Pamela has been teaching Spanish for 20 years - she speaks several languages and has taught in Tucson, San Francisco, Nashville, Brentwood and now Newport Coast. Pamela has traveled and taught in Europe, competed in triathalons and is the proud mother of 3 year old Jorja. She comes to us today with a GIVEAWAY - something near and dear to her heart - oh and she's giving away THREE! Take it away old friend...
Lotería - Mexican Bingo
I was shopping along Olvera Street, the oldest street in Los Angeles. It is preserved as a walking street lined with shops, restaurants and museums, when I came across this game in a pale purple box. The images on the front jumped out at me: a beating red heart, white papel picado floating in a blue sky, and a green frozen paleta (popsicle) among others. The colors were so rich and bright almost like they were painted on a mural in old pueblo. I was excited to buy it, open it up and look at all of the beautiful designs.
One card after another reminded me of things I had seen or eaten in Mexico. I noticed the artist's website on the back of the box: http://www.teresavillegas.com/loteria/, so I decided to find out more. On her website, she has many historical references about the game. The original icons are seen everywhere in Mexico, from clothing to arts and crafts. She also explained many of the items she painted for this version, all 54 of which she painted on canvas and are on tour around the U.S.
Seems funny that a small purchase has given me such diversion and has impacted my life, however, this is quite true. I have shared this game with literally hundreds of people (can you say Rick Bayless?) and now I would like to share it with you. So blend up a batch of margaritas (helps your Spanish pronunciation), get some friends together, and play away! You can play for money, candy or just use popcorn kernels or beans.
If you win, be sure to yell out ¡Lotería!
Collect your game and immerse yourself in the beauty of old Mexico.
TO WIN - just leave a comment, easy as pie.
If you would like extra entries, you can become a new follower or blog about the giveaway, just be sure to leave me a comment/link so I know and I'll throw your name in the hat twice.
I'll announce the THREE winners (from my temp' home in Seattle) on Monday.