Thursday, January 29, 2009

Compleanos de Raul

Last night was Raul's birthday and we had a bit of a fiesta at Casa Kramer where I was staying. This was one gift he received: a "Cheech and Chong". (Mom, if you're reading, look away.)

Mid-fiesta me and Billy Baez had to go for "llevante muertos"- life-saving greasy tacos for borrachos.
We got tacos Al Pastor- the real deal in D.F.- pork marinated in some secret combination of otherworldly nectars and spices, broiled on a rostisserie like gyro and served with onion salsa, un chingo de cilantro and a slice of bruleed pineapple. Once I ordered "doble-pina", but it was overkill. The perfect ratio of ingredients on these things was discovered long ago and is kept to like holy writ.
Back at Casa Kramer, Raul was feeling a bit nostalgic and was youtube DJing a mix of old mexican traditionals, Boleros and the like, plus some balkan music and Paris Cafe classics. I noted some of his playlist-
victor iturbe "el piruli"-confidencias de amor
Rigo Tovar, Ho que gusto, de volverte a ver
Tom Waits - Tango Till They're Sore - VB & WW
Tango till they're sore -- Tom Waits
Madeleine Peyroux - Dance Me To The End Of Love
Jose Jose - El triste
Chat Noir Chat Blanc
Manu Chao y Madjid Acustico: Por que te vas
Dolly Bell- Emil Kursturica

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