06.26.12 Por Martica Santeiro

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Beaches Around the USA

Best Beach Destinations in the United States
(Other than Florida)

Hilton Head, SC
The gorgeous views that Hilton Head offers year-round can only be improved upon by the fabulous facilities and free parking found at Coligny Beach. It's a fun and convenient destination for the entire family, even small children.

Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a hidden gem in Empire, Michigan. It's not your typical beach as it lies on the shores of Lake Michigan. Yet, the sugary sand and tranquility of this unexpected haven rivals that of most conventional beaches.

Provincetown, MA
Just a stone's throw from Boston, the quiet, clean and spacious beaches of Provincetown offer the perfect spot for a romantic picnic. Various sea creatures such as whales can frequently be spotted from your comfy spot in the sand, so bring your binoculars.

Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara has so many beaches to choose from that you could pick a different one each day of the week. Each beach also offers something unique to sun-worshipers as one may be suitable for a nice sandy jog with Fido while another is great for working on your tan and striking up a conversation with surfers.

Montauk, NY
At the tip of Long Island, the beaches of Montauk offer a more laid-back atmosphere than those of its Hamptons counterparts. You can camp in an RV at Gin Beach, and be there for the breathtaking sunrise over an empty shoreline

Virginia Beach, VA

Home to a Naval Air Station, you might expect the beaches of Virginia Beach to be a prime party spot. But, the beaches are actually a great fit for families, couples, and singles. Dunes offer privacy and seclusion, and the lack of crowds allows for some relaxation. And, who knows? Single ladies might meet an "officer and gentleman" while lounging on the sand.

Kennebunkport, MN
Within walking distance of town, Kennebunk Beach is a somewhat small, but gorgeous place to take the entire family. The beach becomes a bit more lively during the peak summer months, but you can't beat the comfortable temperatures of the Maine coastline.
Photos 10best.com

Que Rico!

201 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
305. 529.0141 - www.hillstone.com
Enviado por Alicita Godoy Giro

Houston's ahora se llama Hillstone, pero todo el mundo sigue diciendole Houston's.

Ahora que estuvimos en Miami fuimos, como vamos siempre, a la barra de Houston's en Miracle Mile...por la noche como a las 7:00 PM... Déjame decirte que la gente está súper elegante, Y la gente joven que abunda de lo más bonitas, con sus 'fake boobs' y todo... Te ponen servilleta de tela en el puesto y Jorge y yo pedimos 'gin & tonics' en copa de vino tinto... Después pedimos una orden de 'cheese toast' y de 'shoestring potatoes'... Al rato pedimos el 'traditional salad, dressing on the side'. Igual que tú comemos en plato de postre... O sea que no pedimos más nada... Try it sometimes... Tiene que ser en la barra y a la hora de la comida....para que tenga el sabor que te describo. Try the bar... Forget the tables... They are dark & quiet!!!

Nosotros hemos he ido a almorzar y a comer a Houston's unas cuantas veces, pero nunca nos habiamos sentado en la barra. We're gonna try it now that Alicita recommended it. Sounds like fun.
Photo clubplanet.com

A Shirt's Story

La Guayabera, a Shirt's Story
History Miami
101 West Flagler St.
June 29 - Jan. 13 2013

From humble beginnings to fashion phenomenom the new History Miami Exhibition tells the story of the Guayabera.

The Guayabera: A Shirt's Story, on view at the Museum of HistoryMiami from June 29, 2012 through January 13, 2013, will address the guayabera's history from its nineteenth century origins to the present day. A traditional piece of menswear, the guayabera is arguably the best-known piece of clothing worn by Latin American and Caribbean populations worldwide.

The guayabera is distinguished by its four pockets and vertical stripes of pleating and/or embroidery. Although the precise birthplace of the garment is uncertain, historical evidence suggests that the shirt emerged in Cuba. Also referred to as a 'Mexican wedding shirt,' the garment is popular in Mexico and the American states to its north. The exhibition will trace the shirt's journey through Cuba, Mexico and the United States, where it is particularly popular in Miami, Los Angeles, New York City and Houston, cities that boast large Latin American and Caribbean populations.

