.

Ex-Louisville basketball player cleared of rape charge

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Former University of Louisville star player Chris Jones is hoping to resurrect his basketball career after he was cleared of allegations that he sexually assaulted two women at a party near campus.

Insane flagship-killing specs listed for new ZTE phone

Insane flagship-killing specs listed for new ZTE phone

Thought the Samsung Galaxy S6 was powerful with its 2.1GHz octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM? Think again. Sure, it's arguably the most powerful smartphone around right now, but the ZTE Nubia Z9 has just been certified in China and the specs attached to it dwarf the S6.

The specs, which appeared on TENAA (China's certification body) and were spotted by GizmoChina, should be accurate as TENAA isn't in the habit of making things up, but they just seem too high to be true.

The phone supposedly has a 3.5GHz octa-core processor and 8GB of RAM. That's serious overkill if true, we weren't expecting to see phones with those sorts of specs for at least a couple of years.

Too good to be true?

As such we have a hard time believing they're true, especially when the rest of the listed specs are more reasonable, such as a 5.15-inch 1080p display, a 16MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing one, 32GB of storage and a 3000mAh battery with Android 5.0 on board.

Those specs aren't to be sniffed at, but they feel more like what you'd expect from a 2015 phone, so we have to assume that the processor and RAM are probably mistakes or typos. Then again if ZTE wants to make a splash it's always possible that it really has gone this overboard.

The phone is pegged for a May 6 announcement, so the truth of the matter will be known soon.

  • The OnePlus 2 could have some pretty tasty specs of its own.

Analysis: Why the drop in global IT spending isn't disastrous by any means

Analysis: Why the drop in global IT spending isn't disastrous by any means

Introduction and budget challenges

Global spending on IT is down. Not by much – just 1.3% according to forecasts by analysts at Gartner – but it's nevertheless set to shrink from the 2014 figure of $3.66 trillion (around £2.35 trillion, AU$4.5 trillion). It's also a bit of a change from the 2.4% growth forecast in Gartner's update for the last quarter. So what's going on?

"This is not a crash, even if it looks like one," says John-David Lovelock, research VP at Gartner, who calls the figures an "illusion". He explains: "The recent rapid rise in the value of the US dollar against most currencies has put a currency shock into the global IT market." Lovelock insists that by taking out the impact of exchange rate movements, the sector is actually growing by 3.1%.

So everything is okay? Not quite. "This illusion masks a bigger issue that has real implications," says Lovelock. "Every product or service that has a US dollar-based component must have those costs covered at the lower exchange rate … the simple implication is that there will be price rises."

Dr Aleksej Heinze

What's going on with IT spending?

"Things are actually ticking over as they should be, and as they're using just one measurement, it may not show the whole picture," says Dr Aleksej Heinze, co-director of the Centre for Digital Business at Salford Business School. "The problem could be artificial in the first place – how quickly will the dollar devalue and Euro increase in value? When figures are given on a global scale, it's difficult to unpick how they've been arrived at."

However, there are wider forces at work in this complex market. There's an economic slowdown in many countries – such as China – which doesn't help. "The Gartner Report seems to suggest that investment in enterprise-level software is growing, so companies are investing in delivering better ROI on areas such as business process automation," adds Heinze. "This shows maturity in the market, and investment in the right areas."

The stakes are high – IT is everywhere, in every organisation, but in total IT is bigger than the entire banking industry according to Experts Exchange, which keeps a running total of global IT spending.

"A large investment bank once said it is an IT company delivering investment banking," says Jon Wrennall, Chief Technology Officer at Fujitsu UK & Ireland. "With this in mind, there is a lot of pressure on the IT department to understand the wider business functions."

Jon Wrennall

What are the main budget challenges facing CIOs?

The major change in global IT budgets is the increased spending on technology directly from business unit budgets, thinks Andrew Horne, MD at business advisory firm CEB. "Last year, for every £1 in the CIO's budgets, another 47p was spent directly by business leaders on technology – up from 40p in 2012 – while on average, companies reallocate 15% of their IT budgets during the financial year," he says. "In some of the most agile and responsive companies this number rises to 30%."

Horne thinks there are two main budget challenges facing CIOs. The first is how to make budgets flexible to take advantage of new opportunities while slashing spending in low-value areas. "A big part of this is continuing to make progress against reducing spending on maintaining legacy systems, as this money is effectively stuck and is hard to reallocate," says Horne.

Andrew Horne

The second challenge is how to ensure that all money spent on technology is aligned to company priorities, regardless of which department's budget it sits in. "This requires IT to act as a consultant and broker to the rest of the business, providing advice on technology spending and highlighting opportunities," says Horne.

