Archives for November 2012

Wish List For On The Go Tech Savvy Families #GiftsThatDo

We are a very busy and active family with alot of gadgets.  We travel several times a year during the holidays to experience the holiday season at our favorite places.  We’re a multicultural family and celebrate several holidays including Christmas, New Year and Three Kings Day.  When our family travels during the holidays our gadgets go everywhere we go.   We prepare with all the necessities of a home office, and take gadgets that have multiple functions and use minimal accessories.  We also don’t want to take our entire home office — so we pack small, light and compact.  Can you relate?

 

I’m going to share my favorite gadgets for on the go Tech Savvy Families and also list some details on the items that are on my wish list:

 

iPad Mini 

Source: bestbuy.com via Eva on Pinterest

 

Our reliable iPad Mini is small enough to fit in a carryon bag, but still large enough to function on the go.  My husband primarily uses it to watch movies,read books and read emails.   My children use it to play with the apps while were on the road.  I love to look at family photos and google maps for historical sites during roadtrips.  It brings back memories of all our trips. Also, with WiFi in hotels its a must have gadget for a traveling family.

 

SONY DSLR

Source: bestbuy.com via Eva on Pinterest

 

I  love taking photos during a road trip, editing, and publishing them as we travel.  Sony DSLR camera’s take Professional style photos with minimal effort. On our recent roadtrip from Miami to Walt Disney World, I was abe to upload daily photos of our trip to share with family.

Whether we’re traveling by plane or on a roadtrip, I feel secure knowing that we have technology at our finger tips when we travel.  On our 10 day trip through Southwest National Parks and historic sites during the summer our gadgets were very instrumental in helping us plan visits to historical sites such as Socorro, New Mexico to visit the San Miguel Mission, established in 1626.

Our family also picks up some small items gifts for Three Kings Day Celebration to celebrate the holiday and special family members in our life:

POP PHONE

Source: bestbuy.com via Eva on Pinterest

 

Our famly  loves the Retro POP Handset.  We walk around the house chatting on our mobile phone sand it is just like using our house phone.   This phone is a lot of fun for the children and also for the entire family.  I’ll get them in various colors for Tres Reyes gift giving.

 

MOVIES

Source: bestbuy.com via Eva on Pinterest

 

 

One of my favorite movies of the year is Brave.  I love buying movies for the family and watching them throughout the year in the house or during a roadtrip.  Our pick for Tres Reyes celebration is Brave, but seriously there are so many more wonderful movies to choose from.   A movie is a must have item for Three Kings Day celebration.

GIFT CARDS

 

Source: bestbuy.com via Eva on Pinterest

I always pick up a couple of gift cards under $25 and hand them out to family during Tres Reyes day to purchase a phone battery, office equipment, mouse or other home office accessories. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the New Year with the people we love.

BOSSI BAG

 

Source: lovetheit.com via Eva on Pinterest

 

By now your probably wondering, how I organize it all?  I pack all my tech gadgets in this handy purse that doubles as a camera bag — seriously, it’s a versatile tech accessory bag. I make it my own by adding my personilize pens and journals.  This bag functions as both a purse and bag, but best of all it makes me a very Tech Savvy Mom.

 

Question:  What Tech Gadget are on your wish list?  What Technology gadgets do you recommend?  What gifts will you be getting your loved ones for the Holidays or Three Kings Day (Tres Reyes Day)?

Disclosure:  I have partnered with Best Buy in their Holiday “Gifts that Do” efforts.  All opinions are my own.

The 2012 Soul Train Awards Review and Complete List of Winners

The 2012 Soul Train Awards didn’t disappoint.   The show was very inspiring, especially the performance by New Edition and the tribute to Don Cornelius.  I unfortunately missed the Soul Train previews, but from what I saw online the artists were dressed to impress.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best New Artist: Elle Varner
Centric Award: Leah LaBelle
Best Gospel/ Inspirational Performance: Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks’ “Celebrate”
Best Hip Hop Song of the Year: Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz’s “Mercy”
Best R&B/ Soul Female Artist: Beyonce
Best R&B/ Soul Male Artist: Miguel
Album of the Year: Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange
Song of the Year: Tyrese’s “Stay”
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award: “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”: John Legend ft. Ludacris
Best Dance Performance: Beyonce – “Love On Top”
CENTRICTV.com Best Caribbean Performance: Sean Paul’s “Tomahawk Technique”
CENTRICTV.com Best International Performance: Estelle’s “Thank You”
CENTRICTV.com Best Independent R&B/ Soul Artist or Group: Eric Roberson
CENTRICTV.com Best Traditional Jazz Artist/ Group: TIE
*The Robert Glasper Experiment: Black Radio
*Tony Bennett — Isn’t It Romantic
CENTRICTV.com Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/ Group: Esperanza Spalding-Radio Music Society

