Saturday, December 13, 2008

Casa Naranja Dinner Fiesta Playlist Vol. 1

Earlier this week we had a pre-Birthday dinner party for our beloved Brenda. One of the playlists we created was so "money" we had to share.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Private S Factor Intro Evening Exclusively for Casa Naranja

You are cordially invited to a Private S Factor Intro Class exclusively for Casa Naranja members.

Friday, January 9th, 2009
8-10pm
$30.00/per person

Sheila Kelley's S Factor is the ORIGINAL Pole Dancing workout.

Created by a woman, for women, S Factor promises to inspire and empower.

Space is VERY limited.
Please call 212-989-8030 and mention code CAS09.
Fees are Non-Refundable

Please wear comfortable workout clothing and be prepared to let your hair down!
Refreshments will be served after class.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Casa Naranja's Luxury Candle Holiday Gift Guide


Casa Naranja's Luxury Candle Holiday Gift Guide
With the holidays upon us we will hold true to our luxury gifts giving credo, (economic) depression be damned. Poo poo to the economic nay-sayers, our friends and family mean the world, and they deserve the best in class. But, on the off chance that you want to save a few bucks here and there, we have put together a genius guide to accommodate both yuletide desires. We have a luxury candle holiday gift guide. Luxury candles are the perfect gift for all the chic chicas and chicos on your list ….gorgeous presentations, sensuous scents, and appealing price points (so appealing in fact you can probably splurge on yourself). Now that is a recipe for a happy holiday. Feliz Navidad!

View the Casa Naranja's Luxury Candle Holiday Gift Guide HERE

Friday, December 5, 2008

Que Emocion! Camila - Solo Para Ti

Someone at CN was just serenaded with this masterpiece by her beau. How absolutely dreamy..... We all fell simultaneously in love with him. Ahhh L'Amour, L'Amour!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

BAM presents "Red Hot + Rio 2: The Next Generation of Samba Soul,"


BAM presents "Red Hot + Rio 2: The Next Generation of Samba Soul," don’t miss this amazing event for a great cause on December 4th and 5th.

CéU, Curumin, Domenico, Bebel Gilberto, Janja Gomes, José González, Kassin +2, Money Mark, Otto, João Parahyba, Moreno Veloso join for an All-star Brazilian concert event benefiting BrazilFoundation

In the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Featured artists: CéU, Curumin, Bebel Gilberto, José González, Otto, João Parahyba (from Trio Mocoto)

A portion of the proceeds will benefit BrazilFoundation's AIDS-related projects.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Running time: 120min, no intermission
$25, 45, 65

About the artists

CéU - The first international artist to be featured in Starbucks’ Hear Music Debut CD series, CéU reached #1 on Billboard’s World Music chart with her self-titled CD. The São Paolo-based singer blends samba, folk, and soul music and scored a Latin Grammy nomination in 2006 for Best New Artist.

Curumin - Luciano Nakata Albuquerque, born in Brazil to Spanish/Japanese parents, began his musical career at age eight, hence the early nickname "Curumin," a term reserved by Brazilians for their most precocious children. His re-workings of 70s samba funk with infusions of jazz, funk, and hip-hop recently stretched to include sounds from his Asian heritage in his just-released second CD, JapanPopShow.

Bebel Gilberto – A singer born into Brazilian musical royalty, Gilberto is the daughter of singer Miucha Gilberto and renowned musician João Gilberto. Her soulful, restrained blend of Brazilian and international music has earned her multiple Grammy nominations. Bebel released her third solo album, Momento in 2007.

José González - Born in Sweden of Argentinean parents, González makes music that is a combination of softness and passion, a folk style grounded in his early classical guitar training and darkened by his later forays into Sweden’s hard core metal scene. His second CD In Our Nature was released in 2007.

Otto - A percussionist of Dutch and Brazilian descent, Otto is one of the creative forces behind the "MPB"
(Musica Popular Brazileira) scene. His most recent CD Condom Black is an excursion into the hinterlands of his country’s rural folks rhythms mixed liberally with American funk and rap.

Money Mark - Adept at melding funk, jazz, hip-hop, folk, Afro-Cuban, and Latin music as well as experimental noise, Money Mark is a producer and musician who has collaborated with The Beastie Boys, Beck, The Omar Rodriquez-Lopez Quintet, and Jack Johnson. His latest album Brand New by Tomorrow was released in 2007.

