Pepito – A Nickname and a Sandwich

Pepito – A Nickname and a Sandwich

This sandwich originated in Spain, at first simply consisting of grilled veal placed at the centre of a partially halved crusty bun. Some stories attribute the name to a guy called Pepito (a common nickname for José) … click on image for more

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The First Twelve Seconds – A New Year’s Tradition

The First Twelve Seconds – A New Year’s Tradition

What is the very first thing you do in the New Year? Is it watching a dropping ball, as in New York City? Kiss your loved ones, sing or hug? Pop the bubbly open and share a toast? For many people in Mexico, except for the dropping ball, all of the above, but not until everyone has emptied the glass flutes prepared for each person, with exactly twelve grapes … click on image for more

Poinsettias – From Tribute to Christmas Flower

Poinsettias – From Tribute to Christmas Flower

The poinsettia plant (Euphoria pulcherrima) is native to Mexico's Central and Southern regions, where it grows as a perennial that may reach eight to ten feet in height. It was domesticated in pre-Hispanic times, and later on, started to appear in Franciscan Nativity processions during Spanish rule, as the plant’s specialized top leaves, called bracts, naturally turned bright red in the month of December … click on image for more

Page 62, line 6

Page 62, line 6

In her blog, The Haunted Wordsmith says: " If you would like to partake in this little fun challenge ... open a book — any book — to page 62 (physical or e-book) and copy line 6. Then use it in a short post." I thought it would be fun to participate! The first book [...]