This post is only about food, delicious food!!! Just from looking back at these pictures, it makes us feel like going back to Mexico City immediately. I was going to publish only one post about this but after writing a huge novel, I decided to split it in two parts. As of now you probably know that the majority of our posts are about architecture and design, but we also like to eat! And we like to eat great food! On the contrary of our previous posts, this one doesn't have any high resolution images of the beautiful landscapes and buildings that we visit. Most of these pictures were taken with our phones, in the dark. Eating is like ritual for us, this is the time when we talk about many random things and our minds unwind. And oh god! We love diversity very much! We will try any type of cuisine, but Hector is the wild one! He will try ANYTHING! ANYTHING! (insects aren't really my thing, but Hector will have them anytime).Read More
Hello there! This week is full of things to do... It's like my summer Christmas season! I have two birthday celebrations ahead of me: my sister's and Hector's fabulous 30th birthday! Hector doesn't seem too excited for his next decade and to me it looks like he feels a little nervous about it. Possibly because it seems like time runs faster as you get older or because he's been growing a lot more white hair lately! With my sister is a different story; she turns 31 but she will always be our little angel! She has Down's syndrome and autism, and she still loves anything related to Disney princesses, big piñatas, her music... Ohhh ands let's not forget about the candy, the cake, and the ice cream!!! Giver her that and the rest of the world can go away! I really appreciate how easy and simple it is to make her happy!
So this week, I'll probably be celebrating my sister's birthday at the Corvette Diner at the Liberty Station of San Diego (it's a super fun restaurant for kids and grown ups too!) and I'll be baking a cake for Hector later (and still trying to figure out what to get for his birthday present- I can feel the panic already!!!). By the way, Hector just launched his online shop: Marshmallow Pies and Ice Cream Dreams. What a cute name, right?? I think we haven't made a big deal about his birthday because we are so excited about his new kids' clothing line and keep talking about his plans to develop and grow his brand.Read More
I've been dying to share a post lately just because there has been a lot of great things happening in our lives right now. While I've been pretty much absent from blogging and editing, I had the opportunity to work on a few projects that I put behind my back for a very long time. We finally put down our excuses and took a huge step forward to establish a business of our own. I spent a numerous amount of nights building my website and updating my portfolio and finally registered my design consulting business.
I always dreamed of establishing a design consulting firm where I can assist business owners with their visual identity and branding. For the last 3 years that I've worked as a color advisor at Dunn Edwards; I occasionally have the opportunity to help small business owners who are in the process of remodeling their offices, shops, or restaurants and it's such a rewarding experience. With homeowners, most of the time I wish I was able to get involved on their project from start to finish because color isn't the only thing that makes the difference. Shapes, textures, and space planning are also fundamental elements for any interior project. With my consulting business I'm hoping I can help people who are open to explore modern design and ideas to improve the way they live and grow their business as well.
On another note, Hector is also in the process of setting up his own business and will soon launch a retail brand for kids. I'm pretty excited to see it come to completion since we've talking about his initial ideas and what he plans to do later. You can see some of his work here! I died when I first saw the shirts he designed! CUTENESS at its best!!! I told Hector, his next t-shirt model will be my little cat but he said NO! :(Read More
Since we couldn't appreciate the interior of Frida Kahlo's studio, we entertained ourselves for a long time observing Diego Rivera's collection. It's very interesting that although this place seems to be very small, the studio is the largest space in the house. It's open, without divisions, and it has a very high ceiling. Inside the studio there's an infinity of items! From his prehispanic collection, his pottery, tools, paintings, and much more! Everything looks well organized, but I imagine when he was living there everything must have been a little disorganized and in constant movement.Read More
We got there almost by accident. In fact, we had planned to go to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul but we waited for almost 2 hours for the famous Turibus and we never found the bus stop. We were running out of time so we decided to take an Uber ride to visit to the house-studio of Diego & Frida. When we arrived, we could barely see the house from the street. It's very colorful! And very small! When I saw it I felt that my brain exploded! It was one of those occasions when you see something and it immediately fills you up with inspiration and ideas. Although there wasn't too much to see in the interior (they had removed all of Frida's items to install a temporary exhibition) the architecture of the studios are exquisite!Read More
The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral... I'll be honest; it wasn't one of my favorite buildings, but I have to acknowledge that the details and the construction of this place are phenomenal. The facades and the sculptures around the building really got my attention. The cathedral is located at the Historic District in front of the Zocalo (it's very easy to get there, anywhere you walk seems like you are headed to this area). When we arrived, we found people selling a bunch of religious figures, rosaries, candles, and much more! The irony is that the National Palace is right next to the cathedral and we visited this place a day after the massive protest supporting the 43 students who disappeared in Ayotizinapa. The atmosphere was tense that morning and there were still some small groups protesting and handing out literature about the students. The majority were young people, but not all of them were protesting. There were also groups declaiming poetry, doing small performances, and different types of artistic expressions. You don't need to visit a theater, in here you will and endless amount of talent and culture.Read More
Goodbye February and March is already here!!! Also my 28th birthday just passed and I'm starting to panic as I'm getting closer to my 30's. But we have to celebrate every occasion! We decided to make short road trip to L.A.'s Koreatown a few weeks ago but I'll share the details about that later. For now, here's another piece of one of our trips to Mexico City.
Our hotel was located at the Reforma Avenue and from looking at Google Maps, Hector thought it would be a good idea to walk to the Castle of Chapultepec. We never considered that we had to cross the whole park (IT'S HUGE) and walk uphill to get to the castle. So if you're not located in a centric area of the city, you might need to catch some kind of public transportation to get there. The admission cost is only $65 pesos and the architecture, the interiors, and collection of the museum are incredible.Read More
Like I mentioned in this post, most of the museums and historic buildings of Mexico City are gathered at the Historic Center District, and the majority offer free admission or a discount on Sundays. Also, my friend Crystal (who had visited Mexico City before) suggested that I should bring my student id with me at all times!!! A lot of museums offer free admission or an additional discount for students and teachers. In here, we found the Palacio de Bellas Artes. It's very hard to lose sight of this place because of its magnitude!!! It has an admission cost of $49.00 pesos (aprox. $3.50 US dlls) but offers free admission for everyone on Sundays, so we only paid a fee of $30.00 pesos (around $2.00 US dlls) to use our camera inside the museum.Read More
I remember seeing this place in a lot of pictures and touristic advertising making reference to Mexico City. We even got to see it in the distance when we visited the city in 2014, but to be honest, I wasn't very excited to go there. It was until a few months ago, when we came back to the city, that we thought of going there. In my head, I had the idea that this was just a symbolic tower, but we were surprised to see that there is a 360º observatory deck where you can admire a great extension of the city. But that's not the only surprising thing; the Monumento a la Revolución Mexicana has also become a type of museum where they offer guided tours. We learned a lot about the historic events that affected the construction process, design, functionality, and purpose of this place.Read More
Next to the temple of Santo Domingo, you will find the stunning Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. If you remember our last post, this magnificent place used to be a convent during the XVI and XVII century but it was taken by the military (along with the temple of Santo Domingo) in the 1800's. The church was able to recover the temple in 1902, but it wasn't the same story for the convent . The property remained under the hands of the military until 1993, suffering a lot more damage than the temple! Luckily it was restored, and today the ex convent features a large collection of historical items from the prehispanic era through the XX century. The architecture is incredible and there's so much to see and admire inside this place!Read More