Creating Holiday Traditions at Capella Pedregal

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December is around the corner and as every year, I am in anticipation of everything beautiful that this festive month will bring.  My holiday traditions used to include making a snowman with my friends, spending the Christmas with my family and enjoying my mom’s delicious cuisine, and then celebrating New Year’s eve with friends in a snow cabin, skiing and enjoying the white winter.

After moving to Cabo San Lucas 6 years ago, I have created my own holiday traditions.  White Christmas became a sunny holiday with the beach, pleasant weather and snowmen in the sand.  I love holidays here at Capella Pedregal resort as well.  We welcome the entire December with beautiful festive decorations and ornaments, and – perhaps this is just my impression – there is something solemn and joyous in the air.  I love the special food and beverages our culinary team prepares for the season.  Some of my favorites are traditional rompope, our home made eggnog, Mexican hot chocolate with a spicy touch, Christmas punch, buñuelos (crispy fried treat is like a sweet tostada sprinkled with sugar) and of course turkey, which here in Mexico we eat traditionally for Christmas.  During the holidays special events take place and festive menus are served in all of our restaurants.  Many of our residence owners enjoy their Christmas feast in their unit, prepared by one of Capella Pedregal’s chefs.

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My absolute favorite Capella Pedregal tradition is the arrival of Santa Claus, who doesn’t have a sled, but rides in on a Harley Davidson!  This has been part of our resort traditions since our opening, and is beloved among our guests, especially the youngest ones.  Santa or Papa Noel, drives through the Dos Mares tunnel flanked by his helpers, who also ride on shiny Harley Davidson motor bikes.  Along with him, Santa brings a big bag of presents- something for each of young guests.  Once all of the kids have received their presents and taken photographs with the Santa, I look forward for my turn.  You’re never too old to get excited about Santa’s visit, right?

I love the new traditions I have made for myself, and I hope you can join us at the resort and create your own holiday traditions at Capella Pedregal in sunny Cabo San Lucas.

Creando Tradiciones De Navidad En Capella Pedregal

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Diciembre está a la vuelta de la esquina y como cada año, estoy ansiosa de todo la belleza que este festivo mes acarrea.  Mis tradiciones navideñas solían ser cosas como hacer muñecos de nieve con mis amigos, o pasar Navidad en familia disfrutando la exquisita cocina de mi madre, y después celebrar la Noche Vieja con los amigos en alguna cabaña en medio de la nieve, esquiando y disfrutando el clima invernal.

Después de mudarme a Cabo San Lucas hace ya 6 años, he tenido que crear mis propias tradiciones navideñas.  La “blanca Navidad” se volvió una soleada fiesta en la playa, con un agradable clima cálido y “muñecos de nieve” pero de arena.  Así también me encantan los festejos en Capella Pedregal.  Damos la bienvenida a Diciembre con hermosas decoraciones y ornamentos, y tal vez sea esta sólo mi impresión –hay un aire de solemnidad y felicidad en el aire. Me encanta todos los alimentos y bebidas característicos de la temporada que nuestro equipo culinario prepara durante estos días.  Algunos de mis favoritos son el tradicional rompope, el chocolate caliente mexicano, con una pizca de picante, el ponche navideño, los buñuelos, y por supuesto el pavo, el cual se acostumbra en México cenar en Navidad. Durante las fiestas, hay lugar para varios eventos especiales y menus festivos que se sirven en todos los restaurantes.  Muchos de nuestros dueños de residencias disfrutan de un banquete de Navidad en sus residencias, preparado por alguno de nuestros chefs en Capella Pedregal.

