15. February 2012 · Comments Off on Valentines Day 2012 · Categories: Recipes

I don’t know what others thinks of Valentines Day, but honestly I don’t really care for it. To me, it just feels forced. It is not romantic and it’s an excuse for girls to get things they don’t need, from stressed out boyfriends/husbands/lovers that probably would prefer to be having a beer while watching TV. Also why is Valentines usually about the girls in the relationship? Guys are the ones that usually go out of their way to please. Not fair, in my opinion.

Yesterday and the day before, I had at least 10 different people ask me, what me and my husband were planning for V-Day. When I responded with a “Nothing” the majority looked confused. I have never really celebrated it and now that I am married I believe I don’t need a day to celebrate the love I have for my man. I think we do it every day :D! (cliché, but true) So, like I would any other day, I made us a yummy dinner with a recipe I found on Pintrest (my new favorite site). It is more of an appetizer, but if you make enough and pair it with your drink of choice (we made Piña Coladas!), it’s a fun yummy treat for you and your family.

Warning: it’s a time consuming recipe, but I think it’s worth it!

Buffalo Wing Wontons
Ingredients:
1 – 8oz package cream cheese at room temperature
3 large chicken breasts cooked and finely shredded
¼ cup blue cheese crumbles
¼ cup franks wing sauce
2 green onions finely chopped
1 package wonton wrappers (about 50 – 60 sheets)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese, chicken, blue cheese crumbles, franks sauce, and chopped green onions. Combine until thoroughly mixed.
  3. In a small bowl ads some water and set up your assembly station (wonton wrappers, chicken mixture, water bowl, baking sheet).
  4. To assemble, place ½ TBSP of the chicken mixture in the center of the wonton. Rub a little water around 2 of the edges and fold to make a triangle. Press the edges tightly to seal them. If the mixture comes out of the seam, you know you have a little too much filling in there, use a little less of the mixture. Next fold one corner into the center and the other corner on top of that. Add a little water to the corners before you fold them in order to secure them in place.
  5. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat step 4 for the next 59 wrappers.
  6. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until the outside is golden brown.
  7. Serve with blue cheese dipping sauce.

Note: If you have any leftover chicken mix, you can use it as dip or add it to you eggs in the morning, it makes them extra special!

Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce:
Ingredients:
¼ cup sour cream
⅛ cup heavy cream
4 ounces blue cheese
½ teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire
¼ teaspoon salt

Method:
In a small bowl mix all the ingredients thoroughly and refrigerate until serving.

Frozen Piña Coladas:
Ingredients:
4 oz Rum (Pick your favorite!)
6 oz Coconut milk
12 oz Pineapple juice
2 TBSP Sugar (We use brown cane sugar)
Ice to taste

Method:
In a blender add all the ingredients and blend until the mixture is smooth.

19. January 2012 · Comments Off on MIA International Art Fair 2012 · Categories: Thoughts


This past weekend my husband and I went to the 2012 Miami International Art Fair aboard the SeaFair. The boat itself was pretty spectacular. I loved the way they converted it into a beautiful gallery space. The unconventional venue was the perfect location for the all the amazing work on display.

My favorite pieces were the ones by Venezuelan optical and kinetic artist Jesus Soto. His work included a couple of sculptures and paintings that incorporated kinetic elements. I loved the simplicity of the pieces and the way they drew you in. The detail in the artwork was simply perfect. I really enjoy pieces that feel effortless, but when you look closely the refinement of the detail is what makes them special. I relate to this type of artwork since it’s what I attempt to do with my own work.

15. January 2012 · Comments Off on San Salvador’s Cathedral · Categories: Thoughts

San Salvador's Cathedral Before and After

On December 29th, 2011 El Salvador lost one of its most iconic pieces of art. Since 1997, “La Armonía de mi Pueblo” the name given to the ceramic tile mosaic by Salvadorean Artist Fernando Llort was destroyed by the country’s Catholic Church. Their excuse: “It was damaged and it was posing a threat to those who visit the cathedral”. The piece had been commissioned to the artist when efforts where made to reconstruct and restore the church. Also it had been declared part of the national cultural heritage by the appropriate officials.