Kassin, Moreno, Domenico - Samba super-group Alexandre Kassin, Moreno Veloso (son of Caetano Veloso) and Domenico Lancelotti are a trio of groundbreaking producers and multi-instrumentalists. Their trilogy of collaborations has allowed each of them an equal turn at the musical helm as Kassin +2, Moreno +2, and Domenico +2. Each of their recordings offers a different take on 21st century samba and bossa nova.

João Parahyba and Janja Gomes - One of the true pioneers of Brazil’s electonic music scene, Parahyba was a founding member of the legendary Trio Mocotó, the backing band for the great singer Jorge Ben. His son Janja Gomes follows in the family’s experimental percussion tradition.

(For more info, and to buy tickets, click here)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Just made this for my honey and he loved it!

Mexican Hot Chocolate

6 cups milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 ounces unsweetened Mexican-style chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Stick cinnamon (for garnish)
In a large saucepan, combine milk, sugar, chocolate, ground cinnamon and salt. Heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate has melted and the milk is very hot. (Do not let the milk come to a boil)

Beat 2 eggs in a mixing bowl. Stir in one cup of the hot mixture into the eggs, then return this mixture to the saucepan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes more over low heat, still stirring.

Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Beat with a molinillo or a rotary beater until it is very frothy. Pour into mugs, garnish with cinnamon sticks, and serve. Makes about 6 (8 ounce) servings.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Vicky Cristina Barcelona in person!

Christmas has arrived early. Penelope Cruz will be attending a special screening of Vicky Cristina Barcelona at The Sunshine Landmark Theater on December 1st!!!

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
With Penelope Cruz in person
Monday, December 1, 8:30 p.m.
At the Sunshine Landmark Theater, 143 East Houston Street, Manhattan
2008, 96 mins.

"The Weinstein Company. Directed and written by Woody Allen. With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson. Woody Allen returns to vibrant form with the tale of college pals Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) who are tempted toward a romantic triangle with free-spirited Spanish artists Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) and Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz). Post-film discussion with Penelope Cruz." (museum of moving images)

Tickets: $15 Museum members/Free for Sponsor-level and above. For tickets, call 718.777.6810.

(For more info: www.movingimage.us, www.landmarktheatres.com)

WHEN: Mon Dec 01 8:30 pm

WHERE: Sunshine Cinema,143 E. Houston St. (212) 330-8182

DIRECTIONS F/V/6 to Second Ave.

PRICE $15 Museum members/Free for Sponsor-level and above

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Martinez Gallery Presents: Mastering The Heights| The Apartment As Art


Source: RepublicaUpdate.com

In what has to be one of the most interesting and creative art installations of ’08, the current incarnation of the Martinez Gallery is an apartment in Washington Heights that is more artwork than art gallery.

Read On

FROM: November 28, 2008 – January 31, 2009
HOURS: Friday + Saturday | 12 – 6PM and by appointment
ADMISSION: Free

Martinez Gallery
362 Wadsworth Avenue, Apt. 44
New York, NY 10040
212-619-2149
staff@martinezgallery.com
Directions by train: #1 to 191st Street. Elevator to street.

For more info visit: www.martinezgallery.com



Sunday, November 23, 2008

Txikito

Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero, the chefs behind Tia Pol and El Quinto Pino have gone solo. Say hello to their new casa at Txikito. The restaurant, pronounced chee-KEE-toe, means “little” in Basque. And with only 28 seats, it is little. Thankfully, authentic Basque-style tapas and a solid cocktail menu are worth the wait.

