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The Cuban Revolution Restaurant & Bar

So guess who had a great time last weekend at The Cuban Revolution Restaurant while knocking  one item off her bucket list?  Why me of course you silly, why else would I be posting about it 😉

This casual space boasts a relaxed atmosphere with hints of 1950’s Cuba.  What I loved the most about this place was the live jazz; I am a sucker for live music, but when it comes to live jazz I drool.  They also played some Son, which is a native Cuban rhythm with some similarity to Salsa. You can almost taste the flavors of the Caribbean countryside through the beat of Son (click on it to sample a classic of this contagious rhythm.) 

My friend Vanessa tagged along; she is usually the one to come with whenever I want to have som fun.  Needles to say she had to be there to watch me check off item #42 on my list, Having a Mojito.  Unlike my experience with the Martini, I absolutely loved this mixed drink.  Rum + Fresh Mint + Club Soda + Lime + Sugar  =  Give me another one pleaaase!  That night I had 2 Mojitos, lots of fun, and good company.  Vanessa and I got out past midnight, after which she headed home to her hubby, while I… Well, that’s another story on its own.  Peek in soon; I promise I will keep you posted (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun.)

Special Date: Friday Night Live

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Special Date: Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live Crew

It is not in vain that Providence is called The Creative Capital; we have a good concoction of cultures, flavors, and rhythms, as well as many artists injecting life and energy into the city.  I enjoy this mix and often drag my kids to cultural events, may they too develop an appreciation of varied forms of art.  For our latest special date, Aleck and I attended Friday Night Live,  a weekly family friendly Improv show where a group of talented performers make it up as they go.

We had lots of laughs during this interactive show where the actors often ask the 

Aleck and I at the show

audience to provide random words as inspiration for their improv skits.  Part of the show is an acoustic guitarist that gives the performance an extra kick.  They also have an Open
Stage Night once a month where members of the audience get their 5 minutes of fame to perform a skit of their own. This clean comedic performance, which was named Best of Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly,  is family and wallet friendly at $5 per person.  Aleck and I absolutely enjoyed it.  He was happy I brought him to the show as our special date, and took many pictures of the skits.  I was glad to have such a handsome companion (not that I am biased ;))at this event.

Friday Night Live is part of the Everett company, “a cross-cultural, cross-generational group of artists that creates original evening-length dance theater performances, produces film and video, carries out a wide range of educational programs, and mentors new generations of young artists” as stated on their website  “Everett, through its Company, Stage and School, brings live art to diverse audiences. With a 25-year history, a Company that tours nationally; a vibrant Stage of monthly programming; and a School that offers free classes to low-income youth in everything from ballet to improvisation, Everett is at the forefront of integrating art and community…  No one is turned away for lack of funds and 95% of students attend classes for free.”

At the end of the performance Bianca, one of the talented young actors, asked us to watch a short promo video for a film she’s hoping to produce as part of her final thesis at Emerson College.  In her own words 
Got You tells the story of an 8 year old girl’s discovery of her mother’s suicidal thoughts. This film aims to raise awareness for depression and suicide and how it impacts the relationships we have with our loved ones. I would be so eternally grateful if you could help make this film a reality. Every dollar toward a donation counts, but even if you can’t help out financially, please spread the word! We NEED to raise $5000 by December 3rd!” 
I strongly encourage you to help.  Donations start as low as $1.  As someone who has dealt with postpartum depression, and still deal with clinical depression and SAD, I know how painful and alienating this condition can be, and the profound effect it has on one’s relationships.

Here is the link to the “Kickstarter” page where you can learn more information and also donate: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gotyou/got-you-an-emerson-college-bfa-short-film

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

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Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

This Year We finally made it to the Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular; another item knocked out of my Places to Visit in RI list.  I’ve been wanting to attend this event for about 10 years now.  Tried it back in 2004 but the line was soooooooo long that after waiting for about 45 minutes, with two toddlers in tow, and no other adult to help; I quit and turned around when an announcement was made letting everyone know that strollers were not allowed once inside the trail. Strollers ARE allowed nowadays, of course, my kids no longer require them. 

