Month: May 2016

Memorial Day Weekend.

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

These wonderful words written by a man that is a celebrated author but also who was a troubled man. As I read these words in a newspaper article, I could not help but think about present time and its many social and political issues flooding all media mediums. Although, this is not a political post I just figured I start off with a quote to that will pay homage to  Memorial Day, since I am writing this post on this day.

Chicago finally had a fantastic weekend. It was sunny, cloudy, yet humid and about in the upper 80 degree weather. This Memorial Day weekend kicked off many outdoor activities to do in the city. From a Memorial day Parade in the Loop, to bring the LSD (Lake Shore Drive), festivals and even a House Party in the magnificent Jay Pritzker Pavillion.

I went to Mole de Mayo, in the heart of the Mexican neighborhood Pilsen. This neighborhood has been in the news lately because of the White Undertaking, okay well not exactly an undertaking, but the predominantly hispanic residents are moving out of that area and the whites are moving in. Raising property taxes and rent, old historic buildings are being knocked down to bring state of the art condominiums. As I said, not a political post but if you’re ever in Chicago. I encourage you check out the Pilsen area. It is full of amazing culture, art and amazing shops and food.

Mole de Mayo is an annual festival that the proceeds go to their neighborhood coalition. It is a gathering that were you can taste all different types of mole from all participating restaurants and try mole in new ways. Mole is a dark red or brown sauce served over meats. Mole made mostly of chili spices, nuts and chocolate, its origin is a bit unknown although the populars are Poblano and Oaxaqueño. I tried a Mole Gelato, from this one place, totally forgot to get their name, but it was good and a bit spicy but it worked on many levels. Also, had this mole and chocolate tamal. If you know of tamales, it is the corn battered to a masa and the mole and chocolate, no meat or veggies, just the masa tamal. I would eat this as a dessert, possibly with ice cream. It had a really great texture and a cinnamon finish that lingered. Other dishes were tamales Oaxaqueños, in stead of corn husk they used the banana leaves to cover the tamal, add meat and the mole sauce. It was heavenly. Quesadillas were good, with a mole poblano that pulled the dish together.

Overall this festival was great than previous years. More restaurants participated. More variety in the food. Great music on two stages and the lucha libre was off the chain. Definitely something I will check out again next year!

 

 

G!

Manus x Machina

Another year and another Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala came and went. This years theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology, a very well conceived theme, I was very curious to see the results. All day today, on all social media platforms the Met released teasers as well as designers, models, celebrities and personalities, and it surely did not disappoint.

I was curious to see if anyone was going to take the theme literal. Have you seen Machina? A very cleaver thriller, a must watch film, with amazing visual effects. After watching “The First Monday in May” the documentary from last years MetGala “China: Through the Looking Glass”, I am excepting a bigger production and fashions. As I sat through a very slow The Huntsman: Winters War, I could not help but to admire Colleen Atwoods amazing costumes but above all the costumes she made for Emily Blunt’s icy character Freya in metallics, silver, gray and a hints of dusty blues. Colleen used her research of those period pieces and the technology they had to come up with those designs. I couldn’t help but to think about this years Met.

I thought about a specific Alexander McQueen gown that graced the runway for A/W16, that looked flawless on Nicole Kidman, making her one of my best dressed this evening. Juno Temple looked stunning in Erdem, the Londoner uses the latest technology to enhance his designs and it shows. Mackenzie Davis looked ravishing in Altuzarra, making taking the theme less literal but made feel more armour like, yet she looked great. I think the top of my list is SuperModel Cindy Crawford in a hugging-body-fit-like-a-glove Balmain gown. I literally stared at the picture for a good 5 minutes. To be that age, to work that shimmer metallic gown, with bits of see through sleeves. Cindy looked fucking amazing. She literally shut it down for me. Cindy to me is the best dressed of the night. Selena Gomez, to me looked amazing in a tone-down Louis Vuitton by Nicholas Ghesquiere number. It was still young, flirty and very fashion forward. Soairse Ronan as well, looked amazing in Christopher Kane.

As for the guys, Jared Leto looked amazing in Gucci, as always. Rami Malek in Dior looked dapper. Zayn Malik in Versace looked really cool and edgy and spot on to the theme. Versace’s A/W16 collection had a hint of technology and adorned with machine like parts that looked like patterns on the clothes. Donatella took it a bit further to give Zayn’s suit coat some metallic sleeves that looked a bit like Mortal Kombat’s Jax. Although, Zayn looked way better and more posh. Wiz Khalifa looked very amazing in a whit tux by Rag and Bone.

 

Until Next Time!

G!!