Bits of my Summer 2012

Summer is flying past us and here we are at the end of July. The Olympic Games start tomorrow, the weather is hot, and stores are all putting up their “back to school” promotions with backpacks and cool outfits that make me want to go to class and go shopping.

Pues sí, maybe you’ve noticed que I’ve been absent for a while, as I try to regroup and focus on new items for the blog. But really for life- I mean who are we kidding, los asuntos de la vida nos tienen medio busy and then I remember I need to keep my readers! No me dejen ok! Gracias por seguir aquí.

En fin, it has been an eventful time. Muchas cosas going on…not to mention Greenland is melting before our very eyes and the US is under record heat waves. Pero bueeeno…seguimos. As I plan for the next few posts, here’s a few moments of my veranito, so far, in Instagram inspired moments.

Caliente! Took a little road trip to the border in Baja, ahí por el Imperial Valley en donde el calor les hace los mandados y están a few feet under sea level. (Drive by photo by my sis.)

Dicen que “ser naco es cool”…this dive bar by McArthur Park in LA se ha de llenar! El “Naco Bar” invita a la gente a que “venga a disfrutar de la vida.” Have to check it out…(Photo by Isabella.)

Such style! Amazing outfits at the movies in West LA on a Sunday in July. I want to copy both. You know angelenos have to be unique, these ladies rock!

Mid Summer pink sunset. #Nofilter

Hot Rod in the City! A Thunderbird classic in the most perfect color.

London is happening! I want these Ray Ban specs to pretend que estoy in London watching las Olimpiadas. Aren’t they cool?

Este heatwave in the winter ya fue mucho.

Ya mero llegamos al end of the month. Se nos fue el mes de enero y yo no sé ustedes pero yo tengo calor. Aquí en California tenemos todo el mes con los weather ups and downs and constant changes, from rain to cold to warm. But today it was around 84 degrees in Pasadena, and it’s not even Spring yet! I mean, don’t let the California palm trees fool you. We are not in the tropics. LA is usually coat country during wintertime.

It did not help my cause that today I erred on the side of caution and chose to wear botas, tights, a dress, a scarf, and a wool sweater. Since I ride the metro, I never know if it’s going to be cold during the transfers, so I come prepared. Yes, I know I can check the weather report on tv, but I’m very friolenta, so I take it with a grain of salt.  Today I came a little too prepared and regretted it all day long. I kept peeling the layers until I couldn’t any longer. Ever have that feeling when your clothes just bother you all day long? That was me today.

Yet a little freshness came my way later in the day. I just went for a supermarket run this afternoon and saw these paletas de nieve. Does anybody remember “La Michoacana”? They are a local chain of aguas frescas and paletas de hielo/nieve in Mexico. We had them in my hometown by the border. I doubt these are the same paleteros I grew up with, who knows,  but I was instantly enamored with the name and the presentation… Chocoberry anyone?

Maybe that will help me deal with this heatwave until we get our next storm watch, probably by next week at the way we’re going with these tipsy weather patterns.

Chocoberry, paletas de coco y paletas de otros sabores by "La Michoacana", made in Ceres, California, not Michoacan.

Quién quiere Mexican Hot Chocolate?

One of the guilty pleasures of fall/winter is enjoying un chocolatito caliente just because it’s cold and just because you feel like it.

I have yet to have my first hot chocolate of the season, being that it has been a little warmer than usual in LA this week. But when I do, I know exactly what I’m having. El Chocolate Abuelita tendrá que esperar; this year I’m trying a new chocolate brand that I found at the lovely M Market on Holly  Street in Pasadena. It’s called TAZA Chocolate and it’s made in Massachusetts of all places! ¿Quién iba a decir?

I have to say, at first I fell in love with the packaging. I am such a sucker for visual stimuli, that anytime I see good design and nice fonts, I’m sold! But truth be told, I am very curious to see what these chocolate discs taste like and I have a feeling I am going to owe you a segunda parte on this blog post, once I make it and taste it.

I was going to do the step by step chocolate boiling and whisking con todo y the molinillo, but I went to Taza’s website and they already did this for us, so I am just going to redirect you there to see the pix and the how to… (Ando muy práctica el día de hoy que tengo el tiempo limitado.) So click HERE to see the process and learn more about this brand, parece que son gringos los dueños, pero gringos con muy buen gusto! They even have other sweet and savory recipes going on.

Their flavors sound very tasty: Salted Almond Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Dark Chocolate, Chipotle Chile 70% Dark Chocolate, Orange 70% Dark Chocolate, and  Salt and Pepper Chocolate.

This is not your Abuelita's Hot Chocolate: Taza flavors are Salted Almond, Vanilla, Chipotle Chile, Orange and Salt & Pepper.

If you want to try Taza yourself, it’s sold in several places in LA: Susina, on Beverly in LA; Erewhon Natural Foods, in LA; Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock (LA); and The M Market on Holly in Pasadena.

My first choice is Salted Almond. A ver que tal me sale. It’s $4.99 for 2 discs, so hopefully it’s good.

Love the packaging!

 

 

 

 

ánimo Cachanillas

Me acaba de llegar esta carta por email. La transcribo con motivo de los 44 grados C que hoy se sienten en Mexicali, B.C.

13 de Julio de 2010
 
!!! Atención raza de Mexicali !!!!!

Se acaba de comprobar por medio de análisis y pruebas científicas, que se está creando en nuestra ciudad una nueva raza de superhumanos capaces de resistir todo tipo de daños ambientales, físicos y psicológicos. Estos son algunos de los datos recabados:
 
Prueba 1/El calor:  En junio,julio y agosto parece que el sol es nuestro vecino.  El calor es radioactivo y aún así la gente sigue afuera y trabajando, esto quiere decir que el calentamiento global nos la pela y somos inmunes a los cambios climáticos… 
 
Prueba 2/Temblores: A pesar de todos los daños materiales, la gente sigue de pie y orgullosa. ..esto quiere decir que los movimientos de la tierra nos pasan de largo y por el arco del triunfo.

 Prueba 3/Enfermedades: La ricketsia ni la influenza (h1n1) no nos hacen daño….con tanto inche calor en Mexicali ya somos inmunes a ellas.
 
Prueba 4/Devaluaciones: Suba o baje el dólar o haya crisis financiera en México, en Mexicali seguimos de pie y levantándonos al changarro todos los dias o haciendo fila pa cruzar a los calexicos. Obvio siempre guardamos pa’ las caguamas.
 
Es por esto que a toda la gente de Mexicali se le avisa que ustedes son la nueva raza Homo Chicali Sapiens Resistens o super humanos. Es por esto que el tal Superman, Hombre Araña y Batman se quedan chiquitos al lado nuestro.
 
Pasa este mensaje a tus amigos cachanillas y a toda la gente que conozcas para que sepan lo chingón que es ser MEXICALENSE…. Animo cachanillas!