Tecate take 12

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Welcome to the weekend..!! I have had a great week celebrating my birthday..!! It’s been non-stop fun – it’s almost as if there was no week just one long weekend.! I saw friends and family. I ate, I drank, I talked, and I laughed 🙂 And in the spirit of continuing that fun – I offer up a new Tecate commercial to send you off on your lovely fin de semana.!

It’s called Tecate Oso or Tecate Bear. In the commercial, the guy is at a store buying a teddy bear for his novia. He is also talking on the phone to a friend who is inviting him to come watch the soccer game. Then the friend tempts the guy by telling him that his beautiful cousins will be there. The guy’s guilty responses to his friend coincide with the size of the bear. At the end, the voice over tells us that Tecate men know that it’s easier to ask for forgiveness then permission.! jajaja 🙂 So be it.! We’ve all been there.! Enjoy..!! y Salud..!!

mas banderas porfa pero no antonio

banderas - courtesy of my friend D.

banderas – courtesy of my friend D.

Banderas is the Spanish word for flags, colors, insignias or markers. It can designate a team’s offical colors and logo. Or it can be used to describe a flag such as the Mexican flag which is green, white and red. Of course, it is also the last name of the super sexy Antonio Banderas. But in this blog post, I am not talking about flags, colors or Antonio. Perdóname.

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Antonio Banderas – Image by © Amy C. Etra/CORBIS OUTLINE

Following a recent trend in my blog, I am talking about a tasty beverage again..!! In my youth, I thought the only way to drink tequila was in a shot glass with salt and lime. I loved it..!! It was the one drink that did not make me sick or give me a hangover the next day. Some of my other friends were not so lucky 😦 When I moved to Mexico, I kept drinking tequila that way. Sometimes, I even graduated to sipping really good tequila. But the shot always remained the shot. Until one fateful day….

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Mexican flag – courtesy of shutterstock.com

I was out drinking with some of my co-workers celebrating a birthday and enjoying the sun-filled day. We were at a favorite haunt, Buddies, which served really good American food. Hey, sometimes we got homesick. We had gotten pretty friendly with the owner and the bartenders. That day, one of them suggested that we try a bandera. And we were all like “a what? a flag?” – we were just a little confused. But then they brought it out.! And my world was never the same again.!

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A bandera consists of three shot glasses lined up in a row. They should be in the following order: Lime Juice, white Tequila, Tomato juice or sometimes sangrita. This gives you the colors of the Mexican flag (green, white, red); hence, the name bandera.! Gulp the shots quickly in the same order – Lime, Tequila and finally finish with the Tomato. Sometimes, people drink it in the reverse order because they would rather have the lime juice end their experience. But either way, it is amazing..!! You can’t even taste the tequila! But you still get all the benefits of drinking tequila – warm fuzzies, smiles and joy.! You will never go back to just drinking a shot of tequila. Your whole world will be better, brighter and more colorful.

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courtesy of dorastable.com

Every friend I introduced the bandera to felt the same way..!! They were so grateful and appreciative to have this new wonderful drink concoction in their lives..!! So, the next time you are in Mexico, please forgo the typical tequila shooter. Ask for a bandera…hell ask for a round of banderas for all of your friends. I promise all of you will be singing and laughing in no time at all. Paradise will become even more wonderful 🙂 And you will ask yourself how you ever survived before trying your first bandera?! Salud..!!

shine on…

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Sorry I was absent – I have been celebrating my birthday weekend..!! I’ve had a great time, but now back to blogging. During that time, the lovely Emma at http://addyourpieceofhistory.wordpress.com/ nominated me for the Shine On Award..!! Thank you Emma..!!

THE RULES ARE PRETTY SIMPLE:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.

