Mexican Food : The treat known as Amaranto


Amaranto is a traditional Mexican candy also know as “Alegría” (happiness, joy, cheer).  A treat who’s ingredients &  manufacturing process have a long standing  history. The candy’s main ingredient is the intensely nutritious grain knows as amaranth, it is so nutritious than it surpass both rice & wheat. Amaranth was a staple food of the Aztecs.  Alegría candy bars contain : nuts, pepitas(pumpkin seeds), rasins, & the amaranth grain  which are “glued” together with pilloncillo(a type of unrefined sugar that usually comes in cones, known to some as “Mexican brown sugar”)

MORE INFO :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepita

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panela

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth

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Night of the Bicentennial Celebrations Mexico (Videos)


The “Colossus” being raised. The “Colossus” is a statute representing every Mexican.

In case you missed the awesome Bicentennial party, you can get the inside scoop and find pics & vids of the extraordinary celebration at http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/

Mex Bicentennial Flickr channel

http://www.flickr.com/photos/53924008@N06

Mexican National Anthem:Indigenous Languages Versions


Check it out!  Just got this awesome link from @Bicentenario the official twitter page for Mexico’s Bicentenial 2010. The link= a webpage with Audio of versions of the Mexican National Anthem sung in Mexican Indigenous languages!  Is that too cool or what?!  Ever heard any Mexican indigenous languages? Curious to find out what they sound like? You can by clicking this link http://www.inali.gob.mx/bicen/himno_nacional_lenguas.html

The page has versions of the National Anthem sung in : Náhuatl from Central Veracruz , Purépecha, &  Cucapá, among  others.

For those unfamiliar with the Mexican national anthem here’s a video so you can compare the version in Spanish to those in the Mexican indigenous languages. Also lyrics in both Eng & Span can be found at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himno_Nacional_Mexicano


Mexican Beauties


Check out this beautiful video, it is the intro to Mexican TV show: “Lo que Callamos Las Mujeres” = The secrets we Women Keep. It’s a long running series that deals with women’s issues, and experiences . Each day a new short drama along with its main character is introduced. Sometimes the stories are sad, serious, and other times they’re lighthearted, fun, and romantic. The show’s storytelling serves as  a form of  commentary on important social issues. The show’s purpose is not only to entertain, but to diffuse information on important topics,to incite consideration and action in its viewers. Fun fact about the show: Many of the contestants from “La Academia”= Mexico’s American Idolesque show become cast members of  “Lo Que Callamos  Las Mujeres.”  This is one of the reasons why the show’s popular. Fans of La Academia like to see their favorite singers act. In conclusion, it’s a really a cool show. If  you are interested, you can watch it on TV on the Azteca America network or online, there’s some videos on YouTube just search “Lo que Callamos Las Mujeres”

Spanish:Valentine’s Day Phrases


In Spanish Valentine’s day has a few names:
Dia de los enamorados= Lovers’ day
Dia del amor y la amistad= Day of love & friendship
El Dia de San Valentin= Saint Valentine’s day

For all my fellow incurable romantics out there here’s a video of phrases for U to have some fun romancing in Spanish! Enjoy learning something new just for fun!  Also really handy if U have someone that you’d like to impress by whispering sweet nothings to in Spanish. I’m not up on the rules of indicating pronunciation like the dictionary does, so instead I used spellings that use sounds found in English to indicate something close to what the words should sound like. Of course if you want to really perfect them & get an authentic sound, find a Spanish speaking friend to go over them with you.  But, even if the pronunciation is a teeny weeny bit off, at least you’re somewhere in the ball park & trust me whoever you are trying to romance will get the message. They’ll probably find an accent : cute, and interesting.  ENJOYNESS MUCH!!♥♥♥♥♥

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xc8atn_vday-spanish2_lifestyle

*oops I got distracted and said “see-eh-loh” = sky instead of “Loo-nah”= moon for I’d bring down the moon & stars for you. Sorry.

