Monday, May 23, 2011

Photo Shoot at the Railroad Tracks

Hey There:

It's starting to be a tradition, once a year my friend Blanca of SinSemilla Photography and I do a photo session just for fun. We did one at a golf course, another one in Heritage Park and El Camposanto cemetery in Old Town and this time her vision was a girly type shoot at railroad tracks. Of course, I immediately volunteered to be the model, had the perfect dresses, accessories and lipstick, so off we went.

Click this link to view all the pictures taken.

Lots of thanks to:

SinSemilla Photography

Effie's Heart

Romantic Rock Designs

Friday, May 20, 2011

NBCTweetup at The Tipsy Crow

Hey There:

Last night I was at The Tipsy Crow (@TheTipsyCrow) in Dowtown San Diego for a Tweetup (that's a meetup via Twitter) hosted by NBC San Diego (@NBCSanDiego) and their #1 News Team in the Morning. All those people I see on TV every morning were now in the same room I was, a bit unreal. At one point several people were giving their cards to Marianne Kushi (@KushiNBCSD) and so did I, she has no clue who I am, but still, I gave her my card!

Unfortunately I couldn't get off early enough from work so I arrived a little late. As always I get a mini-panic attack when I see so many people gathered in one place. So I did what I always do in social media events, look for @LaJollaMom and stick to her as my security blanket. Here a pic of me and @LaJollaMom:

The cool thing is that this time I didn't stay with her too long, immediately I saw so many people I've met in previous events and before long I was chatting up with them and walking around the room talking to people.

I've always said I'm really bad at networking, I think I can stop saying that now. While I was talking with @richandcreamy I saw this girl a bit wide eyed and awkward so I smiled at her, we introduced each other, she's @lindsaynball and talking to her I learned she is getting into social media professionally so I introduced her to @MyMelodie. After the introduction walked away to speak with other tweeps. So there, I can no longer say I'm bad at networking!

After the event @redlotusmama had an invitation for the Grand Opening party for Goorin Brothers hat store at the Gaslamp. And she took a bunch of us as her entourage (we almost jay-walked in front of a cop) the event was also fun, we got to try hats, eat and drink. And I have to say, those hats are really cool, I might have to go to the store again and check them out.

To see the slideshow of the NBCTweetup event, check out the link, very cool photos. I loved the one where everyone is on their phone!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cinco de Mayo 10-Course Dinner

Hey There:

Last week on Cinco de Mayo day, instead of heading to Old Town or any Mexican bar/restaurant and getting tipsy, I decided to have a classy evening at Wine Vault Bistro with Bree and another friend. My good intentions didn't matter, I still got tipsy.

The good thing about it is that our conversation was very interesting, just imagine it, three women in their 20's, 30's and 40's comparing dating experiences. We had a blast. The bad thing is that by the time I was in the middle of my first margarita (that is, after a shot of tequila and some beer) I didn't appreciate the food as much as I would have wanted.

Here's the line-up of the 10-Course Cinco de Mayo Margarita Fiesta dinner

1. Baja Shrimp Tostada | Avocado Mousse | Habañero Relish | Chicken Crackling
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2. Sangrita Consommé | Local Cucumber | Cilantro Sprouts
served with:
Diego Santa Añejo Tequila
I don't do Tequila shots, so I started by sipping it carefully and then took the plunge, the Sangrita Consomme was served to be a chaser and it was perfect, now I understood the Tequila appeal.

Baja Shrimp Tostada, Sangrita Consome, Tequila

3. Stuffed Squash Blossom | Chile Verde | Cotija Cheese
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4. Chicharones | Harissa | Lime | Fleur de Sel
served with:
Cucapa Pale Ale
This beer comes from Mexicali's only micro brewery and the name Cucapa refers to the Native tribes located in Baja and Arizona. Really good beer!

Stuffed Squash Blossom, Chicharon, Cucapa Pale Ale

5. Fried Avocado | Chipotle Aïoli | Braised Pork Cheek | Passionfruit Vinaigrette
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6. Carnitas Street Taco | Pico de Gallo | Jalapeno Tortilla | Queso Fresco
served with:
Yucatan Tropical Fruit Margarita
This was my favorite Margarita, so I can't blame the blended drink for what it did to me. This is when I started loosing the concentration on the food.

Braised Pork Cheek, Carnitas Street Taco, Blended Margarita

7. Chipotle Braised Short Ribs | Charred Onion Purée | Pepper Chutney
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8. Hanger Steak | Pepita Mole | Marble Potato Hash | Bacon Braised Greens
served with:
Classic Hand-Shaken Margarita
OK, so this one contained five different liquors and fresh juices. Really good and by this time we were very happy. I seem to remember we loved the Short Ribs too.

Chipotle Braised Short Ribs, Hanger Steak, Hand-Shaken Margarita
9. Churro con Chocolate | Mayan Spices
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10. Tres Leches | Horchata Ice Cream | Dulce de Leche
served with:
Chris' Famous Mexican Coffee
Even the coffee had liquor! No matter, we still drank it all, at this point can't tell you if the dessert was good, but I can say the coffee was great!

Churro con Chocolate, Tres Leches, Chris' Famouse Mexican Coffee
Afterwards, we were a bit tipsy to drive, so we went to Shakespeare's pub to have a pot of tea and continue with the interesting conversations. The added bonus of the night was that we sat in the booths overlooking the kitchen serving door (where the servers pick up the food) and we kept seeing this handsome cook. He was hot,  with brown skin, muscular and traces of either Native American, Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Awesome Eye Candy!

This turned out to be one of the best Cinco de Mayo's!