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New Salsa Creation

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

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Salsa and Salsa (Mazatlan) has a new home

Who said word of mouth no longer works??!!  Not us!  Thanks to all your rave reviews on TripAdvisor, your photos on Facebook, your comments to your shore excursion representatives and last month’s article on msn.com naming us one of the best shore excursions in the world, we have grown in popularity and have found a newer and bigger location to accommodate the growing numbers!

Royal Villas Resort is now the new home of Salsa and Salsa, with stunning views, an undercover seating area, a large pool with a water slide, direct access to the beach, a games room, a fully stocked bar with some of the best Pina Colada’s in town and only minutes from the main shopping district.
We had our first show there with a record number of guests and the whole thing was just spectacular!

Nearly 150 guests from Carnival Splendor joined us this Thursday, all with the energy and anticipation we needed for our first show in our new home.  What a blast we had!  Free-pouring Margaritas, lots of mushing, plenty of laughter and lots of smiles…couldn’t have asked for a better group of people!  Families, teenagers, couples, birthday girls and boys, and even a group of 21 “singles” joined us today.  We even had a couple who had been married for 34 years (awww).

Here is a panoramic of the seating area just before we got started… a beautiful new setting for our salsa class, with  a
giant stone wall, agave and cactus plants, enormous ceilings with great big pillars and of course, the hustle and bustle of
our new staff, which truly made today possible.

A big thanks to all those involved in making today a great success and we look forward to making Salsa and Salsa’s new home a welcoming venue to all our guests (past, present and future!).  Be sure to see more pictures on our website and Facebook page.

Side Note : We’re totally stoked that we have reached 1,000 views on

our blog!!  Keep coming back and be sure to comment on the posts

you like 🙂


Holland vs Spain

HOLLAND vs SPAIN

In or around 1544, Wikipedia says that a man by the name of Willem Van Orange lived in the Netherlands.  A dutch hero.  Hence the color Orange and the House of Orange was born.  He became the main leader of the Dutch revolution against, you got it, the Spanish.

It set off the 80 yr War which resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces.  The Spanish however continued to persecute the Dutch protestants and Good Old Williem led the revolution until Mr Balthasar Gerard declared him an outlaw and had him assassinated in 1580.  Naughty, naughty thing to do!

Now some say that the World Cup soccer match this weekend between The Netherlands and Spain is going to be exciting because Holland hasn’t been in the playoffs since 1978. But guess what people, its really been 430 years. Pretty sure William didn’t have any idea that it would take this long for Holland to stand face to face again with their former masters.


Thats right, soccer matches ultimately have more to do than just dreaming about a date with  Mr.Beckham. Although I could stop there and be happy never watching another game. But the truth is it brings out the spirits of the country. I probably wouldn’t be so excited if say,Slovakia was playing Serbia this weekend or Cameroon against Korea. But the fact is that I was born in a rural southern town in Holland. Probaby close by to where William is resting, since Holland is such a small country.
So in the spirit of the Dutch, today I will get my gardeners to start painting my house orange, go out and buy lots of carrots and persimmons and start dusting off all my old wooden shoes. I have one very large wooden shoe which I am going to attach to my car antenna for the next few days. On second thought maybe Ill just attach it to the hood of the car instead of that set of longhorns.
You’re not going to need your vuvuzela Mr.Willem of Orange, we hear you loud and clear!

Its pay back time Spain get ready to rock and watch us rollllllllllllllllllll those goalllllllllllllls!

Ole,

Leonique


Lela collects $515 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

We are glad to announce we just donated a whopping $515 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Thanks to the hundreds of people to sent in donations via our Lela page online.  You can click and visit the page anytime and see how much little Lela has collected so far and keep up to date on the new causes 🙂

July will be dedicated to collecting donations for the Danny Did Foundation, a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to the study, awareness and research of Epilepsy, in particular,  Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).  DDF aggressively engages physicians and researchers in the fields of neurology and epileptology, meets with medical technology companies, and consults with epilepsy organizations.

We think it’s a great and amazing cause and we would like to show our support by making July our Epilepsy awareness month with Lela.  All monies collected through Lela will go directly to the Danny Did Foundation (DDF) and hopefully the movement that exists on raising awareness of the illness.  We hope you show your support too by visiting the Lela Page and making a small donation.