Txikito
240 Ninth Avenue (between 24th & 25th Streets)
(212) 242-4730
txikitonyc.com

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tapas, Tapas and 20-cent Breakfast

Source: UrbanDaddy.com

Boqueria II in Soho
The Flatiron favorite gets some much-needed extra capacity with this downtown sister location. We recommend settling in at the chef's bar where you can admire the kitchen at work and take in the new brunch menu, including Revuelto Pinoxco and Huevos y Bistec. (That's steak & eggs, for the uni-lingual.)
171 Spring St (between Thompson and W. Broadway)
212-343-4255


Txikito
This new spot from the fine folks behind El Quinto Pino boasts the same small-scale pleasures as its predecessors, including small pours of wine, mini-beers (called Zuritos), ten seats at the bar and handheld Basque tapas like Txitxiki, a crispy chorizo-hash sandwich. As for pronouncing it...your guess is as good as ours.
240 9th Ave (between 24th and 25th St)
212-242-4730


20-Cent Breakfast at Casa Havana
You've probably never stopped by this Chelsea Cuban spot, but we're putting it on your radar just in case: two eggs, bacon and coffee for 20 cents. We recommend tipping at least a quarter.
Available every day, 7-11am
190 8th Ave (between 19th and 20th St)
212-243-9421

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Casa Naranja Does The BluePrintCleanse - T'was the night before


Brenda and I have been on the phone non- stop vetting each others food or rather non-food choices today. For example "Does a cup of spinach artichoke cheddar soup from Hale and Hearty count as a good choice?" "Should I have a Vanilla Latte, you know, as my last hurrah?"

All I can say is "que vaina!!!"

UPDATE: We just picked up the juices at the Blueprint Cleanse Warehouse in Chelsea. Must say they are extremely organized. 1 bag that includes 6 clearly labeled juices per day. I am reading and memorizing the little cute cheat sheet they included. Is that not a good sign?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

THE 3RD ANNUAL LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL WEEK


THE 3RD ANNUAL LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL WEEK CELEBRATES LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC, DANCE, THEATER, VISUAL ARTS, and LITERATURE

MARATHON
OF MUSIC AND DANCE
Sunday November 9, 1 PM to 11 PM
Zipper Factory, 336 West 37 Street (bet. 8th & 9th Aves)
Admission: $20 for all day pass
Tickets at Ovation Tix, 212/352-3101 or www.thezipperfactory.com
For Information: www.pamar.org
Schedule:
1:00 - 1:20 PM - PEDRO RENE, Argentine Folklore and Tango
1:30 - 1:50 PM - SABRINA LASTAM & EMILIO SOLLA,
original compositions by Lastman
2:00 - 2:20 PM - BRUNETTI-TULLY TANGO DUO, blend of
traditional Argentine, original & Tango music
2:30 - 2:50 PM - JULIO SANTILLAN & SOFIA TOSELLO, homage
to Jorge Luis Borges
3:15 - 3:35 PM - ATIPICA, members of Uruguayan Youth
Symphony Orchestra in tango music
4:00 - 4:20 PM - DANMAR: ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS
Hispanic Dance Showcase
4:30 - 4:50 PM - GLAMOURTANGO, all female cast in an homage
to both Tango and feminine beauty
5:00 - 5:20 PM - SOFIA RAE KOUTSOVITIS & JORGE ROEDER
DUO, elegant blend of South American rhythms
5:30 - 5:50 PM - NEW GENERATION DANCE COMPANY,
Argentine Tano with mini tango class
6:00 - 6:20 PM - CARLOS FRANZETTI, Grammy-Award winning
pianist
6:30 - 6:50 PM - EDDY MARCANO AND HIS ACOUSTIC TRIO,
from Venezuela
7:00 - 7:20 PM - BELEDO QUARTET, works from their CDs
7:30 - 7:50 PM - OSCAR VALERO FUERZA - Flamenco Dance
8:00 -8:20 PM - TRIBO, Brazilian music
8:30- 8:50 PM - ALLISON BREWSTER-FRANZETTI, classical
pianist plays Franzetti & Piazzolla
9:00 -9:20 PM - MAX LIFCHITZ, members of North/South
Consonance Ensemble in works by Lifschitz
9:30 -9:50 PM -QUINTET OF THE AMERICAS, traditional
South American folk dances
10:00-10:20 PM-SAMBA DO GRINGO, Brazilian music
10:30-10:50 PM-FOLKLORE URBANO, Pablo Mayor's group in
Colombian music.

