¿Qué le regalo a mi Mamá?

Justo a tiempo para el Día de las Madres, my friend Martha Gil de Montes from Macy’s has presented some excellent ideas for getting a nice gift para la mujer más importante en nuestras vidas, Mamá.

Aunque yo conozco los gustos de mi Mamá, siempre es bueno tener más opciones. I like everything on that tabletop! Me gustaron especialmente los relojes, las bolsas y joyería. Pero aquí lo importante es mi Mamá. Así que  Mom, ¿qué te gusta?

Mi Mamá se merece todo, todo, todo. Un día al año no es suficiente para agradecerle tanto amor. Pero bueno, empecemos con un regalito y esperemos que lo disfrute. I love you Mom!

Feliz Dia de las Madres a mi Mamá, a mi Abuelita, a mi Comadre, a mis Sisters, y a todas mis amigas/lectoras que son Mamás. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Full disclosure: Participé en la producción de este video behind the scenes, y quedó tan bonito, que quise compartirlo aqui en el blog. 

 

Cooking with Bricia Lopez al estilo Guelaguetza @Macys

Bricia Lopez presented recipes from Guelaguetza Restaurant and inspired us to eat more comida oaxaqueña.

Bricia Lopez presented recipes from Guelaguetza Restaurant and inspired us to eat more comida oaxaqueña.

Do you love comida oaxaqueña? I do. The more I learn about Oaxaca, a beautiful state in México, the more I want to visit again.

Last Saturday, the lovely ladies from Macy’s Special Events hosted Bricia Lopez at their Macy’s Home Store in South Coast Plaza for a cooking demo. We learned 3 new recipes inspired by the famous Guelaguetza Restaurant owned by Bricia’s family in Los Angeles.

A nice crowd, mostly English speaking, turned out for the event, and we were all delighted with the dishes Bricia presented and taught us how to make.

A very attentive crowd showed up at Macy's Home Store, South Coast Plaza.

A very attentive crowd showed up at Macy’s Home Store, South Coast Plaza.

We had Red Mole-Black Bean Soup, Chileajo Tostadas, and Jamaica Mint Lemonade.  Se me hace agua la boca just by typing. Everything was delicious.  

Preparing the Red Mole-Black Bean Soup.

Preparing the Red Mole-Black Bean Soup.

Thank you Bricia and Macy’s for the recipes and the great event. Ya compré mis dos moles para aventarme unas recetas. 

And from what I heard from some of the people attending, yo creo que ya tenemos mas converts to authentic Mexican food en el OC, even if they have to travel up the 405 North to get to LA and find it. Mole is an exciting thing and definitely worth a trip to Guelaguetza. I’m glad people are expanding their horizons beyond the typical commercial stuff and willing to give it a try.

(DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post, nor have I been compensated in any way, shape or form for my opinion by anyone mentioned here. I just happen to rave about the things/events that I love, especially if it involves good food.)

Next up, A Taste of Mexico, where Guelaguetza and many other Mexican restaurants will feature their cuisine for the ever expanding Angeleno fan base de la comida mexicana. It’s happening October 11 at La Plazita de la Cultura y Artes. You can find more info here on their website: A Taste of Mexico.

Can't wait to try out my Moles: Mole Negro y Mole Rojo from Guelaguetza.

Can’t wait to try out my Moles: Mole Negro y Mole Rojo from Guelaguetza.

I’m including  the recipe for the Red Mole Black Bean Soup, from Restaurante Guelaguetza. You can purchase their moles (several varieties) and visit their website at www.iLoveMole.com.

Red Mole- Black Bean Soup (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons grape seed or corn oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced small
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Guelaguetza Mole Rojo paste
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Mexican sour cream
  • 1 tablesspoon ground coriander
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Tortilla strips (for garnish, optional)

Directions: In a medium bowl, stir in Guelaguetza Mole Rojo paste, apple cider vinegar, and about a 1/2 cup of vegetable broth. Stir with a spatula until the mole paste has fully dissolved. Reserve.