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Pero mi tradición favorita en Capella Pedregal es la llegada de Santa Claus, el cual en Cabo no tiene el típico trineo, sino que llega montando su motocicleta Harley Davidson! Esto ha sido parte de nuestras tradiciones.  Desde que abrimos las puertas del resort esta ha sido una tradición que año con año se ha ganado el corazón de nuestros huéspedes, especialmente de los más pequeños.  Santa o Papá Noel, conduce através del túnel Dos Mares al lado de sus ayudantes, los cuales también montan sus motos Harley.  Junto con el, Santa trae una gran bolsa de regalos –algo para cada uno de nuestros pequeños huéspedes. Una vez que cada pequeño ha recibido su regalo y tomado fotos junto a Santa, espero mi turno.  Nunca se es demasiado adulto para emocionarse por la visita de Santa, ¿verdad?

Sin duda amo las nuevas tradiciones navideñas que tengo, y espero que nos puedan acompañar en el resort para crear sus propias tradiciones navideñas en Capella Pedregal en nuestro hermoso y soleado Cabo San Lucas.

 

Secrets To A Christmas Goose

The Christmas season has officially arrived!  Now, last year at this time I told you about our Christmas Markets.  This year I want to fill you in on a very special dish that is served during the holiday season: roasted goose with dumplings, glazed chestnuts and red cabbage.

Do you know the feeling when certain scents are attached to memories?  Well, when I smell roasted goose and those side dishes, many childhood memories come to mind— Christmas with my grandparents, wintery evenings at home with the family and vacations in the countryside.

Also at Breidenbacher Hof’s Brasserie “1806” the season for roasted goose has begun.  And our chefs are not just preparing the traditional roast— they also created an entire three-course menu to go along with it!  In addition to the goose, the menu includes truffle and liver pate for starters and chocolate and quince dessert.  Yummy!

I have always wanted to prepare the goose for Christmas Eve with my family, but have been too intimidated.  This year I plan to conquer my fears and have asked our chefs for tips on preparing the perfect roast goose at home.

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Here is what I learned:

-  The weight: A goose with a weight of 4 kilos should be enough for 6 people.

-  The ingredients: You should add water, oranges, apples, some lemon and herbs (e.g. Mugwort) to the goose in the roasting tray. Use the resulting stock to moisten the goose throughout the roasting period.

-  You can calculate 45 minutes in the convection oven (180°C) for every kilo of goose.

-  The perfect side dish: We add traditionally red cabbage to the goose. Some of you may ask, why we always eat that much cabbage in Germany.  Well, like potatoes or corn in the US, this is one of the most prevalent crops in Germany.   One secret to good red cabbage: Add some cassis liqueur and goose fat to it.  Believe me it makes a huge difference!

Hopefully I have taken some of the mystery out of roasting the ideal Christmas goose!  Let me know if you tackle this dish for your holiday meal.

Gänsezeit Be Breidenbacher Hof

Die Weihnachtszeit hat offiziell begonnen! Vor genau einem Jahr habe ich Euch etwas über unsere Weihnachtsmärkte erzählt. Doch in diesem Jahr möchte ich ein besonderes Gericht der Weihnachtszeit vorstellen: Gänsebraten mit glasierten Maronen, Rotkohl und Kartoffelklößen.

Kennt ihr das Gefühl, wenn bestimmte Gerüche mit Erinnerungen verbunden sind? Naja, wenn ich genau diese Weihnachtsgans mit besagten Beilagen rieche, erwachen in mir ganz viele Kindheitserinnerungen – Weihnachten mit meinen Großeltern, Winterabende zu Hause mit der Familie und Ferien auf dem Lande.

Auch in der Brasserie “1806” im Breidenbacher Hof hat die Gänsezeit begonnen. Aber unsere Köche haben nicht nur eine Weihnachtsgans zubereitet – sie ist Teil eines drei-Gang Menüs! Dieses wunderbare Menü bietet unter anderem Gänseleberpastete zur Vorspeise und Schokolade mit Quitten zum Dessert. Einfach lecker!

Ich wollte schon immer mal eine Gans an Weihnachten mit meiner Familie zubereiten, doch habe es mir nie zugetraut. Für dieses Jahr habe ich mir allerdings vorgenommen, meine Angst überwinden und habe auch bereits unseren Küchenchef nach brauchbaren Tipps gefragt, wie die Gans zu Hause perfekt gelingt.

