Girl Power!

It's okay to be a #chingona Photo courtesy of the #WWE

Growing up, I was definitely NOT empowered. I was shy and retiring (don’t laugh, it’s true!).  I was afraid to meet people or talk, so much so that my kindergarten teacher in the early ’60s told my mother she thought I was “retarded.” I overheard and was mortified and began talking in class so no one would think that again. I remain garrulous to this day. STOP laughing.

I am half Mexican-American and half Gringa (Anglo-Saxon descent with some Irish thrown in as well as Scandinavian, according to my family tree and DNA). My Mexican grandparents instilled a great pride in me for all things Latino while my very WASPy grandparents on my father’s side did their best to wash that out, by citing genealogy, references to relations in England and American Revolutionary patriots as well as Civil War captains (for the Union) and looking down on my Mexican/Catholic heritage and my mother. They came from a time and place where this was ok, where Latinos and/or Mexicans were seen as lesser beings. I always knew it wasn’t ok, but I loved and admired them too,  so it was confusing; contributing much to my shyness and low self-worth.

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Experimenting with El Yucateco Habanero Sauces in Traditional Recipes

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Pasta e fagioli

In this house a lot of cooking happens. Sometimes it’s me making jam and the family recipes I love to create or experiment with and sometimes it is Gianfranco Minuz, a Michelin-starred chef that graces my kitchen with his beautiful cooking. We learn from each other. I delight in showing him the Mexican food that is obscure, different or just spicy like habanero and he loves showing me his Italian recipes from the Tre Venezia area he hails from.

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The sauce was easy to find

This time we were working in the kitchen together, yet apart. We had a couple of bottles of El Yucateco Habanero Sauce that we’d bought at Walmart and the challenge was to create or re-create a recipe utilizing the sauce.  I had the red, he had the green and we each decided to go with a very traditional and simple dish from our respective cultures. I made a very simple, yet delicious and typically sweet guacamole with green grapes and peaches, while he made pasta e fagioli or pasta with beans.

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Who Wants to Win Gladys Knight Tickets?

Gladys Knight (photo courtesy of the L.A. Phil)

Gladys Knight (photo courtesy of the L.A. Phil)

Are you in the L.A. area and free Friday night?

Love the Hollywood Bowl? How about a little soul?

I’m giving away tickets in a quick turnaround giveaway. Entries close at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Drumroll…… tickets are to

Gladys Knight & Cool and The Gang!

The Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, has been R&B, soul, and jazz royalty for decades, garnering seven Grammys with hits such as “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Plus, the famously funky Kool & the Gang “Get Down On It” with a “Celebration” in a double bill that can’t be beat.
Friday, August 8th at 8pm

http://hbowl.com/GladysKnight

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember, be in the L.A. area, get your entries in by midnight and good luck!

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Mel’s Mini Mart

Brought to us by the creative minds at OREO, “Mel’s Mini Mini Mart” tells the story of a sad little mini mart that no one ever wants to visit. Until one day, a family of four stops by and discovers a well-kept secret inside Mel’s.  The day this family discovered the shop, something that others had not; they filled up their van with boxes and boxes of the tiny treat and the news of Mel’s started to spread worldwide, now everyone knows how much good is inside. The moral remains it’s not how you’re built, it’s what’s inside that makes you wonder-filled.

Mel’s Mini Mini Mart 

Get more mini goodness at Oreo Minis!
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New Summer Shows at the Hollywood Bowl

This summer is hot, sticky and filled with music.  The Hollywood Bowl has a great line-up for August/September and I’m looking forward to beautiful nights under the stars to listen and forget for a time, just how hot and humid it is.

 

August/September Shows
Smooth Summer Jazz 
The Hollywood Bowl proudly presents its summer super-concert featuring the finest smooth jazz artists.  
Artists to be Featured: BWB – Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, Boney James, Keiko Matsui, Eric Benét and The Ohio Players
Sunday, August 17th at 6pm

 

Gladys Knight (photo courtesy of the L.A. Phil)

Gladys Knight (photo courtesy of the L.A. Phil)

Gladys Knight & Kool and The Gang

The Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, has been R&B, soul, and jazz royalty for decades, garnering seven Grammys with hits such as “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Plus, the famously funky Kool & the Gang “Get Down On It” with a “Celebration” in a double bill that can’t be beat.   
Friday, August 8th & Saturday, August 9th at 8pm
 

 

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Elvis Costello (photo courtesy of the LA Phil)

Elvis Costello & Ben Folds

Prolific and evocative musical icon Elvis Costello delves into his remarkably diverse catalog. Multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter Ben Folds performs new music, along with his pop hits in orchestral arrangements.  
Friday, September 5th and Saturday, September 6th at 8pm
 

 

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Trey Anastasio (photo courtesy of the LA Phil)

Trey Anastasio

Trey Anastasio is a founding member of the Grammy®-nominated, genre-melding rock band Phish and has long incorporated classical elements in the band’s compositions as well as throughout his solo work. This innovative and exciting performance will feature orchestral versions of compositions written throughout Anastasio’s 30-year career.  
Friday, September 26th at 7:30pm
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