CEB's own IT budget benchmark data for 2015 actually showed a 3.3% increase in IT budgets from 2014 – the highest projected increase for five years – with a trend to CIOs reallocating funds away from maintenance spending to high-value projects like cloud services.

Cloud disruption and wasted money

The cloud as disruptive technology

While it's hardly new, the way cloud computing is spreading is having the effect of a disruptive technology. "There are now a lot more cost efficient services and products available," says Heinze. "Instead of buying hard drives and servers, companies and individuals can now increase their cloud storage space, and they can also rent software or only pay for what they use."

Charging per use or per user is a new and different business model that could temporarily impact global IT investment. "Buyers can spread out their costs, but the value to sellers is that they can increase customer lifetime value," notes Heinze.

Wasting money: procurement, licences and cloud sprawl

Whatever is happening to IT budgets globally, millions are wasted on ineffective procurement models and on licences that are not needed. "Effective IT procurement and licence management isn't easy, especially in the era of cloud computing, but organisations have to be clear about what is and isn't needed to avoid wasteful overspending," says Angelo di Ventura, Director at Trustmarque.

"Software Asset Management (SAM) tools, although useful, are not the answer in isolation … IT departments need a clear understanding of current licensing positions to help companies become empowered, and take back control of their commercial relationships with software vendors."

Software is also being purchased right across organisations – IT departments are losing control as employees demand to work remotely and use third-party cloud services. "Spiralling costs are exacerbated by the sheer ease of buying services, for example, employees paying by credit card at will for new applications," says di Ventura. "Even though companies may have moved to the cloud as a cost-saving measure, it can actually end up becoming even more expensive due to unchecked cloud sprawl."

Unchecked cloud sprawl

What challenges does global IT have?

The Next Billion is a hugely arrogant term; it predicts a situation where, at best, half of the world's population still won't be online by 2021. Today, just 40% of the world's population uses the internet. "We're talking about all these wonderful new innovations – the Internet of Things and big data – that IT has brought us, but there's still a lot of people who don't have access to them," says Heinze.

Even in developed economies like the UK, many companies still don't use IT to gain a competitive advantage, as demonstrated by the effect of the latest update to Google's mobile search results algorithm. "Websites that aren't mobile friendly won't be featured so prominently in the search results, so a business that hasn't responded and taken care of this could miss out on potential customers," says Heinze. That's happening right now, right here.

As for big data, it's all hype and no research according to Heinze. "Businesses need to capture it and format it in a way that makes it meaningful and provides useful insights to inform business decisions, which requires a more research and development-focused approach," he adds.

A rosy future?

"Everything we do and interact with is either supported by or enabled by IT and I would argue that, while traditional like for like numbers may show a reduction, if you look at wider business, IT continues to grow faster than any other sector – it's just that we no longer perceive it as IT," says Wrennall. "IT as an industry is already more important, bigger and growing faster than it ever has done. The business models and what you consider as IT have changed – it never declined, it just changed shape."

Burgers: Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

4.7 / 5 Stars | 444 Reviews

by DownHomeCitySisters.com

"These vegetarian burgers made with black beans and quinoa are delicious!"

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Christmas Recipes: Mini Orange Mince Pies

Mini Orange Mince Pies

4.78 / 5 Stars | 16 Reviews

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"Orange zest added to the buttery crust of little, individual mincemeat pies adds sparkling flavor."

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Healthy Appetizers: Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

4.49 / 5 Stars | 84 Reviews

by SVPORTER

"Spicy, sweet, colorful, and delicious - this is a versatile tropical salsa that goes well with any type of meat or seafood! Or serve it with!"

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Cake Recipes: Chocolate Pound Cake II

Chocolate Pound Cake II

4 / 5 Stars | 15 Reviews

by m-ann

"This is good warm, topped with butter, or just plain. You may want to use a glaze, but we like it plain."

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Kristen Wiig Is Daenerys Targaryen On 'The Tonight Show' With Jimmy Fallon

It's entirely possible that Kristen Wiig doesn't know a thing about "Game of Thrones," but that didn't stop her from appearing as Daenerys Targaryen on Wednesday's "Tonight Show."

In full costume and with a tiny dragon named Carl on her shoulder, Wiig answered questions about her life as the Mother of Dragons for host Jimmy Fallon as they both giggled their way through the interview.

She told Fallon that her real name is Karen and that she lives in a dome in a forest on a mountain.

The "Khaleesi" gave him the scoop on her favorite food and hobbies, and let it slip that she's a big fan of Kristen Wiig -- saying that her film that opens Friday, "Welcome of Me," sounds like it has "a great premise."

