Capella Pedregal’s Red Snapper Veracruz Style

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Easter season is around the corner!  In Mexico, as in many other countries around the world, Good Friday is a day where no meat is eaten.  In honor of the holiday, I have asked Capella Pedregal’s Executive Chef Yvan Mucharraz to share a traditional Mexican recipe perfect for the holiday– or any other day for that matter!  If you are a fish lover you should absolutely try it!

Red Snapper “Veracruz” Style

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Ingredients:

  • 500g Red Snapper cut into 125g Fillets (already in Loin)
  • 100g Cous Cous Israeli with Saffron (see preparation below)
  • 2Tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1/3C Toasted Almonds
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Brunoise
  • 250g Red Bell Pepper Juice (reduced to 100gr)
  • 1 Zucchini Brunoise
  • 1/3C White Wine
  • 2Tbsp Green Olives Chopped
  • 15 Green Beans Blanched
  • 3Tbsp Sun-dried Tomato (Chopped)
  • 2Tbsp Capers (Chopped)
  • 5Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 50g Chicken Stock

 

To prepare the Cous Cous:

In a medium size sauce pan, pour the chicken stock and add the cous cous.  Slowly heat the chicken stock until all the stock has been absorbed by the cous cous.  Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the toasted almonds, sun-dried tomato, 2Tbsp olive oil and stir.  Add salt to taste and set aside.

To prepare the sauce:

In a separate saucepan, add the reduced Red Bell Pepper juice, white wine and bring the mixture to a boil.  Remove the simmering pan from the heat and add the green olives, capers and zucchini.  Stir the mixture, and add 2Tbsp olive oil and parsley.  Stir to emulsify the sauce and set aside.

To prepare the Red Snapper:

In a non-stick pan, add a drop of olive oil and heat the pan.  Once the pan is hot, carefully place the red snapper fillet in the pan with the skin side down.  After approximately 5 minutes, turn the fish and continue to cook for approximately 2 minutes.

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To serve, place a large spoonful of the cous cous and Green Beans in the center of the plate, top with the fish. Drizzle the sauce around the edge of the cous cous and on the fish.                .

Note: Brunoise is a method of cutting vegetables, usually 3mm or less in size.

This delicious Red Snapper Veracruz Style is one of the most requested dishes at Don Manuel’s Restaurant , so even if you aren’t brave enough to attempt the recipe at home, please be sure to try it here at Capella Pedregal!

Huachinango a la Veracruzana

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Pascua está a la vuelta de la esquina! Inspirada en la fecha , en México, como en muchos otros países alrededor el mundo, Viernes Santo es un día donde se come no se encuentran. Inspirada en la fecha  , le he pedido al Chef Ejecutivo de Capella Pedregal, Yvan Mucharraz, que nos comparta una receta tradicional mexicana perfecta para – o cualquier otro día ! Si eres  amante de los pescados sin duda deberías probarlo!

Huachinango a la Veracruzana 

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  • 500 gr Huachinango cortado en Filetes de 125gr (ya en Lomo)
  • 100gr Cous Cous israelí con azafrán (cocido)
  • 2TBS Perejil fresco picado
  • 1/3 taza de almendras tostadas
  • 1ea Pimiento rojo brunoise
  • 250gr Jugo de Pimiento rojo (reducido a 100gr)
  • 1ea Calabacín brunoise
  • 1/3 taza de vino blanco
  • 2TBS aceitunas verdes Picada
  • 15ea Habas verdes blanqueadas
  • 3 cucharadas de tomate secado al sol (Cortado)
  • 2TBS Alcaparras (Cortadas)
  • 5TBS Aceite de Oliva
  • 50gr Caldo de Pollo

 

Para preparar el Cous Cous:

En una cacerola mediana, vierte el caldo de pollo y añade el cous cous. Lentamente calienta  el caldo de pollo hasta que todo el caldo se haya absorbido por el cous cous. Retira el sartén del fuego y revuelve con las almendras tostadas, tomates secos, 2 cucharadas de aceite de oliva y revuelve. Añadir sal al gusto y déjalo reposar.

Para preparar la salsa:

En una cacerola por separado, agrega el Jugo de Pimiento rojo reducido, vino blanco y lleva la mezcla a hervir. Retire la cacerola del fuego y añade las  aceitunas verdes, alcaparras y el calabacín. Revuelve la mezcla y agrega 2 cucharadas de aceite de oliva y perejil. Revuelve para emulsionar la salsa y déjalo reposar.

Para preparar el huachinango:

En una sartén antiadherente, añade un chorrito de aceite de oliva y calienta el sartén. Una vez que el sartén esté caliente, coloca cuidadosamente el filete de huachinango  en el sartén con la piel hacia abajo. Después de unos 5 minutos, voltea el pescado y continúa la cocción durante unos 2 minutos.

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Para servir, coloca una cucharada grande del cous cous en el centro del plato  y las habas verdes, cubre con el huachinango cocido. Rocía la salsa alrededor del borde del cous cous y encima del pescado.