Missed the big show? Make sure to catch the encore presentations:
Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT on BET
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT on BET
Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 5:30pm ET/PT on Centric
Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8pm ET/PT on Centric

Beef Soup with Chayote | Caldo de Res con Chayote

During the winter months I make lots of soup to keep my family warm.   It’s always been a tradition in our home to welcome guests and family members with a warm bowl of soup.  The smell of the vegetables cooking and traditional mexican comfort food bring backs memories of dishes my mother cooks for us.
I went grocery shopping at a local Mexican market and purchased ingredients to make a traditional Mexican beef soup.  While at the supermarket, I had a conversation with the butcher on the best beef cut  for  soup.  He recommended top sirloin, a chuck roast and beef shank.  I settled on the Beef Shanks because it  is tender, lean and boneless and asked the butcher to cut the meat into chunks.  I was on a good start to making the perfect traditional mexican beef soup.
As I walked through the produce section I found fresh cilantro, carrots, bright orange carrots, cabbage, green beans and a medium Chayote.  Chayote is a pear like fruit, originally native to Mexico and traditionally served hot. When served cold it is normally added to salad in small thin slices.  Chayote has a squash-like taste and consistency and comes from the gourd family, such as cucumbers, melons, and squash.  It also adds great flavor to soup.
After completing my trip to the market and making the Caldo de Res, I realized I  need visit our local Mexican food market more often.  Looking forward to my next adventure!

 

Beef Soup with Chayote | Caldo de Res con Chayote

Beef Soup with Chayote Recipe | Receta de Caldo de Res Con Chayote
Ingredients
2 lbs. beef shank
1 lg. tomato
1 clove garlic
1 sprig fresh or dry cilantro
1 green onion
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 chayote, cut into round chunks
6 green beans
1 white corn, cut into 4 chunks
1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and cut in chunks
2 med. white potatoes, cut in chunks
1/2 green cabbage, cut in 1/4 chunks

 

Directions
1. Cut the meat into 2 inch chunks and put in a large pot with 5 quarts cold water.
2. Add the tomato, garlic, salt, pepper, and onion; let stand 15 minutes.
3. Bring to boil quickly, then cover and let simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
4. Add chayote, green beans, white corn, carrots, potatoes, cilantro and cabbage.
5. Cover pot and cook at medium heat for 20 minutes longer.
6. Serve Warm and with love.
Buen Provecho!

 

 

 

Question:  What is your favorite way of preparing beef soup?  Do you ask your local butcher to cut your meats?

Event: Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar Event in Photos #CatalDTD

Event: Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar Event in Photos #CatalDTD

