Mini Mariachi Singer Stars in Will Smith’s Super Bowl Commercial

7-year-old Mateo López stars in new ‘Bel-Air’ commercial airing Sunday

Football Americano? Nah…

I’ve never been fond of this so-called sport and was not going to watch it this year either, but…

I just learned that San Antonio’s renowned mini mariachi singer, Mateo López, is the star of one of the ads.

According to KSAT, the seven-year-old makes a brief appeareance in Smith’s minute-long commercial promoting the premiere of the revamped “Bel-Air,” a spinoff series from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

So, yup, babies, I’ll be watching!

Just look at him! 😍

Via: KSAT.com

 

Donovan Carrillo: The Mariachi-Clad Ice-Skating God Does Beijing

Donovan Carrillo, 2022

If you’re not following the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, you might want to reconsider: On Monday, Feb. 7, a Made-in-Mexico Ice Skating God clad in a Mariachi suit made his Olympic debut.

Donovan Carrillo, the 22-year-old Guadalajara native, says he started figure skating to impress a girl he liked.

I don’t know about you, but this girl is already impressed!

Andrés Cantor Goes Back to the Super Bowl with a Pricey, 30-Second ¡GOOOOOL!

Andrés Cantor’s famous ‘GOOOOOL!’ to air at a hefty price during the 2022 Super Bowl.

I was going to buy an ad to promote my blog at this year’s Super Bowl. Alas, NBC has sold out all of its inventory for the Big Game, some at record prices of $7 million.

Oh well… I might give it a try again next year.

In the meantime, here’s Telemundo’s :30-second Super Bowl spot featuring Andrés Cantor teaching people across the U.S. how to do his signature ¡GOOOOOOOOL!

The spot is to promote the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and is slated to run during the broadcast of Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, Feb. 13.

While this blogger can’t stand American Football, she’ll  be watching, mostly to bring you all the Latin/Hispanic/Mexican/Hispanic highlights of the excruciatingly boring event.

(Oh, also to check on how the Avocados From Mexico people plan to torture us this year.)

Watch Telemundo’s Super Bowl spot below:

Nothing Says February in Mexico Like Star Wars-Themed Tamales

These beauties are the creation of Super Roscas, a Mexico City pastry shop and come in several flavors: Baby, Chuby, Oscuro, Arturo and Tamalorian

Remember the Baby Yoda Rosca de Reyes? Well, it was only a matter of time until a very creative Mexican entrepreneur came up with the February-Candelaria Tamalorian sequel.

Let me explain. Many of you might not know that Candlemas (i.e. El Día de la Candelaria) is celebrated each February in Mexico by dressing up Baby Jesus and eating tamales like there is no tomorrow. Said tamales (mind you) are supposed to be provided by the same person who got the plastic Baby Jesus in their rosca on January 6.

I know, it’s … complicated, but bear with me.

The point I’m trying to make is that there is a new Star Wars-themed Rosca-Candelaria kid in town: Meet the Tamalorian, the galactic offspring of Baby Yoda Rosca de Reyes, inspired in your favorite Mandalorian character.

These beauties are the creation of Super Roscas, a Mexico City pastry shop and come in several flavors: Baby, Chuby, Oscuro, Arturo and Tamalorian.

Filing under, Mexicans: How Can Anyone Not Like Us?

Candlemas Is Just Around the Corner. Time to Dress your ‘Niño Dios’

As Mexicans prepare to celebrate Candlemass next week (February 2,) a wave of new options to dress up your Baby Jesus has emerged. And because Baby Jesus Doctor is no longer enough, what about Baby Jesus Doctor Covid or Baby Jesus Taquero?

So. Many. Options!

P.S. For those who asked, Candlemas (or Día de la Candelaria) commemorates the ritual purification of Mary 40 days after the birth of Jesus, which in Mexico pretty much boils down to two things: Dressing up your Baby Jesus in your favorite costume *and* eating tamales like there is no tomorrow.

Filing under Mexicans: How Can Anyone Not Like Us? 

Sombrero tip: Carlos Gutiérrez (El Coyotito)

Mexican Restaurant Makes Dinosaur-Shaped Quesadillas, and They’re Adorbs

Cheesy triceratops, anyone?

Thank you, @natyvaro1, for your TikTok highlighting a restaurant in Coahuila, Mexico that specializes in Dinosaur-shaped quesadillas. These beauties are shaped like adorable little dinosaurs and (yes, you guessed it) some of them even have cheese inside! (pardon the private joke.)

Founded by Abraham Padilla, Dino Quesadillas features cheesy Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex and other prehistoric creatures of your preference.

Oh, and they’re only like $5.03 USD for an order of three.

@natyvaro1 Las dinoquesadillas son vida #dinoquesadillas #méxicocheck #foodlover #méxico🇲🇽❤️ ♬ El Dinero No Es La Vida – Ximena Sariñana & Rubén Blades

Look at that! A Mexican Christmas Tree Made with 500 Sombreros

This amazing thing has been created by indigenous artisans in Nacajuca, Tabasco. The 10-meter Christmas tree is decorated with 500 sombreros.

In addition to the sombreros, the 10-meter tree is adorned with 100 bags, traditional fans and drums, all of which were made by artisans from nearby Mayan towns.

Filing under “Mexicans: How can anyone not like us?”