Nota: Brunoise es un método de corte de verduras, por lo general X 3 mm o menos de tamaño.

Este delicioso Huachinango Veracruzano  es uno de los platos más solicitados en el Restaurante  Don Manuel’s , que incluso si la cocina no es lo tuyo, por favor, no dejes de probarlo aquí en Capella Pedregal.

Sitting Down With Celebrity Hairstylist, Julien Farel

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Julien Farel, French celebrity hairstylist, opened his first international salon at Capella Pedregal back in July 2009.  During his last visit he sat down with me to talk about his new projects and share some vacation hairstyling tips for our Capella Blog readers.

Julien Farel at Capella Pedregal

Julien, I am so excited to have you back with us at Capella Pedregal!  What surprises did you prepare for us this time?
I am so happy to be back and to have escaped the NYC winter.  I came to train the team on my new product line to ensure that we are taking the Capella hair experience to the next level.  Of course, I had appointments with a few Capella clients as well.  I always love seeing my Capella Pedregal clients!

And we love having you here. Please tell me more about your line of haircare and styling products, what are its benefits, what were your intentions when creating it?
We are taking the lead in the Anti-Aging Haircare arena and by bringing the science of skincare to haircare.  Our hero product, Restore brings us a cut above the rest because it is a completely new way of treating the hair, scalp and follicle.  Restore is multifunctional, like advanced skincare, so with one product, you can cleanse, treat and condition your hair.  Our entire Anti-Aging haircare line is powered by Anti-Aging Balance ‘A2B’ Technology to deliver powerful Bioactives to the hair, scalp and follicle. This results in the optimal environment for hair growth.

It is very hard to protect your hair while on vacation, being on the ocean and under the sun can damage your hair. Do you have any tips and products you can suggest for enjoying the beach and pools without damaging one’s hair? 
YES.   JF Anti-Aging Haircare Restore is a must for after swimming in the pool or in salt water.  It replenishes and rebalances the natural oils of your hair for immediate results due to its ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid.  It cancels out a long day of bad hair behavior by deeply penetrating into the follicle, scalp, and hair.

And for a romantic night (say, at El Farallón Restaurant!), you have a trained team at the Julien Farel Salon at Capella Pedregal that can pamper  guests. Can you tell me what services would suit such an occasion?
JF Salon at Capella Pedregal can offer hair styling with our cutting-edge products, hair coloring as well as any makeup application.  A bold cut that is based on the architecture of your face and silhouette, and reveals your personality can give you the confidence to conquer the world.  And, confidence is the sexiest part of a woman.

Thank you Julien! Cannot wait to book my next appointment at the Salon!

Platicando Con El Estilista De Celebridades, Julien Farel

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Julien Farel, estilista de celebridades francés, abrió su primer salón internacional en Capella Pedregal en julio de 2009. Durante su última visita, se sentó conmigo para hablar de sus nuevos proyectos y compartir algunos consejos sobre el cuidado del cabello durante las vacaciones con nuestros lectores del blog de Capella.

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Julien, estoy muy emocionada de tenerte de vuelta con nosotros en Capella Pedregal! ¿Qué sorpresas preparaste para nosotros esta vez?

Estoy tan feliz de estar de vuelta y haber escapado del invierno de Nueva York. Vine a entrenar al equipo sobre mi nueva línea de productos para asegurarme que estemos llevando la experiencia del cabello Capella al siguiente nivel. Por supuesto, tuve citas con algunos clientes Capella también. Siempre disfruto viendo a mis clientes de Capella Pedregal!

Y a nosotros nos encanta tenerte aquí. Por favor dinos más acerca de tu línea de cuidado del cabello y Productos Estilizadores. ¿Cuáles son sus beneficios?¿Cuáles fueron tus intenciones al crearla?

Estamos tomando la iniciativa en el ámbito del Cuidado Anti-Envejecimiento del cabello y trayendo la ciencia del cuidado de la piel para el cuidado del cabello. Nuestro producto estrella, Restore lleva un corte por encima del resto, ya que es una nueva forma de tratar el cabello, el cuero cabelludo y el folículo. Restore es multifuncional, como el cuidado de la piel avanzado, por lo que con un solo producto, se puede limpiar, tratar y acondicionar el cabello. Toda nuestra línea de cuidado del cabello Anti-Envejecimiento es impulsado por Anti-Envejecimiento Balance de Tecnología “A2B” para entregar Bioactivos de gran alcance para el cabello, el cuero cabelludo y el folículo. Esto resulta en el ambiente óptimo para el crecimiento del cabello.  

Es muy dificil proteger tu cabello durante las vacaciones, estar en el mar y bajo el sol puede dañar tu cabello. ¿Tienes algunos consejos y productos que puedas sugerirnos para disfrutar de la playa y las piscinas sin dañar el cabello?

SÍ. Restore de Cuidado del Cabello Anti-Envejecimiento de JF es imprescindible para después de nadar en la piscina o en agua salada. Repone y reequilibra los aceites naturales de tu cabello para obtener resultados inmediatos, debido a sus ingredientes como el Ácido Hialurónico. Se anula un largo día de mal comportamiento del cabello mediante la penetración profunda en el folículo, el cuero cabelludo y el cabello.