INDIVIDUAL
CONCERTS:
MUSIC:
November 5 at 7 PM
ATIPICA TANGO BAND
Americas Society is proud to present the U.S. debut of 12 young musicians in traditional tangos and original compositions.
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue (at 68th Street)
For reservations: 212-277-8359 or culture@americas-society.org
November 7 at 7 PM
EDDY MARCANO
Venezuelan violin virtuoso Marcano showcases the importance of the violin in Venezuelan music.
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue (at 68th Street)
free admission
November 10 at 8 PM
A BRAZILIAN SERENADE: Longings and Saudades!
North/South Consonance presents Brazilian soprano Stela Brandao and pianist Max Lifchitz performing art songs by 20th century Brazilian composers.
Christ & St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th Street
free admission
November 10, 17 & 24 at 8 PM
THE 1ST ANNUAL LATIN AMERICAN PIANO AND SONG FESTIVAL with Cesar Reyes
November 10: The Piano Music of Mexico
November 17: Latin American Song Recital
November 24: Latin American Dances
Renee Weiler Concert Hall at Greenwich Music House, 46 Barrow
Tickets: $15
November 13 at 7 PM
MARIA CANGIANO - BALLADS FOR MY LIFE AND DEATH. ASTOR PIAZZOLLA'S SONGS REVISITED
Argentine singer celebrates release of her new CD.
Consulate General of Argentina, 12 West 56 Street
Free admission
November 14 & 15 at 8 PM
SOUTH AMERICAN WOMEN SERIES
November 14: Sofia Tosello & Andrea Tierra
November 15: Sabrina Lastman & Sofia Rei Koutsovitis
DROM, 85 Avenue A
Tickets: $12
Reservations: 212/777-1157
November 15 at 8 PM
FIESTA DE CAMARA/CHAMBER MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS
The Madison String Quartet and flutist Carla Auld perform works by Latin American composers.
Ann Goodman Recital Hall at Kaufman Center, 129 West 67 St.
Tickets: $30
Reservations: 212-501-3330
November 15 at 2 PM
QUINTET OF THE AMERICAS
A celebration of Latin American Music by the woodwind quintet from Latin America.
Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing
Free admission
November 17 & 18 at 6 PM
LEARN COLOMBIAN MUSIC
Rafael Leal teaches a class in the richness of Colombian music.
Consulate General of Colombia, 10 East 46 Street
Free Admission
November 19 at 7:30 PM
QUINTET OF THE AMERICAS
A program of Latin American Music by the woodwind quintet from Latin America.
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street
Tickets: $15 for students; $5 for seniors
Reservations: 212-463-0165
November 20 at 6:45 PM
NILKO ANDREAS GUITAR RECITAL
The guitarist appearing with Jesus Reina, Anna Margrethe Nilse, and Amberdocters Van Leeuwen.
St. Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th St)
Free Admission
November 21 at 7:30 PM
DUKE JAZZ SERIES
Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto with special guest, saxophonist Harvey Wainapel, in selections from Santos Neto's "Canto de Rio," inspired by African and Portuguese traditions.
Bruno Walter Auditorium, NY Public Library for the Performing
Arts, 111 Amsterdam Avenue (at 65th Street)
Free Admission

DANCE
:
November 7 & 8 (Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 3 & 8 PM)
NEW GENERATION DANCE COMPANY
The unique fusion of Argentine Tango and ballet/contemporary dance by director Dardo Galletto (former member of Julio Bocca's company) in "Volver al Sur," with guest tango dancers from Argentina: Guillermina Quiroga and partner Cesar Coelho, and Natalia Hills with partner Gabriel Misse.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street)
Tickets: $30; $40; $50
Reservations: 212-864-5400 or www.symphonyspace.org
November 14, 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM
BLUE MOON TANGO NIGHT
Free Tango class with Valeria Solomonoff followed by a social dance. Evening includes a performance by the all-female tango company GlamourTango at 10:30 PM.
Dance Manhattan, 39 West 19 St, 5th floor
Tickets: $13

AUCTIONS:
November 14-19 at Sotheby's
SALE OF LATIN AMERICAN ART
Selection of works spanning the colonial period to the present, including key artists Fernando Botero, Roberto Matta, Rufino Tamayo, and Joaquin Torres-Garcia.
Nov. 14, 15, 17, 10 to 5 PM; Nov. 16, 1 to 5 PM; Nov. 18, 10AM-noon Sale date November 19 at 10 AM and 7 PM
Sotheby's, 1334 York Ave (at 72nd Street)
Free Admission
www.sothebys.com for daily hours and sale date
November 19-20 at Christie's
LATIN AMERICAN ART DAY AND EVENING SALE
A large selection of works by Latin American artists.
Viewing: Nov 15, 17, 18 - 10 AM to 5 PM; Nov. 16 - 1 to 5 PM; Nov. 19 - 10 AM to 12 noon
Auction Times: November 19 at 6:30 PM; Nov. 20 at 10 AM
20 Rockefeller Plaza

