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The Yummy Things I Like to Eat around the Holidays

10 Nov

Shopping, decorating, partying, eating, all these activities surely represent the holiday season for most of us. We do it year in and year out, but for me there are certain foods I just have to eat, to either get me in the festive mood, to remind me of holidays past and to share with family and friends creating traditions.

Pumkin pie.

Hello?! Thanksgiving anyone? Without this dessert it doesn’t really feel like the holidays have arrived, hehe. I incorporated this tradition when I moved from the Caribbean to the northeastern part of US. First time I had this I found the taste very strange, but grew to love it and associate it with happy memories. I love to eat it plain or with whipped cream. It reminds me of football, chilly, crisp air and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Sugar cookies.

Mentioning this treat is more about the activity of baking than the actual taste, but of course, we end up eating the whole batch in one sitting anyway. I love making them and sharing the baking process with my family and/or friends. We decorate them in Christmassy themes, and every year I try to buy new cookie cutters to add to my collection. It’s so much fun and makes for wonderful memories to reminisce on!

Apple cider donuts and hot apple cider.
I picked up this tradition when my boyfriend at the time moved to Vermont a few years ago. I used to drive up there twice a month and would love to stop by Cold Hollow Cider Mill on route 100 and get my fix. It just warms you right up, and reminds me of simpler times.

Sea grapes.

You may not be familiar with this since it’s more of a Caribbean/Dominican tradition. We only really eat grapes and apples around Christmas holiday. We serve the fruit together with the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners. The native sea grapes in DR are a rich, dark, purple color, almost black. They have seeds in them and they are the size of small golf balls. Having 12 sea grapes at the stroke of midnight in New Year’s Eve is supposed to symbolize good luck for the New Year.

Gumdrops. Another Dominican tradition that can never be left out during the holidays is gumdrops. The colorful sugary treat is synonymous with Christmas celebrations. If you visit any house during this time of year you could be sure you will find a bowl full of gumdrops somewhere in the house for anyone to enjoy. Over the years, I’ve grown out of the overwhelming sweet taste and the sticky, chewy texture but I love to have at least a couple of the red ones (me favorite) because they remind me of Christmas lights.

What are YOUR favorite holiday treats?

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Candy Corn and a Side of Gore

28 Oct

In honor of Halloween this weekend I wanted to talk about the thing I like to do during the month of October to get in the mood for all hollows eve. I usually get in the festivity mood by watching horror flicks. For instance, this year I started with Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). Although I am an avid movie buff, horror is probably at the bottom of my favorite genre list, if not dead last. However, nothing says to me Halloween like cozying up on my couch with tons of candy, popcorn, soda, chips and scary movies such as these.

The Shining (1980) – Knowing that you’re all alone with no contact with the outside world and your husband turned into a deranged killer? Movie magic! This movie has many memorable cinematic scenes and lines that makes for an instant horror classic. I love Jack Nicholson’s performance. He is so good is frightening.

Halloween (1978) – I like that fact that is low budget independent film. Some cool trivia about this movie? It was filmed in the spring in southern California so in order to portray fall in Illinois the crew had to hand-paint leaves in autumn colors and reuse them over and over for different locations. Also, the director considered the hiring of Jamie Lee Curtis as the ultimate tribute to Alfred Hitchcock who had given her mother, Janet Leigh, legendary status in Psycho.

Psycho (1960) – Creepy is definitely the word I would use to describe this film. A grown man living alone with the corpse of his dead mother is enough of a twist to send chills down your spine. The main character suffers from a really bad case of multiple personality disorder in which he takes on the role of his mother to murder those that “she” believes stand in the way of their mother-son relationship.

Sleepy Hollow (1999) – alright, so this isn’t technically horror but I’ve loved the headless horseman story since I was very little. I like this version with Johnny Depp because I like how he develops characters and also like how Tim Burton direction is visually rewarding and adds to the eerie, mystical feel of the film.

