Friday, May 25, 2007

It will be Okay



To Z, & S, and all the brokenhearted, this one is for you!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Hotlanta, Here I Come!!!


Can you say "Barbeque!"
I'm off early tomorrow to visit the main's squeeze's fam in Atlanta, and I can already smell the BBQ-laden air.

In that spirit, I leave with some aguas fresca recipes for all to beat the summer heat!


Summer, summertime!


Via: Food & Wine


Parcha/ Passion Fruit Caipiroskas

TOTAL TIME: 10 MIN SERVES: 6


Brazil is famous for the caipirinha, but less well known for the classic caipiroska cocktail that combines vodka, lime juice and sugar. Michelle Bernstein doesn't love the taste of alcohol so she throws passion fruit puree into the mix, creating a deliciously fruity sweet-tart drink.


Ingredients
3/4 cup frozen pure passion fruit puree, thawed (see Note)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 5 limes), plus 6 thin lime wheels for garnish
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vodka (9 ounces)
6 cups crushed ice


City Grocery Mojitos


SERVES: 8
Ingredients
1 large bunch of spearmint, plus 8 additional sprigs for garnish
3/4 cup sugar
1 lime, rinsed and quartered, plus 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup club soda, plus more for serving
2 cups dark rum
Ice cubes
White Wine and Sparkling Cider Sangria

Ingredients
1 bottle dry white wine, such as Vinho Verde or Pinot Grigio
1 cup fresh orange juice
Juice of 2 limes
10 strawberries, thickly sliced (optional)
Orange and lime slices
1 1/2 cups sparkling sweet cider
Ice

Watermelon-Lime Frozen Agua Fresca
STAFF FAVORITE
ACTIVE TIME: 30 MIN TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN SERVES: 6
Fanny has always had an infatuation with frozen fruit. (The pastry cooks at Chez Panisse used to freeze raspberries for her; she stuck one on each finger and then ate them.) So it's only natural that she makes an icy drink with one of her favorite fruits, watermelon. This agua fresca has the consistency of a frozen margarita.

ingredients
1/2 large seedless watermelon, rind removed, flesh cut into 1-inch dice (10 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (5 limes)
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark rum, preferably Jamaican

directions
Put 9 cups of the watermelon cubes on a rimmed baking sheet, wrap with plastic and freeze until solid, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, freeze 6 highball glasses. Chill the remaining 1 1/2 cups of watermelon.

In a blender, combine half of the chilled watermelon with half of the frozen watermelon and half of the lime juice, sugar and rum. Blend until smooth. Pour into 3 of the frozen glasses. Repeat with the remaining chilled and frozen watermelon, lime juice, sugar and rum. Serve the agua fresca at once.

MAKE AHEAD The recipe can be prepared through Step 1 up to 2 days in advance.
Passion Fruit Batida
FAST
MAKES 6 DRINKS

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups passion fruit juice
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 ounces cachaça or white rum (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
2 cups crushed ice
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New Book: The Virgin's Guide to Mexico


The Virgin's Guide to Mexico by Eric B. Martin

Review:
"Martin's earnestly beat novel tracks homely, studious Alma Price — resigned to being forgettable — as she disappears from her affluent Austin, Tex., home to trace her Mexican roots.

Alma deferred her freshman year at Harvard hoping to go to Spain, only to have her parents insist that if she doesn't go off to Harvard, she enroll at the University of Texas. Instead, Alma is determined to figure out how her chilly, beautiful Mexican mother, Hermelinda, managed to transform herself from a maid's daughter into a rich dot-com wife.

Armed with a year of Spanish, a lot of moxie and a cache of letters sent to her mother by her grandfather from Mexico City, Alma chops off her hair, assumes the moniker 'The Kid' and joins a gang of young American men headed for the border whorehouses. Alma's perspective emerges in a winning torrent of observations, and though a transvestite prostitute discovers her secret, she makes a pretty good boy.

Alternate chapters clarify Hermelinda's motivations for leaving Mexico and her secret tenderness for her troubled daughter, as Hermelinda and her husband (and Alma's father), Truitt, trace Alma's route to Mexico City with a detective's help. Part bildungs-road novel, part family saga and part identity lit, Martin's third novel is all heart."

- Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Immigrant Laborers as Superheroes


Are you watching Marvel?

Via www.timeout.com/newyork
Hombre y superhombre
In Neuvo York, heroes are everywhere.

Photo: Dulce Pinzón

If every immigrant, legal or not, suddenly disappeared, New York would come screeching to a halt. Immigrants do the grunt work that keeps Gotham humming, but despite their ubiquity, they’re largely invisible to people outside their communities. According to photographer and former labor organizer Dulce Pinzón, this is especially true of New York’s Mexican labor force, a problem she addresses in her photo series “The Real Story of the Superheroes,” on view at the Brooklyn Public Library.

To make her point, Pinzón, 32, persuaded each of her immigrant-laborer subjects—many of whom she knew from her union work—to don a superhero costume that reflected his or her job. Thus Luis Hernandez, seen with a jackhammer at a construction site, is wearing a costume of the Thing, while Juventino Rosas sports Aquaman’s uniform as he slices tuna at the Fulton Fish Market.

A Mexico City native, Pinzón says she came up with the idea in the aftermath of September 11. “I saw that the concept of heroism had been reborn,” she explains, “so I started to think of tributes to Latinos, who go largely unrecognized by the media.” Her immediate inspiration was finding a Spider-Man costume in a flea market. “I thought, What kind of superpowers would a Mexican have? Well, most of them work 12, 14, 16 hours a day!”

While some of the images were shot guerrilla-style, the picture of window-washer Bernabe Mendez as Spidey took six hours. It was one of the first photos Pinzón wanted to take when she began the series in 2004, but the cost of renting a crane to get the right shot was too expensive. FinallyPinzón decided to use a cheaper method—a harness to suspend herself outside of a building 150 feet in the air. “I thought, What the hell, I’ll just hang. But it was scary!”—Howard Halle

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

We Got Beauty in the Bag!

Latina, Jaslene Gonzalez was named America’s Next Top Model last night on the eighth season of the Tyra Banks’ reality show.

www.msnbc.msn.com

I thought her statement "I'm not your girl next door but I'm your girl down the block in your hood," was cute and humble.

The Personal Is Political

Here's your chance, ladies and gentlemen, let them (and our future generations) know WE were there!


The Veterans History Project, is gathering volunteer interviewers—family and friends of veterans, communities and a wide variety of organizations—to record the one-of-a-kind interviews of wartime veterans, collect oral histories of America’s World War II veterans, and send them to the Project, where they are housed in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress.



To become involved, download a new Veterans History Project field kit from the Veterans History Project Web site, request the kit via e-mail at vohp@loc.gov or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848.

 
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