If you have a charity you are involved with closely, or have a suggestion to a cause that needs help, please contact us at salsamazatlan@gmail.com and let us know more 🙂


Dancing Chef Pamela Gets Engaged

Just when I thought I would always be the girlfriend and never the wife, my partner of six years popped the big question!

There’s a certain sigh of relief when the words  “Will you marry me?” are spoken, both for the bride-to-be and the groom.  For him, the nervousness of waiting to pop the question is over and for her, the relief of finally leaving behind paranoia that he “just doesn’t love me enough”  lol.

In my case, both are true.  We had been dating for six years.  I think most people would agree that six years is a long time to date, but I say “better late than never!”

We get a lot of honeymooners, engaged couples, anniversary’s on our tour.  I challenge anyone to tell me that ‘true love’ doesn’t exist.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I promise not to turn into a soppy mess of cliche’s and romantic notions, BUT, indulge me for a second…

Most readers know I am a little movie buff (amongst other things), and I have watched my fair share of romantic comedies, sad love stories and feelgood love tales.  The majority are corny, with endings that truly ONLY happen in Hollywood.  But I can tell you that every so often, we come across couples who have been married for 50, 60, 70 and we even had a couple a few months ago that were married for 76 years!  Of course, my first question to all those couples is always “What’s the secret?”, and you know what they all say?  they all say the same thing!  “respect each other. listen to your partner…and try hard to always do something to make your partner smile everyday!”.

Now if someone who has been married for longer than I have been alive tells me that, you can believe me I will listen to them!

I’ve also seen first hand ‘the look’ they give each other when I am asking them questions.  There’s something about ‘love’ that is eternal.  The couple that were married for 76 years looked at each other as if it was the first time they had seen each other.  The gentleman pulled me aside later in the tour and said “the other trick is to always tell her she is right” hahahaha, so I’ll be sure to pass that tip on to my fiance 😉  But the happy truth is that ‘true love’ does exist.  I’ve seen it!

http://100musicalfootsteps.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/wondercandle-love-im.jpg

Now comes all the planning, organizing and frantic craziness that is a wedding  (hopefully not, but let’s be real!)

Luckily for both of us, I’m not too much of a traditionalist, but for my family’s sake, I promised my mum I would wear a white dress (hahaha) – for some reason when I spoke with her last night, she had some crazy notion that I would wear a crazy arrangement of colors for a dress – lol – my response was “Mum, I’m not Cyndi Lauper!”

The excitement of a wedding, for all involved, is huge and I look forward to sharing it all with you.  Tips, recommendations, advise, do’s and don’ts list and anything you think would help are always welcome!  🙂

Happy Days,

Pamela


Hands on Nashville receives Lela check

We are pleased to announce that Lela’s donation made it to Nashville!  For the month of May, we collected donations for victims of the Nashville Floods.  We chose ‘Hands on Nashville’ as the charity that received the donation.

Our contact in Nashville was the lovely and very helpful Shannon Finnegan Scott, who as we had mentioned on the tour, works at Cannon Productions (Production Coordinator).  When we chose Nashville, we didn’t know where to start…we thought of Kenny Chesney (lol) and eventually found our way to Shannon.  We told her about Lela, and she was more than happy to help and be our person in Nashville 🙂

‘Hands on Nashville’ is an organization that Shannon supports and so we looked at it and they do wonderful things, so Shannon was sent the check and she arranged a meet with Brian Williams, the Executive Director at Hands On Nashville.  Brian was delighted to hear about Lela and the kindness you all showed with your donations.

Miss Shannon F. Scott and Head of HON Brian Williams

We thank everyone for their generosity!  We raised $457USD for Nashville, so give yourselves all a big round of applause!! We have reconstructed our Lela Page, so be sure to have a quick look!  Also, all Lela photos from June onwards will be posted on the Salsa and Salsa Business Listing Page, so if you haven’t added it to your ‘LIKES’ on Facebook, be sure to click on it so view the pictures and tag yourselves.

June has been a busssssssssy month for us, with Father’s Day, my trip to the WSOP in Las Vegas and the growing crowds at the Salsa Tour, we are getting more photos than ever (which we absolutely LOVE!), we have lots to share with you.  Look forward to a few more blog posts this week with some guests photos and some exciting news we have that we are waiting to announce 😉

Stay tuned,

Pamela


Lela finally makes it to Chile

She made it!  Lela’s donation finally made it to Chile! 