Things About Myself:

1. I have great parking karma. Even if friends who have bad parking karma are in the car with me – I can negate it and find rockstar parking 🙂

2. I love ladybugs. In Croatian they are called bubamaras and in Spanish, katarinas. They remind me of my mom.!

3. Twins run in my family. I have twin brothers, a twin aunt and uncle and twin cousins. I’m personally hoping for twins – 2 for the price of one.!

4. In my family of six, four of us were born on the 23rd of the month. Pretty cool…

5. I have many names/nicknames. My father alone has 12 nicknames for me. But my friends all have names/nicknames for me too 🙂 Rose, Rosa, coffee girl, tornado, Ruza, rosita fresita, rosey posey…etc.

6. I am addicted to diet coke.! It’s pretty bad…I probably need help.

7. All my neices and nephews would tell you adamently that I am younger than them.! Even though chronologically, it is not true. I think they think I don’t act like all the other adults they know 🙂

Nominate Others:

1. http://luluandthemoon.wordpress.com/
2. http://nwframeofmind.com/
3. http://www.mrwalkntalk.com/
4. http://leannecolephotography.com/
5. http://ilargia64.wordpress.com/
6. http://everydayinadress.com/
7. http://locagringa.wordpress.com/
8. http://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com/
9. http://ohgodmywifeisgerman.com/
10. http://crochezjulie.com/
11. http://africafarandwide.wordpress.com/
12. http://globetrottermama.com/
13. http://andrawatkins.com/
14. http://culturemonk.com/
15. http://addyourpieceofhistory.wordpress.com/

Thanks again Emma..!!

Tecate take 11

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It’s Friday..!! It’s also the summer solstice today – the longest day of the year..!! Plus it’s the super full moon this weekend too..!! And it’s my birthday..!!! So many reasons to celebrate that I can’t wait to begin 🙂 I have already begun the festivities this afternoon with French Martinis on Rush Street, people watching of course and enjoying the beautiful weather.!

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courtesy of make-fabulous-cakes.com

Therefore, I think it appropriate that this weekend, I leave you with the Tecate commercial Tecate Deseo or Tecate Wish. In the commercial, a woman brings her novio a birthday cake while singing to him. She asks him to blow out the candles, but first he must make a wish. Of course, he sees his wish before him and is speechless.! Personally, I would have wished for Brad Pitt 🙂 Or to find myself lying on a beach in Playa with a lovely michelada in my hand..!! But no worries, other exciting activities await me 🙂

So in that spirit, have a great weekend..!! I know I will.! Enjoy..!! y Salud..!!

chela, chelada, mmm…michelada

mexcian beers

mexcian beers courtesy of taringa.net

Una cerveza por favor” is usually the first thing most tourists request when they land in Mexico. Well, that is, right after they have ordered guacamole.! While Mexico is not the beer making capital of the world, there are still many good beer choices in a variety of flavors. You might want a lighter beer such as Corona or Sol. Or maybe you prefer a lager such as Dos Equis. Dos Equis also has an amber option. Then of course, there is Modelo, Pacifico and let’s not forget Tecate. Victoria is also a great beer with a slight bitter taste which until recently was only available in Mexico. In fact, even now, it’s only found in a select few American cities.

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courtesy of gardenandgun.com

Of course, to go along with your beer choice, you must have some salt and lime..!! Now you really feel at home and relaxed on your Mexican beach. However, if you really want to feel like a local, next time you order a beer ask for a chela.! Chela is a popular slang term for beer in Mexico.! In fact, instead of ordering margaritas for the next round – order some cheladas or micheladas. They taste just as refreshing on the beach as the margaritas and they are harder to find outside of Mexico.

big chelada

big chelada

A chelada is a mixture of lime juice, ice, beer and salt on the rim of the glass. Usually when you order one, you receive a glass filled one-third with lime juice, ice and the salt. Your beer is on the side for you to fill at your leisure and taste. You can have any beer that you like for your chelada. There is no incorrect choice. When I first moved to Mexico, I usually had Sol or Corona. But I ended up preferring Dos Equis and Victoria at the end. Also notice that the word chelada is a play on two words – chela and helada. Therefore, it literally translates to cold beer..!!