Storified by Eva Smith™ · Tue, Nov 20 2012 03:46:16

RT @SparklingLala: Tonight’s #CatalDTD Party view, where all the cool peeps will be! #patinagroup @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SErj9pgNvZ/Erika Lehmann Brown
Tapas, wine, fireworks, Twilight…oh yes, my weekend begins. #cataldtd @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SEtj6OANiw/Lala Castro
Date night at @cataluvabar #catalDTD thank you #patinagroup ! Catal holds a special place in my heart. http://instagr.am/p/SErWNgxZW5/Muffin Tin Mom
Hehe RT@DvinMsM: @emilyquestions the photobomber’s photobomber @joeltanner et moi #cataldtd #pat @ Catal Restaurant http://instagr.am/p/SMrHyQtxgo/EmilyQuestions
RT @DvinMsM: Catherine @pointA_pointB @ToddZebert at #cataldtd event @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SMqi1XtxgA/Todd Zebert
@carolhink @ Scott Hink & Amazing @dimplethakkar #cataldtd #patinagroup event @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SMpfNutxvE/Marla Schulman
RT @mayhemstudios: The largest #Paella dish I have ever seen in my life @catauvabar #cataldtd http://twitpic.com/bdtgb6GC Photo
RT @maryannewendt: @shescookin @funomenalme @topbrokeroc @kathyklingaman at #cataldtd Fun night!! http://instagr.am/p/SGKkWgjyB1/Amanda Wernick
We had an amazing evening at #CatalDTD last night! The Tapas, Paella and speciality drinks are delicious! T http://instagr.am/p/SGhVcvHYVJ/Eva Smith™
I had a great time w/ ya girl! RT @ThatsITMommy: Me and @jessicafuselier enjoying our evening at #CatalDTD @CatalUvaBar http://instagr.am/p/SFTnKhtx2K/Jessica New Fuselier
Thanks 🙂 RT @LoveIt: Looking good ladies man:) Keep Calm and @Loveit! #CatalDTD http://twitpic.com/bdm1glCalvin Lee
So Awesome’) @mayhemstudios: Great seeing old friends last night cfleury @RicDizon @pamelaadizon #cataldtd @catauvabar http://instagr.am/p/SG25eiqtnJ/”Pamela Ann Dizon
RT @morganb: @erikab @mayhemstudios & me enjoying noms thanks to #patinagroup #cataldtd http://instagr.am/p/SFBSHiQtW6/Calvin Lee
RT @SparklingLala: Keeping Calm & Loving the @mayhemstudios at #cataldtd @cataluvabar @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SE_Xa0ANjX/Calvin Lee
RT @mayhemstudios: Cheers! Great time w/ @SparklingLaLa & @DimpleThakkar this week @catauvabar #CatalDTD http://instagr.am/p/SKEmqLqtpY/Lala Castro
RT @PattieCordova: Chef Raney prepared some delicious vegetarian appetizers. I’ll be back #cataldtd! #vegetarianlatina #vegetar http://instagr.am/p/SE-R4pCjJa/Justine Burgess
RT @GlitterfulFelt: What a magical night – Thank you! #cataldtd @cataluvabar @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SFFX7yqh1M/Mary@LetsPlayOC
RT @suburbanmama: Mojitis at #catalDTD http://instagr.am/p/SE4XbLE5c2/Justine Burgess
RT @SparklingLala: Tonight’s #CatalDTD Party view, where all the cool peeps will be! #patinagroup @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SErj9pgNvZ/Justine Burgess
RT @maryannewendt: Tall & lovely ladies at #cataldtd! @shannonsmith @heathercinoc I should have worn heels lol! http://instagr.am/p/SFKU1NDyEk/Heather Cereghino
Great to be seen! RT @maryannewendt Great to see @chelseyveturis @RicDizon @cfleury @pamelaadizon #cataldtd http://instagr.am/p/SFJ9QbjyET/Chris Fleury
Me and @jessicafuselier enjoying our evening at #CatalDTD @CataUvaBar why am I so thirsty? 🙂 http://instagr.am/p/SFTnKhtx2K/ThatsITMommy
Yes, this is my tray of drinks! Just kidding but the #sangria at @CataUvaBar is delicious. #CatalDTD http://pic.twitter.com/2qZyyVo2ThatsITMommy
Keep Calm and @Loveit #thatswhatshesaid #CatalDTD http://twitpic.com/bdmbisCalvin Lee
Thank you for a lovely evening!!! @CatalUvaBar @GigaSavvy #cataldtd #patinagrou @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SFf35ak8Yx/Jasmine Forte
Thank you @ginamom @niecee for a #fabulous evening at @cataluvabar #cataldtd & @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SFmYubgNjr/Lala Castro
Beautiful photo! RT @popsicleblog: Check out the mojitos at @CatalUvaBar #CatalDTD http://pic.twitter.com/6rhv12pCSarah Auerswald
It was so great to see you two! XO RT @thatsitmommy: I <3 @RaisedByCulture #CatalDTD @CataUvaBar http://pic.twitter.com/4ZzbmidwTanya Salcido
@carolhink @KathyKlingaman So fun last night at #cataldtd! http://instagr.am/p/SGL2oijyCw/MaryAnne Wendt
This happened last night. Biggest Paella ever! So delicious I had 2 servings! #cataldtd http://instagr.am/p/SGMKvuDyC-/MaryAnne Wendt
Fun group = Fun time RT @maryannewendt: @shescookin @funomenalme @topbrokeroc @kathyklingaman at #cataldtd Fun night!! http://instagr.am/p/SGKkWgjyB1/Jim Walery
Tasting the Manchego cheese air bread! My tastebuds are dancing! #cataldtd http://instagr.am/p/SE33QanYcg/Eva Smith™
Thx for a fun night RT @hmgiraffy: Great food and great company #CatalDTD @according2kelly @AngryJulie @Borntorun77 http://pic.twitter.com/WD7dJO5akelly
RT @GlitterfulFelt: Our gorgeous blowouts from @thedrybar for tonight’s #datenight #cataldtd w/ @rockinmama @erikab @ Drybar http://instagr.am/p/SETIR-Kh4l/nawar
What a great evening with friends #catalDTD #patinagroup The paella was yummy http://instagr.am/p/SFBoGjk5TF/Marcie Taylor
Had the equivalent of 4 servings of delicious paella. #CatalDTD #PatinaGroup @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SFF_c0Eb1s/Reggie E ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
@tanyasalcido @pamelaadizon Ruth, me, and…. LOL. Fun times at #CatalDTD #Pati @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SFH4e0kb25/Reggie E ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Compared 007 notes with @hoda007 while enjoying food & drinks at #CatalDTD #Pat @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SFJSWokb3d/Reggie E ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
RT @tanyasalcido It was great to hang with my lovies @DimpleThakkar and @wellconnectdmom. #cataldtd http://instagr.am/p/SFFghEzQNP/Dimple Thakkar
Watching fireworks w/ @sbeasla was a blast! #cataldtd http://instagr.am/p/SFKn6XDyEt/MaryAnne Wendt
Yum! RT @GlitterfulFelt I think I ate a hundred of these #sogood #cataldtd @cataluvabar @ Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar http://instagr.am/p/SFK23xqh3t/Angela Bishop
Great seeing you both! ❌⭕ RT @PamelaADizon: @shannonsmith @sparklinglala #cataldtd http://instagr.am/p/SFFIVNvYY0/Shannon Smith
RT @ErikaB: Loved hanging out with my sweet friend @glitterfulfelt tonight at #CatalDTD courtesy of the #PatinaGroup. http://instagr.am/p/SFHu-_OIvD/Caryn Bailey
A great view of the fireworks at Disneyland from @CatalUvaBar #CatalDTD http://instagr.am/p/SFPPfTt9ui/Chris Fleury

