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CV + CV :: Back in Action // Thanksgiving

Hello again!

Sorry about the delay in updates, we’ve been a little (too) busy the past couple of days…weeks? No, months. It’s been some of this and some of that, but we’re back and ready to rock and roll.

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday! We definitely did. Since we’re still newlyweds, we are getting used to splitting up the holidays between our two families.

There is never enough time with each of them.

The good news? Having two Thanksgivings was double the food and double the fun! My parents had the traditional turkey, cornbread stuffing and cranberry sauce.

But Claudio’s family had an assortment of tamales, enchiladas, rice and beans!

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It was really nice to mix things up a bit and really enjoy our own cultures, together.

Thanksgiving is probably my second favorite holiday, behind Valentines Day. This year is a year for changes, new traditions and growing as a family. I am especially thankful this year for everyone in our life.

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We are both really excited for Christmas and New Years…they’re right around the corner!

Here are some links for some great DIY gifts:

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If you enjoy reading about our adventures, then get ready for a really fun week. Austin City Limits, Our First Annual Potluck, literally the BEST nail polish color for any season…and the list goes on!

So get ready…because we’re on the move!

There is always more to come.

Love,

Wife C

CV + CV :: Home Cooking // Grapevine, TX

Remember how we said we love food? Like, really love it?

Well, last week we went to a birthday dinner for CV1’s sweet father. The BIG 50 this year! The Vallejo’s love authentic Mexican food, which means we get to tag long for some great tacos and horchata!

There is this great little place in Grapevine, TX right off Main Street called Taqueria Burritos Locos.

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And if you read our last post, you know how much we love a good mariachi.

The Vallejos know good authentic Mexican food when they see it, and this place is the real deal. So real in fact, that most of the menu is in Spanish…For a Southern Sweetheart like me, I know I like “carnitas”, “horchata” and “frijoles”. But I leave the rest up to CV1.

We absolutely love this little hole in the wall. Here’s a pro tip: They give out free beer if you’re eating! We love their assortment of tacos, cinnamon-y horchata and festive atmosphere.

Let us know if you try it, they won’t let you down!

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There is always more to come

Love,

Wife C

CV + CV :: Holy Toledo! // Spanish Adventure

Hello everyone!

Happy Friday! We are definitely glad it is almost the weekend. We have a whole lot of relaxing planned, what about you?

Today I am going to share with you our trip to Toledo, Spain! The homestead of the infamous Don Quixote.

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Toledo was actually the capital of Spain until it was switched to Madrid in the early 1500s. Since Toledo’s existence, it has been ruled by many people and many religions. With so many different influences, their architecture is so eclectic! Cathedrals next to churches next to mosques.

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We walked around this precious little city and let the history soak in. It is just amazing. Remember the Cervezarias I told you about in this post? Well this was the cutest one we went to! Old photos on the wall, the perfect Aztec curtains and little jukebox giving it the best atmosphere.

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Cheers!

After we get refreshed and ready, we headed out for our double decker tour around Toledo. We are so excited to say we have a video to show you our little tour! I hope you let it take you away and feel the cool Spanish breeze on your face. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Love,

Wife C

 

CV + CV :: Resting // Vacation Mode

The time is here, people.

We’re officially in vacation mode. We made it through the week. CV1 is up in Portland seeing Death Cab for Cutie. They were playing Transatlanticisim…live…in its entirety. Talk about jealous!  But my jealously quickly faded when I got home yesterday, poured myself a cocktail, set out some beautiful flowers and turned on my favorite Aziz stand up.

Life is so good.

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Love,

Wife C

CV + CV :: Cultured // Sunday Outing

Being married to a man of another culture is inspiring. Sometimes, it’s like being exposed to this whole other world that you never knew existed. There are so many things I had never heard of or tried but now I can’t live without some of them! (I really do think I would die without horchata)

On Sunday we went to a Mexican market. It’s not too different from a regular super market, but there are a couple of things that really stand out. The produce is always amazing and they’re always making something delicious so the whole place makes your mouth water.

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Oh, they also have piñatas and these cute little Mexican men!!

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Our intention was to pick up some carne asada, but we ended up perusing the store. Which, I don’t think either of us minded at all! We picked up some cactus fruit (las tunas), beans and corn tortillas to go with dinner. Going up and down the aisles you see so many bright colors! My favorite was this hot pink cake!

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How fun is that?? We were good and we did not indulge on this trip…but better believe we will be back to satisfy our sweet tooth!

I am all about finding “treasures” on our outings. Just little trinkets that will remind me of the sweet moments we have as we go through life. This time, I picked up this little lady. Her name is Lucy.

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She has found her place on the bedroom shelf with some other friends.

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I live for days like these. Enjoying the things that shaped us into the people we are today, together. It fills my heart.

There is always more to come.