michelada y chela

michelada y chela

A michelada is a little bit more complex. It also comes with a beer of your choice usually on the side. However, the inside concoction has many varieties. The usual suspects include lime juice, Tabasco or another type of hot sauce, Worcestshire sauce, soy sauce, powdered chilies, tomato juice or clamato juice and ice. Sometimes, you will get tamarindo wrapped around a stick in your michelada (see picture above). Yummy..!! Some micheladas come with shrimp similar to a shrimp cocktail but in liquid form so it’s like a meal and a drink all in one..!!

michelada

michelada courtesy of girlichef.com

The drink is a little spicy but oh so delicious..!! Of course, you can doctor it up to make it more or less spicy depending on your personal flavor profile. Notice once again, that michelada is a makeup of three words – mi, chela and helada. So michelada translates to my cold beer..!! How cool is that?! So the next time you find yourself in sunny Mexico and you go to order a cerveza, remember to think like a local.! Look up at your masero and proudly say with a smile, “Una michelada porfa.” I promise you will be saying, “mmm, me gusta“, in no time at all..!!

hot, hot, hot..!!

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The word hot conjures up all types of images – the weather, a cup of coffee, a desert, stolen jewels, a fire, Brad Pitt even 🙂 According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word hot has about nine different meanings and double that in everyday vernacular. A person can use the word hot in sentences as varied as – “It’s really hot in here” to “That phone is a hot seller” to “Those diamonds are hot”. And the crazy thing is that in each sentence, the word hot will mean something different..!! Now pretend you are going to Mexico and use the word hot in Spanish to cover all those meanings…It doesn’t work.

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courtesy of 123rf.com

And of course, I learned that the hard way. Well, really I learned it in a fun way. People usually just poked good natured fun at me and laughed at the doble sentido (double meaning) of my comment. I am not going to cover all the different words for hot in Spanish just the top three. I begin with calor. Calor translates to heat or warmth. You use it when you are describing the weather or if you are physically warm. For example, “It’s hot today” translates to “Que calor hoy“. Or “I am hot” translates to “Tengo calor“.

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courtesy of webdesignhot.com

Caliente also means hot but it refers to liquids, beverages or food. So when you go into your friendly neighborhood cafe, you can order your coffee caliente or helado (cold). Caliente also refers to hot showers (la ducha caliente). Therefore, you would never order a hot coffee as el cafe calor or have a hot shower as la ducha calor. There are no double meanings in those statements, they are just linguistically incorrect. However, if you use caliente to describe yourself as warm, you will definitely get a good natured ribbing from your friends 🙂

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courtesy of fanpop.com

The same rule applies to hot when you are referring to something spicy. You would not use calor or caliente to describe a hot dish which is spicy. You have to use the word picante. Therefore, the sentence “That habenero is hot.!” translates to “Ese habenero está picante.!” Or you can also say that a flavor is hot/spicy in general – sabor picante. Now picante does have a double meaning as racy or cutting edge. For example, you can refer to a movie or a song as peliculas picantes or canciones picantes.

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courtesy of freethought1966.wix.com

Caliente also has a double meaning. As I mentioned above, you would never say “Tengo caliente” to say “I am hot” in terms of the weather or a fever. Of course, you can say it if you are referring to yourself as a sexy bombshell (or Brad Pitt)..!! And that was my biggest mistake in the very beginning. I was always saying caliente instead of calor when I was warm. My friends would always joke with me and ask me which one was I really (wink, wink). Eventually, I just started joking back that I was calor, caliente and picante..!! In other words, I was hot, hot, hot..!! That always made everyone bust out laughing 🙂

Tecate take 10

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My father is a macho man. He was smoking tabacco by the time he was thirteen. In his early twenties, he walked three days to get to Italy so he could escape communist Yugoslavia. When I was little, I once saw him break a pool cue in half with his bare hands. You would think I would have grown up afraid of my dad, but quite the contrary happened. His strength made me feel protected and safe.