Hier das Ergebnis:

-  Das Gewicht: Eine Gans von 4kg sollte für 6 Personen reichen.

-  Die Zutaten: Fügt zu der Gans im Bräter Wasser, Orangen, Äpfel, etwas Zitrone und Beifuß hinzu. Den entstehenden Sud könnt ihr nutzen, um die Gans regelmäßig damit zu übergießen, so bleibt sie schön saftig.

-  Man plant ca. 45 Minuten pro Kilogramm Gans ein, bei einer Temperatur von 180°C Umluft.

-  Die perfekten Zutaten: Verfeinert doch den Rotkohl mit etwas Cassis Likör und Gänseschmalz. Ihr könnt mir glauben, das macht einen großen Unterschied.

Vielleicht habe ich Euch mit diesen Tipps ja auch die Hemmungen vor der Zubereitung genommen! Lasst mich wissen, ob ihr die Tipps ausprobiert habt.

Christmas In The Tropics

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As the year draws to a close, my favorite season is just beckoning round the corner – Christmas. I always feel like there is something indescribably festive in the air during Christmas.

Unlike what we often see in movies, here in Singapore, white Christmases are only made possible in our imagination. However, I assure you that a tropical Christmas has its own charms.

Each year, Singapore’s major shopping belt – Orchard Road is decked out in a special festive theme. I particularly love the nostalgia of the glittering lights which adorn the roads, the shopping malls with their larger than life seasonal decorations, and of course the delectable aroma of all the Christmas treats, reminding me of all the presents and parties each year.  While Christmas is largely a western tradition, Singapore still celebrates it with much fervor and gusto. Families and friends get together to share good cheer over a sumptuous festive spread and being Singaporean, there is one thing we know: how to have a fantastic feast!

Most locals embrace Western traditional foods such as a big roast turkey, a good leg of ham and of course the Christmas log cakes and candy. This year, I have decided that my roast turkey will be served with a twist.  Instead of the usual roast turkey, I will be serving a Tandoori turkey.  I have gone down to Little India to buy traditional Indian Tandoori spices and herbs such as cumin and garam masala.  I can’t wait to serve this turkey dish with a twist!

Of course, there is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with a group of carolers belting out all the festive favorites in local shopping malls and hotels. The sounds of the angelic choruses never fail to hit the right chord and send me sailing home in a seasonal mood.

If you still cannot decide how to spend this Christmas, come and join me in Singapore for a tropical Christmas and experience the kaleidoscope of celebrations in this cosmopolitan little island.

Christmas In Pedregal

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December festivities are well behind us, and January is already calling to take action to make 2012 an even better year.  And while I’m working on my New Year’s resolutions, I love to glimpse through our festive photo album, with the images of all the activities we did these past holidays at Capella Pedregal.

Bonfires, star gazing, Christmas cocktail parties, amazing holiday menus, the New Year’s Eve party with the Capella All Stars Band, and of course – the arrival of Santa.

Who needs a sleigh in paradise?  Not Capella Pedregal’s Santa!  He arrived to the resort on a Harley Davidson, bearing gifts for all the guests.  I loved watching all the kids at the resort, who waited with great expectations and enthusiasm!  There were “ooohs” and “awws” and squeals of delight as each opened their gifts.  And after his work was done, Santa took off, promising to return next year.

Our 4 years old guest, Anna, showed me her gift: it was a wool turtle.  I liked it so much, that I enquired about it with Isis Aguilar, our AlmArte Boutique Manager.  She explained that these wool animal toys are handmade by Tzozil women from the state of Chiapas, Mexico.  The wools are dyed and embroidered with distinct designs.  The toys are produced by Marisa Porrua, a Mexican company conceived as a result of the desire of promoting Mexican indigenous culture through high quality textile products.

I am already looking forward to the next holiday season, but in the meantime I will focus on my New Year Resolutions, so that when Santa returns he will know that I’ve been good!  Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet?