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what’s up with mid-day rain in April? I kinda like it…might do more work, might just say ‘screw it’ and listen to the pitter patter on the leaves…whatever the outcome, per Alex Farrar who’s doing a painting in chocolate tonight….wait a minute…painting what in chocolate? like this?

  • just when you think you've seen it all

  • gotcher white chocolate?

  • per Alex Farrar, he’s the artist wielding whatever it is to do ‘chocolate art’…he did win first place at the Venetian Ball, remember? s’posed to be tonight, at the El Convento on outer 4th ave, between 7-8, as I recall(always a chancy affair)…twas quiet in the calles last night, with only Hector’s, Reilly’s and Ocelot doing any kind of measurable business. La Pena del Sol is still looking for new quarters…talk to Bill Harriss if you have any ideas. I’m definitely out of such, as one can see from the quality of this blather.

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So…they closed the airport at Tegucigalpa…the plane woulda run off the short runway anyway, just like the TACA jet did last year(and closed it for six months)….Mel shoulda landed at San Pedro,where he has more of a political base….or Roatan…why don’t they just arm-wrestle, cut the cards or agree to be the Prez on alternate days? I suspect that all the other leftist leaders are looking nervously over their shoulders, wondering just how loyal the army is? Ortega isn’t exactly loved by his people, even of the 34% that ‘voted’ for him.

So…the streets are full of camera-toting tourists, the busses roll in from the cruise ships, the shuttles shuttle the others to wherever and it looks like rain. Keep Antigua green…bring money, and judging from the smiles on the merchant’s faces, we won’t have to resort to such tawdry tricks as a tuk-tuk race or pagan baby raffles: I haven’t given up on the idea of the chocolate nude wrestling vat in the park…empty the fountain, fill the pumps with syrup and on the count of uno, dos, tres…work with me….this is great theatre. Who wants to be the judge and who gets to select the contestants? ….and the winner is…Miss Chocolate Brownie!  perhaps the altitude of San Cristobal effected certain parts of my brain…ok, fine…I’m just trying to be an athletic supporter of the arts…

speaking of arts/artists…a great and dear friend appears to be contemplating a visit to Antigua after the first of the year…Xaviera Hollander…yes, folks…the well-aged and still looking good Happy Hooker and her husband are making plans to come to town: details as they firm up..is Antigua ready for this? will the mayor give her the key to the city?  film at eleven… 

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The spectre of pyramid schemes and the ‘multi-level marketing’ faith-based circus as concocted by P.T.Barnum and his contemporary salemen of  opium-based remedies has spent two days in Antigua.

Lose Weight Now...gimme your wallet

Lose Weight Now...gimme your wallet

 Saturday, the prominantly parked shrink-wrapped car with the logo, then the ‘teams’ of leaders in logo jackets herding the ‘member’s, all wearing their laminated ID’s with the lanyard around their  necks…that shoulda been a clue: if it looks like a leash and feels like a leash, then you know….it might just be one. These folks should have turned up the “Brightness” knob on their televisions. Today, they’ve taken over the auditorium at Santo Domingo, promoting the latest ‘anti-oxidant.'( I recommend Brasso)

 

As with a few other Amway-style shell games, these originated in the state whose symbol is a bee hive and their slogan is ‘Industry’…those of you strung out on the latest Acai Wonder Berry trip might want to read the small print.  So…Herbalife, started in 1980 and the subject of numerous fines and complaints almost immediately, rears its ugly head in Gautemala. Mark, the founder, died of a drug overdose in ’84…get out at the top, they say.

Change of Pace: Chocolate

Chocol’arte,on  upper 5ta, is the outlet for the secret recipes from the demised Chocotenango(now Delicioso…’never had a chocolate covered mint leaf before today…hmm, wasn’t bad….there was an aftertaste of mint, a crunchiness of leaf and a small voice saying ‘you’re eating a fucking leaf.’

The Case of Delights

The Case of Delights

A minor confession: having always been a chocolate fanatic for as long as I can recall, it has been a constant battle against the devil in the dark brown wrapper, especially here in Chocolate Land. I’ll cop to an occasional relapse when faced with one of Hector’s chocolate fondants(and I hate myself in the morning)….oh, hell, lets talk about something else.

