Roru <3

This past week I had the pleasure of working/spending time with one of my favorite people, Rocio Diaz, aka “Roru”. If you don’t know her, she’s an awesome young professional who is THE face and voice of entrepreneurs in Latin America.
We met years ago while starting what I call a band incubator named Get your Gig. Long story short, I invited Roru to be part of it, and boy, was I lucky she said yes!
She brought a fresh take into our business, plus great bands, media (she had her own radio show in Monterrey), among many other qualities to the team.
After we decided to move to Austin and I put ‘GYG’ on hold for a bit, Roru and I stayed in touch, often getting involved in each other’s projects. This time, I will be helping her out with her very successful business, doing what I love, PR, Booking & Management  :D.
I’m writing about this because I’m just ecstatic I am to be part of a project that changes lives! (I know, art and music do too, but in this case the results aren’t as abstract…). Her work runs the gamut of all related to entrepreneurs, startups, business accelerators, etc, and she keeps a blog, roru.org in which she talks about these topics in a different, refreshing and down-to-earth way.  One example is that she’s been hired by big companies to go and teach their workers what an “Entrepreneurial Mindset” means, and how to apply it to their everyday life, or their regular jobs on a production line. This is a way of thinking that is revolutionizing the world as we speak, people understanding how to transform their everyday projects into an adventure filled with challenges and positive energy. Among her clients, you can add Mercedes Benz, Twitter, Google, Forbes Magazine, etc etc!
I’m fortunate to have received a consultation from her, and that she has helped me begin to plan according to this mindset. I had reached a point in my business in which I was ready for this helpful analysis and strategic planning.
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you a bit about Roru and her transformational work. :*
If you’re interested in her contact go to her website or write to me or  yosoy@roru.org we’d be happy to share some of this project with you!

10 Winter MUSTS in Austin

Just in case, and because eventually we’ll get a few days of cold weather in Austin, let me share with you my personal favorite spots to cure and enjoy the winter hunger, YUMM!!!!

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  1. Corn Cup at F&F Fruit cups, THE BEST THING EVERRRR!

Im sure you have tried the US version of “Elote en Vaso” which is yellow corn on a cup with butter, cheese, lime and maybe one or two more ingredients, well, forget about it! The original version, is made with white corn, that is more “meaty” and not sweet; if you order your Elote with everything, you’re going to get the corn with Mexican cream, chili powder, cotija cheese and lots of love.  * I always ask them to put lime on it 😉 ! You can accompany your elote with  Topochico with lime and chili (try it Summer or Winter, it rocks!), or order Nachos and mix them with the elote if you’re feeling adventurous!

2. Goat Soup at Taco More

Its just that, a gorgeous Goat soup. If you want to imagine what it is, think about Pozole but with bolder flavors. Delicious and the exact description of comfort food ❤

3. Mulled Wine at Clive Bar

When you first get to the Clive Bar in Winter, the Mulled Wine aroma gets you right away. INCREDIBLE! It feels like home, booze and happiness. They serve it hot and in the cutest cups; its strong and filled with holiday flavors, you sense the apple cider, bourbon, old spice and I don’t know what else. Ever since I tried it (and drank like a gallon in one seating) I’ve been waiting for this awesome drink to come back! Cheers!!!

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4. Anything (wink wink Pizza) at Backspace

I’m in love with this tiny jewel in the middle of Downtown. I first got there when I read about the “Pizza Bianca” (pizza with fresh arugula, mozzarella and ricotta cheese) which I still order every time I go there (you can actually see a bit of it on the pic hihi), aside from my now favorite Pepperoni Americano Pizza (picante salame, tomato, mozzarella, basil/ showing all of its splendor right there in the pic). I’ve tried almost all of the menu, and I can guarantee you’d love it. It fits on my Winter selection thanks to the awesome food plus their exposed brick oven that fills this intimate place with that cozyness that the weather requires. * check their Happy hour!