The Exorcist (1973) – This movie is terrifying. Period. Scary movies involving children always creeps me out, but this one takes the cake. The demonic manifestations on Linda Blair’s character are nightmare inducing. You can’t watch this film alone.

A Night in Salem

26 Oct

It was a unusually warm and foggy night, perfect to walk around Salem, Massachusetts with all the Halloween activites that are going on for Haunted Happenings. Last night I went out with my friends from California. I barely get to see them so I was extremely excited to share and spend some time with them. She and her husband along with two other local friends joined me at this kitschy Thai restaurant called Bangkok Paradise downtown. The atmosphere was very relaxed. Because of the season, the restaurant had all kinds of Halloween decorations which added to our festive mood. There was a jazz band playing in the background and some of the regulars were singing kareoke to their favorite tunes. One of them sang Ella Fitzgerald’s I Got You Under My Skin, classic!

For appetizers we had edamame, of course, and chicken satay with peanut sauce. I always used to open the pod with my hands and pop the soy bean in my mouth, but my friend suggested a a better way. Just put the pod in your mouth and squeeze the beans out. That way you get the salt from the pod to season the bean. Very tasty.

For entrée we had pad thai, and sushi rolls. The pad thai was extremely saucy and delicious. I had never tried this dish before, but my girlfriend told me that of all the pad thai’s she’s had this one was on the good side of her scale. I believe I may be coming back here for some more Thai food in the near future.
The sushi was ok, nothing expectacular. I hadn’t had sushi in a while though, mostly because not many of my friends enjoy it as much as I do, so if I’m craving it that means I have to fly solo. I think sushi is a dish meant to be shared so it’s not that fun to get it by myself.

We talked about everything and nothing for a couple of hours over martinis and scotch. We made plans for me to visit California real soon given that I haven’t been back since their wedding. All in all, I had a great night with friends breaking from the norm of my routine in one of the funnest cities in October. I totally recommend you check it out before November first gets here. Cheers to good company!

My Style Icons

22 Oct

I consider myself of somewhat eclectic taste when it comes to fashion, I like to try trends out, but I’m not trendy in the sense that I will try them all. I know what works best for my body type so if I know a trend is not flattering for my figure, even if I personally like it I won’t try it.
With that said, I was thinking about the looks that I always kind of default to and who my influences are for them. So here is a list of fabulous women who have shaped my style by inspiring change, courage, somberness, and fun into my look. Thanks ladies!

1. Queen Rania of Jordan

C’mon, the lady is a queen! She’s always classic, polished, effortlessly put together, modern, youthful, and professional without looking stiff. She definitely inspires my looks for work which, in my career, need to be of a conservative nature. I like it because I look professional without looking boring.

2. Kim Kardashian


She’s the epitome of sexy. She always looks fabulously luxurious, trendy, sophisticated and delicate. In addition, the fact that she’s all about curves is very inspiring to me since my body-type is similar. It inspires me to dress for my figure always looking fierce in the process. I like to be inspired with this look for when I go out with my girlfriends or on a date.

3. Rihanna



When it comes to accessories RiRi and J.Lo are the two fashion-forward women that take the cake for me. They’re bold, daring, risky, and glamorous. Rihanna’s rebellious reinvention inspires me to mix hard with soft, punk with cute, sassy with sexy. She always balances a good mix between tough chic and glam diva. It reminds me to always keep’em guessing by staying current, fresh, and unexpected. Wearing a man’s collar shirt with pearls, leather leggings, and hot pink mini-dresses are just a few of the ways to pull off Rihanna’s awesome attitude.

4. Jennifer Lopez



Jenny from the block is always about the three “B’s”; big, bold, bling. She always looks shiny and extravagant. She was certainly one of the first celebrities that made curves acceptable in our society, thus giving me the chance to flaunt my attributes with confidence. My signature hoops are definitely inspired by her essence. I love wearing huge, dangling earrings because I’m an attention seeker and it makes me feel very diva just like her.

How about you? who are your style icons?

