Posted by PapiBlogger on Sunday November 25th, 2012 at 04:09 PM
By MANNY RUIZ
Our Thanksgiving break family vacation to New York marked a number of milestones for our infant Naomi and her sister Briani. Our trip began with a few days in the city, where Naomi officially uttered her first word “Mama” (she said it twice so we know it was real) and culminated with a visit to family and friends in upstate New York where we spent Thanksgiving and also had a chance to visit the famous Orange County Choppers headquarters.
New York City Moments
Visit to Orange County Choppers
Although I’ve never cared for motorcycles I have to say we were very impressed with our visit to Orange County Choppers in Newburgh, New York. Orange County Choppers is the headquarters for the Discovery Channel show American Chopper. The new restaurant next door is also notable for what I thought were some amazing burgers so when you go be sure to visit the restaurant.
I love blogging because over the past two years of publishing PapiBlogger.com I’ve had the chance to journal about my family and in the process I’ve been able to do some amazing things that are truly a blessing. Blogging on this platform has not only taken me on some incredible road trip adventures but it has also helped keep me fresh thinking for other ventures that I’m involved in such as the Hispanicize event, Latina Mom Bloggers and the new DigiBunch.
As this blog goes on its third year in operation, I’ve come to realize that in order to take things to the next level, PapiBlogger has to evolve beyond me. I know this platform matters to many of you as well so I’m proud to say that PapiBlogger is ready to take a major step that will not only change it but will improve it. Today I want to announce that my marketing industry colleague, friend and former Ford Motor Company client Octavio Navarro of Orange, California is joining me as my co-PapiBlogger. (You can call him West Coast Papi).
I’m more jaded than ever about politics and politicians but one thing I don’t ever pass up is the opportunity to take my kids with me to the voting booth. Today’s brave soul was my eight year old daughter Elena. This was her third presidential election and its only fitting my kids always accompany me to the polls because each of my four children were born in presidential election years: 2000 (Jonathan), 2004 (Elena), 2008 (Briani) and 2012 (Naomi).
Makes you wonder if that’s just coincidence or an omen of things to come.
Vote from the past in 2004: Elenita was 8-months old when she first went to the polls with me.
Posted by PapiBlogger on Thursday November 1st, 2012 at 07:09 PM
By Octavio Navarro
Dia de los Muertos feast.
In celebration of Dia de los los Muertos, I recently got together with a few Los Angeles bloggers to share and enjoy some of our favorite meals made with Mazola Corn Oil. It was great fun tasting the various traditional dishes and sweets.
My earlier post included a video of how to prepare my favorite dish of Papas con Carne. To review the video for cooking instructions for the ingredients below, click here.
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
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”).
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.
Posted by PapiBlogger on Tuesday August 21st, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Due to storm Isaac affecting most of our team that is based out of South Florida, we’ve had to re-schedule the twitter party as some of us are still without power. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that you will join us next Tuesday, September 4th at 9pm ET. We’ll be adding more prizes..spread the word and hope to see you there!Our road trippers are back and we are throwing them a party! Join me and Hispanicize as we celebrate our six social media influencers who just returned from an epic road trip through the US. They all traveled with the shared mission of visiting historic sites protected by the National Park Service that honor the contributions of Latinos throughout American history–and that deserves a celebration!
Our twitter party will include prizes and fun trivia games, and give you the opportunity to ask the bloggers about their favorite stops and national sites.
-$100 SuperBoletería gift card. (SuperBoletería is an online Spanish-language marketplace that sells tickets to sporting events, theatre shows, and concerts worldwide RSVP below to be eligible to win prizes)
- Verizon Wirless MiFi
To be prepared for the prize questions, check out the bloggers’ road trip journals by clicking on their links below, search for hashtag #LatinoHeritage.
See you next Tuesday!
Lance Rios of Being Latino: Rios (@BeingLatino)and his team from Being Latino were the first team to head out and they didn’t disappoint. Check our their road trip chronicles from New York City to Washington, D.C. on www.BeingLatino.us.
Alex de Carvalho of Social Media Club South Florida: de Carvalho (@AlexDC) and his father toured Texas, New Mexico and parts of Arizona and took some amazing photographs along the way. Check out his updated here alexdc.org.
Eva Smith of Latina Mom Bloggers/Tech.Food.Life Blog: Smith (@Eva_Smith) and her family documented the Southwest starting in San Diego, California and through Arizona and New Mexico. Her travels can be read on www.techfoodlife.com.
Cristy Clavijo-Kish of Hispanicize/Los Tweens: Clavijo-Kish (@LatinoMarketing) and her adorable family explored the Mid-Atlantic Region. Her road trip stories are posted on www.LosTweens.com.