It’s amazing that whenever you try to lend a helping hand, people come on your path who are in need. April’s cause was of course, Japan, because so many people lost their homes, their loved ones and are now struggling to rebuild.
We got in touch with a Canadian guest who went to Salsa & Salsa in Cozumel. She gave English classes at a school in Sendai for a while. The owner of the school is Michiko Eckard. She married an American, and moved to Seattle so her 3 kids could get an American education, but she arrived to Japan shortly before the earth quake struck. Since then she has helped many people in the Sendai community, including an elderly home and many internally displaced people. There is a lot of damage to the building, but the government inspectors did NOT give it a ‘red-tag’ (which means no one can occupy that building)!
Little LELA managed to collect the astonishing amount of $1,150USD, combining donations from Mazatlan, Cozumel and Los Cabos. A hundred percent of our donations will be going to this school in Sendai where it will buy school books, and help rebuild parts of the school that were demolished by the quake.
May’s cause for LELA will be the town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was almost completely destroyed by the tornado that struck at the end of April. The money will go to the DCH Medical Centre in Tuscaloosa. As soon as we have more details, they will be posted on our website (www.salsaandsalsa.com/lela.php).
Sending you all our love,
Dancing Chef Maaike
Who doesn’t like a nice hot cup of coffee? Especially in these cold winter months it’s a good way to wake up in the morning: ANY TIME is a good time for coffee!!! I was thinking of that during the Christmas Holidays how it would be nice to share another recipe with you: Mexican Coffee. My mother-in-law prepared this for me when I came to Mexico for the first time in 2001 and I immediately loved it! This coffee is prepared in a special clay pot, hence the name ‘Café de Olla’ or Coffee from the Pot. The recipe calls for ‘piloncillo‘, which is a block of raw cane sugar, but you could use mascabado sugar instead. Enjoy!!!
Ingredients for 4 cups:
- 4 cups of water
- 4 heaped tablespoons of coffee
- 125 gram or 4 ounces piloncillo or mascabado sugar
- cinnamon stick of 10 cm or 4 inches
- 5 cloves
- (optional: peel of 1/4 of an orange)
Heat the water in a saucepan and add the cinnamon and cloves. If you want, you can add the orange peel. Once it boils, add the piloncillo or mascabado sugar and leave it to dissolve. Lower the heat and add the coffee. Leave everything to boil for 5 minutes. Switch off the heat and let it stand for another 5 minutes. Sieve before serving.
Buen Provecho!!! Dancing Chef Maaike
October has brought us Snowbird season and more cruise ships coming into port. Our Local Show on Monday has started of with ever increasing numbers. We enjoy showing all our guests the interesting smells and flavors that Mexico has to offer. So if you’re in town, come and join us! Reservations are a must! Just go to our website for more information.
The cause for LELA in October was the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We had almost the double amount of shows comparing to September, so we were very happy to collect a total sum of $477 dollars!
In November we will be collecting for the Lupus Research Institute. This cause is very dear to our heart, because Dancing Chef Stephanie’s sister suffers from Lupus. Lupus is a chronic and often disabling autoimmune disease. Estimates indicate that more than 1.5 million Americans have lupus.
The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) is the only nonprofit organisation in the US that’s dedicated to research in lupus. It was founded in 2000 by people with this devastating illness and their families in collaboration with the country’s leading scientists. LRI sends nearly 94 cents of every dollar contributed straight to the scientists in their laboratories searching for answers to lupus.
During each month we always come in contact with people who have a special interest in the cause for LELA. It’s very rewarding to see impact LELA has. The more money we raise, the closer we get to finding a cure for Lupus.
Dancing Chef Maaike
We did it! On Thursday we opened up our donating pig, Lela. Our Monthly ritual of opening little Lela has become an exciting part of our routine. Leonique and I play a guessing game, as to how much Lela has collected for the month. As you know, Lela was collecting for your Danny Did Foundation. Your uncle and Executive Director of the Foundation, Tom Stanton, has been a great help, thanks to him, we were able to make this happen. He sent us an article regarding SUDEP and Epilepsy, which I’m sure you would find interesting.
The NY Times published an article regarding the death of a young teenage boy (he was 19…) due to SUDEP. Just like yourself, he was taken at a young age. The article raises several alarming issues regarding the stigma of SUDEP, how it is considered controversial for a doctor to mention it to his patient unless the patient is a high-risk candidate, as it may ‘burden‘ the patient. Maybe if it was mandatory for doctor’s to mention it and make families aware of the issue, we might find less occurrences. The article is a good read and very informative and we have posted it below. Also, the resources page on the Danny Did website is a great source of information for those who need answers to their questions regarding Epilepsy.
We are doing what we can in raising awareness through social media and through our donations page and we hope that past guests and future guests will continue spreading the word. We hope the little we donate this month will help someone, somewhere and give them a little more hope than they had yesterday 🙂 Your smile gave us courage to speak up and tell people that something needs to be done.
Here is the link to the article on SUDEP : http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/health/27epil.html
We are so so happy to say we collected $305USD for the Danny Did Foundation. These donations were made by cruise passengers from the Mariner of the Seas and Carnival Splendor. We had a total of 8 ships this month, so considering the majority of the donations are $1’s or the occasional $5, that’s an amazing accomplishment.
We had so many passengers come up to us and shake our hands, telling us they had a brother, or sister, or friend with Epilepsy and that raising awareness was so so important. So thank you Danny…thank you for giving us the opportunity to touch so many people’s lives, thank you for being there and thank you for having found your way into our hearts.
Danny, we hope that wherever you are, you are smiling, laughing, playing and seeing what an effect your life has made on so many lives. You can see the happiness here, a collection of pictures of everyone who donated to Lela the donating Pig for the month of July.