Some people are of the opinion that since the artwork was located on the church, it belonged to it and therefore they could do whatever they pleased with it. Whatever the excuse anyone tries to give to defend or justify the removal of the piece is offensive. As an artist I feel insulted and as a Salvadorean ashamed. Ignorance and disrespect is all I get from these actions. It saddens me to see this happen, especially since I have always been influenced by the work of the artist. He is one of the few well-known artists in the country and seeing this happen to his work makes me realize that El Salvador is a country that lacks culture. It seems that everything that identifies and makes the country unique is not appreciated by its officials, since they are unable to protect it from those who wish to change it.

The worst part of the whole ordeal is that the mosaic was completely destroyed. There was no attempt to try to salvage any of the pieces, so that maybe it could be relocated to another area or even a museum. The actions the Catholic Church took towards the removal of the piece were wrong and shows the lack of respect that they have towards the cultures they touch.

The mosaic was what made San Salvador’s Cathedral special and different. Now it looks like any other church out there, without character and anything that makes it Salvadorean.

10. January 2012 · Comments Off on It’s hip to be square! · Categories: News

I am super excited because I am going to be participating in an ART SHOW!!! Its been a long time since I’ve put some of my work in a gallery, so I’m feeling a little rusty, but hey, the show is open to all South Florida Artists at no cost, so why not take advantage of the opportunity. Also the show’s title reminded me of a scene in one of my favorite Christian Bale’s films: “American Psycho”, in which he kills Jared Leto with an axe right after they listen to Huey Lewis and the News song “Hip to be square”. Totally random but I love how Bale gets all crazy for his role and Leto now sings!

OK now back to the show: the challenge is to create a piece that is square in size and the subject matter is open. Being a bit obsessed with geometry I think creating something along these lines would make me really happy. I’m not sure what medium I’m going to be using, whether to use color or not, but I need to think this ASAP since I have to create, frame and drop-off my work by February 26, 2112.

The show’s is happening at Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery and its called “Square Show2: Be There Be Square”. It opens Saturday, March 10th and is on display until April 27th, 2012. There will be an Opening Night Artist Reception on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 6-10pm.

If any other South Floridian Artist is interested in participating CLICK HERE. I think this is a great opportunity to get your work out there, get back to making stuff and even if you have never done it before, a chance to get your feet wet.

I leave with “Hip to be square” – by Huey Lewis and the News:

07. January 2012 · Comments Off on Pretty Things · Categories: Inspiration

While going through my weekly list of favorite sites I came across 2 products I really liked. The first one was a necklace by Australian artist Hamish Munro, made out of rubber balloons. I love it when unconventional materials are used to make beautiful things like these Balloon Bubble Necklaces. Whenever a designer manages to create simple and elegant pieces using mundane items, it gets my creative juices flowing and usually inspires me to try it out.

The other item I came across this week was a USB stick. These have been designed and re-designed a thousand times but I think the “Loopo” is lovely due to the versatility in which it can be carried and also I really like the colors!

04. January 2012 · Comments Off on My First Post! · Categories: Thoughts
Home page from my old wedsite

Home page from my old website

After thinking over and over about changing my site I decided to go for it! My old one was created from scratch in HTML, using some CSS and sprinkles of JAVA here and there. However, the biggest problem was editing it and keeping it up to date. Also it was my first site ever, which initially started as a project in college. A project that went through a million transformations, that never really satisfied, since working on it was SO time consuming!

Late last year at work, I began learning about WordPress while working with it and I must say I have fallen in love with it. It’s super flexible, easy to use and a real time saver. Also I have never blogged before and really wanted to, so making my new site a WordPress one gave me an easy solution to both.

I want to be posting regularly here, probably a bit of everything: thoughts, updates, news, inspirations, and really anything that interests me (I promise to try to stick to art/design type of stuff). I hope someone stumbles upon it and enjoys, but if not I guess I’m happy with being able to have a place where to “organize” my ideas :)

Also if someone reads this, thank you for stopping by! Hope you enjoy my NEW SITE!