It’s all about Serenades!!♥♥♥♥


SOOO ROMANTIC!! A  practice that is not only very popular in Mexico, but in every Spanish speaking country I think… Is that of romantic serenatas=serenades. In these countries serenades are preformed for: birthdays, anniversaries, just to say I love you, say I’m sorry, to propose marriage, or to confess ur love/ask someone to be ur guy or girl.  A classic serenade is preformed with a  Mariachi band, a guitar trio or soloist, also it is customary to wake  ur loved one with your song at dawn. As time goes on the tradition has taken on new forms, but I’m so happy that it’s still alive & well. It’s a very: cool,beautiful, special part of our culture, that I’m very proud of. Modern serenades: Now a days people will opt for pop music,Rnb, punk, rock, Banda music..etc for serenades. Another modern take on the serenade is that of surprising the recipient in public places during the day. A very common question about serenades “What about the neighbors?” With a classic serenade, I guess there might be a neighbor or two that gets annoyed with music so early in the morning, but for the most part it’s a well accepted and embraced tradition enjoyed by almost everyone. I mean come on, you’d have to be  a total scrooge to make a fuss about it 🙄 A serenata makes those directly involved & those around them happy, makes them feel warm inside, brings out the romantic in everyone, love is always beautiful, it’s just a really cool thing to behold. The neighbors or whoever is around will end up cheering the person giving the serenade on & root for the girl to come out. Once the couple is together on lookers will chant “Beso, beso, beso!”= a Kiss,a kiss, a kiss! Really cool right?! If you get a serenade it’s one of the most wonderful gifts u can receive. A pro serenata(hired musicians) is not cheap lol, if u decide to play and sing by yourself or get friends into the act it takes a lot of hard work, and earnest effort. So it’s really touching that someone would care so much as to prepare such an awesome surprise for you. With the Valentine’s day holiday coming up I wanted to take this post as an oportunity to honor this kickbutt tradition & share it with those who are new to it.

Enjoy these awesome serenade vids posted by crazy romantics on YouTube.

*Serenade scene from popular novela “Rebelde” (Rebel) Although the guys went all out,with spectacular fireworks & hired a full mariachi band… They had messed up big time, & the girls were still way ticked off at them, so their serenade efforts were shot down. 😳

*Cheating! Come on dude u gotta sing! Just going straight for the sugar 😛 He’s got some really cool friends to hook him up like that. The heart costumes are just too adorable.

A 60’s rock theme serenade. Very cool & original 8)

Althought it’s kinda embarrassing to be ambushed @ work or school, it’s all good, cuz  it’s so flattering to be in the spotlight & have witnesses that turn green with envy @ ur totally cool romantic moment. :mrgreen: Ooh loving the flower petals and votive candles on the desk, makes for a very romantic ambiance.

Ummm the girl did not come out during this serenade. Well… U win some, u loose some. A+ for effort though guys ❗ It really takes dedication to bring out your whole set up & rock out in the wee hour of the morning.

When u decide to go Banda with ur serenade, it quickly evolves into a party!! 😀 Lmao the camera’s shaky cuz the camera guy was dancing along.

Mexico’s April Fools day in December


In Mexico Dec 28 is “Dia de los Santos Inocentes”=Day of the Innocent Saints. On this day the Catholic church remembers the child saints mentioned in the bible who were killed in Bethlehem during Herod’s killing of children in order to prevent  Jesus Christ from becoming King.

In the middle ages there was also  people who celebrated a pagan holiday “Feast of Fools” along the way both merged & in order to celebrate innocence of the children who soul’s where called to heaven & Herod’s foolishness in his thinking he had prevented Christ’s reign people celebrate “Dia de los Innocentes” in a manner very similar to April Fools.

On this day news papers print  funny fake news, friends play pranks on each other, such as the placing of a little white paper doll indicating the “innocence” of the person marked.  Another  very popular way to joke on this day  is the “borrowing trick.”  If you lend something to someone everyone knows that on this day it is fair game to play finders keepers.  Of course if  it’s an items the person really needs or if the person is unwilling to play along in order to avoid any altercations items are given back.  However ,for those willing to play along if you lend an item,  you forfit it . In exchange the prankster gives a basket of candies with the following note: “Inocente palomita que te dejaste engañar, sabiendo que en este día nada se debe prestar. ” = Innocent little dove you have let yourself  be deceived, knowing that on this day lending is not advised.

*Dia de Los Inocentes is not only just a Mexican holiday it’s celebrated through out the world in various Hispanic/Catholic cultures.