El Jay-Z ya tiene blog

I love Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z. Who doesn’t right?

He has a new blog called “Life + Times” and all I can say is Awesome! O más bien, quiero decir que que chingón le quedó.

Check it out:

http://lifeandtimes.com/

Life and Times home page graphics. Love it.

¿How about some Chocolate and Chorizo Toasts?

Last Friday I had a chance to shoot some pictures at a fun event. Macy’s South Coast Plaza hosted an evening with Master Chef Sommelier Andrea Robinson. She has written a few books on wine and recipes and is truly a fabulous chef.

Master Chef Sommelier Andrea Robinson, part of the Macy's Culinary Council, at her presentation at Macy's Costa Mesa, CA.

The gathering took place at the beuatiful Macy’s Home Store, which is spacious, grand, and opulent. Over 200 people showed up for the evening, with Andrea teaching all sorts of yummy recipes and recommendations on how to serve and enjoy wine. Bacco the wine god surely was smiling. And I swear, wine lovers are a happy bunch, all of them were friendly and outgoing and super attentive to the presentation.

One of the most interesting things Andrea cooked was Chocolate and Chorizo Toasts. Sounds weird, but it tastes really good.

If you’re so inclined to try, here’s the recipe, you may want to taste it yourself before you serve it. And it goes wonderfully with a pinot noir.

Chocolate and Soy tofu

The chef mixes melted chocolate with soy tofu in the blender.

Chocolate and Chorizo Toast (Recipe by Andrea Robinson)

2 – 2 1/2 bars Lindt Bittersweet Chocolate

8 ounces silken tofu

1 thin baguette or ficelle (about 1 1/2 – 2 inches diameter- not a wide baguette)

To garnish: very coarse salt, such as fleur de sel or Maldon sea salt

6 ounces fully cooked sliceable Spanish-Style Chorizo (NOT the Mexican kind, ojo!)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Break up the chocolate and finely chop it in a blender. Place a microwave safe bowl and microwave on 50% power for about 3 to 4 minutes to melt the chocolate, stirring halfway through the cooking time. Meanwhile, puree the tofu thoroughly in a blender. When the chocolate is melted, stir thoroughly to make it creamy and shiny. Stir in the tofu thoroughly until tjere are no white streaks. Cover the mixture and chill until spreadable like frosting, about 1/2 hour.

Meanwhile, thinly slice the baguette on the bias to make long, thin slices like Melba toast. Place on a baking sheet and place in the oven until crisp and toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove and cool. Thinly slice the chorizo on the bias. Spread each slice of baguette with some of the chocolate mixture and sprinkle liberally with the coarse salt. Shingle several slices of the chorizo on top of each. Place crostini on a platter and serve.

You'd be surprised. Chocolate and Chorizo (from España, not from México) are a good combo.

Seguimos celebrando al Tri

TGIF! Gracias a Dios fue buena semana con muchas emociones.

Me encontré con este videoblog de Poncho, desde México, “Poncho en el Mundial” desde la revista Quien.com. Aquí se los pongo para que vean que los mexicanos rendimos mucho (y sabemos como tirar party) en Sudáfrica.  ¡Como la porra mexicana no hay dos! Y que tal el ambiente en el avión y las adaptaciones al uso de las Vuvuzelas… creo que les van a gustar.

A poco no les encanta tener acceso a todo esto con internet? Definitivamente uno de los perks de la tecnología, social media, blogs y real time tweets que nos conectan todos los días.

Happens every 4 years, but totally worth it.

I’m really enjoying the first Saturday of the World Cup. Right now I’m between games, anticipating the US vs England match. A ver si no hay guamazos! The NY times has a good article about it today:

Read it here: www.nytimes.com

Also, I just finished my chilaquiles, cafecito and am browsing through this month’s Vanity Fair issue  for June 2010. Amazing photos of some of the best players. Get yourself a copy if you can.

Look at the beautiful pix by Annie Leibovitz on the front cover and the coolest ad (in my humble opinion) so far for the World Cup in the back cover. It’s for Louis Vuitton and the journeys series and has 3 LEGENDS of the game: Pelé, Zizou and Maradona. (You can see it also on louisvuittonjourneys.com)

Portada/Cover Vanity Fair 2010 by Annie Leibovitz on newstands now. (Hey, nice abs Cristiano!)

Back Cover also by Annie Leibovitz. Even more beautiful and frame worthy, if you happen to be a soccer fan.

Love the new Moleskine notebooks!

Just found out about these and thought I’d share with you. It’s the new “passions” line of Moleskine notebooks.  Son los que usaban Picasso, Hemingway y otros genios, segun esto.   Just may become a new addiction.

And now for a deeper question:

So what’s your passion???

Here are 2 of mine.