Love,

Wife C

CV + CV :: Tuna Ceviche // Home How To

One of my favorite dishes growing up was Ceviche (Seh-vee-che). This was the perfect summer food. Growing up in a (large) Mexican family meant we were getting together for “Carne Asada” (literally, Grilled Meat) every weekend.

SIDE NOTE: Carne Asada, is a term that most hispanic families use nowadays to mean a “Cook Out”. It’s similar to how Americans use the word “Barbecue”. I can invite you to a “barbecue”, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll be cooking barbecue. Hope that makes sense. Consider that your first lesson in “Mexican 101”.

Alright back to the topic at hand. Ceviche is a seafood dish that is popular in the coastal regions of the Americas. There are tons of ways to make ceviche, but typically it’s made with raw fish marinated in citrus juices (usually lime) and spiced with chili peppers. Oftentimes you’ll see ceviche under the “Appetizer” section of a menu at a Mexican restaurant, however, it also makes a great snack and meal. Best of all, it’s an extremely healthy dish.

Today, I’ll be teaching you guys how to make ceviche like my mother used to make. I want to re-iterate how many different ways one can make ceviche, so I would encourage you to put your own spin on it and use ingredients that sound appealing to you!

Our ceviche will be Tuna-based. Other common seafood that’s used to make ceviche is: crab, octopus (yes, and it’s delicious), shrimp, and tilapia.

Now for the ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 cans (2 lbs) of Tuna (you can use more or less, depending on how many servings you’d like to make. 6 cans will typically make 5-6 servings)
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 cup of chopped, fresh cilantro leaves
  • Tostadas/saltines (whichever you prefer!)
  • Optional Ingredients: avocado, chili peppers.

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Alright, so let’s get to the nitty-gritty.

Put the tuna inside a medium-large bowl and pour the lime juice over the fish and mix gently to combine fish/lime juice.

SIDE NOTE: If you’re using raw fish, you’ll want to let it sit inside the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes after you’ve combined it with lime. This allows the lime juices to “cook” the fish. The citric acid in lime does indeed alter the structure of proteins in the fish, but does not kill bacteria. So always use the freshest and cleanest fish!

Add the onion, tomato, cucumber, cilantro and salt. Mix gently to combine all ingredients. Once you’re done, VOILA! You’ve just made your very own ceviche!

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Serve on tostadas or eat with saltines. These make a great meal on tostadas, however if you’re anything like my wife and love to entertain, you can serve these on saltines for your “ladies eating small portions of food” parties. Or, if you’re lazy like I am, you can use the saltines and eat the Ceviche out of the bowl (shhh… don’t tell CV2!)

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Enjoy!

We’ll have more recipes in the future from each of our families’ recipe vault!

There’s always more to come…

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CV + CV :: Part 2 // Austin, TX

If you’re just tuning in, this is day two of our Austin expedition. To see what happen on day one, you can click here:

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So, now that we’re full to the brim with tacos and horchata, it was time for our day about town. We had quite a bit on the list. But everything on our list could fall into two categories: Record Stores and Vintage Shops. Lucky for us, in Austin there is no shortage of either things. Not to mention they are all right next door to each other! So we would pull up, get out and go our separate ways…while constantly texting each other our super-cool rare finds. It really was great. Our first stop was Claudio’s favorite.

Claudio found himself at End of an Ear. This awesome record shop where he picked up a Coldplay single, Air: Moon Safari and Diarrhea Planet. Yes, you read right.

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I don’t ask questions, I just smile. Anyways, it really was a cool shop. SO MANY options and the woman working the register brought her four year old with her, she was so precious! Her name was Olive. So Austin.

If you follow my instagram, then you have seen that I am head-over-heels obsessed with this cactus flower. I’ve never seen ANYTHING like it ::

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Behind the building we stumbled across this quirky little set up. It resembled a artist shed… but with a serious ‘tude. This place was way cool.

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I visited a super cute vintage store called Ragalicious where I picked up the CUTEST Mexican party dress. You better believe I’m wearing it to my next party! Ole! So, like I said, CV1 would go one way and CV2 would go the other way with these shops. When I tried on the party dress, I came out of the dressing room and asked the cute little girl working what she thought of it – let me tell you, you would think we were life long friends! She also gave me this the amazing guide to all things resell in Austin! If you into vintage shopping at all, this is the guide to use!

My absolute favorite vintage store was Blue Velvet. It is the holy grail of v-shopping.

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(By the way, I’m going to shorten vintage shopping to just ‘v-shopping’, deal?) But really, Blue Velvet was the cutest and had such interesting pieces! I ended up with this mod 60s mini dress and I couldn’t help myself…I put it on before dinner! It was the second best decision I had made that day. The first was buying the dress, obviously.

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Later that night we went to Stubbs, the original Austin barbecue. Wowza! I had the pulled work and CV1 had the chopped beef brisket, both of us had sweet tea and we were in foodie heaven! So delicious.

After dinner we ventured to South Congress and 6th street, but more about that and the trip home in Part 3!

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There is always more to come.

Love,

Wife C