Thursday, June 13, 2024

En Breve Lifestyle: NBA in Mexico, Mexican ice cream in Dubai and miracle beans?

La Michoacana Plus opens in Dubai

Ice cream shop La Michoacana Plus has been expanding globally, with 36 locations in the United States and one in Guatemala, recently opening its first Middle Eastern store in Dubai. 

The store opened on Nov. 26 in Deira City Center shopping mall and offers everything from Mexican staples like aguas frescas (flavored waters) to snacks such as nachos, esquites (corn in a cup), paletas (popsicles) and ice cream.

@ruvas9 A quien le gustaría trabajar en Dubai??🙌🤩Próximamente @lamichoacanaplus en #dubai #unmexicanoendubai #lamichoacanaplus ♬ One Night in Dubai – Arash

The opening got the attention of Mexican media after 30 year-old Rubén Jiménez, the Mexican entrepreneur who brought the famous La Michoacana brand to the US and beyond, shared videos announcing the opening of the shop on Tik-Tok asking “who would like to come work in Dubai?”

Mexican choreographer Raúl Tamez wins prestigious award in New York

Raúl Tamez is the first Mexican to win recognition at the NY Dance and Performance Awards (known as The Bessies) for “creating a tributary piece to the immense grief and emotional pain that migrant mothers endure,” as described by the awards committee. The awards were established in 1984 and notable recipients include William Forsythe, Billy T. Jones and Robert Wilson.

Mexican choreographer Raúl Tamez receives his “Bessie” award in NYC. (Twitter: Raúl Tamez)

Tamez won Outstanding Choreographer/Creator for the piece called “Migrant Mother”, which he created  for Limón Dance Company at The Joyce Theater. He is also the first Mexican choreographer to create a work for the company since Limón himself. José Arcadio Limón was a Mexican-American dancer, teacher and choreographer who is considered a pioneer of modern dance.

In an interview for Reforma, Tamez said he felt “very proud of the work achieved” and motivated to continue researching in order to give a “deep meaning” to his work.

Mexico City is a strong candidate to host its own NBA team

The U.S. NBA (National Baskteball Association) is seriously considering Mexico City as a host for its own team, various news outlets reported on Monday. Mexico City “has been ready for a long time,” according to Mexican former NBA player, Eduardo Nájera.

Along with Seattle and Las Vegas, Mexico’s capital is a candidate to host a franchise of the largest basketball league in the world, which would be the first outside of the US or Canada. The country is already the fifth biggest market for the NBA League Pass on-demand streaming service and the fourth largest market for the NBA’s online merchandise store.

For 2022, Mexico City served as a home base for an NBA G-League team. The Dec. 16 match-up between the Heat and Spurs was the 12th time the NBA hosted a regular season game in Mexico City. After the game, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, “Mexico City [is] doing all the things necessary to demonstrate to the league that ultimately, we may be in a position to house an NBA team here.”

An image of the Virgen de Guadalupe in a pot of beans goes viral

Devotion for Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico is an integral part of national identity, to such an extent that devotees often report seeing images of the Virgin in everything from pieces of wood to floors, walls and even in tortillas. 

This time, a social media user shared an image of the Virgin’s shape that popped up on the surface of the broth while he was cooking one of the most traditional of Mexican dishes – frijoles. 

The “miracle,” according to social media, happened in Chilpancingo, Guerrero and the silhouette has already been referred to as “La Virgen de los Frijoles” (The Virgin of the Beans). As often happens with such sightings, the Catholic Church hasn’t issued any statement on the matter.

Donovan Carrillo is the most Googled Mexican athlete in the country 

Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves was the “most searched” man in Mexico after his signing with the Pumas football club, Google announced in its Year in Search 2022 report.

However, Donovan Carrillo, Mexico’s first figure skater to compete in the Olympics since 1992, was the most-searched Mexican athlete. His skating final in the Beijing Winter Olympic Games was the most searched term by Generation Z (people younger than 26).

Mexican figure skater Donovan Carrillo at the Beijing Olympics

Carrillo was also recently awarded the Premio Luchador Olmeca (Olmeca Fighter Award) which recognizes the best athletes in Mexico. Olympic archer Alejandra Valencia, fencing athlete Natalia Botello and F1 driver Sergio Checo Pérez, were among the more than 100 athletes recognized with the award, which returned after a three-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.

With reports from Reforma, Forbes, Milenio, El Informador, Players of Life, and La Jornada

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