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My Cuban Grandmother Gertrudis loved to make Mantecado Ice Cream for me during the summers in Santiago de Cuba, when I used to visit her at home. Continue »
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There are so many things that were different to our Cuban sensibilities when we first arrived in the U.S. Mostly in the foods we ate. The bread was different. The meat was different. When someone said 'hamburgers,' we thought, 'frita.' It wasn't the same. "No es igual." "It's not the same." We seemed to say it a lot. Did everything taste different in Cuba? Or were our memories playing tricks? One particular thing that brings back the memory of the difference in our tastes is Cuban Mantecado Ice Cream. First, because we could not accurately describe it. "It's like vanilla. But not." "The color is richer." "Maybe it's like French Vanilla?" "It tastes..." The color was right. But the taste of French Vanilla Ice Cream, while better than plain vanilla, was still not quite mantecado. We couldn't describe it. But we would totally know when we did. It was one... Continue »
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For the record, during 2005, SBC Telephone Repairman Edward Westenholtz, Telephone (630) 620-3858 (Office), and (312) 760-2829 (Pager), other unauthorized intruders trespassed and jumped over the fence of the Hung Family property, using the Carpenters driveway at 504 S. Westmore Avenue, into the Hung Family's backyard at 502 S. Westmore Avenue in Lombard, to pull out the existing telephone lines, the rain gutters, the roof tiles, and all the supporting wooden structures for the roofing on the southwest side of the house. Then, SBC Repairman Edward Westenholtz and other unauthorized intruders left all the damages, debris, and wooden rubble all over the Hung Family's backyard, over the flower beds, and on the existing lawn trampled in the backyard. Since 2006, the City of Lombard and the Fire Department Bureau of Inspectional Services, Chris Steiskal have blamed Defendant Lombard Resident Homeowner Gardenia C. Hung for the municipal code citation and violation, when the Lombard Homeowner is not at fault nor guilty in this legal action for the criminal activities, damages, and extensive losses instigated by SBC Repairman Edward Westenholtz and other unauthorized intruders, trespassers who have committed a criminal public offense by the destruction of private real estate property owned by the Hung Family in Lombard, DuPage County, Illinois. SBC Repairman Edward Westenholtz and other intruders have maliciously and willfully destroyed private real estate property. They have deliberately and intentionally violated the Lombard International Property Maintenance Code of the Illinois Code of Ordinances in DuPage County. Consequently, Defendant, Gardenia C. Hung is not guilty nor liable as charged by Plaintiff in this legal matter. Under U.S. Constitutional law and the Illinois Compiled Statutes, any party or persons guilty of such criminal activity is liable for public offense, proportionate to the value of any property damaged, altered or destroyed, and thereby accountable for the Lombard Home Damaged Property and All The Losses, The Destruction, and The Crimes Caused By Their Wrongful Criminal Acts Against Gardenia Hung & Family. For the record, the City of Lombard, the Police Department, the Fire Department Bureau of Inspectional Services, and local DuPage County law enforcement have not notified the Hung Family or advised the Lombard Homeowner Gardenia C. Hung, of any Compensation, Restitution or Payment For The Criminal Activities to date. Continue »
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The Daughter of Mr. Roberto Hung has not received Lombard Real Estate Payment nor Compensation or Restitution as a Du Page Homeowner in York Township, State of Illinois, USA Continue »
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Online News Association Conference 2014 Attendees Visit NBC 5 Tower in Chicago for a tour by a staff guide to take a look at behind-the-scenes of NBC Universal Newsroom and Studio, in order to gain a better understanding of newsgathering in the Digital Age. Continue »
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Sunrise In Autumn By Lake Michigan In September. Photo: GHung Continue »
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I so love celebrating Cuban (!) Hispanic Heritage Month with you guys because... Our stories need to be told. Cubans are amazing people. Speaking of great "Cuando sali de Cuba" stories, I know many of you have already seen the documentary, Cubamerican. If you haven't yet, you will be amazed at how beautifully and poignantly it depicts the struggles and triumphs of Cubans who were exiled here and eventually made America their home. Get a copy! STAT! Here's a list of the highly accomplished Cubans who were interviewed for the film. Carlos Eire Lorena Feijóo Pedro José Greer, Jr. Mirta Ojito Andy Garcia (be still my foolish heart) Gonzalo Rubalcaba Pedro A. Sanchez Achy Obejas Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Felix S. Sabates, Jr. Alvaro de Molina Tony Pérez Gustavo Pérez-Firmat (friend and lover of the MBFCF cookbook) José Orlando Padron Steven Bauer Raoul G. Cantero III Roberto González Echevarría Eduardo J. Padrón... Continue »
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I know that all of us Cubans who left our homeland because of the communist revolution have a story. Many of the stories sound pretty much the same, but of course, the details are slightly different and oh-so-very personal. As I read over your comments on the last post, I could almost tangibly feel the pain and loss of each individual. It doesn't escape my notice that every single one of you remembers the exact date of your departure from Cuba. Some wounds never quite completely heal. Here are the stories I've collected so far: Cuando Sali de Cuba - stories of courage and hope. However, the gift of the film Cubamerican is that the stories that are told are of both loss and triumph. Having arrived here not knowing the customs or the language, we Cubans managed not just to survive, but to thrive. All the stories are fascinating... Continue »
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My family moved to the U.S. reluctantly. When we left Cuba, we didn't know we were coming here for good. I think that's a part of our story as Cuban refugees that doesn't get much play. When we left our beloved homeland, we (when I say "we," I mean, my parents) thought it was only a temporary stay until that whole pesky revolution thing blew over. Obviously, it has not. The Verdés Sisters, circa 1961. Our 1st photo here in the U.S. We began our life here in the U.S. based on the premise that it was going to be sort of a long vacation. Then we began calling it exile. Then there came a point when we knew for certain that there was no going back. It's Hispanic Heritage Month. From the 15th of September to the 15th of October, we, here in the U.S. celebrate the contributions of... Continue »
