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By the way, if you plan to be in southern New Mexico in April, check out the charming town of Mesilla, where Chávez heads a book festival. Take a look at this wholesale nfl jerseys fascinating book festival in a small New Mexican town.When we began our stay in New York, we asked our readers for help what to do via our Facebook page and in our first post.

We were WELL rewarded with plenty of tips! The sad thing is that even six weeks is not enough to get to do everything in the Big Apple; we feel like we barely scratched the surface.

We did the best we could – spending lots of money on the subway and putting many miles on our walking shoes (but not enough to avoid adding a couple of inches to our waistlines at all the amazing restaurants).

But it was all done just for you (y’all owe us some pairs of fat pants). All so we could bring you this list of…
Our Favorite New York Spots!
HH, THE FOOD…

You can’t be surprised that the first category has to do with eating, seeing as we dedicated a whole post to dumplings, noodles and cupcakes!

Jacob Restaurant, Harlem, New York–> On our first night in the city, we were directed to a little spot around the corner for a buffet of delicious soul food. Jacob’s incredibly tasty mac & cheese and jerk chicken, plus the live Sunday night jazz music started our infatuation with Harlem.

–> Our favorite type of food is Vietnamese so we wasted no time scoping out Nha Trang for our fix. This restaurant recommendation came courtesy of this excellent list of cheap New York eats curated by Jodi at Legal Nomads. It is a most excellent list – we indulged in just five of those listed and they were all great).

Tom's Restaurant, Seinfeld, New York

–> We were drawn to Tom’s Restaurant as avid Seinfeld and Suzanne Vega fans, but we returned for the delicious cheap food and the cast of characters that goes there. Might be the best place in the whole city to just sit and enjoy many New Yawker accents.

–> We once asked a waiter at a pub where to find the best burger in New York. His answer: McDonalds. How sad that he hadn’t heard of Steak ‘n Shake! While the Original Steakburgers are the standard, I’d also recommend the Frisco Melt served on sourdough with a sweet and tangy sauce wholesale nfl jerseys.

McSorleys Ale House–> Many people recommended this gem: McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village. It claims to be the oldest continuously operating ale house in the city, which didn’t allow access for women until 1970! You can only order two types of beer, light or dark, and they bring them two at a time for $5. Pete likes the dark, I like the light, and we both loved the dusty atmosphere. (It also happens to be around the corner from our tattoo parlor, should you feel so inclined!)

We aren’t big shoppers (carrying only 130 liters of already-stuffed space between the two of us), but we needed to replenish and replace some of our holey clothes! We had great success in two spots:Century 21 is *the* place to go for discounted brand names. Be prepared to fight crowds, filter through stuffed racks and not even get a chance to try them on (there are no change rooms for men!), but the deals are worth it if you’re patient. We ventured into Brooklyn to find the Unique Thrift Store, and are so glad we made the trip. Excellent quality merchandise in an uncrowded store at great prices!

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We did a lot of research for which Broadway or off-Broadway show we should see. And then we didn’t go, with no good excuse.Being good-little-Canadians we also wanted to catch a Rangers hockey game, but those games are SO expensive!This is what we did instead…

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge–> Walked the Brooklyn Bridge. We did this no less than THREE times. For us it was just a real testament to the enormity and scope of the grand city – the views are incredible from all angles.

–> Watched a taping of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon! It wasn’t that hard to get tickets - we got them about a month after applying. The show was hilarious and the crowd was completely hopping; I even got a high-five from Jimmy as he ran through the audience at the end of the show. (Yes, I have washed that hand since then).

–> We were pretty lame when it came to seeing the many world-class museums that New York can boast about, having only made it to the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Both are highly recommended.The sound of a baseball meeting a catcher’s glove signifies everything about spring for me. I get chills to hear it for the first time, especially after a long winter. Shadows are cast over a bullpen plate as a game takes place just steps away. Hordes of fans like myself watch the pitcher-catcher duo practice their duet, almost like animals at a zoo. Their exchange barely seems human in the way in which the pitcher moves and the catcher receives.
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So A Taco Testimony

By understanding a people’s food you can understand their culture and what they believe in.TacosWhen I saw jordan china Denise Chávez at the Tucson Book Festival last weekend, I told her that the reason I liked Taco Testimony so much was that it was full of surprises. I’m sure there are people who approach the book with expectations that are not met–it is not a Mexican cook book (although there are some recipes), and it is not a homey “mama’s comida” book. Chávez goes to great lengths to disabuse the reader of the wrong expectations, right from the start.

