¡Apantallar!

To give the impression of having more than what you have.

To pretend to be someone you are not.

To flaunt material possessions that are not rightfully yours.

To buy more than what you can honestly afford.

Or in the words of Word Reference, (Méx) (=impresionar) to impress; (=achatar) to crush, overwhelm; (=dejar boquiabierto) or to fill with wonder.

Take your pick of the definition. Whatever the case, it’s one of those words that’s hard to resist using once you know what it means.

What other Spanish words do you like to use?

Apantallar

Ay, Kim K!

This one is just for fun. Everyone made such a big deal about la loca de Kim Kardashian the other day that I couldn’t help but to poke a little fun myself. The first thing that came to mind, of course, was what would Selena have to say about this? So here you have it, my interpretation of her reaction:

Ay, Kim K!

Mental Illness

We’ve talk about mental illness before. It’s one of those things that not a lot of people like to talk about. In most cases, in a lot of cases, I should say, it’s one of those things that you “brush under the rug.” You don’t want people to know about it, and even though your compassion and love for the people in your life who may be suffering from mental illness will not change, you don’t necessarily want anyone else scrutinizing what those two words mean to them.

For me, the definition of mental illness is not nearly as important as the resources available to those suffering from this health condition. Which is how this video came about. I was at a local thrift store and picked up this brochure. Later, when I read it, I realized the message inside really spoke to me.

I hope, at the very least, it might get you thinking about why support services for those suffering from mental  health conditions are so important.

San Jose Mission in San Antonio, Texas

I’ll make this post short and sweet. We spent some time in San Antonio this weekend, and one of the things we got to do was visit the San Jose Mission for a very unique mariachi mass experience. Visiting the missions is always a treat for us, as we’ve written about before, but this time we were able to capture some of the natural beauty of this place on video. It really is worth the trip if you have never visited.

Los vientos están cambiando

Change is good. Change is hardly ever expected. Change sometimes grabs you with both fists and shakes you. Now you can take one of two roads when this happens. One, you resist; you fight back; you look change in the face and say “NO!” Although in my experience this method only prolongs the inevitable changes that are going to take place regardless of your opposition. Or two, you can decide to make the most of change and just roll with the punches. Obviously, that can sometimes be easier said than done.

Whatever you do, the reality is a lot of times “shit just happens.”

That used to be my favorite bumper sticker back in the 90s.

The other thing I would say is that change is not always good or bad. It may just be new or different. Or as the old saying goes, “the only thing constant in life is change.”

Or maybe kind of related… “hay que darle tiempo al tiempo.” 

Los vientos están cambiando, my friends.

Los vientos están cambiando

Houston, we have Pollo Loco!

This post is sponsored by El Pollo Loco, but all opinions are mine.

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Several of them actually, and coming up fairly quickly. At least that’s what we’ve been told by pretty reliable sources. Think of Pollo Loco as roasted chicken al estilo mexicano for the masses. It’s got all the flavor of your neighborhood pollo asado, and it’s dressed up into various fast and friendly options that were all pretty tasty when we got to sample them at the restaurant’s inaugural event here in Houston earlier this month.

They even have tres leches cake on the menu!

Juan was utterly excited about that.

He was. In fact, he told me later he’d made the rounds at the dessert table a couple of times just to get more tres leche cake slices. I can only imagine what the servers must have been thinking. But it was basically an all you can eat launch event so hopefully everything was cool.

We’d never heard of Pollo Loco so when we were introduced to the brand we kind of had an idea of what they might be. It wasn’t until we walked into the actual restaurant that we realized Pollo Loco is not your average mom and pop shop. They’ve got lots and lots of chain locations across the country and they’re look and feel is more like that of Chipotle or Chick-fil-A. It’s not only their look either. The items on the menu are pretty health conscious too.

So yeah it was pretty cool to see such a traditional dish packaged and marketed in such a mainstream way. Honestly, if you’ve never had pollo asado do yourself a favor and stop by to pick up a sampling today.

We will likely be visiting Pollo Loco very often.

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