In a medium pot, put oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, add the onions and cook, stirring until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cumin and about 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook until fragrant, about a minute or two.

Stir in Guelaguetza Mole Rojo mix, vegetable broth, black beans and season with salt and pepper. Raise the heat to medium-high. Once the soup has come to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low to simmer, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes.

While the soup cooks, combine sour cream, coriander, salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Reserve for garnish.

In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and about 1 tablespoon of cold water, stir to combine.  After the soup has cooked for about 15 minutes, transfer 2 cups of it to  blender and add the cornstarch mixture. Puree until smooth. Return to pot. Cook, stirring until soup thickens, about 2 minutes.

Serve in bowls and garnish with the Coriander Crema. Top with tortilla strips if desired. ¡Provecho!

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in LA

Are you enjoying your Hispanic Heritage Month? There’s a lot going on to celebrate it, even if nosotros los Hispanics never actually need a specific reason. But it’s nice to have a whole month dedicated to observing the fact that los Hispanos somos lo máximo. 

One of the perks of living in Los Angeles is that we have no shortage of events, be it Hispanic Heritage Month or not. The last 2 weeks in September and first 2 weeks of October are actually jammed packed with lots to do, see and eat. So let’s go celebrate.

I received an invitation from Macy’s to attend an event which I’d like to share here and invite you to attend.

Our resident Oaxacan ambassador in LA and all around super cool lady, Bricia López, will be hosting a cooking demo and presentation this Saturday Sept. 28th at 2 p.m. at Macy’s South Coast Plaza, where she’ll bring some of her best loved Mole dishes from the famous La Guelaguezta restaurant in LA.

Bricia is synonymous with good food and you may have heard about her on NPR, the LA Times, among others. She is proud and passionate about representing Oaxaca, its food, delicacies, art and Mezcal. If you love good food, I would make it a point of being there. Tickets are $5 and they benefit La Plazita de la Cultura y las Artes.

Bricia at Macys

Speaking of La Plazita de la Cultura y las Artes, I recently had the chance to visit for the first time and I fell in love with the place. If you haven’t been and you’re interested in learning more about the history of los mexicanos en Los Angeles, you need to go visit. You can find information on their website here: www.lapca.org

La Plazita is located just across the street from Plazita Olvera in DTLA and it’s a small but very well thought out museum. They have rotating exhibits, plus spaces dedicated to the braceros, Mexican zoot suits, several artists and a very cool representation of life in DTLA in the 1920’s. The grounds ouside are perfect for kids running around and just hanging out with la familia.

Here are some pictures from La Plazita. Hope you have a chance to go and support it.

Entrance to La Plazita de la Cultura y las Artes in DTLA.

Entrance to La Plazita de la Cultura y las Artes in DTLA.

You can enjoy great exhibits and graphics around the museum.

You can enjoy great exhibits and graphics around the museum.

Plazita art

Maria Isabel Santiago, 15 years old, and her painting "El Gran Azul." She is part of the PAINT program at the Los Angeles Music and Arts School in East LA.

Maria Isabel Santiago, 15 years old, and her painting “El Gran Azul.” She is part of the PAINT program at the Los Angeles Music and Arts School in East LA.

Kids from East LA participated in this project.

Kids from East LA participated in this project.

Plazita Plaza Studio

On the second floor there is a recreation of La Calle Principal- Main Street today- from the 1920’s in Los Angeles. A creative and hands on experience.

A clothing store just as you would see it in the 1920's on Main street.

A clothing store just as you would see it in the 1920’s on Main street.

Another view inside the clothing store.

Another view inside the clothing store.

This was especially exciting for me, a photo studio recreation from the 1920's where families would dress up and g take "la foto del recuerdo" which woud be passed on as an heirloom form generation to generation.

This was especially exciting for me, a photo studio recreation from the 1920’s where families would dress up and take “la foto del recuerdo” which woud be passed on as an heirloom from generation to generation.