So Thankful To Be A Mentor! #LatinoBigs

As a young child I surrounded myself by positive people.  People that were good listeners, good friends and above all people that had my back.   I always had mentors in my life that cared,  supported me and guided me.  Mentors that knew my strength, abilities and provided a boost of self-esteem.  I also had neighborhood comadres that would set me straight if they suspected I was making wrong decisions because they wanted me to be a successful and an independent woman.

As I became an adult I felt it was very important for me to provide the same type of support and guidance to others.  I shared life lessons to help raise tomorrow’s leaders, escorted youth to field trips and talk with youth about future goals.  I know that the reason I was able to transition into a role of a mentor is  because my parents were good role models to me and my siblings and taught us by example by serving our community.

I’m so thankful to serve as a community leader.   I have been fortunate to serve many roles as a mentor. Whether it was to provide a listening ear in time of need, guidance to a friend,  counseling, support at an appointment or volunteering at a local event during the holidays it’s been a very rewarding opportunity for me. I have always had a heart to serve youth and women in need in my community.  My calling is to mentor women.  Whether they are young women or peers I know that supporting women has it many rewards because I know I’m making a difference in someone’s life.  It is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life.

Tomorrow’s leaders need mentors from all walks of life. That is why I’m so thankful for programs such as Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Latino Bigs.   Big Brothers Big Sisters Latino Bigs volunteers have multiple backgrounds. Some are bus drivers, waitresses, business owners, stay-at-home moms, lawyers, nurses and construction workers. They are also college students and retirees.  You don’t need special training or a degree to positively influence a child. YOU have what it takes to be a great role model.

Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy such as reading books, cooking together or providing guidance and inspiration.

As you count your blessing during the holiday season consider how you can help youth in your neighborhood that need a role model, guidance or just a listening ear.   Consider making a difference in the life of tomorrow’s leaders by volunteering.

For more more information about volunteering as a ‘”Big” check out www.latinobigs.org or  www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.

Question:  Do you have a mentor you are Thankful for?   Has the experienced encouraged you to mentor others?

