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Mango Salsa – Recipe

Mango Salsa
Here in Texas, right around April is when we first start experiencing that unforgiving heat and humidity we’re so famous for. That’s also about the time of year I start making fewer and fewer appearances outside during the day. I am sure it’s obvious by now, but if you don’t know, I really do not like the hot Houston summer days! The one thing I do like about summer, though, are all the fruits and veggies that are in season this time of year! 

For me, all that means is A LOT of good eating. I love salsas and pico de gallos especially. This one is a mango salsa that my sister recently re-introduced me to. It’s sweet, tangy and spicy all at the same time. Oh, so heavenly! And I can eat an entire batch in one sitting. That wouldn’t be so bad considering the salsa itself is pretty healthy. It’s all the tortilla chips that have me feeling guilty later. Nonetheless, I wanted to share my recipe here with you today.  

What you’ll need:

- A bowl to mix your chopped veggies and fruit
- A sharp knife
- A cutting board
- One mango
- One tomato
- One onion (yellow or purple will work)
- One jalapeño chile or Serrano chile
- Cilantro
- Lemon (I prefer lemon rather than limes)
- Salt to your tasting

Instructions:

- Chop you veggies and fruit to size for the texture of your liking
(Here I want to quickly add that I use a device almost like the “slap chop” to get smaller, more thinly diced portions) 
- Pour all your chopped veggies and fruit into the bowl
- Mix them together
- Squeeze lemon over your salsa to your taste
- Add salt also to your taste
- And ENJOY! 

What I like: 

I prefer thinner cuts with the tomato and onion and larger chunks with the mango, cilantro and chile. It’s easier to remove the chile later if the salsa turns out too hot. I hope you give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

La Mafia Album Release Party

La Mafia Album Release Party Houston

Let’s just start off by admitting La Mafia is pretty badass! I grew up loving their music from a very young age, and their infectious Tejano sound was all over the radio during my teenage years. In fact, in high school we had Tejano dances every year where their jams like Un Millón de Rosas and Vida were the slow songs we all wanted to dance to with our sweethearts. I can still recite all of their songs from those days word for word!

So obvio when we were invited to their album release party in Houston this week, Anjelica and I didn’t even flinch before saying OF COURSE!! We attended, with a couple dozen other folks, a very intimate gathering off of Houston’s Washington Ave. It’s a part of town we don’t often frequent, but the venue was actually quite nice.

The group played several of their classic hits and told us stories about their history and career before leading into their new songs from the forthcoming album Amor y Sexo. It was definitely a nice trip down memory lane.

photo-2 Here’s a quick video I was able to capture. Please excuse my shaky hand on the camera. And enjoy!

International calls

Disclosure: I have partnered with Cricket Wireless as a 2014 Blog Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

My mom just recently took a trip down to San Luis Potosí, Mexico for Mother’s Day. It’s been a while since her last visit. While she was there it was great knowing that I could quickly get in contact with her by just picking up the phone.

Actually, it seems that nowadays everyone is using their phones to make calls to Mexico instead of using phone cards anymore.  Do you remember those? I do. I also remember my mom used to complain that if our family in Mexico didn’t answer their phone quickly enough her minutes would dwindle down with every ring.  She called those cards a rip off. I know they were expensive and hard to find at times.

It really is kind of unbelievable that now anyone can call internationally for just a couple of bucks a month. I did when my mom was in Mexico. And for her, that definitely means two thumbs up!

On a related note here are some pictures of what my mom brought me back from Mexico.

International calls

International calls

International calls

#VidaConCricket Juan of Words - Anjelica Cazares

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Dallas

We were there last weekend. Very briefly. We drove in on Saturday. Drove back on Sunday. Took some pictures. And hey, we finally got a new camera, so we wanted to share some pics. We only went to the Farmer’s Market, and then to dinner at a Lebanese restaurant. It was okay only. Not all that great. The food, I mean. The trip was what we needed. A break from the usual. And hey, Dallas, you’re art is pretty awesome! On a side note: no, no fuimos a da’las… sino a Dallas, Texas :-) 

Dallas Dallas Dallas Dallas Dallas Dallas Dallas Dallas

My absolute favorite dish

It’s been my absolute favorite dish for as long as I can remember. Well, except for the homemade chile con queso dish my mom used to make when I lived under her roof. Nobody can top that deliciousness, which was always accompanied with a healthy heaping of freshly made flour tortillas. ¡Uy, ya me dio hambre! Pero bueno, I digress. This dish here is from my favorite taquería in Houston. Taquería Alteño, of course!

It’s the #4 on the menu. The quesadilla grande with fajita de pollo, and beans and rice on the side. It’s extra large, and always delicious, with lots of melted white cheese inside too. And I always like to open up the quesadilla so I can pour lots of Valentina sauce inside before taking my first bite. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, you should give it a try. It’s delicious!

My absolute favorite dish

This was a good week

This was a good week

Me and my jefita.

I know so because it’s Friday; we’re all in one piece; we’ve managed to write more than we had been recently; estamos saludables y con vida; and well, what else can you say when you take that into consideration.

I’m thinking about my mom tonight. This Saturday after all is Mother’s Day. My mother has been such a true blessing in my life. She has always been the strong one, the one who could take on whatever, always put on a smile, and in a very manner of fact way, always survived even despite the biggest obstacles life has thrown at her. She taught me how to be patient and kind. That hard work and determination pay off. That saying no, or taking no for an answer, is not necessarily always the best option. She also taught me that sometimes it’s okay to fold one’s hands and be the bigger person. She taught me about love, parenting, and above all, about making mistakes and owning up to them.

My mother deserves a shower of blessings upon her every single day. She is the sunshine in the dark. My gasp of fresh air when I can no longer breathe on my own. She is the pillar that holds the very fiber of my being together, and makes everything right in the world. She is the woman who loves me more than anything, and more than I will ever know.

That maternal instinct, I believe, is something that a lot of women possess. It’s like the calling of nature to the female soul. A love deeper than any other love. The love from a mother to a child. It is a pure love. A peaceful love. Not always a perfect love, but a love nonetheless that very rarely can be surpassed. I see it in my sisters, in my wife, my friends, random women who I come across on a daily basis; and in every single one of their faces, when they’re children need them, there is an inner glow of resilience, bravery and compassion. A love that one only needs to see to experience, and respect.

It’s been a good week, indeed. A good week to reflect on the very women who gave us life. A good time to start planning how to apapachar our madrecitas. 

Congratulations y’all! From all of us here at Juan of Words, les deseamos un ¡muy Feliz Día de las Madres! 

Y para mis mamás roqueras, here’s a classic from the one and only Gloria Trevi!

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