TWO DANCING CHEFS
Pamela and Leonique
Last Thursday, we had the loveliest group of people from Carnival, but one fellow made Leonique and I laugh so much. He had obviously had a few Margaritas, and every time we walked by his table, he was making his whole table laugh, as well as yelling across to other tables and making them laugh. We always have said that laughter is important, but from laughter comes joy and from joy comes creation…
So from the table of laughter, we bring you their Salsa Creation. At first, when we were called over to try it, we were hesitant. I personally thought the worst (hahaha) and I tried to get out of trying it by saying “Oh, I had a huge breakfast…” but that was to no avail. I was given a Totopo (corn chip) and my hand was motioned to dip and eat. So I dipped…and I ate! MMMMMMMMMMM! Truly. It was delicious, so I looked at Leonique and said “You gotta try this”, which she did, and she had the same reaction “Mmmmmmmmm”.
So I won’t keep you waiting any longer. We wanted to share it with you. It was a combination of several of the salsas we made, but with a little tweak here and a little tweak there. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. When prompted to write it down and “name” the salsa, we got a cheeky giggle and a napkin which read :
” What happens in Vegas ends up in Seattle Salsa” (Don’t ask, we have no idea!!)
1 tbls pineapple
1 tbls cantelope ( melon)
1 tbls coconut
1/2 tbls red pepper
1/2 chopped avocado
pinch of cilantro
splash of lime juice
Unfortunately, at the time, we didn’t think to take a picture, but we promise to make and post this delicious creation within the next few days. Enjoy salsa chefs!
TWO DANCING CHEFS
It’s taken a lot of time and oh so much energy, but we are so excited to announce that our website is finally up and running! We have everything from Recipe of the Month, Photo of the Month, videos, information about Mazatlan and of course, the Salsa Store.
Our Homepage will keep you coming back with Recipe of the Month, Photo of the Month and Testimonials, as well as our Aspirin Count on LELA the PIG (more on LELA later!). Need stuff for your kitchen?! We got it all, with Salsa Products that will have you Salsa Making in no time!
Want to show your friends how much fun you had on the tour?! Send them a link to our Photo Gallery! You’ve heard us say it before, but we simply LOVE LOVE LOVE getting your Salsa photos. It reminds us everyday that we are bringing joy and laughter to thousands of people from across the globe!
Our Salsa Store has everything Salsa! Ask us about ‘Salsa in a Box’, it has everything you could possibly need to host your very own Salsa Party at home. From aprons to chef hats, we got you covered! Need more recipes? We have a variety of cookbooks that will have you Salsa making all year round. Our best-seller ‘Salsa for all Seasons’ takes you through every season and utilizes all the fruits and vegetables that come into season every year.
Your Two Dancing Chefs even have a page! We thought it would be fun to have a little info on us on the site…we get to know you all so well, it’s only fair you get to know us!
We look forward to hearing your feedback on the site. Send us your comments, tell us what you thought, what stood out and don’t forget to share your testimonials (if you’ve been to the show). We’d like to thank all our guests, past, present and future for all their support and encouragement…without you guys, this dream would never have become a reality 🙂
Keep your dreams alive,
TWO DANCING CHEFS
Well, our Salsa Blog was finally born today. It’s a girl! LOL.
It’s always hard to start something like this, I find it difficult to know where to start, but in the words of Julie Andrews “let’s start at the very beginning!”…
For those who have never heard of us, we are the ‘Two Dancing Chefs’, Leonique Vandeveerdonk and Pamela Hormazabal.
We run a tour named ‘Salsa and Salsa’ in Mazatlan, Mexico. Now, you might just be thinking why on earth would a tour need a blog, well, the simple truth is that we see and meet over 1,000 people a month. Although we truly enjoy staying in email contact with everyone, we thought it was high time we moved with the times and got ourselves a Blog.
Here, you’ll not only get to know us, (and trust me, we’re a hoot!) you’ll also get to see and hear from our guests. We want to share recipes with you, videos of the tour, videos we make purely for fun, instructional videos, as well as photos, links and lots of entertaining info that will transform you into a Mexican kitchen Virtuoso (that’s whiz, and yes I had to look it up!). The tour is made up of interactive fun for everyone who attends. We teach people to make REAL Margaritas and then take them through step by step how to make traditional Mexican salsas. Once the salsa making class is over, we polish our dance shoes and teach everyone to dance the salsa, hence the name ‘Salsa and Salsa’ (I can see those light bulbs turning on! ).
We are primarily a Cruise Ship tour, so bookings are done through a Shore Ex Rep. We service most major Cruise lines, including Carnival, Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean. We are currently working on a local show for non-ship days, so stay tuned for more details on that!
Today, we had both Marnier of the Seas and Sapphire Princess docked, so we entertained a number of passengers. Let’s see if I can remember names…hmmm…well, we do have volunteers join us at the Head Table, so I can remember their names, Tim – who is better known as Ricky Tikki Timbo (don’t ask), Steve – who I’m sure is utterly and madly in love with his wife (he couldn’t wait to get back to the table where she was and when he did he laid a nice big kiss and told her he missed her…awww…) and we also had the newly engaged JC and his fiancee Jenny. The two Sharon’s also graced us with their presence and they sure did have a good time!
The cooking is of course, only 1/2 the fun. Once we are done making salsa, we dance the salsa. I have to tell you, if I had a dollar every time a wife said “you won’t get my husband to dance Salsa”… I’m pretty persuasive, and 3 hours of drinking all-you-can-drink Margarita’s certainly helps the cause! Well, I could go on and on about the tour, but best leave you wanting to know more…stay tuned for videos and pics!
TWO DANCING CHEFS