ART FAIRS:
November 6-9
SECOND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CARIBBEAN ART FAIR
A rare opportunity to view the scope of Caribbean art, with more than 35 exhibitors and over 200 artists. This year the ICAFair will benefit PAMAR.
The Waterfront, 222 12th Avenue
General Admission $15; Three-Day Pass $35; Srs. & students $10
Free for children 12 and under
For Information: 310-637-4934 www.icafair.com
November 13-16
PINTA
Scheduled to coincide with Christie's and Sotheby's auctions, showing works from the most pretigious galleries in Latin America, Europe and the U.S.
Metropolitan Pavillon, 125 West 18 St. (bet. 6th & 7th Aves)
General Admission $20; students $10
For Information and Hours: www.pintaart.com

VISUAL ARTS:
September 2008 - January 2009
(IN)FORMED BY COLOR: Carlos Cruz-Diez
Organized by Director of Visual Arts, Gabriela Rangel
Guest Curator, Estrellita Brodsky
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue (at 68th Street)
For Information and Gallery hours: www.americas-society.org
September 23 2008 - January 3, 2009
EXHIBITION: EMERGING SPANISH ARTISTS IN N.Y.
Works by seven Spanish artists born in the 60's & 70's, now living in New York. In collaboration with El Museo del Barrio
Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49 Street
Free Admission
For Information and Gallery hours: www.cervantes.org
October 7-December 15
TONY BECHARA: GRAND CANYON
Co-curated by Claudia Calirman and Susan Hoeltzel
Lehman College Art Gallery, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx
For Information and Gallery hours: 718/960-8731
October 23, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
RAUL MANZANO'S ICON OR MYTH?
Paintings depicting the ideal of the Statue of Liberty and liberty itself.
325 Hudson Street, 5th fl (entrance on Van Dam)
Free Admission
October 23-November 22,
10+10 - Works by 10 Brazilian Artists
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Gallery Brasileira.
Goloborotko's Studio, 68 Jay Street, suite 209, Brooklyn
For Information and hours: 718-722-2772
October 27-November 10
PRINTED: GRAPHIC PERSPECTIVES - WORKS BY PROFESSORS SAMPAIO, MARINGELLI, FREDDI, PENNA AND SALVANY with graduate students
Print installations from Brazil, plus more works by Goloborotko, Gutlich, Levy, Rocha and more.
Pratt Institute: Steuben West Gallery, 200 Willoughby Ave, Bklyn
For Information and Gallery hours: 718-636-3517
November 6-26
ADRIANA FITERMAN
A series of the artist's latest paintings.
Consulate General of Argentina - Art Gallery, 12 West 56 St
Free Admission
November 19 at 6:30 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION of COLLECTIVE ARTISTS JULIO CASTRO, GABRIEL CAZARES, AND ROLANDO FLORES
The artists discuss their work, use of architectural design, and spatial dynamics with Tercerunquinto, Eungie Joo (Director of New Museum, NY), and Tatyana Pimentel (independent curator, Mexico City)
Mexican Cultural Institute, 680 Park Avenue (68th St)
Free Admission