This is not a sweet little book about tacos; it remembers the fights that began at the kitchen table, spilled into the dining room, then moved quickly into the living room and continued into the bedroom with the sudden slam of a door that led to the hushed sound of someone crying behind the door.

A “sweet little book” it is not. But because Chávez writes poetry and writes for the theater, she presents us with family drama and even the narrative frequently reads like poetry. The structure reflects a poet’s love of circular paths and repetition. And while some of the family drama may be painful to read about, there is nothing gratuitous about the pain. Every word and every scene brings us closer to understanding the culture of the Mexican/Mexian-American/Chicana/Chicano people who live in west Texas and southern New Mexico.

Since I live in southern Arizona, it fascinates me to see that the two areas have spawned attitudes that sometimes differ markedly. The taco can serve as a metaphor for ties that bind and regional differences. Chávez tries to be tolerant of the folded taco (common in Sonora and therefore in southern Arizona), but “real” tacos for her are rolled. And tortillas, Aieee!, she insists that they must be of corn and must have some heft. Here in Sonoran Mexico/America the pride of tortillas–the very best–are wheat and rolled so thin you can read the menu through them jordan china. (See Jim Griffiths book, A Border Runs Through It to find out WHY Sonoran tortillas are wheat.)

I am not going to spend my limited time contrasting Southern Arizona and Southern New Mexico, but I did want you to know as you plan your road trip that “seen one, seen ‘em all” does not apply. Chavez makes the same point about the difference between her mother’s west Texas family where

…you venerated your Mother Culture more, while to be a Mexicano in southern New Mexico, my Father’s family, at least, that he and his clan moved away from their native roots.

Being cultured, she points out, in the sense of being educated and appreciating the arts for instance, has nothing to do with whether you are rich or poor. A Taco Testimony is a plea to understand the culture you were born into or the culture of the area where you live. She is appalled that someone living in her town of Las Cruces, New Mexico does not know that the pads of the prickly pear–nopales– are edible. She believes that we would have fewer wars if we were not “afraid of differences in language, food, customs and ways of living.”

So A Taco Testimony, does have recipes, and it is a memoir of a specific family living in southern New Mexico, but the author’s probing mind wanders far beyond Las Cruces and the nearby El Paso. I would recommend this book to any travelers who wants to ponder the importance of culture and appreciation of differences, but particularly to a traveler with a road trip through New Mexico in mind. Northern New Mexico has the American Indian culture, the stylish shops of Santa Fe, the mountains and beautiful scenery. Southern New Mexico demands a more attentive traveler to find its appeal. A flat land dotted with dusty struggling towns, you may be tempted to rush through and write it off. I hope that Chávez might change your mind.
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Here at A Traveler’s Library

When baseball season ends, I experience a strange depression. Suddenly there is all this time now. No more games. No more soap operas each night. No more hope that this wholesale nfl jerseys year would be the year. I long for spring when my home team of the Colorado Rockies begin spring training. This past weekend, I made my way down to Scottsdale, Arizona to see just what spring training was all about. Fifteen teams play down in the Valley of the Sun, known as the Cactus League. The other 15 teams practice in Florida, as part of the Grapefruit League. The whole point of spring training yet again sums up baseball and the American dream. Players you have never heard of vie for a spot in the regular season rotation. If they prove themselves, they have achieved the dream.

And for some, it’s just a game. I don’t know them because for me it is the greatest aspect to spring. If you aren’t convinced a trip down to spring training is a necessary travel move, here are a few reasons why it should be. If you are convinced and have yet to attend, here are a few tips for your road to the big leagues.

