Ya basta with the news. We need #PaisaZumba.

Well, well, well. What a week of news. Bad news. I need a distraction.

If you tuned into the news anytime this week, you would’ve probably wondered what the world is coming to.

Among the headlines: you saw violence in Oaxaca, México; you heard about US Supreme Court decision which deadlocked Obama’s plan to shield immigrants from deportation– leaving millions of families desolated; you were appalled at the highly anticipated  results from Brexit, in which the Brits basically gave the EU the middle finger and left the world scrambling to figure out what to do next. (You don’t think this affects you? Just check your 401K- or don’t. And I don’t want to think how this could affect the November election. Dare I say?)

But enough already. Ya basta. It’s a Friday, it’s summer and I feel like dancing.

(O como dicen en México, es viernes y el cuerpo lo sabe.)

I came across this video on my Facebook feed, courtesy of my fabulous friend, Diana R. and now I’m hooked. Everyone, meet Eddie G.

Who is this guy? He’s FUNNY and dances like nobody’s business. Just what we need to balance out the news of the week.

His Tiburcio character is my new favorite thing. His Zumba Chona is quite the workout. His Spanglish is just my cup of tea. Like when he says “It’s good for the pompis!”

Ojalá que te hable “la Ellen” Mr. Eddie G! I’m cranking up the views on your youtube channel.

So fight the anxiety with dancing. Let’s forget the challenges for a bit. A little humor goes a long way. Or try humour– if you happen to be a Brit and need to dance off the shock today.

Here’s the link to Paisa Zumba, to the tune of “La Chona” from Los Tucanes de Tijuana.

Have a good weekend. ÁNIMO!!

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Let’s do the Paisa Zumba today. We need it!

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Meet Tiburcio. He can teach you to dance.

 

 

 

It’s Taco Tuesday. Now, some Psychobiology

Tacos are near and dear to my heart, therefore I’ve declared today is Taco Tuesday. Vamos a ver que tacos me invento for lunch.

Speaking of Tacos, Aaron Byrd and Michael Moss and the geniuses over at the New York Times have made a wonderful video infographic on the subject of Doritos Tacos at Taco Bell: “What’s In It: Doritos Locos Tacos.”

Now these are NOT tacos that I would recommend by any means. I have yet to taste them but after watching the video I don’t think I will. However, the process by which they were created and the effect they have on people is truly fascinating. 

In a nutshell, Doritos Locos Tacos are, according to the authors, a “marriage made in processed food heaven.” As they explain, the tacos are “engineered to target taste buds using the most powerful features known to manufacturers.” Basically they’re made up of a bunch of processed junk and fat, designed to make you want more. “Real power lies in what food scientist call Psychobiology: the study of how the brain reacts to stimuli.” 100 million Doritos Tacos sold in 10 weeks prove they’ve found a formula that works, and a market of “pretend taco” addicts.

In the video, I loved the simplicity of the graphics, the animation and the explanation- even though I wouldn’t be inclined to try these “tacos”. No siree Bob, not for me.

Para mi, the best tacos in the universe, en el mundo mundial, are located in one place and one place only: Mexicali, Baja California, México. That’s it! And if you want impressive numbers, I’m sure all the taqueros on the street and the finer, established taco joints will tell you they’ve sold Zillions and Zillions of tacos in their lifetime, no scientific or manufactured ingredients needed.

Just give me dos de asada, una cuata y “échale todo”.  That’s true Psychobiology for me. 

Here’s the link to the video from The New York Times. It’s worth a few minutes of your time and will definitely get you thinking.

What’s in It: Doritos Tacos Locos by Aaron Byrd and Michael Moss, New York Times, October 1, 2013.

Click on the image to take you to the video from the NY Times.

Click on the link above to take you to the video from the NY Times.

New word of the day: Psychobiology.

New word of the day: Psychobiology. (Clip from the NY Times)

Cante y cante con @CafeTacvba en DTLA

Hace una semana exactamente, you would’ve found me singing my heart out con el repertorio de Cafe Tacvba en concierto en el Nokia Theater de Downtown LA. Tenía rato que no los veía en persona, y ahora, I’m obsessed.

I don’t say this lightly: este fue uno de los mejores conciertos a los que he ido en mi vida. Y más gusto fue darme cuenta que sigue siendo lo máximo verlos en vivo. Rubén, Meme, Joselo y Quique, son otra cosa…¿cómo le hacen? De dónde sacan esa creatividad, esa música? Son completamente originales y super cool, but without even trying too hard. En vivo le echan muchas ganas, le ponen mucho feeling, y las canciones traen buen rollo para hacerte pensar. Mucho “emotional juju” going on in every song if you ask me.