Y para una noche romántica (por ejemplo, en el restaurante El Farallón!), tienes un equipo entrenado en el Salón Julien Farel en Capella Pedregal que puede mimar a los huéspedes. ¿Me puede decir qué servicios se adaptarían para tal ocasión?           

Julien Farel Salón en Capella Pedregal puede ofrecer cortes de cabello con nuestros productos de vanguardia, la coloración del cabello, así como cualquier aplicación de maquillaje. Un corte atrevido que se base en la arquitectura de tu rostro y la silueta, y revela tu personalidad te puede dar la confianza necesaria para conquistar el mundo. Y, la confianza es la parte más sexy de una mujer.

Gracias Julien! No puedo esperar a reservar mi próxima cita en el Salón!

A Smartphone Wedding at Capella Pedregal

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It is no secret that weddings at Capella Pedregal are my favorite!  I love observing the entire process of planning, food tasting, rehearsal dinners, decorations and the wedding day itself.  And while each of the weddings is tailored to each individual couple, there is one wedding I wanted to share with you today – the wedding of a beautiful couple Crista and Chris, which was captured, the first in the world, entirely with the smartphone Nokia Lumia 1020.

0029CAPELLA_PEDREGAL_NOKIA_WEDDING_JOYMARIEI discovered the photos online, and then approached the photographer Joy Marie Smalwood to get more details about this unique wedding.  Joy Marie told me that when a PR firm initially approached her about a “secret project” with an unnamed client, her immediate thought was that it was a scam.  But it turned out that this was a real invitation by Nokia to photograph an entire wedding on their new smartphone, which has 41 megapixel capacity and several features, which we would normally find on a professional camera.

0028CAPELLA_PEDREGAL_NOKIA_WEDDING_JOYMARIEAnd while at Joy Marie Photography they love to push the boundaries, they were at first skeptical and nervous.  But they researched the capabilities of the phone, and decided to give it a try.  The bride and groom to be, Crista and Cris, have an adventurous spirit, and they agreed to have their Capella Pedregal wedding photographed with a smartphone.  Were they happy with the results?  “We can’t get over how well everything turned out.  Very impressive.”

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Myself and the entire Capella Pedregal team are impressed as well, and I’m so happy to share some of my favorite photos from Crista and Chris’s smartphone wedding, captured by  Joy Marie Photography on Nokia Lumia 1020, with you.

 

 

For more Capella Pedregal wedding photographs I invite you to visit our Facebook Photo Album here, and Pinterest album here, or visit our website for more information about Capella Pedregal weddings here.

 

Photos: Joy Marie Photography

Wellness Activities in Baja

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Happy New Year!  I hope the year started wonderfully for you!  For me personally, the New Year is always a time to reflect on all the good things in my life, my achievements in the previous year, and plans to start new beginnings with fresh ideas.  I like to start off with good intentions to make positive changes in my life.  This year especially, I want to focus on wellness in all areas of my life.  In Baja there are many activities that promote wellness and I wanted to share three of my favorites with you.  I believe they are a great way to connect with nature, your body and your spirit and I plan to experience them as frequently as possible this year!

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SUP Yoga:  I love SUP yoga, because it allows me to practice yoga in my favorite environment: the sea!  If you are not familiar with SUP yoga, it is yoga but done on a stand up paddle board (SUP) on the sea.  I love how it enhances the yoga experience and benefits, and really strengthens your core and balance.  You can partake SUP yoga classes at Medano beach in Cabo San Lucas (please check with your Personal Assistant on the dates, as they are organized as special events).  I also love to take an unplugged weekend in Los Barriles and attend SUP yoga classes with the locals.

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Surfari Trips:  If you like safari, you need to try a Baja surfari; a surf trip around Baja, where you get to surf some of the best surf spots in Baja!  Surfaris provide a very unique opportunity to experience nature, the ocean, hidden bays and small villages—all while learning new surfing skills and spend quality time with friends or family.  I love surfaris in Baja, as you can join them any time of year – because we are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, there are always great surf breaks somewhere.

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Spa Time:  for a complete restoration of body and health there is nothing like a visit to the spa.  At Capella Pedregal’s Auriga spa we have just launched the entirely new wellness program with wellness treatments and 1- to 3-day wellness packages based on moon phases.  One of my new favorite treatments is Harmonyum. Gabby, the therapist, who was trained exclusively on this treatment, explained that our body has the power to heal itself when we are in perfect harmony and it all starts in the spine, which connects and protects all the nerves in our body.  She explained that the Harmonyum method, which is based on curing with energy, works on the spinal column and the organs.  It transmits positive impulses to the body through the nervous system.  The experience is extremely relaxing, and you can feel the benefits throughout your body for days.  You will feel energized physically, mental and emotionally.

 

For more information on any of these and other wellness activities in Baja, please contact our Personal Assistants.

 

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