Friday, December 31, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

When This Is Over

Yes to all of it...except I would return, at least for lil bit.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Chilean Street Art II

I'm curious about the story behind this one...

Not sure if these are supposed to be cancer related...probably not but couldn't help but think it.

See You Soon

There was a time way back then when Coldplay was my favorite band of all time. Haven't really dug their latest efforts, more into the minimalistic, acoustic, intimate sound they started off with before the tried to become the next U2 and just became plain silly.
Nevertheless this is still one of my favorite songs.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cazuela Para Todos

I'm often asked what a traditional chilean meal consists of. I have to think about this for a bit. Most dishes are heavy on the potatoes and meat. I think that the most distinctive for me at least is the Cazuela. The cazuela is kind of like a stew. The typical cazuela in one dish contains: a piece of meat (beef, chicken or rib), potatoes, pumpkin, and the stock from boiling this all together. You can also add rice, green beans, celery, sliced carrots, garlic and a big piece of sweetcorn all cooked in the same stock. Garnished at the end with chopped up cilantro to your liking. Makes for a rather hearty dish. Kinda the equivalent to chicken soup in that it's recommended if you have a cold or feeling down. My favorite, the cazuela de pollo:

Friday, December 17, 2010

Empanadas Fritas

I recently went to Chile to visit my lovely family before I started my latest round of cancer treatment. It was a wonderful trip where I got to reconnect and see family and friends I hadn't seen in years. A chance to reenergize and get away from the current nightmare that cancer has made my life. A chance to nurture and love and feel loved from those who inevitably will always be far away.
A chance to stuff my face with as much tasty food as I possibly could.

Case in point one of my favorites, empanadas fritas de queso. Simply, a wrapped pastry stuffed, well... with whatever you would like. My favorites are the ones that are deep fried and stuffed with cheese. Simple and soooo good.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Black Swan

Right now I can't post about anything related to my ongoing cancer battle, my recent stint in the hospital was excruciating and the thought that this is only the beginning and I have long road ahead of hospital stays and chemo is overwhelmingly terrifying.
But I will post about this. I just saw Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and it was beautiful. Dark, uncomfortable, visually enthralling, creepy and thrilling to watch Natalie Portman's performance and her psychological unravel as the movie progresses. A must see! Definitely one of this year's best movies.
But cool are these posters? Haven't been able to find out who the designer is but I could definitely see the last one on my wall.

Also...go see it!