Wiig has a habit of appearing on Fallon as seemingly random people who are definitely not Kristen Wiig. Last year, she masqueraded as Harry Styles of One Direction on "Tonight Show." And in 2013, she appeared as Michael Jordan when Fallon was host of "Late Night."

In each case, he got her to sing an improvised song... and he did so again on Wednesday night.

Check it out in the clip above.

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Kristen Wiig Is Daenerys Targaryen On 'The Tonight Show' With Jimmy Fallon

It's entirely possible that Kristen Wiig doesn't know a thing about "Game of Thrones," but that didn't stop her from appearing as Daenerys Targaryen on Wednesday's "Tonight Show."

In full costume and with a tiny dragon named Carl on her shoulder, Wiig answered questions about her life as the Mother of Dragons for host Jimmy Fallon as they both giggled their way through the interview.

She told Fallon that her real name is Karen and that she lives in a dome in a forest on a mountain.

The "Khaleesi" gave him the scoop on her favorite food and hobbies, and let it slip that she's a big fan of Kristen Wiig -- saying that her film that opens Friday, "Welcome of Me," sounds like it has "a great premise."

Wiig has a habit of appearing on Fallon as seemingly random people who are definitely not Kristen Wiig. Last year, she masqueraded as Harry Styles of One Direction on "Tonight Show." And in 2013, she appeared as Michael Jordan when Fallon was host of "Late Night."

In each case, he got her to sing an improvised song... and he did so again on Wednesday night.

Check it out in the clip above.

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26 Recipes For The Ultimate Mexican Fiesta

Cinco de Mayo, eat your heart out.

Call up your favorite peeps, throw some colorful linens on the table and get cooking.

Fish Taco Salad
Now this is a salad to get excited about. Get the recipe.

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Roasted Poblano and Pecan Guacamole
This recipe gets its smoky flavor from cumin and poblano peppers. But our favorite part might be the toasted pecans, which add just the right amount of crunch. Get the recipe.

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Tater Tot Nachos
For a seriously fun twist on a favorite, swap tortilla chips for tots. Get the recipe.

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Red Chile Short Rib Tacos
This recipe will set the mood for Cinco De Mayo by filling your kitchen with the most delicious smells. Get the recipe.

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Classic Margaritas
Guaranteed to get the party started. Get the recipe.

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Related: What Your Favorite Cocktail Says About You

Loaded Chicken Tortilla Soup
Spice things up with this warm, jalapeño-infused side dish. Get the recipe.

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Chicken Tostadas
Top with a spicy salsa cruda. Get the recipe.

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Homemade Mango Salsa
Skip the jarred salsa and roast your own tangy version to serve alongside corn chips. Get the recipe.

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Chicken, Chili, and Cheese Quesadillas
Can't decide between chick, chili or cheese quesadillas? Why not have all three in one? Get the recipe.

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Chicken Tacos with Spill-Proof Shells
There is a way to make sure all that glorious filling doesn't fall right out. Get the recipe.

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Paloma Cocktails
Offer your guests this fresh, citrusy sister to the margarita upon their arrival. Get the recipe.

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Mexican Crullers (Churros)
Make a double batch. These will go fast. Get the recipe.

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Mini Chicken Burritos
The most adorable passed appetizers of all time. Get the recipe.

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Tacos Carne Asada
You can never have enough tacos a mexican fiesta. Get the recipe.

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Green Chicken Enchiladas
Smother chicken enchiladas in cheese and salsa verde for a delicious taco alternative. Get the recipe.

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Chicken Mole
Chicken and chocolate? Oh yes. Get the recipe.

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Hibiscus Punch
For post-dinner cocktails, allow us to recommend this festive, tequila-based party punch. Get the recipe.

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Yellow Rice
Add some color to your spread. Get the recipe.

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Sopaipillas With Chocolate Sauce
Drizzle generously with chocolate sauce. Get the recipe.

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Mexican Lasagna
A spicy take on a comforting classic. Get the recipe.

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Rice Fritters With Sesame Caramel
You're going to want to save room for this one. Get the recipe.

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Rice and Beans
Big flavor with minimal effort. Get the recipe.

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Pico de Gallo
Dice the jalapenos very finely; you want a hint of heat and jalapeno flavor, but you don't want to cause any fires. Get the recipe.

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Baja Style Fish Tacos
Top each with cream, shredded cabbage, tomatillo salsa and pickled jalapenos, if desired. Get the recipe.

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Chiles Rellenos
Can you handle the heat? Get the recipe.

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Chilaquiles
Use your leftover tortilla chips to make a super-easy Mexican-style breakfast. (You're welcome). Get the recipe.

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