This is part of a supported campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Event: #LinkedOC featuring mktg expert and best-selling author Scott Stratten in Photos

Nov. 14th: A very special night featuring mktg expert and best-selling author Scott Stratten

 

Event: #LinkedOC featuring mktg expert and best-selling author Scott Stratten

Storified by Eva Smith™ · Tue, Nov 20 2012 04:02:05

Thanks @BryanElliott, another great event w @unmarketing – "Book of Business Awesome Tour" #LinkedOC http://twitpic.com/bdi37gCalvin Lee
RT @mayhemstudios: Passion + Knowledge = Profit – @unmarketing #quote #LinkedOC http://twitpic.com/bdhexoAndy Aranyi
RT @RigginsConst: "Anyone can be cool but awesome takes practice." @unmarketing #linkedoc #ocawesome http://pic.twitter.com/XqP5LbFuSureCoat Systems
Passion + Knowledge = Profit – @unmarketing #LinkedOCCalvin Lee
"You can’t train passion and personality." @unmarketing #linkedoc #ocawesomeRiggins Construction
There is ROI in being awesome in what you do @unmarketing #LinkedOCJennifer Imus
@LushCosmetics got a shout-out from @unmarketing at #LinkedOC last night! Lush has awesome customer service!  http://pic.twitter.com/PqNrPhEuSarah Beth Rosa
Funny! RT @DevineLines: All caps in ketchup, with mustard underline: unawesome – @unmarketing #linkedoc http://twitpic.com/bdca4hKim Page Gluckie
RT @maryannewendt: Scott Stratten @Unmarketing & @BryanElliott Great event! #LinkedOC http://instagr.am/p/SCnkW3DyEW/Gary May
Take time to find the right people (with passion, personality & love what they do) then they’ll attract the right ppl @Unmarketing #linkedocBrianna Foulds
And awesome is not overhead. RT @RigginsConst: "People are not overhead; they are your company." @unmarketing #linkedoc #ocawesomeAnne Buehner
2 types of customers: static (groupon crowd) and ecstatic (they stay and refer). #linkedocAnne Buehner
It was great seeing everyone 🙂 RT @maryannewendt Fun seeing unmarketing w/ @mayhemstudios @shannonsmith #LinkedOC http://instagr.am/p/SCY4n1DyNR/hoda
2night was truly #awesome. Seeing @unmarketing speak in person in OC, & meeting him afterwards. #LinkedOC #skate4life http://pic.twitter.com/O7So4cliFred van Schie
This is from last night’s #linkedoc event with @unmarketing . Love meeting people IRL. http://pic.twitter.com/sFg96Pz5Cassie Piasecki
I love how your blue & my yellow are popping! RT @mayhemstudios Great hanging out w @sarahbethrosa #LinkedOC http://instagr.am/p/SCfrXOqtnR/Sarah Beth Rosa
So good! “@BrieNadal: Honored and stoked to be in the presence of @unmarketing as he delivers his sermon #linkedoc http://pic.twitter.com/3qwxAtlF”Fred van Schie
RT @hensel: Marketing for most is about branding / logos, but real branding is about the emotional connection, the fuzziness #linkedoc #unmarketingEric Lent
Ask your clients; Stop, Start or Continue? And take that info + use it @unmarketing #linkedocEmilyQuestions
Passion plus knowledge equals profit #linkedocTechSpace Costa Mesa
QRcode #fail #linkedoc http://twitpic.com/bdb25tEva Smith™
Tonight I heard @unmarketing speak about his new book at #linkedoc. #ocawesome http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=530957474&mt=8 http://pic.twitter.com/om1lJ1HwBridget Willard
Fun times at unmarketing #LinkedOC event w @mayhemstudios http://instagr.am/p/SCSaz5ncVf/Niklas Myhr, Ph.D.
Thx unmarketing for a great nite w @ChapmanU crew Jenn @evilllmi & Judy #linkedoc http://instagr.am/p/SCf_0nHce9/Niklas Myhr, Ph.D.
The "unawesome" profile photo of Scott Stratten #linkedoc http://instagr.am/p/SCXGegOKkH/Maria Olsson-Tysor
#linkedoc http://instagr.am/p/SCXHW2OKkJ/Maria Olsson-Tysor
RT @EvilllMi: "If you love what you do it is contagious." -@unmarketing #LinkedOCBrianna Foulds
@sarahbethrosa it is you that is the awesome one! Thanks so much for coming. So great meeting you #linkedOCScott Stratten

American Music Awards 2012 Winners and PSY – Gangnam Style 2 Legit 2 Quit Mashup video

Like millions of viewers I watched the 40th American Music Awards.   The show was full of entertainment with some surprises among the winners.  My favorite performance were by Pitpull, Pink, Carrie Underwood and the PSY & MC Hammer – Gangnam Style / 2 Legit 2 Quit Mashup. The Gangnam Style Mashup was phenomenal!