Sister Gabriella Vergara Ríos was kind enough to send us a photo too.  In the picture, you see the head nun (centre), Sister Gabriella (holding the receipt from Western Union!) and a few of the students that were overjoyed to hear that a little pig from Mexico donated so much money.  In fact, we sent a total of  $336,582.39 CLP !!  On top of that, the girls and the Sisters wanted to express how very very grateful they are to EVERYONE who donated to Lela for the Chile cause – and religious or not – God bless you (in their words) 😉

Happy Chileans give thanks to Lela and your donations!

Western Union Receipt sent from Mazatlan

The money will go to helping repair the school which was badly damaged in the earthquake back in Feb (see past blog entry)

Again, we send a big big thank you to everyone and hope that Lela continues to help those around the world.

On another warming note – Mazatlan is heating up.  Our weather is slowly but surely getting warmer and warmer, with the humidity settling in just nicely.  For those planning on visiting soon, be sure to bring shorts, swimsuits and plenty of sunscreen, because Salsa and Salsa is about to get HOT HOT HOT!

Click the sun for Mazatlan weather!

Don’t forget to smile today 😉

Pamela


Imagine the Unimaginable!

Right, lets see, if it is unimaginable chances are I wont be able to wrap my mind around it. Why would I want to think about something unattainable, a feeling or thought  out of my restricted boundaries, perhaps setting myself up for potential failure or remorse,sadness or grief?

What is unimaginable anyway? Is it that our oceans are dying and filling with oil, global warming that will sooner or later destroy lakes and streams and cover inhabited islands. Is it unimaginable to think that we have lost half of the rain forest in the last 20 years or that in 40 years there wont be any fish left swimming? It is unimaginable to me that people still sleep in gutters by the road side and have no food or families or a hand to the nearest shelter. That floods destroy everything a person has worked for their entire life. That earthquakes can level off the lives of good people minding their own business.

Okay! Then what is equally unimaginable is that a ceramic piggy bank, named Lela, sits with her painted smile and red cross on a chefs table during a cooking tour on a speck of land in the middle of nowhere called Mazatlan, Mexico.
For an unimaginable moment in time, Lela answers prayers for Haitian victims, she re-builds schools in Chile,provides medicine and care, food and shelter for those who have lost everything in West Virginia and Nashville. This little unimaginable piggy sits and waits daily for those who reach deep,to help the less fortunate.
Because she exists help arrives!

A woman stopped me once while I laying food and water next to a sleeping bum. She said,”why bother?”  I continued with my service and wondered about that.  It would be unimaginable not to help him. We never know where people come from or how they end up the way they do. If we begin to exist like Lela, if we connect rather than disconnect then I am sure about one thing, doing the unimaginable for someone else we can truly begin to let us dream about the unimaginable for ourselves.
Lets take off the armor and gloves and begin to massage love and compassion back into the thread of society. Regardless how little we have, our little is an unimaginable treasure for someone else.

This little piggy went to the market…this little piggy…


MSN.COM names Salsa and Salsa one of the world’s best tours!

It’s official – msn.com has named Salsa and Salsa one of the world’s top ten shore excursions! In an article that was published today, msn.com (well, Bing.com, an affiliate of msn.com) listed the world’s top 14 shore excursions, and Salsa and Salsa is number 3!

http://www.bing.com/travel/content/search?q=World%27s+Best+Shore+Excursions:+Mazatlan,+Mexico&FORM=RQTRAV
Named one of the best tours in the world

We’ve been pushing for the top ranking on Tripadvisor.com since Nov 2009, and only last week, reached #2, but with today’s announcement, we’re sure to secure our place on top (where we belong hahaha).

We’d like to thank all our guests, past, present and future, for their support and encouragement.  Being voted in the top ten is a humbling experience, but it makes us realize that we are a part of something much  bigger than just having a good time.  From our newsletter to our facebook page, we hear from guests who have salsa parties at home, to guests who never had cooked before the tour and now are enjoying the art of cooking with their partner, their children and other family and friends.

That’s what we aim for at Salsa and Salsa, we want you to leave us with not only the urge to cook when you get back home, but to experiment and try new things in the kitchen.

Well, just wanted to share the fantastic news with you all, keep on sending in your photos and comments – we love receiving them!

