Friday Feast Feb 10

I used to do a Friday Meme long ago… and well this week has been super busy for me so a Meme will have to do for posting today! :) Here is the Friday Feast!
Appetizer
What was a class or course you took while in school that you realize now was a total waste of time?

No class should ever be a waste of time. I believe knowledge of any subject is super important. That said, my networks security class in College was a waste of my time because of my teacher. He did not do anything with the subject but state the obvious to computer mayors that knew what a Trojan horse was beyond Greek Mythology.

Soup
Who is the tallest person you know?

The aptly nicknamed “TooTall” is about 6’7″ and is one of my College buddies.

Salad
What’s your favorite midnight snack?

I don’t have one; I have never understood that whole wake up in the middle of the night and eat. Never done it… now if we are talking about an out all night and then get something, it will have to be Taco Burrito King back in Chicago. Burritos as big as your head :)

Main Course
Have you ever found money somewhere? If so, where did you find it, and how much was it?

I actually have, My Dad and I were riding back from a Sunday of soccer at Comfandi back in Cali. When all of a sudden we saw bills flying in the middle of the street and no one in sight (it was somewhat of a rural road.) I got off the bike, grab everything I could get back and took off. I don’t remember what we did with the money but I do remember at the time we needed it.

Dessert
Where would you like to retire?

Somewhere warm for sure. If Colombia ever gets better as far as security, I would love to have a house there, preferably a rural area. As far as the U.S. somewhere warm with tons of good roads to ride motorcycles. Would have to travel some more to find the perfect place.

Juanes

Yesterday I posted about Juanes over at Proyecto Colombia. Juanes is a Colombian singer that has really done well in the US market but has not “crossed over” (as in recorded an English language Album) like Shakira or Ricky Martin. Juanes defends his move by saying tha the still thinks, dreams and writes music in Spanish, and I personally think is an excellent point of view. Music is supposed to be about self expression, not about making money. We all know how many artist “sell out.”

Juanes is an artist that writes music that moves your soul. From very politically charged music to love songs that expose his tenderness and passion. I have translated a couple of his songs to English and find his sound both unique and get up and dance worthy. His blend of Colombia and rock makes for an interesting mix that attacks the senses in a very moving way. That and the ladies thinking that he is not harsh on the eyes makes him a superstar that is really shinning.

Juanes

Check out Juanes website. (You can listen to clips of his music)

Reality TV

I have loved reality TV since I was a little kid. Now you might all say that I am not that young, but I think I have been watching what people call reality TV for a long time. I think reality shows are mislabeled. I watched the premiere of Survivor Panama last night, and it was great. I think the show has done a good job of evolving into something that is still interesting to people. I am still not a true fan of survivor. I can say that I enjoy it, but I would not call it reality TV.

Survivor to me is not a reality show, while it is the mix of MTV’s the real world meets game show and American Gladiators, it is not something that should be considered reality TV. If there is a game involved or strategy I think reality TV really loses its right to use the name. The Real World used to be real, but right now the only MTV shows that I think can count as reality shows are Made and True Life. A show that you have to “cast” should not be considered reality TV anymore.

A show that might fall under the “reality” show umbrella but are true gems is MXC (go to Spike TV’s website to find information on the show, but wow, it is a perfect example of design overload… My brain was almost complety fried byt the overflow) that is actually a spoof on Takeshi’s Castle. Takeshi’s Castle reminds me of a show that used to watch as a kid back in Colombia but I cannot remember the full name of except for having the word “match” on its title.

I love documentaries; they are what I really consider reality TV. POV is a great show that you should try to catch on whenever you can. I have seen some of the greatest stories on that show and they can be considered true Reality TV.

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Comida Colombiana – Colombian Food

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Desde el primer día que llegue a los Estados Unidos me ha fascinado la Pizza, las hamburguesas y la comida chatarra que este país ofrece. Me ha causado el ganar peso aunque mi tendencia ha sido siempre de ser de peso saludable. Nunca he dejado de extrañar la comida Colombiana.

Lo mas duro fue la carne. La diferencia entre la carne fresca y la carne que se consume acá es de noche y día. Al principio parece que estuviera uno comiendo chancletas de lo dura que es la carne. Después poco a poco uno comienza a extrañar todos los platos típicos de Colombia y del Valle. De vez en cuando uno puede ir a donde un familiar o al restaurante Colombiano y comer empanadas y chorizo, pero la mayoría de los días es difícil de disfrutar la variedad de comidas que comía uno a diario.

