Haunted House La Casa de Aramberri in Monterrey Mexico

Culture

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Monterrey´s most haunted house is called La Casa de Aramberri.  In 1933, it was the home of one of the richest families in Monterrey. One morning, the father went to work leaving his wife and daughter at home. Three men then broke into the house and attacked the two women.  The men were after a chest full of silver coins. The men tortured and killed both the wife and daughter in the dining room. There was no sign of forced entry, no clues, and no witnesses with the exception of the family parrot.

While the police were investigating, the parrot began screeching in Spanish, “Don’t kill me Garbriel!”. The nephew Gabriel was arrested and eventually confessed to the crime. The police took the three criminals into the desert and shot them as they tried to flee. The bodies were then brought back to the city for public viewing.

Now, many people have reported seeing the two murdered women in the dining room and shadowy figures from the outside. Others say they can hear their cries at night pleading with the murderers not to kill them. Inside the house, some say you can feel intense pressure and the strong smell of sulfur.  The legend says their souls will never rest.

 

 

Scent & Sensibility

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While shopping in Palacio de Hierro with no particular goal in mind, I saw a beautiful display of perfumes and candles. I immediately was drawn to it and I’m so glad I was. Jo Malone scents are amazing. Unique fragrance combinations in chic packaging.  My favorite is Tuberose Angelica which is one of their intense fragrances. I haven’t been able to take my wrist away from my nose!

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Pineapple Lemon Ginger Refresher

Cravings

You know those refreshing fruit drinks you have when you’re on an island vacation somewhere? Well, I have an easy recipe that will take you back there (at least mentally).  I originally had this in Tulum. It was in the morning and not a lot of people were on the beach yet. I was lying under an umbrella looking out at the ocean, and feeling very thankful. And when the staff brought me this drink, I felt even better.;)

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  • 2 slices of pineapple
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/8 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup water & ice
  • Blend

If the pineapple isn’t sweet enough, add a little stevia.

Riviera Maya on the Horizon

Travel

I will be in Playa del Carmen in less than two weeks!!!  I am fortunate that the Riviera Maya is a quick and economical trip from Monterrey, not to mention the unbelievable beaches. I know it’s early, but I’m already thinking of what I will be bringing for this six day vacation.

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Since I have been there before, I know this for sure: It’s humid no matter what time of year. Cotton, linen, and gauze reign supreme.  I also know that most days will be hanging out on the beach, and evenings will be spent strolling down 5th Ave for drinks and dinner.  A day or two spent in Tulum is mandatory, and maybe a trip to Valladolid/Chichen Itza. With this in mind, here is my preliminary packing list.

  • 2 bathing suits
  • 2 cover ups
  • 1 pair jean shorts
  • 3 tops (at least one with short/long sleeves in case of sunburn)
  • 1 cotton dress (for the interim period between the beach and evening)
  • 5 casual dresses for nights
  • kimono & tank top
  • flip flops, black sandals (possibly sneakers too)

Let the countdown begin!

Why I Love Foreign Films

Culture

I’ve always watched foreign films. However, living in Mexico there are many channels of  French, Spanish, or Portuguese films (with Spanish subtitles of course). Depending on how fast paced the movie, I can keep up 50-75%. It’s always a perk if I can get the subtitles in English (obviously).  I still enjoy watching them and here is why.

  1. The actors are not just the pretty people. They are identifiable.
  2. Foreign films are all about the dialogue.
  3. Often, the movie is just about a moment of life. No explosions, car chases, or huge drama necessary.
  4. Scenery and insight into countries other than our own.

Here are some foreign films I enjoyed. Il Postino being my all time favorite.

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Could Not Put This Book Down

Culture

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309 pages in 48hrs. I bought this book in honor of October and Halloween. I wanted to read something scary. The book implies scary, but it’s really a mystery/thriller. Regardless, I literally had a hard time putting the book down. It reads like a movie (which according to the back of the book is in the making) and  I was engaged at the get go.  I found myself reading faster and faster toward the end because I couldn’t wait to find out who did it. Two thumbs up!

Wanna Be Vegan 6 Month Marker

Cravings

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It’s been 6 months since I began my goal toward veganism. I have had chicken once and shrimp maybe 3 times, eggs probably more than I realize, and cheese is still my arch nemesis. My focus now is egg alternatives when cooking and always the cheese. But I keep on keepin on. Here’s a few tips I’ve gathered since beginning this journey.

  1. Don´t expect a vegan hamburger to taste like an ordinary hamburger. You will only be disappointed. Accept that it’s something different with it’s own taste-texture.
  2. For me, rice milk is too watery. However, almond milk is delish!
  3. Worried about protein? I put a scoop of organic veg protein in my smoothie every morning. 15-20 grams of protein right there.
  4. After awhile, you start to have your “go to’s”. Mine are smoothies in the morning, roasted veggies, ratatouille, veg pizza, salads with croutons (without croutons a salad is not very satisfying for me), caprese salad or caprese pita, boiled squash with queso, almonds-seeds, apples, peanut butter, refried beans on tostadas, chilaquiles.
  5. I don’t use butter that much, but switching to an oil  has not been a problem.
  6. Going out to dinner is easy. There is always something on the menu that is vegetarian. Italian, Indian, and Chinese restaurants are no brainers.
  7. If you slip up, don’t give up. (I know one day I will conquer the cheese!)
  8. Remember why you started.

 

Latest Decor on the cheap

Home

I”m loving my two latest home decor buys. I”ve been on the hunt for a sofa throw, but couldn”t find the right color or price. Then I was in H&M, saw this scarf and thought maybe. I brought it home and it”s perfect. And it was only $12.00. Boo-Ya!

The second item was in the kitchen department of a department store on clearance. It”s a small organic shaped teak board (for cheeses I assume). However, I decided to use it in the bathroom. I love the way it looks. Oh, and it was $8.00!