blame it on the Kahlúa…

It’s my mother’s birthday this weekend which of course is bittersweet. But this weekend, it takes on extra poignancy because the following week will be 10 years since she passed on. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her or wish I could call her. She was not just my mom…she was my best friend. So, in that spirit, I would like to revisit the Kahlúa blog post because it’s about my mom. And she would have enjoyed it because she had a wicked sense of humor.!! jaja… Salud.! Y mama, feliz cumpleaños.!

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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.

courtesy of kahlua.com 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…

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Tecate takes a holiday 3

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Feliz el fin de semana.!! Happy weekend.!! Yes, yes, I know it’s not really a holiday for Tecate to take a break. But I have a three day weekend, so it feels like a holiday to me 🙂 Albeit, a bittersweet one. Why is life always full of ups and downs.? Just when you have one part figured out, another seems to require more mending or tending. This weekend I am looking for an apartment and I have narrowed down the choices to 5 places.!! I am so psyched that any day now I will have my own space again.!! Any day now, I will see my furniture and belongings which I haven’t seen in three years since I left for Mexico. The first night in my new place, I may sit on the floor with my worldly possessions (what’s left of them) and cry…. It has been a long time coming.

It’s a peculiar life to be a wanderer which I have been these last few years. Before I was so rooted, you couldn’t get me to move to a different neighborhood in Chicago. And then Mexico happened, unexpectedly. I became the complete opposite of rooted. Now I am trying to figure out how to combine those two parts of myself. The part that wants to be rooted and surrounded by her belongings and the part that wants to be free and carry only what she needs. The one thing I do know is that I don’t want to do it alone anymore. I am looking for my perfect and unexpected compliment. Someone who is similar to me and yet different enough to be challenging and keeps things spicy.!! muy picante😉 But at the same time, I want honesty and trust and intimacy and deep sharing and understanding on both sides. I want my soulmate.

Am I asking too much.? I don’t think so. It is possible. I know it is. Just like with Kahlúa.! They combined two things that you do not expect to go together – coffee and rum.! And it works beautifully. So on the eve of my finding my new home – I raise a glass to all of you and wish you amor.! Beautiful, hermoso amor. May every coffee find their rum.! And every rum find their coffee.! Unexpectedly 🙂 Besos.! Y salud.!!

Tecate takes a holiday 2

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courtesy of tecate.com.mx

Hello Everyone.!!! Saludos a todos.!!! I hope everyone’s Christmas was all that they hoped for.! And that Santa came through in the nick of time with all that they desired.! I know that I feel truly blessed from all the lovely messages I received, the pleasant company I kept, and the presents that were bestowed upon me 🙂 This holiday may very well be one of those that reside in my memory for years to come as the year that changed it all for the better.!

With that thought in mind, one more holiday awaits us this season.! The New Year is just around the corner. This year has been a tumultuous and eventful year for me.!! For starters, I returned from Mexico.!! And I started this blog.!! This blog which brought so many new people in to my life, dear fellow bloggers, and opened up a whole new world to me. I thank you for your readership and your support.!! Moreover, this blog also brought friends from my past back into my life.! And for that I am truly grateful as well 🙂 Life altering experiences abound everywhere if you know where to look and when to accept them.!!

One of my former life altering experiences, condensed into blog form, is my time living in Mexico. And of course, all the trials and tribulations of learning the language.!! Or at least trying to 🙂 jajajaja…. One of the reasons I love Spanish is everything does sound better in Spanish.!! And if you don’t believe me, please watch the Kahlúa commercial featuring Ana de la Reguera below.! Since it’s the holidays, Tecate is taking a day off and returning next week. Plus Kahlúa was made for the holidays.!! Enjoy dear reader.! Y Salud.!!

blame it on the Kahlúa…

courtesy of kahlua.com

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.

courtesy of kahlua.com

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.!

courtesy of kahlua.com

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.

courtesy of kahlua.com

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.!