Here's a closer view with an explanation of how significant it was to go to the photo studio to get your portrait done...Those were the days! Now it's just a "selfie" on your phone that will probably never be seen by future generations.

Here’s a closer view with an explanation of how significant it was to go to the photo studio to get your portrait done…Those were the days! Now it’s just a “selfie” on your phone that will probably never be seen by future generations.

Another view.

Another view.

Th museum is inside the beautiful Brunswig Buiding and Plaza House.

The museum is inside the beautiful Brunswig Buiding and Plaza House.

All in the name of good health: Angelina Jolie and my friend Marisol, plus Runwalk 2013

This week we all heard of Angelina Jolie’s difficult medical decision, and subsequently, all the opinions surrounding her double mastectomy, as a preventive measure against breast cancer. Although I had never been a fan, I must now confess that I have newfound respect for her and for sharing her story.

The first person I thought about, almost immediately after reading her op-ed for the NYT, was my dear friend Marisol Rosas, who made the same decision and underwent the same surgery a few years ago.

Angelina Jolie and Marisol have things in common: the experience of losing their mother at a young age, the family history, the genes, and a young family of their own to think of. I can not imagine being in the position of having to make that choice, but since Marisol is such a brave and beautiful soul, it does not surprise anybody that knows her that she overcame the fear and went through with the experience with courage and grace.

Marisol is now volunteering to educate other women in a similar situation to learn about their choices, as part of an organization called FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, where she volunteers as their National Help Line Coordinator. I am very proud of my friend, who has my total admiration for overcoming this difficult situation and now deciding to help others. She has a fundraising page for FORCE where you can make a donation, in any amount, towards this cause. Please take a look at her story, it’s both in English and Spanish and written by her sister Gaby. The page link is here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/MarisolRosas/heroes

Click on the image to read Marisol's story and donate.

Click on the image to read Marisol’s story and donate.

You can imagine that after the Angelina Jolie story came out, there was a lot of interest in all of this, and Marisol was on television the next morning on Univision San Diego.

Click on the link to watch the video (en español) and see how great she did on TV. The link to the interview is here: http://www.univisionsandiego.com/videos/?pl_id=21522&va_id=4058199

Bravo Marisol, we’re so proud of you!

♥♥♥

On a related note, last Saturday May 11 was the 20th annual Revlon RunWalk at the LA Coliseum, and –Full Disclosure– I was invited to take pictures and walk with Team Macy’s, who was one of the major sponsors.

The event always draws tens of thousands of people, women, men, entire families who have al been affected by breast cancer and other women’s cancers, and who all want to put an end to it.

There was joy and optimism in the air, even as you read the signs and the reasons why people were walking and participating. It always gets to me, reading those signs, with names and pictures of the people who’ve passed and the survivors who’ve beat it. We are all affected, we all must do what we can’t to support the fight against it.

Here are a few pictures of a wonderful event.

She's there EVERY year. The beautiful Ms. Halle Berry at the starting line.

She’s there EVERY year. The beautiful Ms. Halle Berry at the starting line.

Lilly Tartikoff, founder and organizer for RunWalk, and Andy Garcia, who came out to support and cheer everybody on.

Lilly Tartikoff, founder and organizer for RunWalk, and Andy Garcia, who came out to support and cheer everybody on.

All those signs you read, all the names, they are powerful reasons to walk and fight for a cure.

All those signs you read, all the names, they are powerful reasons to walk and fight for a cure.

Such a great group of people, getting up super early on a Saturday morning to walk: Team Macy's.

Such a great group of people, getting up super early on a Saturday morning to walk: Team Macy’s.

Walking into the LA Coliseum is such a great feeling. Here approaching the finish line.

Walking into the LA Coliseum is such a great feeling. Here approaching the finish line.