Justin Bieber won three American Music Awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Album and Artist of the Year.  Justin’s mentor, Usher also won an award for  Favorite Male Artist/ R&B Soul.

There were at least 4 hashtags I noticed online during the program.  One thing I learned with these awards is that it’s very important for television shows that are looking for Social Media Interaction to display a hashtag at the corner of the broadcast as there were way too many hashtags to follow the conversation online.

 

… and the American Music Awards winners are:

Artist of the Year
WINNER: Justin Bieber
Drake
Maroon 5
Katy Perry
Rihanna

New Artist of the Year
WINNER: Carly Rae Jepsen
J. Cole
fun.
Gotye
One Direction

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
WINNER: Justin Bieber
Flo Rida
Pitbull
Usher

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
WINNER: Justin Bieber – Believe
Maroon 5 – Overexposed
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
One Direction – Up All Night

Favorite Male Artist – Country
WINNER: Luke Bryan
Jason Aldean
Eric Church

Favorite Female Artist – Country
WINNER: Taylor Swift
Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Country
WINNER: Lady Antebellum
Zac Brown Band
Rascal Flatts

Favorite Album – Country
WINNER: Carrie Underwood – Blown Away
Luke Bryan – Tailgates & Tanlines
Lionel Richie – “Tuskegee”

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
WINNER: Nicki Minaj
Drake
Tyga

Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
WINNER: Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story
Drake – Take Care

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
WINNER: Usher
Chris Brown
Trey Songz

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
WINNER: Linkin Park
The Black Keys
Gotye

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
WINNER: David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Skrillex

The following awards were not announced during broadcast:

Favorite Female Artist – Pop / Rock
WINNER: Katy Perry
Kelly Clarkson
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna

Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop / Rock
WINNER: Maroon 5
fun.
One Direction
The Wanted

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
WINNER: Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Rihanna

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
WINNER: Rihanna – Talk That Talk
Chris Brown – Fortune
Usher – Looking 4 Myself

Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
WINNER: Adele
Kelly Clarkson
Train

Favorite Artist – Latin
WINNER: Shakira
Don Omar
Pitbull

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
WINNER: tobyMac
Jeremy Camp
Newsboys

Restaurant Review: An Amazing Experience at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar

I had an amazing experience at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar recently! The Tapas, Paella and speciality drinks are delicious! The fine dining restaurant is tucked away in Downtown Disney District and offers balcony seating with the best view of Disneyland’s spectacular fireworks!  The restaurant was also voted one of the top three dining options in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District.

We started our evening off with refreshments, wine, cheese and tapas. I enjoyed the cheese spread and the Manchego cheese air bread.  My favorite dish was the Paella.  It was actually my first time tasting Paella.  The Paella included shrimp, saffron bomba rice, snap peas, smoked paprika aïoli and was served a HUGE Paella serving Pan.

During the middle of the event we also enjoyed the Disneyland Fireworks followed by additional tapas and an extra serving of Paella. The fireworks were spectacular! We felt like we were inside Disneyland.  We had an amazing experience.

You definitely want to add this restaurant to your list of places to take your date, close friends or family members for a relaxed dining experience.  I also recommend that you make a reservation for a special occasion or for large groups.  I can’t wait to go back!

Restaurant Details
Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar – Downtown Disney District
1580 Disneyland Drive  Anaheim, CA 92802
Hours: Mon-Sun 8 am – 10 pm
Reservations: (714) 774-4442

For additional information check out Catal Restaurant menu.  You can also connect with them online on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/CatalandUvaBar or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/CatalUvaBar.

Buen Provecho!

Latin Grammys 2012 Winners

The Latin Grammy 2012 Winners are:

Record of the Year: Jesse & Joy — “¡Corre!”

Album of the Year: Juanes — Juanes MTV Unplugged

Song of the Year: Jesse & Joy and Tommy Torres — “¡Corre!” (Jesse & Joy)

Best New Artist: 3Ball MTY

Best Contemporary Pop Album: Jesse & Joy — ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?