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This photo was taken in September 1971 with Mrs. Marie Palmer and our family in the backyard at 2930 North Albany Avenue where my Mr. Roberto Hung J.D., my Mother, myself, and my brother were leasing the first floor of the Chicago house near Avondale Elementary School. Continue »
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I took this photo in September 1971, featuring Mrs. Marie Palmer, her friend Bernie, my Father Mr. Roberto Hung J.D., my Mother, and Brother where we lived at 2930 North Albany Avenue in Chicago, Illinois 60618 USA. Continue »
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My four kids have always been in super different places in life, which has always kept our lives interesting. I remember when Amy Kikita started college. It was the same year Jonathan started Kindergarten. Yeah. Kindergarten and college. With Lucy in grammar school and Adam in high school there was never a dull moment around here. Change is inevitable. Kids grow. They go out into the world to find their fortunes. They meet other people. They make new friends. They have adventures. They find their way in the world and add different kinds of cares (good and bad) into our lives as parents. So I mark the passage of time as I always have, by the ages and activities of my children. Eric and I find ourselves navigating some challenges that we hadn't experienced before. But that's what keeps life exciting, right? And, yes, our kids have always been in... Continue »
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As I'm writing this, I have "Take me out to the ballgame" playing in a loop in my head. I am anticipating the excitement of arriving at Chavez Ravine for the big day on Sunday. From last year, I remember the awesome pre-game Viva Los Doyers party with the Charanga Cubana playing classic Cuban music. I loved being surrounded by all my Cuban people as they came to enjoy the music, the game, and especially the "Cubania." I can't wait to find our seats inside Dodger Stadium. I love looking around and seeing a sea of Dodger blue shirts. I'm so excited that one lucky MBFCF reader will join me and my family and all the rest of the Cubanity on Sunday, August 17th to cheer on our boys in blue (and expecially our home boy, Yasiel Puig.) Congratulations to Daniel Swaby! He won this fantastic Dodger Gift Pack and... Continue »
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Lombard Real Estate Damages & Losses For Gardenia C. Hung-Wittler, For The Company Communications, Languages & Culture, Inc. and The Estate of Mr. Roberto Hung J.D. and Surviving Family in District 5, York Township, Du Page County, Illinois 60148-3028 USA. Continue »
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Wedding Anniversary on the Reception aboard the Star of Chicago Yacht Cruise by Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, Illinois USA. Continue »
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Yesterday (Mother's Day) morning, I came downstairs and found this: I'm glad they opted for the sit-down-in-the-dining-room breakfast because I'm so not the breakfast-in-bed type. Happily, my children learned this about me many, many Mother's Days ago. Don't get me wrong, I love breakfast. It's The Most Important Meal of the Day and all that. But in bed? Not so much. So my family made a Mother's Day Breakfast/Brunch for me yesterday. What I loved most (besides that they got up early and decorated and made that cool sign and set the table and that there were fresh flowers) was that when I saw all that they had done, I realized that they had learned it from me. I'm the one who has always insisted we use real plates and real napkins. That there be fresh flowers and serving dishes. That everyone has a place and that there be plenty... Continue »
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It's 90 degrees here in our little corner of Southern California and I know it's only May, but this weather is making me sooo ready for summer. As I mentioned before, we have been in serious remodel mode around here. Read about that here: Where There Is Life, There Will Be a Mess And now that the painting is complete, everything else that we had outside is looking a little old and shabby. Not in a cool, shabby-chic way, either. See what I mean? I started with the question: What do we actually do on our front porch? Actually, we spend a lot of time there. It only gets a tiny bit of setting sunlight because of it's north facing position, so we can sit out there comfortably pretty much any time of the day. Eric sits out there when he's working from home and catching up on phone calls.... Continue »
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Gardenia Hung is a Lombard resident homeowner Illinois Victim of Heinous Hate Crimes, Home Invasions, Kidnappings, Torture, Hospitalizations, Auto Accidents, Abuse, Murder-for-Hire Conspiracy, Physical Injury near Saint Pius X Catholic Church and School, Westmore Elementary School, Deicke Home for the Retarded, in District 5, York Township, Du Page County, Illinois 60148-3028 USA. Continue »
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I have a recipe today that was kind of a happy accident. Ever since I went up to San Francisco a few months ago to cook my Picadillo, my family has been clamoring for it. Yes, there's been clamoring. For the past few years I've been making my picadillo with ground turkey. It's just become a thing. When I cooked for the Blurb Food Fair, I used fresh ground beef. And here's what I found: it definitely tastes different. Better. In fact, I'm so sorry, ground turkey, but ground beef totally wins. I mentioned this tidbit to my family and immediately they started asking for it. Clamoring. I had already sung the praises of the ground beef vs the ground turkey. I couldn't just leave them hanging. Fine, I said. I'll do it, I said. And I did. And there was much rejoicing in the land. Last week Eric's family... Continue »
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There has been so much preparation leading up to this week. Of course, I'm sure it's been like that in every home that celebrates Christmas. And also, did it seem like December just vanished in a puff of smoke, or is that just me? We're not the people who put up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving. We take our time and savor December. We slowly add decorations and touches as the month progresses. It makes it all feel so much more magical to me. I never want Christmas to be a thing that needs to just "get done." *shudder* I was very deliberate this year about slowing down and taking care of myself and my family. I was determined to find joy in everything we did this year. Can I just tell you - slowing down is hard! Especially when the rest of the world is in full go!... Continue »
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