BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL – FEB 13, 20 & 25

BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL (International, World)

Swing Brasileiro, Tropicalia Dance Group, Gingarte Capoeira

Mambo Cafe
3336 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Saturday, February 13th 2010 @ 10pm

$20 Adv. | $25 at the Door

Tickets available now at http://www.SoundCultureChicago.com

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How to Plan a Date for Valentine’s Day Celebration

Valentine’s Day is celebrated by most couples anywhere in the world every February 14th of each year. In order to avoid the same old Latin Valentine’s Day routine, plan a date ahead of time. Your partner will surely appreciate the effort you put in to make it more memorable.

Here are the steps on how to plan a date for Valentine’s Day celebration.

1. Plan a date at least a month before Valentine’s Day to give you enough time to arrange everything. This is especially true if the date falls on weekdays that you both might need to take a day off depending on what you want to do. Remember that failure to plan is planning to fail.

2. Make a budget on what you want to do on Valentine’s Day and try to stick to it. If you are not one of those who don’t care about the amount to spend for a date, then you better make a budget plan. Keep in mind that you do not need to spend much just to have a memorable Valentine’s Day.

3. Decide on the location for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Are you going to have dinner outside or have it in your place? If the day falls on weekend, are you going for a weekend getaway? It is very important to make this decision ahead of time so you can make a reservation if necessary.

4. Do your homework and research for great ideas for Valentine’s Day that you will both enjoy. Again, it doesn’t have to be expensive but make it memorable. There are a lot of things that you can do different from traditional Valentine’s Day celebration. For instance, you can make a reservation for a couple’s massage or spa, arrange your place for a romantic mood and ask her for a romantic dance.

Your significant other will surely appreciate a well-planned date for Valentine’s Day. It’s only once a year so make it happen.

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The Puerto Rican Cuisine

As with most of Puerto Rico’s culture, the country’s cuisine reflects strong Taino, Spanish, African and American influences. Locally known as Cocina Criolla or Creole Cooking, Puerto Rican traditional cuisine can be traced back to the original inhabitants of the land who feasted on fruit, corn and freshly caught seafood. Later, when Columbus arrived on the scene in 1493, other meat, rice, wheat and oil products were thrown into the mix. These mingled flavors can be tasted in various forms in traditional Puerto Rican cuisine.

A full meal in Puerto Rico might include appetizers of cod fritters or cornmeal fingers. Many old-school Puerto Ricans love their soups which are thought to be the original meal of choice by the islands’ inhabitants. Frijoles negros or black bean soup is popular soup and a lovely start to your Puerto Rican meal.

For your main meal, you’ll no doubt be treated with a Puerto Rican-style roasted meat. A delicious basting called Adobo is rubbed into the meat before it gets the roasting treatment. Adobo is essentially crushed pepper corns, oregano, olive oil & salt and some lemon juice. This tangy, spicy mixture gives off a beautiful and mouth-watering aroma that’ll really get your stomach rumbling in anticipation.

Stews are greatly popular in Puerto Rico. Usually cooked in a large pot or kettle, large chunks of beef are marinated in a sauce of capers, pimento olives, cilantro, garlic, potatoes, onion, green and sweet chili peppers.

Deserts are usually light and often include coconut. Nisperos de batata is a very popular Puerto Rican dessert of sweet potato balls covered in custard and flavored with cinnamon.

Not to be forgotten, is the traditionally strong Puerto Rican coffee which has been perfected over the last 300 years.

Source: http://www.puertorico.com/culture/cuisine/

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