THEATER
:
November 7-21
'LA VIDA ES UN SUENO' (Life is a Dream) by Pedro Calderon de la Barca
A new production, directed by Rene Buch, as part of Repertorio Espanol's 40th Anniversary Celebration of Life.
Repertorio Espagnol, 138 East 27th Street (bet. Lex & 3rd)
Tickets start at $20
For reservations and performance times, 212/225-9920
November 8, 10AM to 4 PM
PRODUCE!
A one-day workshop for emerging artists seeking to take their work from the page to the stage. Presented by TeatroStageFest/Latino Int'l Theater Festival of NY, HOLA/Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, and Martin E. Segal Theatre Center/CUNY Grad Center.
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)
Free admission, but a reservation is required
To sign up: info@teatrostagefest.org subject: Produce!
For further information: 212-695-4010
THE WRITTEN WORD:
November 6 at 6 PM
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT BOOKS
Manolito Four-Eyes conversation with Spanish writer Elvira Lindo and Joanne Moriarty (translator) about the first volume of the popular series translated into English.
Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street
Free Admission
November 6 at 7 PM
IN SEARCH OF THE AUDIENCIA; SPANISH LANGUAGE PUBLISHING IN THE U.S. TODAY
Organized with the Hispanic New York Project of the American Studies Program/Columbia U, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes of NY. Moderated by Claudio Ivan Remeseira, director of the Hispanic New York Project.
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue (at 68th St)
Free Admission
To reserve, contact 212-277-8359, ex. 1
November 12 at 6 PM
MIS PROTAGONISTAS: BOOK AND AUDIOVISUAL PRESENTATION.
Mirta Gutierrez de Marques Sere's interviews with Claudia Cardinale, Warren Avis, Anna Fendi, and Mikhail Gorbachov.
Consul General of Uruguay, 420 Madison Avenue, 6th fl
Free Admission
November 20 at 7 PM
LAUNCH OF REVIEW 77: IMMIGRATION AND CULTURE ISSUE
Discussion and readings from "Immigration and Culture," moderated by Prof. Ruben Gallo of Princeton University.
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue (at 68th Street)
Free Admission
To rsvp, call 212-277-8359
November 21 at 6 PM
TERTULIA AT THE CERVANTES FROM HONDURAS
with guest writer Roberto Quesada, author of El Desertor, Big Banana, and Nunca Entres por Miami
Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street
Free Admission
TALKS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS:
November 5, 6 to 8 PM
UPWARDLY GLOBAL
Career information for University-educated immigrants. Learn skills and strategies on how to use your degree and experience for a career in the U.S.
Consulate General of Colombia, 10 East 46 Street
Free Admission
November 12 at 7 PM
CONVERSATION WITH MARCELO BRODSKY
Joshua Ellison, Editor of Habitus: A Diaspora Journal, will speak with Argentine artist Marcelo Brodsky, whose work commemorates the countless disappeared citizens of his country during the Guerra Sucia.
EFA Project Space, 323 West 39th St, 2nd floor
Free Admission
November 13, 8:30 to 10 AM
ENCUENTRO 2008 - THE POSSIBLE DREAM
Latino Arts, Communities, and Leadership Panel discussions on the most pressing issues in Latino communities.
Brooklyn College Student Center Campus Rd., E 27th St, Bklyn
Free Admission
November 15, 12:30 to 3:30 PM
A CELEBRATION OF LATIN AMERICAN FOOD AND WINE
Participants will have a chance to learn first-hand from food and wine experts.
Black Mountain Wine House, 415 Union Street (at Hoyt), Bklyn
Tickets: $10
For Information: 718-522-4340

Casa Naranja Does The BluePrintCleanse


Starting this coming Monday Brenda and I are embarking on a 5 day Renovation BluePrintCleanse. YIKES!!!! Do any of you want to join? It will be fun after you get over the part of no Meat, cheese, bread (all white processed foods), alcohol, coffee, candy, sweets. Really it will.
We will be reporting daily- -seeing that we wont be doing much else. This decision to cleanse made me realize how big a part of your life food is, everything from thinking about your next meal to going out for dinner and drinks with friends. Oh dear, what have I gotten myself into :)

www.blueprintcleanse.com

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Argentine Street Style


I am obsessed with this site which can be considered an Argentine lovechild of the Sartorialist.

www.onthecornerstreetstyle.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Nail it with NARS this November


Source: Sephora's Beauty and The Blog

If you live in NYC and you like to indulge in the occasional (ok, i admit it, biweekly) mani/pedi, then you surely know and love the fabulous Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa. Jin Soon has long been a fixture on the editorial nail scene in addition to owning three totally zen salons.

Lucky for us, she's teaming up with NARS, during the month of November, to reward customers with their own NARS Nail Polish when they receive a manicure or pedicure in one of ten NARS shades. Sounds like a pretty good excuse to book an appointment if we do say so.

Can't make it to NYC? Shop the NARS shades on sephora.com from the comfort of your couch!