And in turn, he made me a strong woman. So since this weekend is Father’s Day weekend, I thought I would send a huge shout-out to all the fathers. Whether you are having a barbeque with your dad, or lunch or dinner – enjoy the weekend..!! The Tecate Machos commercial I have selected celebrates the macho man. But note at the end of the commerical, when the macho man’s friend asks him does your old lady know that you are out. The macho man replies “yes” and that answer makes him more of a macho man than all the previous incidences that occurred. jaja.. Enjoy..y Salud..!!

blame it on the Kahlúa…

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courtesy of kahlua.com

Everyone always asks me – “Why did you go to Mexico?” or sometimes just simply, “Why Mexico?” I give them my standard answer – it’s pretty much my blurb on the About page – I worked for Starbucks for 12 years then I got a degree, my thesis is on fair trade coffee….blah blah blah. I can see I’ve already lost them. Their eyes glaze over and they just nod politely. So I’ve decided that I am going to start telling everyone a different story. It’s my mother’s fault.

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courtesy of kahlua.com

Ah, I see. I have your attention already. Good 🙂 My mother passed away a few years ago, but I swear if she were alive today, she would testify to the veracity of my story. And probably giggle too.! My mother was very young when she got married and she had me at the tender age of twenty. I was her firstborn. She went on to have my sister and twin brothers. Now here is where the strange part comes in – my mother never drank.! Never ever! Except when she was pregnant with me.! She didn’t drink before she was pregnant with me and she never drank after she was pregnant with me.! Just with me.!

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courtesy of kahlua.com

And she drank Kahlúa of all things.! Now for those of you who don’t know – Kahlúa is a Mexican coffee-flavored rum liqueur. It is sweet and creamy and tastes like coffee because it is made with 100% Arabica coffee and sugarcane from Veracruz, Mexico. Kahlúa means “House of the Acolhua people” in the Veracruz Nahuatl language which was spoken before the Spanish Conquest. It also contains sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla bean. You can drink it over ice or use it in mixed drinks such as mudslides and white russians.

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courtesy of kahlua.com

Now I am not suggesting my mother was a lush. On the contrary, she was an extreme teetotaler.! But I guess she had some discomforts when she was pregnant with me and Kahlúa was the recommended remedy. So I find it interesting that I went on to not just love coffee but worship it.! That I fell in love with Mexico and had to go live there. But also that rum makes me do crazy things, so I avoid it like the plague. No need to bore you with those details 😉 When my sister was pregnant with her son – she craved chocolate cake. And my nephew loves, I mean loves, chocolate cake..!! So I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my mom drank Kahlúa when she was pregnant with me and I went on to love all those components of the drink itself.!

Que raro, no?! So the next time someone asks me why I moved to Mexico – I am seriously going to say – “Blame it on the Kahlúa” – and try to keep a straight face at the same time. I leave you with a Kahlúa commercial. Enjoy.!

no me gustan los payasos..!!

clowns in playa del carmen courtesy of yucatanliving.com

clowns in playa del carmen courtesy of yucatanliving.com

Have I ever mentioned I hate clowns?! Well if I haven’t, I think today is a good time to talk about it, since my post is titled “I don’t like clowns”! I’m not really sure when my dislike of clowns began. I remember I loved going to the circus! But I think that’s because I loved the lions and tigers and of course all the trapeze acts! I remember when the clowns would come out I would be bored. I also remember watching The Bozo Show as a child. And I did enjoy it, but really I didn’t like Bozo the clown either. I think I enjoyed the games and the prizes you could win 🙂

bozo the clown courtesy of capitalistprofit.com

bozo the clown courtesy of capitalistprofit.com

Some of you might suggest that I dislike clowns because of Stephen King’s book, It. But again, I would have to say no not really. I’m not afraid of clowns. I just find them to be utterly annoying. I don’t understand their purpose. Ok well I do understand their purpose. They’re supposed to make people laugh or mainly kids. But I don’t find them funny. Nor do I like them thrust upon me. If I’m going to the circus, I know there will be clowns. If I am going to a children’s party, I know there will be a clown. Though I would be crossing my fingers for spiderman..!