Bits of Madonna’s Fashion Evolution at Macy’s Century City

I don’t know about you, but I happen to think que Madonna es lo máximo. Her music, her style, her constant reinvention is amazing. She’s always evolving and eternally youthful. You’ve got to admire that.

Fans of Madonna and local fashionistas were in for a treat last Thursday when they had a chance for an up close view of her most iconic outfits and costumes throughout her career. The collection “Madonna’s Fashion Evolution” was a pop up (one day) exhibit at Macy’s Century City hosted by Material Girl Collection. Material Girl is the fashion clothing line from Madonna and her daughter Lola which is sold exclusively at Macy’s.

The outfits were personally curated by Madonna herself. The collection featured her Like a Virgin wedding dress; the “boy toy” outfit which reminded me of the movie Desperately Seeking Susan and which I tried to copy back in the day; the dress she wore to the Grammy Awards when she was escorted by Michael Jackson; and of course, the pink gold cone bra corset by Jean Paul Gaultier that she used during her Blond Ambition Tour back in 1990.

Of course, depending of your age, you may find these items fascinating or not. Those of us who grew up with Madonna find them to be cool elements of pop culture. Ah, the 80’s and 90’s…You just had to be there

Here are a few pix of the event, courtesy of Macy’s and Material Girl for your viewing pleasure. (Note: this is not a sponsored post.)

(Photo Courtesy of Macy's and Material Girl) CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 25:  A general view at the Material Girl and Macy's never-before-seen retrospective of Madonna's iconix fashion pieces at the Macy's Westfield Century City on April 25, 2013 in Century City, California.  (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Iconix Brand Group)

(Photo Courtesy of Macy’s and Material Girl) CENTURY CITY, CA – APRIL 25: A general view at the Material Girl and Macy’s never-before-seen retrospective of Madonna’s iconix fashion pieces at the Macy’s Westfield Century City on April 25, 2013 in Century City, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Iconix Brand Group)

(Photo courtesy of Mayc's and Material Girl.) The "Like a Virgin Wedding Dress" on view at the Macy's Century City exhibit.

(Photo courtesy of Macy’s and Material Girl.)
The “Like a Virgin Wedding Dress” on view at the Macy’s Century City exhibit.

(Photo courtesy Macy's and Material Girl). The "Boy Toy" phase, circa 1984.

(Photo courtesy Macy’s and Material Girl). The “Boy Toy” phase, circa 1984.

(Photo courtesy of Macy's and Material Girl.) Mid 1980's inspiration from Madonna. ¿Quién no quiso copiar este outfit?

(Photo courtesy of Macy’s and Material Girl.) 1980’s inspiration from Madonna. ¿Quién no quiso copiar este outfit?

(Photo courtesy Macy's and Material Girl.) Another view of Madonna's Fashion Evolution with all her iconic costumes throughout the years.

(Photo courtesy Macy’s and Material Girl.) Another view of Madonna’s Fashion Evolution with all her iconic costumes throughout the years.

(Photo courtesy Macy's and Material Girl.) Jean Paul Gaultier designed it and Madonna wore it during her 1990 "Blond Ambition Tour" around the world. We used to think this was a shocking outfit. Como han cambiado los tiempos...

(Photo courtesy Macy’s and Material Girl.) Jean Paul Gaultier designed it and Madonna wore it during her 1990 “Blond Ambition Tour” around the world. We used to think this cone shaped corset was a shocking outfit. Como han cambiado los tiempos…

(Photo courtesy of Macy's and Material Girl.) AnnaSophia Robb of "The Carrie Diaries" paid a visit. The dress is the one Madonna wore to the Grammys when she went with Michael Jackson.

(Photo courtesy of Macy’s and Material Girl.) AnnaSophia Robb of “The Carrie Diaries” paid a visit. The dress in the background is the one Madonna wore to the Grammys when she went with Michael Jackson.

(Photo courtesy of Macy's and Material Girl.) Vanessa Hudgens was one of the celebrities admiring the show and possibly taking style notes.