Tastes good with Herbalife

Tastes good with Herbalife

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Following the previous theme of ‘what can we do to stimulate Antigua’s economy’, I’ve devoted several hours of precious time to this concept and I think(so to speak) that I may have some possible contenders for the Chamber of Commerce to consider.

1. Beauty Contest…Miss Antigua. 2. Dunk the Clown in the water tank…three throws for 100q…nominate your own politician for dunking. 3. Drug Lords and Hookers Ball…come as you’d like to dress/act out your fantasy. 4. Wet T-Shirt contest(Hooter’s ripoff) 5.Treasure Hunts for hidden prizes. 6. Running of the Jews(Borat-inspired). 7. Antique Car Show(there are some unusual cars in town). 8. Art Festival. 9. Lawyers Only Race/Walkathon(tomatoes for tossing provided free). 10. Gun and Knife Show(no AK’s unless they’re gold plated). 11. Chocolate Wrestling Vats. 12. Sexiest Spanish School Student. 13. BBQ, Beer and Babes Extraganza(the Gallo Girls and Ron Botran crew)…work with me here…do I have to do all the heavy lifting?  What does it take to lure the ricos from G City to come over the hill on the weekend and drop a few hundred q here and there? What memories are the tour groups going to take home to where ever they came from? Father’s Day ain’t gonna cut it…maybe if someone found the face of Jesus in their latte or their cheesecake…Condesa would be swamped…maybe fake shoot-outs in the park…narco/cowboys at high noon.

My maid quit today…I told her the vacuum cleaner sucked…

Can You Say Hoover Me?

Can You Say Hoover Me?

 A last attempt at some kind of local ‘boosterism’…does Antigua have the best decorated and painted ‘chicken buses’ or what? ….a race, an obstacle course, a demonstration of running stop signs and who can blow the most diesel smoke? perhaps even a politically themed pinata-fest, where folks could work out their frustrations…a ‘bash for cash’…fill ’em with a few q, take a few whacks at the latest candidate for extradition and go home with a smile on your face…I’m kinda leaning towards the nude chocolate wrestling exposition…dark or light? Who gets to lick the spoon?

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or is it that absinthe makes the heart grow fonder?…in lieu of same, Rexer’s mezcal and Hector’s chocolate fondue make excellent substitutes…the evening stroll was very ‘san francisco’, with a light mist, low cloud cover and empty streets gleaming in the street lights…a little more drizzle,   the distant sound of a fog horn or the clatter of cable cars would have completed the illusion.

The Tourist/Fashion Police weren’t out in force or there was fresh coffee and pastry around the corner, and it WAS mid-morning and gawd knows that the hard-working men and women that proudly wear the uniform need a blast of sugar and caffeine about that time.  I do and I assume that you do..we all do…doo doo dooby doo…Frank Sinatra, mid-days…do to is to be(Greek)to be is to do(?)…dooby dooby doo…see above.

The Ultimate Makeover

The Ultimate Makeover

Down 6ta Avenida Sur, between 4th and 5th calles, are the remains of Cafe 2000…could someone have told them that’s it not 1999 anymore? (Prince reference)What is going on? the interior is being buffed out, repainted, refloored(and none of it is cheap/barato)

The Gutted Guts

The Gutted Guts

This is some serious remodeling…implying a calculated risk/gamble on the new ambience, location and business model of the owners/leasees…’could that stretch of 6ta capture enough of that streets night life?(it doesn’t look look like a restaurant to me, but what do I know?) It might be a west side version of Bistro Cinq or any other glossy watering hole downtown. They’re rolling the dice and I hope they make it: the opening night should be fun.

Street Crime

Street Crime

 a ‘double pop’ …crime in the sense of two people on a moto and black slacks under a dress like a sack..speaking of ‘make-over’, fishnet stockings with a snag, one leg in black lingerie…hmm?

dressed to thrill?

dressed to thrill?

Leah, the new waitress at Hector’s, is fitting in/learning the ropes/getting accustomed to abuse and wierd client requests.

The leftovers get recycled

The leftovers get recycled

and so it goes…’Vonnegut’, early days…no matter where you go, there you are…Buckaroo Banzai.

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