Ya tienen más de 20 años cantando, pero our favorite Chilanga Banda proved they have no fear mixing it up, getting dark, getting serious, getting jazzy, getting techno and getting jiggy with it.  En una de esas, los 4 muestran sus mejores “dance moves” y una coreografía para una de sus canciones mas intensas, la de “Déjate Caer”, y bailan bastante bien, por cierto.

Cantaron sus crowd pleasers y grandes éxitos, esos que te sabes de memoria, pero también aprovecharon para darle a las nuevas canciones de su último disco, “El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco”…  Yo que era fan desde hace tiempo pero que no había escuchado este disco, me enganché de las canciones.

(Claro que cuando fui a buscar el CD a las tiendas esta semana, me cayó el 20 del título. YA NO HAY DISCOS!! Por ende, the wordplay. Había puros empty shelves en la Target, en el Best Buy y hasta en la Walmart. Lo tuve que hacer special order por Barnes and Noble porque ahi me dieron free shipping. Quiero mi CD tangible, para llevarmelo en mi carro, para prestarlo if I have to. Pero más que nada, quiero mi disco porque parece que muy pronto será un collector’s item. But I digress…)

Esta experiencia la debo gracias a mi amiga, the lovely Lucia Peraza, quien me hizo la invitación. Lucia estaba celebrando su concierto #40 de Cafe Tacvba, a Guiness World Record if you ask me, proving she is the ultimate “Chica Banda”… And she still gets excited with every song.  Además, nos tocó estar en el pit, standing room only, y los vimos muy cerca. It was awesome, and let me tell you, once you go to the pit, you never want to go back.

So I can’t say this enough, GO SEE THEM on tour. Si les gusta alguna canción de su repertorio, la que sea, I highly recommend you experience the music in person. Check out their USA tour sked here on their webpage. Todavía quedan algunas fechas.

Por ahora, mi nueva canción favorita de ellos (aparte de Eres, aparte de Como Te Extraño, aparte de Puntos Cardinales, aparte de Volver a Comenzar) se llama “Olita de Altamar” y es algo mágico escucharla en persona. 

Aquí les pongo el link al video, a mi me pone de muy buen humor.

Y aqui les pongo unas fotitos con el iPhone del concierto el 30 de agosto en LA. 

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El concierto de Cafe Tacvba en el Nokia el 30 de agosto estuvo sold out.

Un árbol gigante de repente se levantó sobre el escenario, very cool!

Un árbol gigante de repente se levantó sobre el escenario, very cool!

Joselo Rangel es lo máximo.

Joselo Rangel es lo máximo.

Backstage con Cafe Tacvba, pura gente cool.

Backstage con Cafe Tacvba.

Otro angulo

El director de cine Sergio Arau en plena plática con Rubén, aka "Zopilote".

El director de cine Sergio Arau en plena plática con Rubén, aka “Zopilote”.

Puro genio y creatividad, Rubén Albarrán y Gustavo Santolalla, uno de los productores de "El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco".

Puro genio y creatividad, Rubén Albarrán y Gustavo Santolalla, uno de los productores de “El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco” de Cafe Tacvba.

El Meme tiene su pegue. Ladies Like Meme...

El Meme tiene su pegue. Ladies love Meme!

Supermarket roundup: Comprando Cheesy Kale Chips

Monday is usually the day when I do my supermarket roundups and get ready for weekly meals. Today I had an AHA! Moment when I came across the Kale Chips at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

Have you heard? The ubiquitous Kale is like the newest superfood of the moment, the flavor of the month, and just about the “bee’s knees” right now when it comes to healthy eating and health benefits. Everybody has a recipe, every restaurant in town (hi-lo, you name it) has added it to their menu. Oprah loves it, Dr. Oz loves it, la Gwyneth loves it… you get the idea. It’s been around forever, but now you can pretty much find it prominently displayed at your local supermarket.

So of course the natural thing is for it to start evolving into snack friendly stuff, like cheesy Kale Chips. They may not ever be able to replace our addiction to las potato chips (I swear Sabritas has it right when they say ‘A que no puedes comer sólo una’) or to those Cheetos things, but being the culinary curious person that I am, pues I decided to conduct my very own non-scientific taste test.

Ahi les va el DISCLOSURE statement (God I hate doing this! but I will comply) pa’ que luego no anden diciendo que no soy totally transparent al respecto: This blog post is made totally on behalf of my very ‘exigente’ palate and taste buds. I shop frequently at Whole Foods (probably more than I should) and Trader Joe’s (because who doesn’t?) and Big Saver (porque son buenos bonitos y baratos) and have not been compensated in any way, shape or form by any of these companies for my very humble opinion.

The two items selected are the Alive and Radiant “Kale Krunch” at Whole Foods and the Trader Joe’s cheesy Kale Chips (Zesty Nacho).