5. I Luv Video

There is no food here but you can always order a pizza or pick up whatever craving you have and drop by this amazing spot filled with every movie or series you can think of. I’d go to the store first because choosing what you want to see might take longer than expected. Love this spot, and the personnel is always knowledgable and nice 🙂

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6. Pambazo & Mezcal at Licha’s Cantina

Nothing will warm your heart like Mezcal, actually, your whole body if you commit to it ;P  If you’re hungry I suggest you try the Pambazo, *Warning! its very spicy! but scrumptious! They have a wide Mexican Food and Drinks menu, so you have plenty of options, but this are my two favorites there. The restaurant its cozy does home made tortillas, and the staff is super friendly!

7. Mac & Cheese from Ms P’s Electric Cock

Its a food truck so if it is cold, you might consider just pick up. This M&C is the BOMB! It has truffle oil and although it might be on the stronger flavor side, its absolutely toothsome! it also has crunchiness to it, so there you go! And if you are already there, have some chicken & waffles, some of the fluffiest you’ll find! * The slider is smn else too!

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8. Tyson’s Tacos, yes all of them

Tyson’s has this amazing quality to them, they make their food with truly Mexican flavors, but yet, they have their own twists, where “Takis” are a perfectly good ingredient that blends great with the traditionals. They’re usually packed so get there early, order whatever you feel like plus a delicious barbacoa taco on Corn tortilla! some coffee, and enjoy their bonfire right in the middle of the tables. Happy place 🙂 Oh and if you happen to play the banjo, and actually play a tune there, they give you a free taco!

9. #7 at Coco’s Cafe

Ginormous bowl of heaven ❤ Meaty, comfy, super filled with flavor, noodly, you can also buy great bubble teas, and other #s, 7 is just my favorite. Affordable prices, they recently started taking cards, so thats great! and next to another couple of awesome restaurants.

10. Lick Ice Creams

Because when your heart desires Ice Cream, who are you to judge?! Lick is the best! They just opened a 2nd location up north so the whole town its pretty much covered. Their flavors are sometimes crazy on paper, but try them! they know what they’re doing and its just so bold, surprising and plain delightful. My favorite is spicy chocolate and peppermint bark, but you have to try the beet one and how about some goat cheese thyme and honey?! YUMMERS!

Hope this makes our mild winter nicer for you haha

Happy everything peoplesssss!

(No song references, I feel so professional ;P )

 

 

 

 

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As you might or might not have noticed, I’ve been struggling with my website, I just got tired of it and copy pasted everything again so that we can start fresh!

Thanks for waitiiiiing, I really appreciate you people! And if I didn’t have this weird life without schedules, WordPress people would have solved this a while ago, but its hard when your life is inside 2 laptops, a phone and around 6 different jobs :/

Anyway, I think I’m back and ready to party, Talk to you soon!

XO XO, Gossip Girl ;*

NOT!

Art Institute of Chicago

 This October I took some days off and went to Chicago; it wasn’t my first visit, but it was the first time I went by myself. I decided my quest wasn’t going to be only gastronomic (as previous times) but I was going to go to focus on Art, first stop, Art Institute of Chicago. Its odd that I had delayed this visit many times, I can almost say I was going because I had to. Most of my adult life I’ve been dedicated to Art and not going to this famous museum was kind of wrong…

Because this was an almost forced visit (by myself, but still), I took my time to get there and was basically dragging my feet all the way, so I got there at approximately 3:30 PM (1 1/2 hrs before closing), My God, was that a mistake!

I have to say, my only references for the museum were conversations and “Ferris Bueller’s day off” haha, so I knew I was going to see some amazing pieces, but very traditional, and since I’ve been to the Louvre, d’Orsay, and museums of what I thought were the same style, I didn’t expected anything new. Which lead to this post; How come something that makes my life happier and fuller, can make me so jaded and obnoxious at times?! Is it the “hipster” mode or basically my generation’s attitude at the world? Why is my automatic rolling eyes get in the way of my passion? I dunno but frankly, it sucks sometimes.