Via: Tabasco Hoy

 

Vicente Fernández’ Washington Post Obituary Is Something Else

Vicente Fernández died December 12, 2021 at 81. His Washington Post obituary is a thing of beauty.

It’s December 12, 2021 and I’m back in my beloved CDMX. Yes, I arrived just in time for the Guadalupe celebrations, and to kick off of a month-long taco/tostada/pozole/champurrado-filled Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon.

Alas, Sunday morning I woke up to the news of Vicente Fernández’ passing. Fernández, who once wrote a corrido for Hillary Clinton,  was a beloved figure to many Mexicans, (i.e. not this blogger, though.) But I digress. My point is that I woke up to news of “Chente’s” passing by none other than The Washington Post, which tweeted: “Vicente Fernández, Cowboy King of Ranchera Music, Dies at 81.”

Cowboy King? Sure, Jan! The now-deleted tweet was retweeted by yours truly and started to get some traction until it was deleted a few minutes later. The corrected headline was changed to “Vicente Fernández, King of Ranchera Music, Dies at 81.” 

But the fun was only starting. I began reading the actual piece only to see some priceless translations of some of Chente’s biggest hits:

“Volver Volver” somehow was translated as “Go Back, Go Back…”

…which, minutes later, and after Mexican tweeted couldn’t stop laughing, was corrected to read “Return Return….”

Hilarity ensued and I couldn’t love my followers any more:

¡Bravo!

 

Mexican Black Friday Is Here!

Why pay full price for chicharrones when you can pay half price?

Today is Black Friday, the day Americans would go out of their way to buy stuff they don’t need, lured by the promise of paying less for said stuff.  I’ve always hated this so-called holiday, which pops up on my Apple Calendar (for some reason) mostly because the only thing I like to buy in life (food & alcohol) is pretty much never on sale.

This is why I’ve always been so fond of the dude in this pic (above.) I bet he works his butt off year round (Black Friday included) making sure his product moves by luring customers to the wonderful world of chicharrones on discount.

(Not my photo. Claim it if yours!)

New York City Mayor Inaugurates the ‘México-Tenochtitlan’ Avenue, Sadly not Called Manhatitlán

¡Viva México, Hijos de su Manhatitlán!

Say what you will about Bill de Blasio and Marcelo Ebrard, but thanks to this useless duo, this Mexican blogger can now proudly say she lives in a city that honors “México-Tenochtitlan” right at the intersection of 116th Street and Second Avenue.

Yes, having solved their respective city’s most urgent taskes, Mr. Ebrard and Mr. De Blasio formally inaugurated the “México-Tenochtitlan Avenue” in Manhattan, just around the corner of this blogger’s favorite tacos ever.

I don’t mean to cause any international incidents here, but WHY ON EARTH didn’t they just call this avenue Manhatitlán? It would mean so much for this humble blogger.

Damn you, Bill and Marcelo!

Via: Expansión

The Three Amigos Summit Is Always a Good Mariachi Wear Meme Opportunity

I haven’t followed this week’s #ThreeAmigos Summit as closely as in previous years (you know? I’ve been super busy looking for a job.) Still, my timeline is an amusing patchwork of mariachi-wear jokes & cartoons. Some are good, some are great (see below), some are … meh (see above.)

This brilliancy from ‘The Globe and Mail’

Critizing the sombrero stereotype? Who has the energy any more?

AMLO Goes to New York City; Chairs Session at the U.N.; Hilarity Ensues

On Nov. 9, 2021 AMLO tweeted: “At the UN Security Council in New York we proposed to establish a World State of Fraternity and Welfare that guarantees the right to a decent life for 750 million people living in poverty.”

At this point, it isn’t really a surprise that the “Mexican meme machine” is so amazing at its job that it should be protected by the UNESCO –or something.

In the latest example of what “my people” have done to immortalize President Andrés Manuel López Obrador 2021 visit to New York City, I give you some of the best memes echoing AMLO’s Nov. 9 posting proposing a “World Plan for Fraternity & Welfare.” (Ay, caramba!)

This blogger is super busy trying to get unemployment benefits to dwell too much on each of these, so please just scroll down, enjoy and -please- help me add to these by commenting on this post.

Grassy ass!

What started it all:

Moses, it you?

What heroes are made of

What dreams are made of…

 

Mexican President Preps Visit to NYC. Alas, He’ll Miss the Local Garnacha Action

AMLO looooves a good local garnacha, but he might miss on my city’s Mexican delights this time.

Start spreading the news…
He’s leaving next week…

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (aka AMLO) will be in the Big Apple for a short visit next week (Nov. 8 & 9) and while this blogger was eager to follow his culinary adventures in her adopted city, it looks like he will be missing out on the whole “Puebla York” experience.

According to press reports, AMLO will travel to the United Nations next week and give a speech about the dangers of corruption (no, really!) His visit corresponds with Mexico taking over the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council in November.

Alas, while his supporters at the “Morena New York Committee 1” are prepping a whole fiesta complete with mariachis –and plenty of local garnachas–, it looks like AMLO will remain at the UN and look all professional and stuff.

The 2021 AMLOFestNYC is free to the public and is to take place -where else?- at the Aztec Hall in Brooklyn. But the fiesta will have to go on without him.

A real pity if you asked me, since Manhatitlán is home of the best antojitos, garnachas and other Mexican goodies on this side of the border.

Ni modos, presi. Maybe next time!