Kale Chips side by side

While technically it’s the same product, the Whole Foods Alive & Radiant Kale Krunch will run you about a buck more in price, although it is .2 ounces bigger, so it says on the bag.

However, if I were choosing one just based on the design, I would immediately reach for the Trader Joe’s bag, if only because of the cool, comic book inspired look and feel of the package. But we’re not going on looks alone, so I opened each bag and tried them.

Cheesy Jale Chips side to side

The Kale Krunch (Whole Foods) looks much cheesier and brighter, while the Trader Joe’s chips look more “kale-like” and darker green.

I tried the Trader Joe’s first and found them interesting, crunchy and salty. Not bad, although think it left a little bit of a vinegar aftertaste, something not quite cheesy, not a bad aftertaste but just something that lingered a little bit. Then I drank water (to cleanse the palate, muy scientific, según yo) and then I tried the Kale Krunch, which was a bit more flavorful, cheesy and had a nutty aftertaste which I liked. They were equally as crunchy, quite good.

A look at the nutritional values makes for relevant “food for thought” as the Kale Krunch has less calories (100 per serving) and fat, por muy poquito.

Nutritional Values chart for Kale Krunch at Whole Foods.

Nutritional Values chart for Kale Krunch at Whole Foods.

Nutritional Values chart for Trader Joe's Kale Chips.

Nutritional Values chart for Trader Joe’s Kale Chips.

So my verdict is: Both are good snack options depending on taste and budget. If you have 5 bucks for a relatively small bag (2.2 oz is not that plentiful, it can go by in a quick sitting) I would go for the Whole Foods Kale Krunch. But the Trader Joe’s are good too, nomás que no me encantaron, pero they’ll do the trick for a snack if you want to calm down your me quiero atragantar una bolsa de papitas ahorita moment…

All in all I was quite surprised that these brands could come up with an alternative to the potato chip bag with a veggie that nobody cared about a few years ago. So with that in mind, maybe I should try my own Kale Chip recipe, a ver que invento.

Of course, then I stop by Big Saver, where the prices are good and the veggies are fresh (that should be their new slogan) and get a bunch of fresh Kale, which only sets me back a whopping $0.79 cents! Not bad at all, huh?

(Y por favor, ALGUIEN ME PUEDE DECIR ¿Cómo se dice KALE en español? Google translate no me convence con su ‘col rizada’.)

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Fresh Kale at Big Saver Market retails for 79 cents.

Fresh Kale at Big Saver Market retails for 79 cents.

Happy Birthday George Clooney!

Reason enough to be happy on this Monday morning, one of all my favorite men in the whole wide world y todo el universo universal, Mr. George Clooney celebrates a birthday today, May 6th.

Yes, I’m not shy in wishing him a feliz cumpleaños con muchos besos y abrazos. Our guy turns 52 today. Happy Birthday, baby! 

Son of Nick and Nina, nephew of Rosemary Clooney, award winning film and television actor, director, producer (Academy Award Winner this year for producing the Best Picture “Argo”), activist for humanitarian causes around the world committed enough that he got arrested recently, basketball enthusiast, Italian villa owner, dog lover, weird pet lover (he had a pet pig once) and eterno soltero extraordinaire slash chick magnet, YES this man is one of a kind.

Like my grandma Mamá Lilia declares every time she sees him: “Qué hombre tan guapo…” y suspira.

Behold some images from George Clooney throughout the years. Proof that some people just get better with age.

(Been watching you since Sisters and ER, Mr. Clooney. We go way back!)

Believe it or not, this kid would become the World's Sexiest Man Alive twice. (Photo from people.com "Before they were stars")

Believe it or not, this kid would become the World’s Sexiest Man Alive twice. (Photo from people.com “Before they were stars”)

Remember him? George from back in the 80's and early 90's when he tried becoming a household name on television, with small roles on The Facts of Life and Sisters. (Photo from xfinity.comcast.net)

Remember him? George from back in the 80’s and early 90’s when he tried becoming a household name on television, with small roles on The Facts of Life and Sisters. (Photo from xfinity.comcast.net)

The entire world took notice when George Clooney starred in ER, as the most handsome doctor you could ever imagine, Dr. Doug Ross.

The entire world took notice when George Clooney starred in ER, as the most handsome doctor you could ever imagine, Dr. Doug Ross. (Photo from Los Angeles Times)

George Clooney LA Times Mag cover

A more recent image, from the cover of LA Times. (CB Photo 2011 via iPhone.)

A commercial all ladies can dream about, George finally gets married! (But only in Norway and in your dreams!) Oh hey there…

Still from a commercial aired in Norway, for DnBNor Bank. The ultimate fantasy, getting George Clooney married.

