Fashion inspired by the Mexican Bicentennial. Clothes reflecting Mexico’s history, and it’s people.
After a week of hard work, it’s time to kick back and get some R &R. So how bout a movie? Here’s a gem from the “Cine de Oro” era (Mexico’s Golden Cinema). A film starring singer/actor, mega idol Jorge Negrete. Today’s movie is : “Un Gallo en Coral Ajeno” – “A Rooster in a Stranger’s Coral” I’ve posted part 1-6, click on any the videos and you will be taken to the rest of the movie on YT there’s a total of 10 parts =)
SYNOPSIS: This movie’s got a cute, romantic storyline. It’s kinda of a male version of My Fair Lady, but not. A young sculptress tells her friends that Mr. Right for her simply does not exist. That men who are “completed works” are not to her liking in the least. She proclaims that, given the chance she would much prefer to “sculpt” the perfect man! Her friends laugh at this notion, and she retorts saying that, they may laugh but with hers skills she could turn even the most uncouth boor into an exemplary gentleman. While attending her exhibit, Jorge’s character who is actually rich overhears her, and decides to play a trick on her. He disguises himself, and breaks into her home pretending to be an unsophisticated country boy/thief. And the rest? The rest is romantic comedy magic! If you’re in the mood for a good movie with: romance, glamor, comedy, amazing music… This is the flick for you!
“Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno (November 30, 1911 – December 5, 1953) is considered one of the most popular Mexican singers and actors of all time.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorge_Negrete
Mr. Negrete started out singing opera, but then switched to traditional Mexican music. He was known for his grand, deep & velvety voice, along with his gallant, romantic, and sophisticated demeanor. He participated in many films dealing with charros, made many records filled with traditional Mexican music that spoke of the charro way of life, thus becoming a heroic and iconic representation of all things charro. Talk about a power couple, Mr. Negrete was married to iconic actress : Maria Felix. Remember her from the movie “La Cucaracha” in a previous post here on the blog? If you haven’t seen it, it’s a really cool movie about an adventurous soldadera in the Mexican Revolution. Here’s the link https://melatesupermegachidoymas.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/must-watch-mexican-blockbusters/
Forty six new cultural assets have been added to UNESCO’S (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage”. A list containing traditional treasures from different corners of the globe, cornerstones and representations of diverse communities and cultures. A list that gives these treasure distinguished status, & tells the world they are patrimony that is to be admired and safeguarded. Among those treasures are Mexican customs & staples. Please enjoy the following videos showcasing the Mexican assets that have made it on to UNESCOS’s list. Congratulations Mexico & fellow Mexicans! May we continue to feel pride for our roots and preserve them with honor.
Mexico – Parachicos in the traditional January feast of Chiapa de Corzo
Mexico – Pirekua, traditional song of the P’urhépecha
Mexico – Traditional Mexican cuisine
If you tune in to the Spanish tv stations, chances are you’ve seen this commercial. For those who have not, glad to share it with you guys. It’s a Degree ad featuring Andrés Guardado from team Mex/ left midfielder with Deportivo La Coruña, Spanish League.
The commercial’s storyline is simple, yet very silly & entertaining : Some crazy fans break into Andrés’s home and snatch his deodorant. Andrés swears by his Degree & can’t do without it, so… The chase begins! Throughout the commercial the whole city unites for one goal: Successfully play keep away with Andrés’s deodorant xD Why? Because the products slogan is : “Players should sweat, fans shouldn’t”
BEHIND THE SCENES :
Lol at Andrés driving the forklift. His driving it has nothing to do with the ad, but I bet he asked the director if he could and of course, how could they refuse? =)
ANDRES’S STUNT DOUBLE
Ha! The stunt guy has a twin, so Andres says, “so now there’s 3 Andrés Guardados” Funny.
It’s that time again! Time for some delicious Mexican gastronomy! Today’s dish is know as “Machacado con Huevo”, “Machaca con Huevo”, or simply “Machaca” = Eggs & Mash/ shredded with eggs. Pronounced something like : mah-chah-kah-doh-kohn-oo-eh-boh. The verb “Machacar” means to mash/grind.
This yummy & easy recipe makes use of eggs & cured, dried meat. In other words beef jerky, but not the kind you buy at the 7 eleven, the one you buy at the butcher shop. Although, hmm who knows? Maybe if you’re in a bind the 7eleven jerky could work? lol Maybe not =S The original dish, traditionally would call for beef jerky, since people in the olden days use to swear by cured meats due to the convenience and shelf life. Variations do exist , some use shredded beef instead. I’ve seen my mom make this with “carne seca” (meaning dehydrated meat) she’s brought home from Mex, meat like this: http://www.vtdviaje.com.mx/vtd/images/stories/Nuevo_Leon/Gusto_Gourmet_Nuevo_Leon/carne-seca.jpg & shredded beef, so both ways.
In the first video they have a pre-machado mix, which I had never seen, actually… But in the end it’s up to what’s to your liking & or convenience =) You can look for “carne seca” in packages in your local Mexican, Latin American Supermarket. Like this for example: http://loscorrales.net/products.htm This is just me, but I think the dish is neatest when you can start with whole pieces of “carne seca” from the butcher shop.
*Notice how the first recipe adds a tomato sauce, but in the succedent recipes the tomatoes are diced and added. See there are many variations, just learn the basics and make the recipe your own.
This chef notes that, the dish is typically eaten with flour tortillas, but is equally tasty with corn tortillas.
Over time I’ve seen and heard the “that’s so Mexican” jokes going around . You know the type, the derogatory, stereotyped ones. Sadly these “jokes” are all too often propagated by Mexicans themselves. So this post category will be dedicated to things that are “so Mexican” and so POSITIVE! For example often times jokes are about Mexicans and their attitudes on life, such as the “cut corners, do it the Mexican way” joke. Well, did you know, in Mexican and Hispanic culture the following saying exists : “Pobre pero, honrado” = Poor(concerning wealth), but decent/honorable.” This saying is used as a reminder to be true to one’s self and be proud of who you are and where you come from. You don’t need to be fake to fit in. It’s important to be rich in spirit. No one, regardless of social status or wealth can ever look down on you as long as you’re and upstanding person.
This saying is so popular that there’s even been movies with this saying as their tittle. In novelas there’s the example of the maid being accused of stealing the boss’s gold watch or what have you, upon being accused she’ll respond “Seré pobre, pero honrada” = I may be poor/just a maid, but I’m honorable.