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Autumn Treat

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Upon visiting New Jersey, it was an immediate dash to getting shopping done to pack supplies for a box to send back to the Philippines. Visiting a warehouse store, picked up a good number of items that would be useful back home, on that last stop before the cash register, a box of cider donuts was added to the cart. Automatically, that brought back memories of apple picking with friends – a pretty remarkable tale – along with everything that makes autumn in the northeast something special.

Getting to enjoy the donut, paired with a cup of tea, it was everything one would expect. Sweet and delicious, the donut was rich, without being heavy, and coated with a light sugary powder that helped completely the experience.

Donuts can be found all over the place, in a variety of flavors, but there’s something that makes the cider donut so special. Perhaps the sentimental value of the season, the warm memories they seem to bring out in people, or just the plain great taste of them that usually isn’t imitated at any other time of the year. Definitely something unique to the northeast and something residents are very lucky to enjoy during that time of the year.

Cider Donut

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Written by Paulo Loreto

January 23, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Thanksgiving

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Left the United States three years ago and have lived in a country where Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday. Have compensated for it in the past by having a feast on that day – of course, nothing equal to the way its celebrated in the US – on one occasion, had potatoes and lechon, not quite turkey and mash, but it was delicious nonetheless.

There really is nothing like sitting down to a traditional Thanksgiving feast, especially after not enjoying one for a couple years. From a country that isn’t native to turkeys (and not really much of a culinary fan of turkey), there is a majesty that comes with seeing a cooked and dressed bird arrive to a beautifully set table. Accompanied by all the fixings, in a time when people are supposed to express gratitude, it really brings out the emotions of being thankful for all the work that goes into preparing one dinner – a dinner that goes all day, but, regardless, a dinner.

Adding to the familial feel of Thanksgiving dinner, besides mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and candied yams; the dinner is always accompanied by traditional Filipino dishes, pancit (fried noodles) and lumpia (spring rolls). Combining traditions from two different cultures brings forward both a gratitude for where one comes from and everything done to bring someone to where they are today.

Hope everybody had a Happy Thanksgiving! Happy leftovers!

Hope everybody had a Happy Thanksgiving! Happy leftovers!

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 27, 2015 at 10:33 PM

30 Hudson Street

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Towering over Jersey City is 30 Hudson Street, the tallest building in New Jersey.

The building was designed by Cesar Pelli, who desgiednt he Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.

The building is located close to the Exchange Place stop on the PATH system.

The building is also known as the Goldman Sachs Tower.

Written by Paulo Loreto

September 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

New York Red Bulls Fireworks Show

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April 14, 2012 / Following a 2-2 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes, the New York Red Bulls displayed a fireworks show at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Argentina Training

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Two of FC Barcelona’s stars made a trip to the United States to play in an international friendly against Brazil. Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, Captain and Vice Captain of the Argentina national team, joined the rest of the squad at Red Bull Arena, located in Harrison, NJ, two days before the big game for training — and the public was invited to watch.

Mascherano is from San Lorenzo and Messi is from Rosario, both located in province of Santa Fe.

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Friendly

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Saturday, June 9, 2012, coined “The Clash of the Titans,” the national teams of Argentina and Brazil met in an international friendly at Metlife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Metlife Stadium is home to New York’s American football teams, the Giants and the Jets.

Argentina came out the victor in a 4-3 win, with FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi scoring a hat trick.

It was a sellout crowd that day and Metlife Stadium had a record attendance seeing 81,994 fans.

Brazil’s young phenom Neymar (11) battles Argentina’s Javier Mascherano (14) for the ball. Brazil’s Oscar (10) and Marcelo (6), alongside Argentina’s Fernando Gago (5), get into position to block or pass, while Messi (10) and Brazil’s Sandro (5) look on.

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Town Hall

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke before a 600+ audience at the National Guard Armory in Westfield, New Jersey. He discussed his proposed 10% tax cut over three years and on-going budget reform in the state.

As usually, he closed the meeting with a question and answer session.

The Governor takes questions about the state's developmental centers.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM