Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Call Me? No, Tweet Me, Or Facebook Me, Or...

A few nights ago, a group of friends and I gathered to have dinner together. We "see" each other almost everyday on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; however, we still need the actual physical interaction occasionally. 

On that night, I let them know that I would be a little late because of work. When I came to my friend’s house, I rang the bell once, twice, three, four, five times, and finally I received two alerts on my phone. One from Twitter and one from Instagram:  "We are waiting for you..." 

On a different night, during a baseball game, a friend sent me an email to let me know that she and her family were sitting a few rows behind me. When they came closer to me, she mentioned: "I thought it would be better to tweet you but since I don't have a Twitter account I decided to email you."

Yesterday, my sister, and I were chatting through Facebook messaging and at some point, I couldn't answer her messages because I got very busy. She freaked out and called me from MEXICO because I was not answering anymore. 

I have been laughing about these incidents but after thinking carefully about them, they scare me. There's no way that I can hide now. I receive several emails and phone calls everyday from different organizations, friends, from work and family members, I only hope that many can understand that I give a priority to my family's messages. If I don't answer your message immediately is not because I don't want to, but most likely because I am trying to dig myself out of a pile of work related messages. That said, I'd like to share some of the messages that made me laugh.

This is my friend's tweet from two nights ago: "We are waiting for you." (Because her account is private I erased her username).

My answer to her tweet was: "I am ringing the bell!" :-) 

I also received the message through Instagram.  
My friend's email during a Mariner's game. :-) 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Do You Remember “El Paladar Cubano” in Seattle?

Perhaps you do. It used to be a food truck located on Aurora Ave N and 90th St. in the Greenwood neighborhood. Many of us were deeply saddened when the owner closed it in 2010. Thankfully, because of popular demand, he decided to come back and open a nice, small restaurant in the SODO neighborhood. The new incarnation of that awesome food truck is now known as “Café con Leche”, located at 2901 1st Ave South, Seattle. The moment you enter this place, the atmosphere transports you to a different dimension, one filled with percussions and pictures of Cuba. 

Pedro Vargas, the owner of Café con Leche, is a magnificent Cuban musician and a great host. His food is absolutely delicious, authentic and as if this wasn’t enough, he decided to add live music to this little piece of his homeland. You see, in many Latino countries, music is a huge part of our culture. If some of you have gotten the pleasure of visiting Cuba, or any Latin American country, you've probably noticed that music is played in almost every corner in any city.

I had the pleasure of attending their first night of live music this last Tuesday, and while I was talking to Mr. Vargas he shared his vision of having different groups every Tuesday to offer a variety of sounds to his patrons. Wonderful idea, I think. 

The Fred Hoadley's Trio was playing that night, and they delighted us with wonderful pieces of Latin jazz that kept me smiling through the entire evening. Can you imagine how amazing it is to have an authentic Cuban dinner while listening to some of the best Latin jazz musicians in Seattle? Yes, I was in heaven!

So now you know my friends. If you are looking for something different in flavor, I encourage you to visit “Café con Leche”. You will not regret it. 

Yes, I think I am at the right place. 

The Cuban humor welcomes everyone!

I started my dinner with an order of "tostones".

My second dish was "Pan con Lechón".  This is only half of the regular size. 

Fred Hoadley's Trio. 
From left to right: Fred Hoadley on Tres/Piano, Ben Verdier on Double Bass, and Tom Bergersen on Congas.

Café con Leche offers a very nice Happy Hour too!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month In Seattle.

Hispanic Heritage Month has been around for quite some time now. If you go to the Wikipedia website, you will find the story of how it became a month long celebration. But that’s not what I will be talking about here today. 

Because of the great diversity in the city of Seattle and thanks to the welcoming of this diversity by its residents, the events celebrating our Latino/Hispanic heritage and our contributions to the United States are becoming more and more popular!

Tomorrow, to start the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, we are holding a community parade in the city of South Park at 11 a.m. The parade will begin on 14th Avenue South, from South Henderson Street to South Cloverdale Street and end at the South Park Community Center. 

Following the parade we will have the “Fiestas Patrias” celebration at the Seattle Center on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.

I invite you to come and celebrate with me our Latino heritage and our contributions to this beautiful country with great music, good food, and why not, some dancing too!

Various flags on display for Hispanic Heritage Month.
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