Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Choral Marathon for World Environment Day

On Sunday the choir will be one of twelve choirs performing during the 3rd Choral Marathon commemorating World Environment Day.

If you're local, it will be from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the "Alfonso Esparza Oteo" House at the SACM, near Metro Coyoacan. And it's free!

**Update: Looks like it will also be transmitted live via Online Radio at or, if you're local, on 1060 am. We'll be singing at 12:30 pm (local time).

Monday, June 16, 2014

World Cup 2014: USA v. Ghana

I'm so amused by all the World Cup - themed Google Doodles! Did you see the USA vs. Ghana - inspired doodle? During the game both birds were flapping. When the game ended, the USA had 2 little birdies in its nest and Ghana had 1, reflecting the score of 2-1. Go USA!

Google Doodle June 16, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day, Dad! Today it's a double celebration - both here in Mexico and back at home. Unlike Mother's Day, Father's Day is celebrated the same day in both countries.

So a very happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there, new and old experienced, and especially mine -- he's pretty fantastic if I do say so myself!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

International lunch with friends

At the beginning of June some friends from the UNAM got together for a delicious, international lunch.

our meal

We ate rajas con crema (sliced poblano peppers with cream and cheese)...

chicharrón en salsa verde...

and a cuban dish with rice, black beans, meat (don't remember what exactly), and fried plantains.

For dessert I made chocolate cupcakes topped with fresh Chantilly cream and fruit. I was pretty proud of how they turned out.

We also had a Colomba al liquore, an Italian Grand Marnier flavored cake topped with chocolate, and Mil Hojas, a flaky pastry with manjar, from Chile (which you can see in the first photo of the post). It was all delicious!! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

World Cup 2014: Mexico vs. Cameroon

Today's Google Doodle (in Mexico at least) is in honor of the Mexico vs. Cameroon game. I like that Mexico's player looks like a lucha libre mask.

Google Doodle June 13, 2014

I wore my "Yo x México" ("x" = "por", "I'm for Mexico") bracelet in support of Mexico's team.

Mexico won 1-0, woo-hoo!

*Update - Looks like Google is updating the Doodle based on the World Cup schedule. Once the Mexico - Cameroon game finished up, the Doodle changed to reflect the Spain - Netherlands game!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

World Cup 2014

The World Cup starts today in Brazil. I was never a huge soccer fan before, though a semester in Argentina and almost four years (!!) living in Mexico has slowly but surely changed that.

World Cup themed Google Doodle June 12, 2014

That being said, I'm definitely having conflicting feelings about the World Cup -- and I'm not the only one. On one hand, it's exciting: it's soccer / fútbol bringing countries together while the world watches. On the other hand, the corruption, exorbitant spending that ignores the needs of the Brazilian people, unrest, violence, etc. is infuriating, frustrating, and depressing.

I think John Oliver's segment on the World Cup was fantastic: funny, fact-filled, eye-opening, and frustrating at the same time. I've included the video below and highly recommend it if you haven't seen it already. My only complaint would be that he fails to mention relocations and the "pacification" of the favelas in preparation for the 2014 World Cup.

(Or, if you prefer a more serious article, check out "Even FIFA Can't Ruin This World Cup" on Think Progress.)

And speaking of the World Cup.... guess who's there now? And watched the Mexican National Team's training the other day? And got a photo with Mexico's Head Coach?

Edson with Miguel "El Piojo" Herrera in Santos, Brazil

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Feria de las Culturas Amigas, Part II

Last Wednesday I went back to the Feria de las Culturas Amigas in the Zócalo (see my first post here). Edson took the day off from working the fair, but spent part of the day there anyway as we visited the other countries' stands. Since it was a weekday during the day I thought it would be pretty empty and we'd be able to breeze through, hitting all the stands. I was surprised to see that, while it didn't compare to weekend crowds, it was still pretty crowded.

We still did a pretty good job of eating our way through though. We tried a (delicious!) pupusa from El Salvador; a fruit juice (mango, pineapple, and something that made it red/orange) from Belize; a dish with meat, corn, potatoes, and avocado from Ecuador (it looked deceptively simple, but was really good); a plantain empanada filled with black beans and cheese from Costa Rica; something similar to a Spring Roll from Malaysia; jamón serrano on fresh bread from Spain; and a chocolate-covered chocolate muffin with strawberries from Belgium.

We also bought a steamed bun with a filling from South Korea and a chocolate bar from Poland for later (we decided we aren't fans of the steamed bun) and I bought a jar of dulce de leche from Argentina to share with my roommates.

Here are a few of our photos from our visit (all photos from Edson's camera):






live music at Ecuador's stand

meat, potatoes, corn (white - on the left), and avocado from Ecuador's stand

food from Ecuador

Pupuseria at El Salvador's stand

our delicious pupusa

pupusa in front of El Salvador's stand

fruit juice from Belice



USA - with mini cupcakes and cookies

Gloria Jean's Coffee from Australia
Made me think of my grandmother (also Gloria Jean) 

"crocodile nuggets" at the Australian stand (not sure if actually crocodile?) 




writing names in Korean at the North Korean stand

South Korea

South Korea - we tried a chocolate steamed bun with chocolate filling, but
weren't big fans 

the steamed buns on the right 

the yellow "tubes" are cones for soft serve ice cream
at the South Korean stand

soft serve ice cream in a tube at the South Korean stand


Iran (or Irak? They were next to each other and I don't remember...)

jamón serrano on fresh bread from Spain

jamón serrano from Spain


German sausages




excited about dessert from Belgium

dessert from Belgium

Since it was more crowded than I had expected I didn't have time to see the last two sections of stands before I had to head out to an event nearby, though I enjoyed visiting (and eating our way through) what we did see, despite crowds and a bit of rain.