Still shot from a commercial aired in Norway, for DnBNor Bank. The ultimate fantasy, getting George Clooney married. Click here to see the video. Why don’t they make commercials like this here in America?

Hopping on the Green Juice bandwagon

Everybody and their mother is talking about the wonders of green juice lately. We’ve been hearing about it here and there, but suddenly it’s trending all over the place:

They presented a segment about it on Monday morning during the Today show.

Dr. Oz has a special show tomorrow on the benefits and how to detox with it. (He’s doing similar topics all this week.)

Evan Kleinman from Good Food on KCRW just had a show dedicated to “juicing” last weekend.

This week I felt curious to try and stopped by Robek’s juice to have one of their new green creations. All in all, it was quite good. It set me back 5 bucks por un juguito bien chiquito, but what the hell. I felt healthy.

Today I made my own version, on the Vitamix, and it was even better. And I saved myself the cash.

My own version of the green juice.

My own version of the green juice.

I’m going to keep experimenting and next time I want to try it with kale.

Of course, nosotros los mexicanos have been drinking jugos naturales all along, and not to detox or to lose weight, but just because it’s a part of our lifestyle. I remember back in the day when I used to live in la Colonia Del Valle en el D.F., all the street vendors had crowds of people waiting in line  to get their jugos de frutas to start their day. Esos puestos eran un negociazo. And they had all sorts of fruit: papaya, mango, betabel, zanahoria, you name it.

If you want another good juice to try, here’s my post on the “Vampirito” juice. (It’s good for your blood pressure and energy levels.)

Ya estamos en Mayo, people. Summer is right around the corner…let’s get healthy for it.

Hey J.Crew, como que estás muy “Oaxaca inspired”

It’s Friday, it’s full on Spring weather in LA, and my freshly minted copy of the J.Crew Style Guide arrived in the mail today. Aaaah! Time for some fantasy shopping and virtual wish lists. It’s like I want the entire catalog every month. 

Something caught my eye, however, about these Spring trends and colorful items featured in the catalog this month. Como que J.Crew se fue south of the border for some inspiration, y se fusilaron todas las modas, textiles y los patterns de las oaxaqueñas y las guatemaltecas. Hmmm, these look really familiar. 

Claro que están padrísimas y super cute. But if the median price range from their collection is $110-395 dollars, it makes me think we should probably all book a trip down there soon and  bring back some of these goods, whilst we support the (our) people and artists who created the original styles. We should consider doing that instead.  Se me hace que esto es mas “fair practice” and doing the better thing.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to see these Latino trends in mainstream fashion. There’s blouses, linen tunics, a “Mercado” poncho (for $395 bucks thank you very much) and chanclitas and huaraches galore to get us all excited. It’s not like we didn’t know all these things were fashionable, but it takes a powerhouse company like J.Crew to bring it to the general market in America and you can bet your bottom dollar they’re gonna use it for all it’s worth, sin pagar derechos de autor. 

I guess that’s why they call it capitalism, right? (Lo malo es que lo copian en China y se roban toda la creatividad de los nuestros… sigh.)

This brings up a conflict of interest for me. Pero no me hagan mucho caso. I love J.Crew and can’t really speak ill of them, except to say que me gustaria que le bajaran a los precios mas seguido.

By the way, Jenna Lyons is on the cover of Fast Company this month and there’s a great story of how the company works with a behind the scenes look at her office. 

Here’s a sneak peak at what they’re featuring this month.

The "Embroidered Gauze Top" retails for $110 dollars. Must be nice! (Photo from jcrew.com)

The “Embroidered Gauze Top” inspired by a vintage Mexican folk dress retails for $110 dollars. Must be nice! (Photo from jcrew.com)

I can't get over the "MERCADO" poncho. This baby sets you back $350 bucks. ¡No manchen! (screenshot from jcrew.com)

I can’t get over the “MERCADO” poncho. This baby sets you back $395 bucks. ¡No manchen! (screenshot from jcrew.com)

Here's another look at the Mercado Popover from jcrew.com ($395 bucks I tell you!)

Here’s another look at the Mercado Popover from jcrew.com ($395 bucks I tell you!)

A short sleeve sweater with patterns and embroidery reminiscent of the Mayas. "Collection short sleeve beaded sweater" retails for $188 at jcrew.com.

A short sleeve sweater with patterns and embroidery reminiscent of the Mayas. “Collection short sleeve beaded sweater” retails for $188 at jcrew.com.

Jenna Lyons on the cover of Fast Company this month (a good read!) and the May 2013 Style Guide from J. Crew. (photo from iPad)

Jenna Lyons on the cover of Fast Company this month (a good read!) and the May 2013 Style Guide from J. Crew. (photo from iPad)

For the photogallery Inside Jenna Lyons office, click here.