Sati Life's "I Love My Body" Weight Loss NOW Community on Facebooko

It's no secret that we HEART Patricia Moreno and Sati Life. Read of the many reasons below. Join the I Love My Body group on Facebook to receive inspiring daily messages.

There is nothing more difficult than changing your habits. Everyday we
choose things out of a habit and even if that habit is no longer good
for us we still can't seem to break it.
When you are ready to change your lifestyle, lose weight, feel better,
increase you energy, feel sexy in your body, feel proud of yourself you
are going to have to change your habits if the habits you are not living
are not giving you the results you want. When you are changing your
habits you will feel uncomfortable that is normal. To upgrade your
habits
Take a look today at some of the habits you have that no longer serve
your intention of feeling better.
1. what food choices are you making out of habit
2. what exercise habits do you have
3. what beliefs do you have (like its to hard, i can't do it)

What new habits can you start developing today. Instead of focusing on
changing your old habits just replace them with new and improved habits.
It takes time to build new habits, about 30 days but after that it will
be who you are.

Today practice some new habits
1. start a habit of mindful eating
2. don't eat unless you are hungry no matter what
3. stop when you are satisfied NOT stuffed
4. eat foods that you are proud of eating
5. write down what you eat and really pay attention
5. start seeing yourself as someone who does workout regularly
6. encourage yourself instead of discourage yourself
7. make feeling great today a priority, don't give in to old habits

Friends I have received so many grateful emails from you that this is
making a difference and I am so happy. Keep me posted I love the feed
back, it helps me to know it makes a difference.

If it is making a difference for you invite a friend to join.

For more info, dvd's, events, information go to Satilife.com

One day at a time!
Love and gratitude,
Patricia Moreno
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pachanga Is Back In Time For Halloween


Pachanga New York brings you a one of a kind Latin Halloween party this October 31st in Battery Park!

"Get ready to dance the night away in this New York one of a kind water side venue"
Battery Garden
on the harbor inside Battery Park
opposite 17 state street
cover: $10 at the door

(For more information visit this link)

In DR This Would Be Called A "Cortame La Vena" IMix

Volunteering

Source: MUG

As with all such roundups, this list represents only a small sampling of volunteers opportunities in the city, but it should be enough to get you going. It's organized by categories to help you pinpoint your interests, though some organizations cast broader nets than their particular category. Finally, a good place to start is with the 'umbrella' organizations at the bottom of the page, which enable you to choose from among hundreds of volunteer opportunities in the city.

AIDS ORGANIZATIONS
Birch Family Camp
GMHC
Housing Works
Miracle House
Momentum Project
Village Care

ANIMALS
Animal Haven
ASPCA
City Critters
SAVE
Stray from the Heart

THE ARTS
MoMA
NY Philharmonic
Playwrights Horizons
WNYC

THE ELDERLY
DOROT
NY Foundation for Senior Citizens
Visiting Nurse Service

ENVIRONMENT
Green Guerillas
NY Restoration Project
Transportation Alternatives
Wetlands

GAY AND LESBIAN
Anti-Violence Project
Community Center
GLAAD
Heritage of Pride
Human Rights Campaign
NewFest

THE HOMELESS
Bowery Mission
Coalition for the Homeless
Habitat NYC
Partnership for the Homeless

HOSPITALS
NY Eye and Ear
New York-Presbyterian
NYU Medical Center
St. Luke's-Roosevelt

HUNGER
City Harvest
Citymeals-on-Wheels
Food Bank
God's Love We Deliver
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
NYC Coalition Against Hunger

KIDS/MENTORING/LEARNING
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Children's Aid Society826NYC
52nd Street Project
I Have a Dream
Kids for Community
Learning Leaders
Literacy Partners
Make-A-WishMentor
National Urban League
NY Foundling
NY Youth at Risk
Only Make Believe

MUSEUMS AND CITY INSTITUTIONS
Big Apple Greeters
National Archives
NY Aquarium
NY Public Library
Parks

PERSONAL RIGHTS
Bill of Rights Defense Campaign
NARAL
Planned Parenthood

UMBRELLA ORGANIZATIONS
NY Cares
One Brick
UJA
Volunteer Match
Volunteer NYC
Volunteer Referral Center

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dominican Fashion Week


Dominican fashion week is here with the nation's best designers putting their talents on display. This is the third year of Dominican Moda with designers Robert Flores, Gutierrez Marcano and Sully Bonnelly opening up festivities. The event will run through next Saturday with 35 scheduled events throughout the week.
For a complete schedule, see www.dominicanamoda.com

Monday, October 13, 2008

Yaz We Have A Winner!


