MCCN Interview with La Nina del Mezcal interview

Interview from 3rd Annual Taste of Mexico:

Dave Miller: How did you get into doing Mezcal?

Cecilia:  Well um, kind of a long story but just to put it short… It was a trip that I took to Oaxaca about four or five years ago and the it was the first time I was there taking in the culture, taking in the people and the taste of Mezcal.  It occurred to me that people in Mexico were not appreciating it as they should so I started going back to Oaxaca and learning about Mezcal.  It is very extensive.  And then I started writing about it.  And that’s how the blog started and people started calling me la nina del Mezcal.  (Watch Interview for more)

 

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Fine Dining: The History and Collection of White House China

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George W. Bush Administration

I have been wanting to do an article on White House China for years.   I got a chance to visit the Ronald Reagan Library and they had an exhibit on White House China.   I hope you enjoy exploring this unique history of the United State demonstrated through China.

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Obama Administration

Article from Whitehousemuseum.org The ground floor China Room is where the White House collection of china is kept. Even the earliest presidents received government funds to purchase state china. However, by a special clause in the appropriation bills, “decayed furnishings” could be sold and the proceeds used to buy replacements. Such “furnishings” included state china, and during the 19th century the cupboards were frequently swept clean and the contents carted off to auction. The money could then be used to order a new china service that better suited the president and his family.

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China of Clinton Administration

Even into the 20th century, White House china was often given away if it was chipped or broken. Later, Congress passed a law that required that all presidential china be kept or destroyed.  READ MORE and see More.

The China of the Reagan Administration just screams of the style, class and the red of Nancy Reagan.  It also reintroduce a trend of the prominent gold band by the Woodrow Wilson and Truman Administrations.   – Crystal A. Johnson

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Fine Wine and Dr. King

Three men from different backgrounds and strongly differing beliefs met totally by chance on a rainy evening in Atlanta. While sipping fine wine the wide divide in their beliefs did not disappear, but for a time, Jim Sander’s hospitality and a mutual enjoyment of the wine bound them together in pleasant conversation, and a little known but historic meeting passed into history.

Wine Education & Entertainment with Vince Ferragamo

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WHAT:

Back Bay Bistro is pleased to once again team up with Vince Ferragamo, former Rams Quarterback turned Vintner for Tenuta di Ferragamo, for a special evening of dinner, wine, education and entertainment. Vince will be joined by special guest Jim Collins, former Rams’ Linebacker. The evening’s festivities will feature a five-course menu courtesy of the bistro’s Executive Chef Bruno Massager, paired with Vince’s favorite Caressa J inspired and Italian wines.

MENU DETAILS:

Aperitivo Sul Plaza

Assorted cheese, charcuterie, grilled fruit, vegetables

Prosecco

Aperitivo

Grouper with shrimp almond on a bed of Truffle risotto

Ferragamo Chardonnay

Primo

Polenta cake with smoked salmon and sturgeon caviar

“Caressa J” Ferragamo Super Tuscan 2013

Secondo

Osso buco ala Milanese

2008 Bruno Rocca Coparossa, Barbaresco

Dolce

Pare tore bread pudding garnished with pizelle

Tenimenti Moscato D’ Asti 

WHEN:

Thursday, January 19, 6 p.m.

WHERE:

Back Bay Bistro

1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

Film and Foodie Review: Hidden Figures

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Hidden Figures is the most pleasant surprise in film and that may be  for me because I am a history buff.  Moreover, Hollywood shedding light on how African American women were instrumental in a history not commonly known attached to one of America’s biggest feats is what makes this movie worth seeing.  Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race,   confidently I will say the history will knock your socks off more than the actual movie. Being privy to this knowledge elevates gratitude for the film being made.  These top notch actresses give enhance the film with layered performances.   As for the movie, it is entertaining but the story is so remarkable or unique that one might question the validity.  Then when you find out it is true then you become disturbed because facts like this truly feel like they are hidden whether they were meant to be or not.     After the film, I just had to verify the facts.  I found a great article on NPR.  Click Here  and Popular Mechanics has a great and telling behind the scenes truth telling of this story. Click Here.

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In Black and White are the Real Groundbreaking Genius Women of NASA.

Taraji P Henson tones it down in her performance which is actually quite refreshing to see her take on a more understated role.   Janelle Monae, is probably one to look out for as musician turned actress with some actual acting chops and stunning beauty to match.   Octavia Spencer just knows how to quietly bring it with power and emotion.  Other recognizable cast include Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst.  And the guy who portrays John Glenn is Glenn Powell, gees he is good looking.  But more than a pretty face, despite much of the film  there was a gimicky line coming from his lips.  However, near the end of the film he exemplifies some depth at the right moment.  The kind of acting with subtle looks that say it all.   Powell is 7 years younger then Chris Evans, think replacement Captain America when Chris Evans wants to retire.   Powell and Costner are the two standout male performers.  Yet. they never steal the film from the leading ladies.    Hear a little bit More of my thoughts at the film and foodie review below.

Film and Foodie Review: La La Land

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Every time I think of this movie I want to whistle and you will know why when you see.   There is a song called City of Stars which is one of the best songs in the movie and among a lot of catch tunes.  But music is not all that La La land has going for it.  It has a smart script and enchanting lead actors with great chemistry.   Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are extremely endearing.   Although there are few notable celebs in this film as well, it’s like when you are in love and nobody else seems to be in the room but the two of you.  That’s Gosling and Stone. The film is bright, romantic and nostalgic.   It pokes fun at Hollywood while loving it. It is a look at the both the film and music industry.  Check out the Film and Foodie Review.