El primer obstáculo es encontrar verduras de calidad. Encontrar un plátano que no esta pasmado por esto lados es casi como encontrar oro. Y bueno, papa amarilla es una cosa que se vuelve mentalmente como el pajaro Do-Do, dicen que existe pero parece mito. El segundo obstáculo es la falta de tiempo, la vida acá es tan acelerada que los platos que en Colombia la Mama le preparaba a uno acá nadie tiene el tiempo de hacer.

Se puede encontrar facilmente masa para arepas que hemos usado con satisfacción y yo preparo arroz con pollo cada que puedo, pero en realidad extraño mucho mi comida Colombiana y bueno no saben que difícil es vivir sin la panadería de la esquina.

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Latin Pride

You all know how proud I am to have been born in Colombia. One label that I was not aware of until I moved to the US is that I was also Latin. While I was aware of the word and that Spanish was one of the Romance Languages, languages that were derived from Latin, what I did not know was that I was going to have to wear this label as long as I lived in the U.S.

While for a lot of people it really can be a painful thing to be segregated by the color of their skin, I try to concentrate in the positive side of being Latin and look at all the things positive things that my culture brings into my life. I grew up in Colombia not knowing that Latin countries influence each other quite a bit. Musically for example, “Cumbia” a rhythm very popular in Mexico today actually originates from Colombia. “Rancheras,” a very popular music for some Colombians comes from Mexico. Mariachis are in some sense the international ambassadors from that country to the world. You can actually find Mariachis playing “Rancheras” in Colombia. If I remember correctly there is a bar called Mexicali where you can go listen to “Rancheras” live. A lot of times when someone thinks of Mexico the first image that comes to his or her mind is a big Mariachi sombrero.

I am not one for stereotyping, and in a way saying that Mariachis are the ambassadors of Mexico could be misconstrued as a negative representation of all that Mexico is. I know that there is a lot more to Mexico than just Mariachis. When I make the statement about Mariachis, I mean to make it in the most positive way, and I am proud that as a Latino I can consider them part of my culture. I am also very happy to have had the opportunity to sample a lot of homemade Mexican food. A misconception of a lot of people is that all Latin food is hot spicy. Actually Mexican food is one of the only types of foods where hot spices are a main staple in the cuisine. For example in Colombian food, there is only one sauce that accompanies Colombian “Empanadas” called “Aji” that is actually supposed to be hot spicy. The rest of Colombian dishes are not hot at all.

One of my favorite Mexican foods is “Mole”. A chocolate based sauce with a kick. There are many variations of “Mole” sauce and I like “Mole Rojo” over chicken the best. I have had “Mole” in the brain for like the last week. This Sunday I went to our favorite Mexican restaurant, “Los Cuatro Amigos” and I was very excited when I was the “Mole” on the so I ordered it, keeping in mind that it might not be as good as some of the homemade “Mole” I’ve had in the past but I was wrong. The “Mole” was excellent. One of the other good qualities at this restaurant is that they use very good cuts of the meat, so the whole dish was excellent pieces of chicken. If you ever venture into a Mexican restaurant that has “Mole” I dare you to try it.

I finished watching the Kill Bill saga by watching part 2. The special features which had a concert by Chingon a band created by Director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Desperado and Once Upon in Mexico.) Rodriguez actually scored Kill Bill 2 for free. Chingon (Which means badass) played “Malaguena Salerosa” a Mariachi styled song that wounded excellent and made my heart beat a little faster. It has to be the Latin blood that runs through my veins.

Saturday I got another huge surprise that I was not expecting at all. I attended my Company’s holiday party. I know a little late, but believe me it is a lot better than trying to fit it in during the holidays. The festivities were hosted at the Saginaw Club. An excellent location but it had one flaw, tons of stairs. Anyway, they had four different styles of food being served buffet style, but there were actual cooks keeping all of the dishes fresh. They had Japanese, Caribbean, Italian and Mexican. Along with the great food and free drinks, for entertainment they also had a Mariachi band. While it was not a huge one, I counted 6 members. I requested El Rey, which to me is probably the classic “Ranchera”. They performed it flawlessly and I felt very connected to my Latin roots during that moment. What can I say; I had a very Mexican weekend and enjoyed every second of it.

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