It’s been a busy week. Thank God for Coffee…
You know it’s going to be a great evening when the top Mexican restaurants from Los Angeles get together under one roof for one night and bring out the best of la cocina mexicana.
And indeed it was such a night on Friday, when the second annual “A Taste of México” event was held at the St. Vibiana venue in downtown LA, pulling all the foodies and foodie wannabes who packed the place to capacity. Add a little tequila, mezcal and a mariachi band, plus dos que tres famous celebrities, and you have yourself a fabulous party.
The line to get in was ridiculously long. It went around the block, even with the threat of rain y el “chipi-chipi”, but once inside there was food and fun to be enjoyed by all. Also worth noting, tickets were $50 dollars, so you know these people were really looking forward to the food.
Among the founders of this event are Bricia López from Guelaguetza restaurant, who was the belle of the ball, a true hostess with the mostess, making sure everybody was well taken care of and promoting the new and amazing lines of their auténtico Mole Oaxaqueño Guelaguetza, among other delicacies and an amazing Michelada Mix. Bravo Bricia!!
We also had a chance to sample food from La Casita Mexicana, with owners Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu a todo lo que daban pero super contentos como siempre, with a great menu to share and a long line at their station; los de Frida restaurant lead by Vicente del Río tenian unos tacos deliciosos, de carnitas, de mole y de pescado en chile colorado, y ademas ceviche, so yummy; y para no olvidar el postre, there was a desert paradise in the form of mini tres leches bites, strawberry shortcake and pan dulce mexicano, cortesía de Ricardo Cervantes and the famous La Monarca Bakery. All good stuff in generous quantities. Nadie se quedó sin probar. Plus not to be outdone, brands like Goya, Tapatio, Guerrero and several cervezas made sure to sample their products.
Made me feel happy and lucky to know there are great Mexican food restaurants and good options all over LA. I’ll make it a point to support authentic Mexican food by visiting these amazing restaurants. ¡Que me esperen en la mesa!
Indulge me a little if you will this Friday morning. I am sad the Twinkie is going out of business.
The news and twitter-sphere is buzzing with the shutting down of the Hostess Company, the makers of all the forbidden goodies we grew up with and our invaluable lunch box trading items. “Te cambio mi Twinkie por tu Cupcake!”
When you think about it, it’s really sad news, especially because of the people losing their jobs, 18,500 thousand people. Really bad when you think about it!
But it’s not like we didn’t see this coming over the years. Entre tanto health report and the fact we all grew up and finally realized we’re not supposed to eat that delicious junky mix of sugar and fat, pues claro que we stopped buying them and Hostess se fue bankrupt.
In the meantime, if you have a Twinkie attack: Not to fear, el New York Times publicó a few alternative recipes que pueden servir para matar el antojo, should you crave it.
Aqui les paso el link, me encantó el nombre del artículo:
It’s Not Junk If I Made It. Recreating snack cakes, cookies and chips at home. By Jennifer Steinhauer. March 6, 2012
Y bueno, se nos fue otra semana pues. Happy Weekend Everybody. Get ready for Thanksgiving next week!
Renovations have been on my mind recently, so when I got the invite to go to the Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams party in South Coast Plaza, I instantly rsvp’d.
I’ve been a fan of their furniture for a while, but more importantly, after watching the feature segment recently on CBS Sunday Morning, it is remarkable to see how they run their business. They are good, honest people that have built a great American company. Plus all their furniture items and designs are so gorgeous, and with such quality, it’s hard to pick a favorite. All I know is after seeing them up close, I want it ALL!
The event took place at their “Signature Store” which is spacious and airy, and yet it felt like you were hanging out at the house of a good friend. The party had that vibe, where everybody was relaxed and making themselves comfortable as they “test-drived” all the nice muebles on display. Of course, the beautiful people from the OC came to play, so it had to be a stylish part-ay!
Take a look at the pix below and then check out their catalog at mgandbw.com… you can also find their stores all over the place, even Mexico City (Polanco) for all my amiguitos down there.
And by the way, if you watch “The Good Wife” on CBS, keep an eye for the set decor. Some of their pieces have made their way to the law firm and a few of the characters’ homes.
Happy Monday everybody…
Reading the LA Times this morning, I found this article on the new telenovela trend catching up with our English speaking amiguitos, specifically how Nickelodeon and Televisa are currently producing a soap opera based on a mexican telenovela adapted for a gringo friendly audience.
Tonight at 9 pm Nick at Nite premieres “Hollywood Heights”…which is based on some novela mexicana that I probaby didn’t watch on Univision, but that garnered good enough ratings to justify the remake en inglés. It’s the same storylines, but with American actors, including a very lovely James Franco in a starring role. To keep it real and transition the content to English, they even brought along our very easy on the eyes and all around nice guy Carlos Ponce for an important role.
I am intrigued!
According to this article, Televisa has even set up shop in Santa Monica (Televisa USA) to keep producing these “refritos en inglés” so you know it has to be a long term commitment with the US networks.
Read the article here “Networks look to clean up with nighttime soaps” from LA Times June 18, 2012. And tonight let’s see what this “Hollywood Heights” is all about.
Big changes are in the air for downtown LA, as anyone driving through the 11o freeway can tell you. Construction, road improvements, street cleanups, and new developments abound. And this week we heard the city has approved a deal to give AEG (the massive sports and entertainment company) the rights to construct a stadium right next to Staples Center.