(Photo courtesy of Macy’s and Material Girl.) Vanessa Hudgens was one of the celebrities admiring the show and possibly taking style notes.

Help your heart: Today is National Wear Red Day @Macys

February is here and it’s time to make a little public service announcement on behalf of our corazoncito.

The American Heart Association and Macy’s have designated February as “Heart Month” and the moment for their “Go Red for Women/ Go Red Por Tu Corazón” campaigns. So it’s time to do a little check up and be aware of the symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks. It’s something nobody wants to think of, but the statistics say that heart disease and cardiovascular disease kills more women in the USA than any other illness. That’s pretty shocking. But we can all do our part to prevent this and save the lives of everyone we love.

For the past ten years, Macy’s has partnered with the AHA to support their programs, donating 40 million dollars to the cause. This month we all have a chance to support this campaign as well, just by shopping at Macy’s and wearing red to create awareness.

If you visit a Macy’s store today, Feb. 1st and wear anything red: your clothes, an accessory, scarf, red lipstick or even red nail polish, they will give you a discount of 10% or 20% on a wide assortment of selected merchandise. You can also purchase a Go Red pin for $2 at any Macy’s checkout and 100%of this goes directly to the AHA. Be sure to check out the website for more details at http://www.macys.com/gored. If you can’t make it today then go this weekend: the Go Red sale goes on till Feb. 3rd.

Visit the website at www.macys.com/gored for more information on the Go Red Sale.

Visit the website at http://www.macys.com/gored for more information on the Go Red Sale.

And if you’re in need of a red dress for Valentine’s Day or just because el rojo es tu color: Macy’s has 3 exclusive designs to promote the Go Red campaign that are really cute. With the purchase of any of these dresses, a donation of 10% goes back to the AHA. So you’re shopping and promoting a good cause. (That’s the excuse. I’m getting the Ellen Tracy wrap dress, which is very versatile.)

Here are the 3 dresses you can buy at Macy's and 10% of the sale goes back to the AHA. Dresses by Kensie, Ellen Tracy and the new Marylin line exclusive at Macy's.

Here are the 3 red dresses you can buy at Macy’s and 10% of the sale goes back to the AHA. Dresses by Ellen Tracy (left), Kensie, and the new Marylin line exclusive at Macy’s. Photo courtesy from my friend Martha Gil de Montes on her Twitter @MarthaMacys

You can also check out the site for the American Heart Association at www.heart.org and see all the health tips and information they have on your heart’s health. They also have a site en español so you should definitely see it: Go Red por Tu Corazon.

Brasil Night at Rock/Style with Macy’s and LA Times

It was a tropical night of great fashion, beautiful people and rock&roll at the annual Rock/Style event last Thursday. The scene was the classic Hollywood Roosevelt hotel by the pool, transformed into a runway for the evening.

This is a cool party the LA Times and Macy’s put on every year and this time the theme was Brasil, coinciding with Macy’s ongoing campaign at their retail stores.

Samba dancers (y sus cuerpazos) opened the show with the best samba music and outfits you could imagine. We later enjoyed three segments of fashion and music, for swimsuits, moda brasileña and preppy outfits, plus great “people watching” all the Hollywood types and “the beautiful people.”

Here are some images of a fabulous night. Thanks to my friend Martha @MarthaMacys for the invite.

Rock/Style by the LA Times and Macy’s at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.

“Oh le le, Oh la la, pega no ganzé, pega no ganzá…” The Samba dancers were spectacular.

Swimsuits inspired by Brasil.

Moda para ir a la playa a jugar futbol.

Nightclub at the pool with a fashion show.

This is Dante. Dante es guapo…

Macy’s sponsored the event.

The beautiful people watching the show by the pool.

Preppy fashion in orange, green and blue.

Runway show finale at Rock/Style.

Beautiful trio: Yarel Ramos from mun2, Diana Ramos and Martha Gildemontes from Macy’s.