Anyway, I went and saw pieces of all over the world. If you’ve been there, you can agree with me; each and every area has so much to offer! There are galleries dedicated to Africa, America, Asia (divided into Japan, China, Korea, etc.) Islam, Latin America, Greece, among many others. Each of them curated exquisitely! Lots of history, but more than that, just plain beauty in every different language you can think of.
One that surprised me a lot was the “Ando Gallery” in the Japanese wing, the museography/design of these gallery is breathtaking, a dark room with symmetrical columns and art pieces inside glass walls. It transports you somewhere else, Japan, I guess.
Kept going and saw that they had a Chagall window, I desperately wanted to see it so I was on the mission; after fighting with the map and asking a bunch of awesome GAs I got to see it. It has its own corner, nothing else to distract you, just perfect!
After admiring the wall for a few minutes, I realized it was almost closing time, so I ran (I ran so far away) to the Contemporary side, and got there just on time to see a few pieces by Roy Lichtenstein <3, Miró, Dalí, and all of my favorites; I even discovered artists that I had no idea existed like the awesome Constantin Brancusi and Ferdinand Hodler. This part was very fast paced, so I decided I have been a moron and had to come back.
After a HEAVENLY dinner/cocktails at The Girl and the Goat ( Don’t judge me, I had to eat!), and very powerful night sleep I had all the energy to go back to the museum, so I did.
I started with the snow globe collection, went to prints and drawings, and miniatures; all great but maybe not my cup of tea. American Design was more down my alley and that prepared me, I was ready for Modern and a slow visit to Contemporary.
I don’t know what is it about Impressionism, I really don’t. I studied it in Art School, I had a very strong Van Gogh stage growing up thanks to my mom’s absolute love for him. I cherished it for a while, then moved on to Contemporary. Seeing it live tho, pffff blows your mind. I wish I knew if there was a study of why does this specific discipline causes such impact on everyone. The biggest crowds are always there, people are always complaining if a museum doesn’t have an Impressionism collection or if its too small. I honestly do not know, but looking at a Van Gogh, Monet, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, etc. it disarms me.
Disarmed and emotional, I proceeded to Degas’s Ballerinas, this quasi religious experience almost came to an end with some kids jumping around La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans with a firm purpose of not letting anyone see it ughhh! I waited & my patience got rewarded since everyone left annoyed because the kids so, when they finally ran to bother other visitors, the piece was there only for me. Back to nirvana!
I had a glass of champagne in the cafe, slowly taking in all that I’ve been looking at.
Some of the Contemporary galleries were closed, but it was fine, what was there was more than enough, the special exhibits took me from Krishna, to Japanese Buddhist Monks’ Vestments to the raw and colorful photos by Deana Lawson.
It was such an inspirational trip! It made me feel like a teenager again, just discovering IT all, being ok with not knowing, surrounded by pieces that changed the world, acknowledging that odds are, I won’t accomplish half of that, but being fine with it. I can be impressionable and humble again. I don’t think that I’m an a**hole or anything, is just that sometimes I forget why I love Art so much, and why I chose it to be one of the main things in my life, my career; I feel so blessed to feel it again!!!!

The way back I was in the clouds, it was slightly drizzling, a perfect weather for a nice walk, all of my senses were awake and I was happily walking back home, disregarding that Google Maps is a Troll and made me walk in circles for like 30+ Minutes!!!! HA! yes, it happened, it made me laugh a lot when I noticed it, but I got to see the Bean again and Jaume Plensa’s “1004 Portraits” at the Millenium Park, so not everything was lost.

Anyway, hope you get a chance to go to the Museum, even when you think you saw it all, there is always something new and fun, or a different perspective that can change the way you enjoy things. Its worth the time, I swear!

Peace out Chavos!