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Sin Nombre

15 Nov

“Podrás huir de la muerte, pero nunca del amor”

“You can flee from death, but never from love”

During the summer, right at the peak of Boston’s unbearable combination of hot and humid, I decided to stay in and see if I could find a good movie on Netflix. “Sin Nombre” (Nameless) came right up and I thought, why not? It’s just up my alley. Seriously, in Spanish and about Mexico? I’m in. Continue reading


4 Oct


I love food that is breaded. LOVE it. The concept is hard to screw up. Just take some eggs and breadcrumbs. Or croutons. Or crackers. Use these ingredients and watch magic happen.

As a college student, I seriously appreciate the simplicity and tastiness behind this meal. For me, Milanesa back home is typically eaten as a sandwich. You might know it as a torta. In a torta, you have lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, and of course, your Milanesa. Another great thing about this dish is that it’s versatile. You can do chicken, pork, or beef. You can make it a sandwich or a full meal with rice and beans. Continue reading


20 Sep


As a farewell to a wonderful summer, I cooked up one of Mexico’s most famous recipes— Ceviche. To my advantage, the weather was somewhat warm this weekend, making the food taste that much better. And, living by the coast helped me out, too. Luckily, I am able to choose from a variety of fish that are not frozen, but fresh.  Continue reading

El Callejón de Los Milagros

13 Sep

“Chava se fue. Se largo a los Estados Unidos Rutilio!”

Chava’s gone. He ran away to the United States!

El Callejon de los Milagros

Things don’t always turn out the way they are supposed to. I was supposed to major in international relations and work for the U.N. After the bailout, the economy was supposed to recover. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were supposed to live happily ever after.  In El Callejón de los Milagros (Midaq Alley), Alma and Abel were supposed to get rich, get married, and get out of the slum. Continue reading


2 Sep


One of the things that stuck to me the most about La Ley de Herodes (Herod’s Law) was the feeling behind the movie. It was that of traditional Mexico. I could smell the rural town and its people through the screen. The desert, the decor, and the clothing made me reminiscent of my time spent travelling down Baja. I never lived in a small town with natives who couldn’t speak Spanish, but I encountered several of them. Continue reading

La Ley de Herodes (Herod’s Law)

22 Aug

“¡El Que No Tranza, No Avanza!”

“He Who Doesn’t Scheme, Doesn’t Get Ahead!”

As a former political science major, I expected this movie to be right up my alley. A political satire of the infamous Mexican PRI party? Count me in. I’m fascinated already. But, very unexpectedly, I found myself yawning a little- was I bored? I guess that’s why I’m a former political science major. Continue reading


9 Aug


So, why is the inspired dish flan? No, none of the characters in Sexo, Pudor, y Lágrimas ever cooked flan. Honestly, it wasn’t even mentioned or shown in the movie whatsoever.

When I saw this Mexican film for the first time, all I could think was that these ignorant couples needed to learn the value of patience.  And, they’re all bitter and unhappy, too. Flan immediately popped into my head. As a possible remedy for bad attitudes and relationship woes, I chose to cook this traditional Mexican dessert.

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