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Archive for September, 2010

Salsa Blog reaches 2000 visits

It finally happened!  We reached 2000 viewers today!!

Truly blessed to have the support of all the Dancing Chefs and friends who have believed in what we do, how we do it and why we do it!  We are quietly (who am I kidding?!) I’m sitting here going WOOHOO! hahaha – celebrating our 2000th click with a glass of bubbly and I raise my glass to you all.  Salud, Dinero y Mucho Mucho Amor!

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Survival International gets a hand from Mazatlan

September has always been famous for being a quite season in Mazatlan.  If you take a walk through the city streets, you’ll see restaurants shut down for the month, or hotels under renovation.  The heat keeps locals indoors, sheltered from the burning (yet humid) weather that is the September Heat in Mazatlan.

Mexican Nationals have all returned back to their homes from “Summer Vacations” and Mazatlan goes under a slow, but steady facelift for the upcoming “Snowbird Season”, where all the Canadians and Americans fly south to escape the winter blues.

Our guests have felt the heat this season – jump onto our facebook page to see some fun photos of our Dancing Chefs making the most of the Mazatlan heat!  Being a slow month, little Lela’s contribution this month was lower than any other month, but we were still pleasantly surprised at her strength.  Even with only 8 shows, she managed to raise $195USD, all of which, has found its way to Survival International.

Next month’s cause has been chosen.  The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will be Lela’s cause for the month of October. JDRF was started back in 1970 by a group of parents of children with type 1 diabetes.  Their mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.  Since their inception they have funded $1.4 billion to research around the world.  They are also the world’s leading charitable funders of diabetes research.  If you have or know someone with diabetes, please post the link to this blog entry on your Facebook, Twitter or MySpace, and share the knowledge with others.  The more donations we raise, the closer we get to finding a cure.

Until JDRF contacted us, I had never really known the seriousness of diabetes…you always hear of someone with diabetes, or read food labels and magazine articles, but it shocked me to see how many people suffer from the complications that come with having diabetes.  I wanted to share with you some interesting facts regarding diabetes :

The Scope of Diabetes

• Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes (7.8 percent of the population):

• Diagnosed: 17.9 million

• Undiagnosed: 5.7 million

• As many as three million Americans may have type 1 diabetes.

• Diabetes currently affects 285 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 435 million by 2030.

• In the U.S., a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30 seconds; more than 1.6 million people are diagnosed each year.

We look forward to the cooler weather in October!  A big big thanks to all that donated in September.  Your Lela photos are viewable via our Facebook Fan Page! Don’t forget to click and tag 🙂

Best,

Pamela Hormazabal

http://salsaandsalsa.com


VIVA MEXICO!

Well tomorrow is officially Mexican Independence Day (Sept 16th).  We have a lot of fun with this holiday in Mazatlan.  From festivities to parades, our little city has it all.  The parties and music begin tonight, with Mexico’s famous “Cry of Independence”, held every year in most mayor cities in Mexico where there is a Plaza or Municipality.

The country celebrates what is called “El Grito”, which translated, is “The Yell”.

Extracted from Wikipedia,

“This event has since assumed an almost mythic status.[4][5] Since the late 20th century, Hidalgo y Costilla’s “cry of independence” has become emblematic of Mexican independence. Each year on the night of September 15, the President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City. He repeats a cry of patriotism (a Grito Mexicano) based upon the “Grito de Dolores” from the balcony of the palace to the assembled crowd in the Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world. This event draws up to half a million spectators. On the dawn of September 16, or Independence Day, the national military parade starts in the Zócalo, passes the Hidalgo Memorial and ends on the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City’s main boulevard.

A similar celebration occurs in cities and towns all over Mexico. The mayor (or governor, in the case of state capitals), rings a bell and gives the traditional words. In the 19th century, it became common practice for Mexican presidents in their final year in office to re-enact the Grito in Dolores Hidalgo, rather than in the National Palace. President Calderón is expected to officiate the Grito in Dolores Hidalgo as part of the bicentennial celebrations in 2010.

The following day, September 16 is Independence Day in Mexico and is considered a patriotic holiday, or fiesta patria (literally, holiday of the Fatherland).”

Today and tomorrow, we have Mexican Flags and fun Mexican colors decorating our tables at Salsa and Salsa.  We will have fun pics to share later in the week.  We’re really getting into the spirit of it all…and hope you will too!  OLE!  Enjoy the You Tube video which gave me chills when I saw it, HOW FUN!!  Hope you enjoy it 🙂


VIVA MEXICO!  VIVA!!

Being patriotic to Mexico means a lot to all the girls from Salsa and Salsa!  Leonique and Maaike are from Holland, Pamela from Chile and Australia and Stephanie is  born and raised in Mazatlan, so celebrating this holiday is a time of happiness!!  We’re sharing the fun of this patriotic holiday with you and send you all happy vibes 🙂

OLE!

Pamela