Good times!   Pamela


Old Fashioned Skills – who still has them?

We are slowly but surely, venturing into unknown territory when it comes to the world wide web.  Like most people, we too find it hard to keep up with all the new gadgets, social networking sites, uploading, downloading, stats, news, and everything online!

Salsa and Salsa on Facebook

Thankfully, I love it all!  I can’t get enough of Facebook – my personal page allows certain games (Bejeweled, Lexulous, Geo Challenge and a few others) and I dare anyone to try and beat my scores hahaha! Our facebook page for Salsa and Salsa tends to stick to just Salsa and Salsa, with photos, videos (well, one for now, but I encourage you guys to send us your videos of the tour, so we can post and share it with other Facebookers!) as well as lots of fun comments.

Review us on Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor is another forum which grabs a lot of my attention.  As most of you know, we have been trying hard to reach #1 on Tripadvisor and we are just about there…this week we reached #2, we were stuck on #4 for months!!  What a relief to jump from 4 to 3, then 3 to 2.

Now we’re knocking on #1’s door, ready to kick it down and take it off it’s hinges! hahaha.  It’s all about the reviews on that site, so if you haven’t reviewed us, go ahead and take a second to do so, it might just be the review that gets us to #1!

Our blog, of course, is always enjoyable to write and we love reading the comments from our readers.  The blog world is truly new to us both, and I myself (and I’m sure I can speak for Leonique) am amazed at how one person’s thoughts can reach another person who may just be on the other side of the world!  Awesome.

To Twitter or not to Twitter?

We have yet to venture into Twitterland…so many guests on the tour have said “NOOOO! Don’t do it!” – I’d like to hear from you guys – should we Twitter or should we not?!  What’s the biggest difference between Twitter and Facebook – aren’t they the same thing?  My understanding is that Twitter is simply just status updates.  No photos, no videos, no comments, just status reports… so if this is correct, what’s the point?  But I am willing to hear you Twitterers out (ok, I just made that name up, I wonder what the real term is), I am certainly opened to hearing from you and being swayed to the dark side…

How did you hear about us?

Cruise Critic is another forum which we have yet to join, although I know A LOT of cruisers frequent there.  Should we join Cruise Critic too?  How did you hear about us?

Sometimes I feel it’s all too much – all the technology – but truth is, where would we be without it?  I have yet to get an iPhone, although I had my eye on it months before its release, I am fighting the urge to just spring for it – I mean, who doesn’t need a gadget that can identify a song from simply holding the phone up in the air?  Or want to see if your table is wonky, hold the iPhone up and use the Spirit Level app that comes with the phone  (that one made me laugh!)  I was actually out with a friend at a restaurant when she pulled it out, checked the level of the table, and called the waiter over to let him know (I’m not joking, the funniest part of the story is the waiter just looked at her and said “ok, thanks?” hahaha)

With that in mind, I take a step back and think where would we be without all this technology?

Skype Me!

Skype helps me communicate with friends and family overseas, for free (if you haven’t heard of Skype, check it out – show your phone company that you have had enough of their ridiculous prices! and add the words “Skype Me” to your web talk repertoire).  I have to really rack my brain to think of items I can do without these days… I can certainly do without a car.  Even living in Mexico, I can find my way around easily, cheaply and without the added cost of gas, insurance, license costs, highway tolls and all the other costs that are inflicted on drivers.  I have been here for six years and have had no need (or desire) to buy a car.  On top of that, I feel very proud of the fact that I am doing my part in not contributing to the world’s pollution problem.

Computer – gotta have it.  No question about it – I could go without all the other things, but gotta have my laptop!

What can you go without?  More importantly, what can’t you go without?  Most of you will realize that it is hard to come up with the go without list…but try, it’s a good test on coming to terms with the fact that most of us surround ourselves with things we don’t really need.  We are all very lucky to live in a world that allows us to buy buy buy, all in the name of keeping up with technology.  I mean, I’ve fallen a victim to it – but I try hard to make up for it by giving back to the environment, spending time in nature (in other words, stepping away from the computer and getting outside!) and occasionally reverting back to the old fashioned ways, like riding a bike, drawing a picture (rather than taking a picture), whipping cream or eggs with a whisk (lol) and using a molcajete instead of a hand blender (double lol).

Food for thought…what old fashioned skills do you posses?

Till next time,

Pamela