Nina Garcia has spoken. We are listening. Who's design can we live with?

Last spring we wrote about the YAZ: Step Up and Go Beyond Contest, a one-of-a-kind design contest aimed at creating a contemporary and fashionable new carrying case for YAZ®

Wait no longer, Yaz, we have a winner!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Discover - Rosalía Royo

Saw Rosalía Royo perform after the Huecco concert last night at BAM. I assure you the program description did her NO justice.


"
artist on the smoother, sexier side of Iberia’s burgeoning music scene: the keen-eared, classically-trained guitarist/singer Rosalía. Steeped in Spanish folklore, Latin rhythms, and jazz, Rosalía’s guitar lines are lush and sinuous, guiding the listener/vagabond into the most unlikely nooks and crannies of modern Spanish culture. "

A Food Tour of Argentina, From North to South


This class will take you on a voyage to Argentina, transporting you from north to south so that you can experience various recipes and creations one might find in Gran Chaco, the Pampas, and Patagonia.

Led by native Argentine Sebastian Grimaldi, who has cooked in some of that country’s best restaurants, including his own, you will discover a variety of flavors and methods for preparing meat, poultry and fish, as you make Empanadas Salteñas (meat-filled empanadas from the Salta Province); Empanadas Buenos Aires; Humitas Norteñas (humitas from northern Argentina); Bifes a la Criolla (Beef Creole); Entraña a la Parrilla con Chimichurri (grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce); Guiso de Calabaza, Lentejas, y Chorizo (pumpkin, lentil, and chorizo stew); Lechón Arrollado Azado (roasted pig); Cordero Patagonico (Patagonian lamb); Flan de Dulce de Leche; and Tarantella.

The Institute of Culinary Education
$110.00
Tue 10/14/2008
6-11pm
50 West 23rd Street




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LA LEÓN 'unfolds like poetry' - The NY Times


LA LEÓN
A film by Santiago Otheguy
Playing at Cinema Village
22 East 12th Street / (212) 924-3363
For tickets and showtimes visit: www.cinemavillage.com

When Rio Paraná joins Río de la Plata, the river splits into several branches forming a complex labyrinth of wetlands known as the Paraná Delta in Northern Argentina. Amongst the meandering canals, the locals navigate in make-shift crafts, with only a few boat-shuttles connecting the delta with the outside world. This enigmatic and mysterious setting is home to Alvaro (Jorge Román), a man who leads a simple, lonely life harvesting reeds and fishing.

The only link between this isolated and boundless territory and the city is the water-taxi “El León.” Its captain, El Turu (Daniel Valenzuela), is a violent and intolerant man who is threatened by Alvaro’s homosexuality and is set on harassing him, only to reveal the desires that underlie his fear.

Santiago Otheguy’s beautiful award-winning feature, is yet another outstanding example of the ravishing nature of Argentinean film.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Listening - - Victor e Leo - Nada es Normal

SWOOSH: We Really HEART Nike

In my never ending quest for the freshest and hottest, I, Brenda, am your emissary of adventure. Recently, I pushed myself to my athletic limit during a 3-day sojourn to Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Yes ladies, I have a very tough job.

I have always considered myself athletic -- by that I mean purchasing sneakers and cute workout outfits every 6 weeks so that I can look tip top for my Wii virtual fitness partners! But now after visiting the Mecca of all things competitive, my inner Latina Warrior goddess has been reborn.

Although athletes in Oregon and urban Latina fashionistas are the not the most obvious of bedfellows, the synergies became crystal clear to me as I toured their facilities, met with management, and even got to rub elbows with Olympic greats-Andrea Duran. We share a tireless pursuit of excellence and an unending desire to always step it up a notch. Cynicism aside (hard to do but breath deeply for a minute)…Nike inspired me!

Nike is a corporation that lives and breathes that same vision that we here at Casa Naranja all share. WHAT A TRIP! Stay tuned for the fresh preview of the PHATTEST sneaker/collection I was privy to.