The 700-square foot exhibition will feature historic and contemporary versions of the garment. On display will be Cuban and Spanish military uniforms of the late 19th century, a classic version of the shirt sold by Cuban department store El Encanto during the mid-twentieth century, the garment's heyday in Cuba, and Mexican-produced versions, including one worn by former Mexican President Luis Echeverría, that capture the migration of the shirt's production to the Yucatan Peninsula after the Cuban Revolution of 1959. The exhibition will also feature guayaberas made by an array of contemporary designers including Cubavera®, a brand of Perry Ellis International, headquartered in Miami; Arcadio Diaz, a Dominican-born designer who specializes in women's clothing; and Miami-based Berta Bravo, also known as 'The Guayabera Lady.' Also on display will be a custom-made guayabera dress worn by Grammy© Award winning recording art ist and the 'Queen of Salsa' Celia Cruz and a late 1940s guayabera crafted by tailor Ramón Puig. s.
Photo MAG

4th of July Celebrations

Fourth of July Fireworks and Parades in Miami

Biltmore Hotel - 1200 Anastasia, Coral Gables
Concert: 7:00 pm - Fireworks: 9:00 pm - www.biltmorehotel.com

Bayfront Park - 301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
305.358.7550 - www.bayfrontparkmiami.com

Peacock Park - 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove
305. 461.5506 - www.coconutgrove.com

Ocean Drive & Eighth St. - Miami Beach
305.673.7400 - www.miamibeachfl.gov

Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade at Village Green Park - 400 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne
305. 361.8557 - www.kb4.org

Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus - 3000 N.E. 151st St., N. Miami
305.893.6511 - www.northmiamifl.gov
Photos MAG

Que Pasa en Miami

Circo Hermanos Vazquez
Bicentennial Park
1075 Biscayne Blvd.
June 29 - July 9
Founded in 1969, this circus is already into its third and fourth generation of performers and features a line up of dancers, clowns,
acrobats, daredevils, trapeze artists, animal shows and more.
Photo ticketweb.com

Florida Super Con
MIami Airport Convention Center
71 NW 72nd Ave.
June 28 - July 2
South Florida's comic book, animation, video game, fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture convention.
Photo miamiherald.com

Yolandita Monge
MIami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler St.
Sat., July 7, 8:00 pm
La Diva de Puerto Rico. Artista invitada Maria Perera.
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Art Competition

Miami International Film Festival 30th Edition Call for Entries

Organizers of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, are now accepting official entries for the 30th edition of the prestigious event. Considered the top venue in the U.S. for Ibero-American cinema, the Festival seeks the latest works by debut, emerging and veteran filmmakers for various competition and non-competition categories and genres, including features, documentaries, shorts, experimental cinema and Florida-centric stories. The Festival, which runs March 1-10, 2013, will include a noteworthy awards ceremony to celebrate all Festival winners.

'For our 30th year, we are looking for compelling, fascinating projects that will fit the theme we have chosen to celebrate our third decade: Every character under the sun/ Todos los personajes bajo el sol. We look forward to discovering the year’s most vibrant and striking new works of cinema.'

To qualify for MIFF 2013, all films must not have had their world premiere prior to March 2012 and may not be scheduled for theatrical release or commercial broadcast in the U.S. before March 15, 2013, except for titles submitted to the CinemaSlam competition category.

Cash prizes totaling $50,000 USD will be awarded by the Festival’s long-time, valued partner, the Knight Foundation, in the Knight Ibero-American and Documentary Grand Jury competitions. An additional cash prize of $5,000 for screenwriting, awarded by the Jordan Alexander Ressler Foundation, will also be awarded in the Ibero-American Grand Jury competition category.

A cash prize of $5,000 USD will be awarded by the Festival’s official automotive sponsor, Lexus, in the Grand Jury Ibero-American Opera Prima competition category, which features films from first-time feature filmmakers from Spain, Portugal and/or Latin America.