End of Summer = Good TV

24 Sep

This week most of the TV shows that I’m into aired their season premieres. I’m so excited! cannot wait for the new storylines and cool jokes coming this season on some sophomore shows and veteran favorites. This is the only good thing about Summer ending. The brand spanking new Fall TV schedule that keeps me glued to the magic box every night.
So I wanted to share my top favorite TV comedy and drama shows. The ones that make me laugh until my guts hurt and the ones that stress me out even though I know it’ll all work out in the end.

My fave LOL shows are:
Community – I’m going to be honest, the reason why I was attracted to this show last year is the same reason why I thought it was going to get canned after a couple of episodes. Joel McHale. I’ve had a super crush on this funny guy ever since The Soup first aired in 2004. Joel is funny, hot, sarcastic, aloof, everything that works for the kind of show that he is hosting, but could he act? that question was answered on Community’s pilot. Yes he can! Enough about Mr. McHale, the show is definitely held together by the amazing ensemble cast who includes legend Chevy Chase. I just got the DVD for the full first season and I love it even more the second time around. Love this show!

Modern Family – One word. Sofia. I’m so proud to be a latina right now because she’s amazing. I’ve known about Sofia Vergara, hot Colombian goddess, since she was Mexican Hearthrob songbird Luis Miguel’s girlfriend. Waaay back when I was a teenybopper in love with Luismi and I just didn’t like her. I thought she was just interested in being famous and couldn’t act. I honestly never really saw any of her work, I was just being a hater. Then she gets cast for this show and I figure I’ll give it a try so I can get more ammunition and hate some more. Ha! the joke was on me. I discovered this fine gem of a sitcom. I also love Ty Burrell’s character Phil and his son Max. Phil has the best lines, and Gloria has a I Love Lucy ora to her that I just can’t get enough of. Must see.

The Office – I’ve turned so many of my friends into Office fans that we have our own inside jokes, and ongoing bits about it. It’s like a cult, just go to Facebook, Twitter or any social network site to experience firsthand the massive, overwhelming love for those characters.

30 Rock – What can I say about this show? Tina and Alec, Liz and Jack. comedic geniuses. Well deserved Emmy’s on both parts.

Favorite Dramas are:
90210 – It’s started as pure nostalgia and I’m sure the producers orchestrated it that way, but it definitely caught my attention and got me into this famous zip code all over again. Long gone are the days of Kelly and Brenda fighting over Dylan. Today is likeable bitch Naomi and super annoying Annie one misunderstanding after another. Loves it!!

Project Runway – I love me some Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum! and every week feels like NYFW since I get to watch a runway show. Fun!

America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) – Let me just say this, Tyra Banks is the most annoying woman in the world. We have an ongoing joke in my house that if something is really, really bad we call it “banks” that’s how much I dislike this lady, but she can sure make good TV. I’ve watched this show since it first started and I’ve never gotten sick or tired of it. I mostly watch it for the Jays (Jay Emanuel and Ms. Jay) and for the photo shoots and panel. I can’t get enough of it, but I can definitely do without the ridiculous things that come out of Tyra’s mouth for sure.

Parenthood – This show is so real. That’s why I like it. My favorite couple are Kristina and Adam. I also like Amber, Sarah’s daughter (played by Gilmore Girl’s Lauren Graham). I don’t think I’m completely obssessed with it yet, but I can’t seem to not miss it.

Runners up:
How I Met Your Mother – I got into this show this summer watching re-runs on CBS and I really enjoy the show’s old school sitcom feeling, but with really smart and witty jokes. This show is super goofy, but at the same time feels very sophisticated.

Chopped – I love the FoodNetwork and this show is like the whole channel wrapped in a tiny box on steroids. I enjoy the competitions a lot.

For this season not a lot of freshman shows have called my attention. I will though give these two a try.

New Shows:
Running Wilde – Just because Will Arnett is on it. (hellooo?!?! Gob! Arrested Development)
Outsourced – It’s on NBC thursday nights. My favorite night of the week, what can I say? hehe