Best Traditional Pop Album: David Bisbal — Una Noche en el Teatro Real

Best Urban Music Album: Don Omar — Don Omar Presents MTO²: New Generation

Best Urban Song: Don Omar — “Hasta Que Salga el Sol”

Best Rock Album: Molotov — Desde Rusia Con Amor

Best Pop/Rock Album: El Cuarteto de Nos — Porfiado

Best Rock Song: Roberto Musso — “Cuando Sea Grande” (El Cuarteto de Nos)

Best Alternative Music Album: Carla Morrison — Déjenme Llorar

Best Alternative Song: Carla Morrison — “Déjenme Llorar”

Best Salsa Album: Luis Enrique — Soy y Seré

Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album: Juan Piña — Le Canta A San Jacinto

Best Contemporary Tropical Album: Milly Quezada — Aquí Estoy Yo

Best Traditional Tropical Album: Eliades Ochoa — Un Bolero Para Tí

Best Tropical Fusion Album: Fonseca — Ilusión+

Best Tropical Song: “Toma Mi Vida” — Yoel Henríquez & Alex Puentes, songwriters (Milly Quezada Featuring Juan Luis Guerra)

Best Singer-Song Writer Album: Gian Marco — 20 Años

Best Ranchero Album: Pepe Aguilar — Mas de Un Camino

Best Banda Album: La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho — Irreversible… 2012

Best Tejano Album: Joe Posada — Algo Esta Pasando

Best Norteño Album: Los Tucanes de Tijuana — 365 Días

Best Regional Mexican Song: “El Mejor Perfume” — Luis Carlos Monroy & Adrián Pieragostino, songwriters (La Original Banda El Limón De Salvador Lizárraga)

Best Instrumental Album: Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian — Further Explorations

Best Folk Album: Lila Downs — Pecados y Milagros

Best Tango Album: Arturo Sandoval — Tango Como Yo Te Siento

Best Flamenco Album: Paco de Lucía — En Vivo Conciertos España 2010

Best Latin Jazz Album: Arturo Sandoval — Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)

Best Christian Album (Spanish Language): Marcos Witt — 25 Concierto Conmemorativo

Best Christian Album (Portuguese Language): Aline Barros — Aline Barros & Cia 3

Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album: Seu Jorge — Músicas Para Churrascos Vol. 1

Best Brazilian Rock Album: Beto Lee — Celebração & Sacrificío

Best Samba/Pagode Album: Beth Carvalho — Nosso Samba Tá Na Rua AND Emilio Santiago — So Danço Samba Ao Vivo

Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album: Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil & Ivete Sangalo — Especial Ivete, Gil E Caetano

Best Sertaneja Music Album: Chitãozinho & Xororó — Chitãozinho & Xororó – 40 Anos – Sinfônico

Best Brazilian Roots Album: Dominguinhos — Iluminado

Best Brazilian Song (Portuguese Language): “Querido Diário” — Chico Buarque, songwriter (Chico Buarque)

Best Latin Children’s Album: María Teresa Chacín — María Teresa Chacín Canta Cuentos

Best Classical Album: Cuarteto Latinoamericano; Dan Merceruio, producer — Brasileiro: Works of Francisco Mignone

Best Classical Contemporary Composition: “Seducción” — Yalil Guerra, composer (Elizabeth Rebozo)

Best Recording Package: Cambié de Nombre — Miguel Masa, art director (Viniloversus)

Best Engineered Album: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You) — Gregg Field & Don Murray, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Arturo Sandoval)

Producer of the Year: Juan Luis Guerra

Best Short Form Music Video: Jesse & Joy — “Me Voy”

Best Long Form Music Video: Juanes — Juanes MTV Unplugged

Flan Recipe

With the Holiday’s upon us we need to start stocking up on delicious recipes and places to visit that make us feel happy and positive. The Maestro del Vaso Medio Lleno recently launched a new web series that focuses on incorporating positivity into your daily life. The “El Vaso Medio Lleno” Webshow includes ten webisodes that will air from November 5th through January 6th.

The first webisode “El Mejor Flan del Mundo” was filmed at popular Los Angeles bakery, Porto’s Bakery & Café, and includes an interview with one of the owner’s daughters Beatriz Portos. Beatriz share her family’s recipe for one of their most popular deserts – flan!

I’m so excited to share this recipe.  Recipes made with milk can help to make you feel positive and happy.  Make sure to follow the webisodes by subscribing to “El Vaso Medio Lleno” Youtube channel.

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Question:  Have you ever visted the famous Porto’s Bakery & Café in Los Angeles?  What is your favorite flan recipe?

 

This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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