Between baby Naomi’s summer birth and my intense work schedule it’s been nearly impossible for my family and I do any vacations this year.
A couple weeks ago we finally broke out of our rut and accepted two generous VIP invitations to briefly visit two of Central Florida’s best destinations: the Kennedy Space Center and Universal Studios Orlando.
Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center
I’ve been smitten with space travel ever since I visited Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in 1977 at the age of 7 during my first-ever family (more…)
Posted by PapiBlogger on Friday October 26th, 2012 at 01:59 PM
By Octavio Navarro
One of the things I love about our Latino culture is that it is centered on the familia and food. For instance, Dia de los Muertos is about celebrating and remembering our loved ones that have passed. We build alters that contain objects that the departed treasured, including their favorite foods. The goals is not to have them return, but for us not to forget and to remember them in a positive way. The Calaveras identify the dead in public, while our altars are specific and thoughtful.
When I migrated to California, I was about 2 years old. Left behind were grandparents and their customs and stories. Therefore, I inherited Halloween instead of Dia de los Muertos. Although, I visited Mexico a few times as a child, I didn’t really know my grandparents find it hard, as I have tried to reclaim my ancestry, to connect with them. I find it hard to build alters for second hand stories and pictures.
As a father, I struggle with how I am going to pass along culture to my children, while they will struggle with their modern world of tablets and smartphones. Even in Mexico, children seem to prefer an American Halloween to their time honored alters and Calaveras.
When I grew up, Spanish was a private language, spoken only to familia. In public, we spoke English and did American things. Now, this private world has been embraced by the public and is celebrated. It is part of the American melting pot. Maybe it will be easier for my children to be bi-cultural. Or if we are lucky, they won’t even have to be hyphenated and will seamlessly flow into a new form of culture. My children are very young so I have some time. I think I will be able to work something out, especially if I start now.
For instance, recently I got together with a few friends to celebrate a Dia de Los Muertos feast. We all had to bring our favorite dish. I made Papas con Carne. As a kid, I was a very picky eater, yet I never missed a meal of Papas con Carne.
My favorite childhood meal Papas con Carne
My Mom made it in a unique way that was simple, rustic and comforting. I was never able to find any place that made it like her. So I learned to make it myself. And like her, I used Mazola Corn Oil—which I learned helps accentuate the natural flavor in foods while having the added benefit of four times the amount of cholesterol-lowering nutrients than olive oil and 40 percent more than canola oil.
I believe that food is culture. So part of my learning to make this dish is to be able to prepare it for my children, especially Jacob, who also seems to be a picky eater. Eventually, I hope to learn to cook all my favorite dishes from my childhood. I think every Dad should have a couple of recipes that he is known for, that only he can cook in a certain way, that his children look forward to eating on special occasions.
To that end, below is a video on how to cook my style of Mexican Papas con Carne. I hope that eventually, my children will prepare a bowl of Papas con Carne and place at the center of an alter they created for me.
PS: Combine the leftovers with eggs in the morning to make an awesome breakfast burrito or fold a spoonful into a tortilla with a slice of avocado for a delicious taco.
What are some of your favorite recipes? Do you have any suggestions for Quick Dad Meals? For more recipes using corn oil and special offers, visit Mazola’s Facebook page.
Posted by PapiBlogger on Thursday October 18th, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Available November 20, 2012.
I am glad to announce that Papiblogger has once again partnered with Rory from Mamá Contemporánea to develop the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. In its third year, we take pride in bringing you not only the best known Hispanic blogger gift guide, but shifting through endless gift ideas to recommend only the best for your holiday gift list.
This year, the fully bilingual shopping guide will be available online and nationally publicized on Tuesday, November 20, just in time for Black Friday. On the same day, the launch of the guide will be anchored by one of the largest Latino Twitter parties of the year with thousands of dollars in give-away prizes so pencil it into your calendar.
Additionally, the majority of all children gifts that are being reviewed will be donated to the 6th Annual Pa’l Pueblo Holiday Toy Drive, which collects, wraps and delivers gifts to the 500 underserved children in the Bushwick United Headstart Program of New York. The toy drive is an initiative started by Capicu Cultural Showcase in partnership with Sofrito For Your Soul.
Companies interested in having their products considered should submit gift ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit gift ideas is Friday, November 16.
Companies who wish to sponsor the 2012 PapiBlogger Holiday Gift Guide will receive enhanced opportunities for visibility and are urged to contact email@example.com for customized ideas.
Posted by PapiBlogger on Friday October 12th, 2012 at 11:30 AM
My wife Angela and I just concluded a whirlwind 12-day visit to the West Coast that included baby Naomi’s first airplane ride, her first family road trip courtesy of the new Ford Fusion, celebrity encounters with film stars, hanging out with hundreds of influential Latinos and a special development for PapiBlogger that will greatly benefit the future of this family forum.
Naomi’s 1st Flight Came with a Celebrity
Three months after her birth Naomi “finally” got her first plane ride on JetBlue (I was 16 before my first flight). Our trip from Ft. Lauderdale to L.A. was a good one for Naomi who took special interest in looking out the window but what made the flight extra interesting was that mid-flight I discovered I was sitting next to the incredibly talented tween actress Bailey Madison (“Bridge to Terabithia” and “Just Go With It”). (more…)
Posted by PapiBlogger on Wednesday October 10th, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Trident Layers has a burst of Peach and Mango.
I haven’t bought chewing gum in a long time. My wife is more of a gum chewer so I just steel her stash whenever I need to refresh my mouth but can’t get to a tooth brush. She buys it in large packs so there is always some around, usually spearmint.
As a kid, I had my share of bubble gum. Back then, gum was like candy and enjoyable because of its unique flavor and ability to blow bubbles with. I guess that nostalgic bubble gum taste is so powerful that I often see it in other products like ice cream or tooth paste. I remember having fun times with friends trying to see who could blow the largest bubble while trying not to get it all over our faces or hair.
As an adult, chewing gum became more functional—pop a stick before a networking event or meeting. To me all gum tasted the same. So it was with great surprise that recently my opinion changed. I was heading out the door to take my son to the weekly book reading session at the local library and grabbed some gun that was on the counter. Following our routine, I buckled my son in, backed the car out of the garage, put the car in drive and started driving the 1 mile to the library. The only difference today was that on the way, I popped in the stick of gum and suddenly experienced a burst of peach follow by a rush of mango. The unexpected flavors reminded me of those childhood bubble gum fun days and I even started to blow bubbles. It reminded me that life is full of unexpected sabor. In fact, that is what being a child is all about—constant new discoveries. The gum put a smile on my face and helped me enjoy the reading more than usual because it reminded me that I should be more childlike to help my son enjoy his everyday experiences.