This event is attended by thousands of visitors each year, and it runs throughout the month of October.  On weekend nights the lines are so long that wait time could be up to 2 hours.  This year we went on a Monday night and we were able to purchase our tickets without waiting in line; once inside the zoo there was a bit of a line before getting to the actual Jack-O-Lantern trail, but it wasn’t bad, and they had fun signs with info about the event and trivia questions to keep us entertained. 

The actual display was truly spectacular, displaying about 5,000 carved and lit pumpkins.  This year’s theme was Journey Around the World, and stations included Italy, England, Asia, Mexico, Cuba, India, and the North Pole, among others.  My favorite were India and Asia.  Each station had background music to go along with the theme, such as The Beatles for England. There were carvings of The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Gandhi, Fidel Castro, Mariachis, a Geisha, and even an “In Memory Of” section, which included a carving of Steve Jobs.  I totally recommend this as a fun fall family outing.

Mission Accomplished… For the Most Part

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As I had a long weekend coming up, I decided to jot down some action items to tackle in order to advance on my list.  Here are the results:

Having Fun (#33)
definitely accomplished this one by going to the Go Karts, where I took the slippery track for the first time and laughed with all of my lungs; also played in the arcade there.  Watched a couple of movies, and surprisingly I liked both (not Oscar material but fun to watch): No Strings Attached and The Adjustment Bureau.  Enjoyed the company of a few good friends; special thanks to Antonia for giving me my first gel manicure.  Lastly, went to Karaoke Night at a local bar with a few friends.  No, I didn’t sing, but I danced; plus during this outing I took care of my next item.

Crossing One Goal off My List
Fulfilled Item #37 by Having a Martini during Karaoke night.  I am far from being a cocktail expert; tend to stick to Margaritas and Wines when it comes to alcoholic beverages.  However, I’ve always been curious about Martini’s since characters such as James Bond make it look so glamorous, so I ordered one.  Did not love it – too dry for my taste. Mine was garnished with a lemon wedge which was a surprise.  I asked the waitress about the olive and she replied that they only put the olive in Dirty Martinis; and they also serve an Apple Martini. I had no clue. Sipped it very slowly; that was the only drink (other than water) I had all night.

Work on # 23 – Getting Organized
I was shooting for making some order out of the piles of paperwork resting on my desk table, and bookshelf, which I did not get to.  However, I made some progress on de-cluttering, as well as tackling some neglected household chores.  Not bad at all.  Big shout out to Kiara for helping me with this; that’s true friendship I tell you 🙂

Knock out One Rhode Island spot from #24
Didn’t Get to this one.

Finish Reading the Book (#35)
This one is part of my goal to Read More. I had read about 2/3 of Paulo Coelho’s book  La Quinta Montaña and I wanted to finish it over the weekend.  I did!!!

Cook Something! (#14)
Mastering a few Signature Dishes is one of my goals into which I have put little effort. The truth is I hadn’t done some real cooking for almost 2 months.  So this weekend I was supposed to master Moro de Habichuelas Rojas (Rice with Red Beans) and Bistec Encebollado (Steak with Onions).  The bad news is that I do not have this one under my belt yet.  The good news is that I did cook it and it was decent; I just want to fine tune my personal sazón on this dish a bit more.

So, how was your weekend?  Also, Please Vote for your Favorite:

At the Old Ball Game

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Another hot RI spot I get to cross off my list: McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket.

 Bits of Info about this outing:

  • McCoy Stadium is home to the minor league baseball Triple-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox – The Pawtucket Red Sox or PawSox.
  • I am anything but a baseball fanatic; actually, I don’t have a clue about baseball.  But I am a Boston Red Sox fan.  What can I say? I live in Red Sox Nation.
  • The longest game in the history of baseball was played at McCoy.
  • Obviously, McCoy Stadium is the spot to visit in the city of Pawtucket, thus I had to put it on my list in spite of my slight taste for baseball.
  • I made it a family outing with my kids and two younger nephews.  My nephews play baseball, and the youngest one, Alex, was all into the game.
  • We had baseball game type snacks (hot dogs, doughboys and such)
  • We got to meet, and take pictures with, Paws, the male PawsSox Mascot.  We did not spot the female mascot; her name is Sox, of course.