Stephen King's It courtesy of memegenerator.co

Stephen King’s It courtesy of memegenerator.co

However, I don’t expect a clown on a bus..!! Nor do I want a clown on a bus..!! Ah, you’re thinking, we are finally getting to the crux of what clowns have to do with living in Mexico. There are sometimes clowns on buses in Playa..!! Sometimes, there are musicians which I can handle. I like music. But not clowns. There are several types of transportation in Playa del Carmen. You have taxis, the ADO bus, colectivos and regular buses. Now, the clowns don’t get in taxis with you. They also do not get on the smaller colectivos because there is no room. And the ADO bus will make them pay. However, the regular bus is only 5 pesos and it is large enough for them to get on and annoy me.!

bus playa del carmen courtesy of raouldeboer.com

bus playa del carmen courtesy of raouldeboer.com

And annoy me they did.! Sometimes only one clown got on the bus, but usually there were two. They would pay to get on the bus and then they would make jokes the whole time. Now most people on the bus are hardworking people on their way home, to work or the store. The bus is not the most comfortable transportation in Playa but it is the least expensive and therefore the most popular. People are usually tired. Maybe the clowns thought they were doing us all a favor by brightening up our day. And some people did laugh. Though not me because in the beginning, my Spanish was limited. And in general, I don’t like clowns.

playa clown courtesy of funfoil.com

playa clown courtesy of funfoil.com

But what really annoyed me about these clowns was that they would then ask for money. They would take off their hats or hold up a bag and expect us to pay them.! What?!? Que malo..!! Ummm…first off I didn’t ask for this entertainment nor would I ever. But just because we on the bus were their captive audience, they expected a payment or donation. Now don’t get me wrong, the musicians also asked for money. But they played lovely songs and they took requests..! In the beginning, I would politely demure and say something like “No, gracias. Muy amable.” My standard line to trinket sellers everywhere – “No thanks. Very kind of you.”

what I would do to clowns courtesy of tripwow.tripadvisor.com

what I would do to clowns courtesy of tripwow.tripadvisor.com

However, one day on the bus I had had enough. I’m not sure why I was in a cranky mood. Maybe I was tired, maybe it was raining. All I know is that I was coming home from work and I just wanted some peace. The payaso got on the bus alone at Constituyentes. He started his normal routine of jokes and then decided to focus in on me. But I didn’t feel like playing and I apparently didn’t feel like being passive. So I looked him directly in the eyes and said in my best Spanish – No me gustan los payasos. Aléjate de mí..!!” Which basically means – I don’t like clowns. Get away from me..!!

Well the clown looked shocked and the entire bus exploded into laughter! Of course, the clown continued to make fun of me to the rest of the bus but not bother me directly. But I still felt victorious because he left me alone forever after that. Sometimes he wouldn’t even get on the bus if he saw me sitting on it. But also, I had gotten a far larger chuckle from his audience than he ever had. Take that pinche payaso..!!

Tecate take 9

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courtesy of tecate.com.mx

Here we are – Friday at last.! I have to say I am glad to see the weekend. This week was fairly taxing for me emotionally and physically. I am looking forward to relaxing and hanging out with my friends and some good food and spirits 🙂

But I have to say I wouldn’t mind coming home one day to what this lovely young lady experiences in our newest Tecate commercial. Or would I..?! It’s called Tecate Pétalos or Tecate Petals. Enjoy your weekend..!! Salud.!