Accepted exhibition formats: DCP, HDCam

To submit: Visit www.miamifilmfestival.com for the official submission form via Withoutabox. For additional information: info@miamifilmfestival.com. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or +1 305-237-FILM (3456).
Photo miamifilmfestival.com

Did You Know?

Spanish Cave Art
Costa Cantabrica

Prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils on Spanish cave walls are now the world's oldest known cave art, according to new dating resultsperhaps the best evidence yet that Neanderthals were Earth's first cave painters.

If that's the case, the discovery narrows the cultural distance between us and Neanderthalsand fuels the argument, at least for one scientist, that the heavy-browed humans were not a separate species but only another race.

Of the 11 subterranean sites the team studied along northern Spain's Cantabrian Sea coast, the cave called El Castillo had the oldest paintings—the oldest being a simple red disk.

At more than 40,800 years old, 'this is currently Europe's oldest dated art by at least 4,000 years,' said the study's lead author Alistair Pike, an archaeologist at the University of Bristol in the U.K.

If the new dates are correct, they also could make the El Castillo art the oldest known well-dated cave paintings in the world—a title previously held by France's Chauvet cave paintings (pictures), believed to be at least 37,000 years old.

In several cases, the Spanish artwork proved older than previously estimated based on indirect methods, such as stylistic comparisons with paintings at better dated sites, according to the study, published by the journal Science.
Photo nationalgeographic.com


Inodoro popular en Miami
Enviado por Lourdes Prieto Zegri

Lo pueden encontrar en la tienda Sentir Cubano en la calle 8.

Adentro dice: 'Haga su sueño una realidad'.


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La Esquinita de Martica
'Nunca estoy segura de si todo lo que escribo es verdad, pero en mi mente aparece como la pura realidad.'

