Michoacán, Mexico is considered by some the soul of México. Home to not only the avocado capitol of the world but the home of the migrating monarch butterfly and the home of the Perepecha Indian, one of the oldest indigenous tribes of México, producing amazing and colorful arts and crafts including the guitar. Right outside of Uruapan higher up in the sierra Madres lies the city of Parachu. 7300 ft up in the mountains it is the guitar making capitol of Mexico and produces some of the world’s best handmade guitars to date. The indigenous people of Parachu have been crafting guitars since the 19th century, these signature handmade guitars have made this place world famous where visitors can see the hand made process in the homes/workshops of the traditional guitar makers. More than half of Parachus population is involved in guitar making and are amongst the most skillful guitar makers of the world with their simple and even quite primitive tools. The handmade guitars are amongst the most sought after acoustic guitars in the world and rarely is the same craftsmanship seen much more from other parts.
The magical step back in time can be seen yearly in the towns annual guitar festival which attracts people form all over the world.
Truly inspiring these people are making such beautiful instruments for others to produce such beautiful music with.
“On the shoreline of the East River and with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a 6,000 SF green roof top organic vegetable farm located on a warehouse rooftop in Green point, Brooklyn.”
See for yourself what is so special and why this is the video of the month!!
I don’t have children of my own and so I will admit to being one of those people who can be somewhat critical of parents who are always posting pictures and videos of their kids doing this and their kids doing that. They say because I don’t have my own, I don’t understand. But I think there is actually a fine line in it all. To put it simply, some things are just cooler than others. So as I sit deciding whether to post a longer 5 minute video of some adults surfing or myself surfing, as really would like to highlight the surfing of Nosara, I just cannot stop myself from posting this video of Ivin, my nephew of one and a half years of age. The funny thing is that although my entire family grew up along the Pacific Ocean both in California and Central America, this kid Ivin, one of the youngest, had never been to the beach. He loved it of course. His father and his uncle like all surfers, wanted to make sure he learned to surf well at a very young age. So for all of you who don’t know how to teach a one and a half year old how to surf, here is how it is done………Nosara style! (And yes it’s quick but I think in the end, better than a longer video of adults!)
Like any decent food blogger placing a video on their blog, I wanted to post something I recorded of something I cooked, or something I ate or something I saw, but when I came across this video, thanks to a sexy man in a bar telling me about the Israeli Spice agent, I could not help but choose this video for my first, I highly recommend checking out the rest and following up with this really creative and modern and youthful online cooking show. So I guess I need to back up first, the Bitchen Kitchen Cooking show is a weekly cooking show with a kind of twist lets say. Here is how it was described by the Miro Guide.
“Watch out Martha, there’s a new chef in town! Nadia G sends pastel lifestyle hostesses packing with her next-gen spin on cooking. Every week we’ll be dishing out new recipes, and it’s all to the tune of a weekly theme: One-Night-Stand Breakfasts, Break-Up Brunches, Coming-Out-Coq-Au-Vin… Nadia G. brings her her hilariously twisted take on cooking to your desktop. BuonAppetito! Sid (Sugar Sammy) gives the boys some advice on what to do when your chick’s not putting out. Miss G. plates the Shepherd’s Pie; caramelized beef, crisp corn and a buttery mash of sweet yam and Yukon Gold potatoes… this dish is almost as good as the sex your missing out on.”
Nadia G, An Italian cook gives an awesome spin on the cooking show and here recipes and advice on cooking and everything else are perfect and directed towards the next generation. And with their own Israeli Spice Agent, teaching about the spices, which is how the subject came up for me with the sexy man in the bar, it is really an incredible show…