Never mind the city of Los Angeles has yet to find a football team to bring to LA-LA-Land. The new stadium is happening! It will be called “Farmer’s Field.” And we’re already getting excited.
This news made me think of the phrase: “If you build it they will come.”
(This is actually a line from the movie Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner, although it was written “If you build it, he will come.” According to Wikipedia.)
Here is a link to the report from the LA Times with interesting data on the stadium. Apparently this is a very big boost to jobs creation and the economy in this cash strapped town of ours. Esperemos que sí!!
And as for the NFL Team, somehow I don’t envision the Chargers of LA or the Oakland Raiders coming back to their original ‘hood. But that’s just me, I’m no experta. I say we start promoting the sport with all the latinos who have yet to become fans and we give the new team a cool new name in Spanglish. “Los Fielderos” perhaps? OK, too much, but I’m just throwing it out there. Then we can all embrace the new team.
Check out the report on blogdowntown.com, it has great info.
So the television Upfronts are being held this week in NY and one of the hottest tickets was the Telemundo event. I heard it was sold out and at full capacity, which is not unusual since they DO throw a great party (speaking from experience) and La Reina del Sur is a bona fide hit. (So sad to see it go, but that’s another story!)
One of the surprises of the Upfront event was hearing Cristina Salaregui, ex Univision royalty and member of the old guard, got her own show on Telemundo, the archrival. (That’s the kind of celebrity swapping thing you’re used to seeing in Mexico with Televisa and TV Azteca, when Azteca had a good name to it back in the day.)
I wonder if la tocaya will keep doing more of the same or reinvent herself, and if her famous Latino celebrity friends will follow her. It remains to be seen.
In the meantime, here’s the link from the LA Times and the Upfronts. Apparently, Ms. Saralegui is not shy when speaking about her former employer.
Telemundo Lands Talk Show Host Cristina Saralegui. (Click to read post by Meg James)
Ayer en el Barnes and Noble practicamente me desmayo del gusto y grito de la emoción al enterarme que tenemos Scrabble en Español. Lo pusieron en la mesita del “Hispanic Heritage Month” al lado de puros libros “latino minded” y algunos en español.
Que buena onda de los HASBRO, esta gente sí sabe.
De qué manera les puedo explicar que ni siquiera tuve que pensarlo dos veces para comprarlo. Y bueno, alguien se preguntará si de verdad vale la pena comprar la versión en español cuando tienes el Scrabble de toda la vida. Pero sí vale la pena y créanme de veras que cuando ví que traía la Ñ me dio mucha felicidad. Y por si fuera poco, también nos dieron la LL. ¡Ni me acordaba de la LL!! Tendré que usarla mas seguido. Lo único que no tiene son acentos, pero como todas las letras son en MAYUSCULAS pues no nos vamos a fijar mucho en eso.
Además, soy de la idea de que cualquier cosa que convenza a las compañías “americanas” de que los latinos en Estados Unidos compramos, consumimos y leemos en español es bueno. Apoyemos la causa y el consumismo pues!
Para estrenar, invité a mi Mama Lilia a jugar. A sus 91 años tiene mejor vocabulario y creatividad que yo y nos divertimos mucho. Era la primera vez que ella jugaba y ahi quedamos mas o menos iguales. Claro que tengo que tomar en cuenta su comentario de “Pues está bueno el juego pero es más bien para cuando está muy frio y no puedes salir y se te antoja un chocolatito caliente, que no?”
Just a quick link to a great article that came out last week in the LA Times featuring the coolest girl on the planet, Bricia Lopez and her brother Fernando. They are continuing a great family restaurant tradition with their Guelaguetza chain of restaurants, as well as new business ventures and ideas.
I usually reserve my praises for generation Y kids, but these two are something else. They’re 25 and 23 years old and they could teach us older kids a thing or two. They are a force of entrepreneurship, family values, social media connections, foodie passions… y GANAS! Congrats to them and keep it coming. Felicidades Bricia!
Not really Spanglish but made me smile. Esto se llama explotar el recurso, amiguitos.
In case you need a little inspiration to go out and follow the direction of your dreams and make them happen, here’s a wonderful video the good people at Farmer’s Insurance put together.
It was shown at an amazing event for women, the 19th Annual HOPE Conference in LA, which was held on Friday.
And by the way, March 12th has now been officially proclaimed as Latina History Day by the City of Los Angeles.
Feeling inspired!! Hay que echarle ganas amigas!
The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) organized an amazing seminar today with three panels of professionals in the media, public relations and online marketing fields. Even though the event was specifically designed for PR practitioners (I am not a publicist, but do admire their work) the quality of info shared was useful to anyone who works in sales, marketing, advertising and media. It was held at the UCLA campus and had a good turnout. (Thanks to my friend Martha for inviting me!)
The first panelists included Rebecca Nieto, from NBC4LA News; Juan Carlos Gonzalez, News Director for 93.9FM; Justino Aguila, journalist/writer; and Rolando Nichols, Centronet Productions. All of them provided useful advice on how the news media organizations work, how they are changing with all the emerging technologies and how to best get their attention….hint: not just because you send out a press release or email blast means they’re going to “bite” and cover your story. It has to be relevant to the community and have a news angle, of course. By the way, they also stressed the importance of having a spokesperson in Spanish, who speaks it well and can communicate effectively, especialmente en Los Angeles.
Here is the link to the HPRA, a definite source of information and networking, if you are doing business with Hispanics, and an all around wonderful group of people.