Monthly Archives: June 2010

This Is What I Call a Real Chocolate ‘Belga’…

Walking around Bruge, Belgium this morning, I came across these chocolates, which –the locals assured me– are the real thing. So… I guess that is what everybody meant when they talked about chocolate belga. Belga. Got it? And that is … Continue reading

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Mexican ‘Curious’ According to the North of France

Remember Cataluña’s Mexican hat? Travelling to Europe is always a reminder of how fun Mexican things get on the other side of the Atlantic. Walking around Lille, France this morning I bumped into Mexicali, a “typical” Mexican store, selling all … Continue reading

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This Blog Will be on Hiatus Until After 06/27/2010

It’s only 4 days before the much awaited massacre match between Mexico and Argentina, and judging by some of my Facebook friends’ profiles, nobody is getting much work these days, or paying attention to non-soccer news. So, in full solidarity … Continue reading

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The ‘Waka Waka Gate’ Heats Up. Vargas Says Shakira Plagiarized a Song He Took from Someone Else

[ UPDATED: Wilfrido Vargas this week came forward to deny reports of a potential lawsuit against Shakira.] The Waka Waka Gate -which I am proud to have partly initiated– is about to become more interesting. Turns out Dominican composer Wilfrido … Continue reading

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Hip-Shaking Liberian Kid Outdoes Shakira AND Las Chicas del Can in Waka Waka Rendition

Thanks to some loyal followers of this blog, I was able to find this jewel in the depths of YouTube. Turns out Waka Waka is not only not exclusive of Shakira, nor Las Chicas del Can, but apparently it’s as … Continue reading

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Dominican Bodega Owner Knows Mexicans Dress Weirdly, Lurk Around ATM’s

New York City’s Hamilton Heights, the cradle of the Hispanic lettuce, is also home to “Superior Market,” a Dominican-owned bodega that now caters to an increasingly Mexican clientele. Not only they offer Mexican produce, but they seem to know that … Continue reading

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Way Before Shakira Reached Puberty, the Waka Waka Was Called ‘El Negro no Puede’

If you are remotely familiar with Univision and it’s exclusive Spanish-language rights to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, I’m certain you have heard the now ubiquitous Waka-Waka, a melody everybody wants us to believe was written from … Continue reading

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Chávez Chants About Requited Dislike for Clinton

Hugo Chávez knows Hillary Clinton is not particularly fond of him. So the Venezuelan leader decided to improvise a heartfelt melody about their mutual dislike for each other. Enjoy, and if you don’t understand the lyrics, read below: Hillary Clinton … Continue reading

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Mexico Loses to South Africa in Inaugural Match … And the Cup Hasn’t Even Started

Some blame it on the bad omen that Mr. Calderón will bring to South Africa this week, but in a rehearsal that took part this week at Soccer City to test all the technical details of the grand event, South … Continue reading

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It’s Tough Being a Cop in Arizona

One of the few good things about Arizona’s SB1070 (besides opening a world of business opportunities to this blogger) is that it has proven to be very good for the creative minds. On the heels of Zubi Advertising’s Gringo Mask, … Continue reading

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Mexico’s National Soccer Team Might Not Score Goals, But they Know How to Make a Good Sandwich

It is only eight days before Mexico faces South Africa in the first match of this year’s 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament. So, the folks from the Mexican national soccer team are busy making, well, Bimbo sandwiches… which is not … Continue reading

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Marketing to Hispanics Takes One Smart Tagline

We can talk forever about “cultural insights” and “smart” marketing strategies, but the organizers of this Latin single’s event in Queens, NY do know how to write one catchy tagline. “Venga frío y salga caliente” has got to be, like, … Continue reading

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In a Sign of His Increasing Popularity, the Naked Cowboy Visits ‘El Show de Cristina’

[UPDATED: For reasons I do not know yet -but which I intend to investigate- Univision has removed that video from its site, so lucky those of you who managed to watch. Enjoy a photo of the Naked Cowboy sharing the … Continue reading

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