Beautiful Paulina of my Soul

Es el titulo de un libro de Oscar Hijuelos - only his beloved's name was Maria, and mine is Paulina, aka Pao, my oldest granddaughter, who left for college today. She will turn 18 in September. The title befits my beautiful, luminous girl, at least in my eyes.
I wrote about her a few weeks ago when she graduated from highschool, y no me quiero poner como esas abuelas chochas y totalmente idiotizadas que no saben hablar de otra cosa que no sea de los nietos. But you need to cut me some slack because I'm not over the abuelaje yet, even though my youngest grandkid is already 13, going on 20.
Mami tenia una amiga que tuvo su unica hija cuando tenia casi 40 años y su primer nieto a los 70, cuando los 15 nietos de Mami were already grown. La pobre mujer, emocionada con todo lo que hacia el nietecito, llamaba a Mami todos los dias a contarselo, y mi mama, que no era nada expresiva en su cariño ni alabanzas, ni tenia paciencia para 'tonterias', cada vez que la oia decir que el niño habia dado 'un pasito' o dicho una palabrita nueva, o hecho alguna 'gracia', queria ahorcarla.
Pues yo, que fui una mama un poco descuidada porque me case a los 18 años, cuando no sabia que hacer ni conmigo misma, mucho menos con bebitos nuevos que comian y tenian gas (en el primer buche que solto mi hijo llame al medico porque pense que estaba grave) y hacian pipi y caca y habia que atenderlos las 24 horas del dia, y que a los 25 ya tenia mis tres hijos, tuve que reaccionar a los eventos y circumstancias, y acabe convirtiendome en un 'sargento de caballeria' como decia mi abuela, la disciplinaria que ponia orden en mi casa en medio de los desastres diarios - the chaos administrator.
Mis hijos tenian que andar derechitos porque si no, habia consecuencias. Tenian que estudiar y sacar buenas notas, dormir siempre en casa, estar localizables y arreglarselas como pudieran para llamar de dondequiera que estuvieran (no cell phones back then). Ademas, como viviamos en Key Biscayne, los tenia controlados como si tuvieran un GPS en el youknowwhat porque con una llamada a Sir Pizza, Vernon's Drugs o al Oasis, ponia en alerta a todo el Cayo buscandolos. Si salian a la ciudad tenian que reportar continuamente. Una vez al mes pasaba revista por sus cuartos que Confesora, our long time maid, limpiaba y recogia a diario, pero el orden no duraba ni dos minutos. En el cuarto de Kika, para encontrar el telefono, habia que ir al enchufle y halar el cordon hasta que apareciera el aparato, que usualmente estaba debajo de sepetecientas piezas de ropa, libros y todo lo que tirara sobre la cama o al piso. Esa fue la que se caso con el aleman que medía las toallas en el linen closet para ver si todas estaban a la misma distancia de la pared - definitivamente, no se puede escupir p'arriba. Recuerdo que cuando me oian llegando a los cuartos se decian una a otra 'corre, que ahi viene la loca', se montaban en el carro y se iban, y me dejaban sola dando gritos.
Pero entonces nacio Paulina, who made me a grandmother for the first time and turned me into mush. She became my life. She was my heart. And she grew up my shadow and followed me everywhere. Le encantaba dormir en mi casa y en mi cama, pegadita y abrazada a mi siempre. Le fascinaba disfrazarse y yo le prepare una cesta llena de ropa que ya no me ponia - vestidos, scarves, sombreros, zapatos de tacones, etc.- y ella se emperifollaba con todo aquello, se embarraba de make-up y hacia desfiles de moda para toda la familia. Cantaba 'opera', or so she called it, aquella cancion de Andrea Bocelli que se llamaba 'Time to Say Goodbye' que se puso de moda in the late 90's, early 2000's. Yo ponia el CD en el carro y ella la iba cantando, con aquel vozarron que tenia de niña, con las ventanas abiertas y a todo tren. La gente paraba por la calle para oir a aquella chiquitica de 3 o 4 años cantando en italiano y a toda voz, una Maria Callas en miniatura. Desayunaba cafe con leche y tostadas junto conmigo, y le gustaba clarito y bien dulce, como a mi. Le encantaban los crepes, los pastelitos de queso y los churros - malas costumbres adquiridas de su abuela. Veiamos la pelicula de Judy Garland 'The Wizard of Oz' 10 veces al dia, siempre acurrucada a mi, (me aprendi hasta las canciones de los Munchkins) y cuando fue mas grande su pelicula favorita era Grease y bailabamos rock & roll con la musica. She would spend many weekends at my house and we were totally inseparable.
But now she's gone, full of hopes and dreams with her whole life ahead..... and I cry inside for my Pao.
I will miss her dearly, but I'm happy that she'll be starting her own life, and greatful that I get to see her come into herself as a remarkable young woman. I also wonder what fate has in store for her, and pray to God that it is all good.
Be good, be safe and be happy, beautiful Paulina of my soul.

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Muy buena la Listica de hoy .El que no quiera que la quite , yo.....la guardo y......me voy a comprar los libritos. Que disfruten,

You are a riot! I am also struggling to get through this stupid first book, in the hopes of getting to some worthwhile erotic tidbits, but I am not there yet…In the meantime, I read another book called 'Lit' by Mary Karr, which I loved. It is a memoir, fabulously written by a poet/author/literature professor who has published two other memoirs. I saw her on YouTube and she seems so down-to-earth and so terribly bright that I want to read more of her work.
I may struggle through the first Grey shades, but I ain’t reading the second one, unless you tell me you got a lot of kicks out of it…
Ana Ochoa

Despues de mandarte mi e mail lei tu articulo sobre este best seller. Mi hijas lo leyeron, y yo estoy apuntado en la pequena bibioteca publica de Epping para pedirlo prestado ya que no quiero invertir en esta obra. Tal es la demanda que probablemente tendre que esperar mucho tiempo. Ya veo lo que leias cuando indicaste que 'te diera un poco de tiempo ya que estabas leyendo otro libro.'
Creo que te interesara saber que mi esposa Lucky fue mi editora, y la responsable de convertir mi libro de X a PG. Como siempre ella tiene la razon ya que cuando mis tataranietos lean mi libro no deben de pensar que el tatarabuelo era un pervertido. Sin embargo, creo que la version original probablemente hubiese logrado una mayor donacion para los probes Plantados.
Paco Sabin