I attended a game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. Uniquely positioned on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community, the fields are home to the spring training of the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. It is considered the biggest spring training baseball facility in the country, complete with 12 practice fields. While state of the art and brand new, the ballparks for spring training present just one reason to travel for the games. You can get up close and personal with players, seeing games in more humble settings than the major league parks. And it is humbling to see the biggest players, paid millions to play, occupy almost high school and college sized ballparks. Humility runs deep in baseball.

At Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, you can purchase a seat on the lawn for under $10. Other seats are more like $20 to $30 dollars. Anyone who has been to a baseball game throughout the regular season knows it can be expensive if you want to actually see the game. Spring training is a nice option for those who want to take the whole family to see a game and truly see the game in the process. Just as anything is possible in baseball, it is possible for anyone on a budget to go to a spring training game.

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I admire shortstop Troy Tulowitzki crush baseball after baseball in batting practice. I hear someone tell him after he is finished and ready to play, “Good luck today.” Does this man really need it? The makeup of some of the best players in the game is one to be admired. Known affectionately as Tulo, I watch as all of the Oakland A’s players get off of their benches in the dugout to come see Tulo up to bat. He is so in shape that he makes many of those on the field look bad, myself included. For Tulo, baseball is a job. He aims to be the best at what he does. Those who attend spring training get to see what players practiced discipline in the off-season. It is motivating to say the least in any area of life. The work ethic of some players mirrors the American fashion of hope. You can achieve what you want so long as you work hard for it.

I watch as pitcher Juan Nicasio takes the mound. If the name doesn’t ring a bell to you, he was hit by a line drive last year while on the mound, fracturing his C1 vertebrae. He could have died on the field or faced being paralyzed for the rest of his life. His recovery has been nothing short of a miracle as he contends for a spot in the 2012 rotation. I watch him pitch in spring training, dialing back to the moment I saw it all unfold on TV last year. There are so many miracles taking place in baseball that it is enough to lend hope to us all. And they say it’s just a game.
Here at A Traveler’s Library, we seem to be talking a lot about books that tell lives and culture through food. Recently I reviewed the beautiful White Truffles in Winter about the life of Escoffier, and then Day of Honey, with life in the Middle East during war, and there are all the cookbooks that Brette Sember brings us on Tasty Thursday and Jessie Voigts evocation of France through food centric books. And author Denise Chávez makes a statement that points out WHY we wind up talking about food in relation to travel. She says.
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If you find yourself traveling throughout

We once asked a waiter at a pub where to find the best burger in New York. His answer: McDonalds. How sad that jordan shoes he hadn’t heard of Steak ‘n Shake! While the Original Steakburgers are the standard, I’d also recommend the Frisco Melt served on sourdough with a sweet and tangy sauce.

McSorleys Ale House–> Many people recommended this gem: McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village. It claims to be the oldest continuously operating ale house in the city, which didn’t allow access for women until 1970! You can only order two types of beer, light or dark, and they bring them two at a time for $5. Pete likes the dark, I like the light, and we both loved the dusty atmosphere. (It also happens to be around the corner from our tattoo parlor, should you feel so inclined!)We aren’t big shoppers (carrying only 130 liters of already-stuffed space between the two of us), but we needed to replenish and replace some of our holey clothes! We had great success in two spots:

–> Century 21 is *the* place to go for discounted brand names. Be prepared to fight crowds, filter through stuffed racks and not even get a chance to try them on (there are no change rooms for men!), but the deals are worth it if you’re patient.

–> We ventured into Brooklyn to find the Unique Thrift Store, and are so glad we made the trip. Excellent quality merchandise in an uncrowded store at great prices!We did a lot of research for which Broadway or off-Broadway show we should see. And then we didn’t go, with no good excuse.Being good-little-Canadians we also wanted to catch a Rangers hockey game, but those games are SO expensive!

This is what we did instead…

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge–> Walked the Brooklyn Bridge. We did this no less than THREE times. For us it was just a real testament to the enormity and scope of the grand city – the views are incredible from all angles.

–> Watched a taping of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon! It wasn’t that hard to get tickets - we got them about a month after applying. The show was hilarious and the crowd was completely hopping; I even got a high-five from Jimmy as he ran through the audience at the end of the show jordan shoes. (Yes, I have washed that hand since then).

–> We were pretty lame when it came to seeing the many world-class museums that New York can boast about, having only made it to the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Both are highly recommended.

–> And in case you missed it, this is what else kept us thoroughly entertained: visiting historic Ellis Island, walking through Central Park, Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater, debating the best city views, racing around the city in a scavenger hunt, and just taking advantage of the fact that New York is a photographer’s DREAM.The sound of a baseball meeting a catcher’s glove signifies everything about spring for me. I get chills to hear it for the first time, especially after a long winter. Shadows are cast over a bullpen plate as a game takes place just steps away. Hordes of fans like myself watch the pitcher-catcher duo practice their duet, almost like animals at a zoo. Their exchange barely seems human in the way in which the pitcher moves and the catcher receives.

If you find yourself traveling throughout the United States from April to October, most likely you will find a baseball game taking place. It is America’s pastime, or so they say. I have to agree. It is a game of second chances, miracles, mistakes, missed opportunities, injuries and health. One swing of the bat, one pitch can alter everything.
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Being cultured, she points out, in the sense of being educated and appreciating the arts for instance, has nothing to do with whether you are rich or poor. A Taco Testimony is a plea to understand the culture you were born into or the culture of the area where you live. She is appalled that someone living in her town of Las Cruces, New Mexico does not know that the pads of the prickly pear–nopales– are edible. She believes that we would have fewer wars if we were not “afraid of differences in language, food, customs and ways of living.”

So A Taco Testimony, does have recipes, and it is a memoir of a specific family living in southern New Mexico, but the author’s probing mind wanders far beyond Las Cruces and the nearby El Paso. I would recommend this book to any travelers who wants to ponder the importance of culture and appreciation of differences, but particularly to a traveler with a road trip through New Mexico in mind. Northern New Mexico has the American Indian culture, the stylish shops of Santa Fe, the mountains and beautiful scenery. Southern New Mexico demands a more attentive traveler to find its appeal. A flat land dotted with dusty struggling towns, you may be tempted to rush through and write it off. I hope that Chávez might change your mind.

By the way, if you plan to be in southern New Mexico in April, check out the charming town of Mesilla, where Chávez heads a book festival. Take a look at this fascinating book festival in a small New Mexican town.This content is a post from: A Traveler's Library To comment on this post or search for related information, click on the link to A Traveler's Library. We'll leave a light on for you.
When we began our stay in New York, we asked our readers for help what to do via our Facebook page and in our first post.

We were WELL rewarded with plenty of tips! The sad thing is that even six weeks is not enough to get to do everything in the Big Apple; we feel like we barely scratched the surface.

We did the best we could – spending lots of money on the subway and putting many miles on our walking shoes (but not enough to avoid adding a couple of inches to our waistlines at all the amazing restaurants).

But it was all done just for you (y’all owe us some pairs of fat pants). All so we could bring you this list of…
Our Favorite New York Spots!
can’t be surprised that the first category has to do with eating, seeing as we dedicated a whole post to dumplings, noodles and cupcakes!

Jacob Restaurant, Harlem, New York–> On our first night in the city, we were directed to a little spot around the corner for a buffet of delicious soul food. Jacob’s incredibly tasty mac & cheese and jerk chicken, plus the live Sunday night jazz music started our infatuation with Harlem.

–> Our favorite type of food is Vietnamese so we wasted no time scoping out Nha Trang for our fix. This restaurant recommendation came courtesy of this excellent list of cheap New York eats curated by Jodi at Legal Nomads. It is a most excellent list – we indulged in just five of those listed and they were all great).
We were drawn to Tom’s Restaurant as avid Seinfeld and Suzanne Vega fans, but we returned for the delicious cheap food and the cast of characters that goes there. Might be the best place in the whole city to just sit and enjoy many New Yawker accents.
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