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Archive for November 2011

Saint Fermin / Firmin

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The statue of Saint Fermin Holding His Head is dated from 1225-75 and was made in Amiens, France.

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

“Saint Firmin was a fourth-century missionary who became the first bishop of Amiens and the patron saint of that city. Here the saint is shown as if living while holding his decapitated head. This statue is said to have come from the destroyed bishop’s palace at Amiens.”

Saint Fermin is the co-patron of Navarra, in Spain. The Festival of San Fermín is celebrated with the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona.


Written by Paulo Loreto

November 29, 2011 at 5:07 AM

The San Miguel Corporation

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In 1889, Filipino businessman Enrique de Ycaza was given a royal grant from Spain to brew beer in the Philippines.

Throughout the early 20th Century (and during the World War II era), the San Miguel Corporation, thanks to efforts by Andrés Soriano y Roxas, grew and diversified.

Upon Soriano’s death, the San Miguel Corporation was in the dairy, newspaper, radio station, and soft drink industries. They also held distributorships in the United States, Kenya, and Spain. The American distributorship brewed Lone Star Beer and Colt 45.

This eccentric beer tap can be found at the Sunset Lounge bar on the rooftop of the H10 Montcada in Barcelona, Spain.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 28, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Inspired Dinner in the Trustees Room at The Met

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Trustees Room held dinners in November inspired by their new art galleries of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. One such dish included the Tagine El Ain.

As the menu read: “Lamb Tagine with Dried Fruits and Almonds, Saffron Rice”


November's dinner was created from the genius of Executive Chef Fred Sabo

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 22, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Jan Gunnar Solli

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Spotted outside Red Bull Arena, New York Red Bulls wing Jan Gunnar Solli had a red card that barred him from participation in the first leg of the MLS Conference Semifinal against the L.A. Galaxy.

He did make an appearance on the pitch, at halftime, as DJ Solli, spinning tracks with accompaniment of an electric violin.

Jan Gunnar Solli is from Arendal, Norway.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 21, 2011 at 7:58 AM


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Pigeons constitute half of the bird family Columbidae, the other half being doves. Pigeons can be found all over the world, and in New York City, are considered “flying rats.” The pigeon population is regarded as toxic to local New Yorkers, whereas, other populations consider them cuisine; aka squab.

Overlooking New York City from the top of the Empire State Building

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 8, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Garlic Fries

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Yankees Stadium offers a wide array of food options. Stands offering everything from the traditional hot dogs to sushi to the steak sandwich from Lobel’s. One such item are the Garlic Fries. Super tasty item to enjoy during the game and there is also an option to get them with cheese.

Besides your breath, the only other thing that needs to be watched is if the fries are out too long or it’s a cold day, once the garlic fries cool down, the potato and the garlic firms up. So, enjoy them at a good pace.

Garlic fries can be found in sections 108, 205 and 331.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Capitol Reflection

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William Thornton was the original architect of the Capitol and in 1793 was selected as the winner of a design contest. The central rotunda was his idea. His plan, unfortunately, did not pan out due to a lack of funding and the British attack during the War of 1812.

Charles Bulfinch eventually completed the rotunda in 1824.

The Rotunda is 96 feet in diameter and rises 180 feet 3 inches to the canopy.

The pantheon inspired the Capitol's design.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 4, 2011 at 5:27 AM