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Zingy Mango Salsa Recipe


A colorful dish of delightful flavors – ideal with summer cocktails
on the patio, beach or boat!

4 large ripe mangos* sliced and chopped to 1/4 inch chunks (plus mushy parts)
4 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped to 1/4 inch chunks
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh ginger root
1-2 small, but fiery red jalapeno peppers – finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber (sking and seeds removed)

optional: 2 or 3 large ripe peaches – also finely chopped
whole cilantro leaves without stems for garnish

Chia Head Shrek & Mango 16 x 12 open edition printChia Head Shrek & Mango

TOOLS
a good peeling and chopping knife
a large glass bowl for mixing – you may want to serve in this as well
bowl or container for peelings (makes great compost for your garden)

*4 good sized, ready-to-be-eaten Mangos (from your favorite tree or market). Here in Miami, the Florida ‘Haden’ is usually readily available and I believe these are one of the most popular varieties sold in supermarkets. If you can fine “Nam Doc Mai” Thailand mangos, these would make an exceptionally sweet and aromatic salsa. Good to use all of the same kind, but mixing 2 different kinds of mangos can create a unique flavor to this dish.

Prepare at least 2 hours ahead of serving time. Serve at room temperature with scoop shaped corn chips. Salsa is also an excellent marinade/condiment to fish or chicken dishes.

Recipe makes about 3 cups (4 if you add the peaches)
Yum… just typing this out has my mouth watering. ENJOY!  

MANGO Blue Tote Bag SALE – click here!

 

 

 

Buy Art & Make Many People Happy!


See work of all Summer Salon Artists here and here.

Information on how Neat Stuff 4 Kids brings joy
and confidence into the lives of children in need.

Summer Salon multi-media art exhibition ends next week,
so stop by Windisch-Hunt Fine Art gallery
at 2911 Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove, FL
and treat yourself or buy art for a friend.
You’ll be happy, your friend will be happy,
the gallery and artist will be happy,
Neat Stuff 4 Kids will be happy
and the children they get to help will be happy.

That’s a lot of happy people all sharing some great art and HAPPY ENERGY!

Social Media event at the Havana Club, Miami

wired, wide awake and full of ideas again after tonight’s stimulating and informative Social Media presentation at Miami’s Havana Club. Thank you to The Association of  Women in Communications of South Florida @awcsf for putting this together, speakers, @alexdc and @murrayiz and the Havana Club for superb cocktails and hors de’ouevres!

[ Alex de Carvalho, co-founder of StartPR and adjunct professor of social media at the University of Miami, and Murray Izenwasser, Director of Client Strategy, Interactive Services for Starmark International. ] 

A few images to share:

Social Media Raffle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODE magazine announces designers for Summer Salon fashion show


Coconut Groove, FL- Summer Salon is a collective mutli-media art exhibition that features unique and creative artwork by some of South Florida’s finest in the industry. The opening Summer Salon reception will be held on Saturday June 6, 2009 from 7-10pm.  This creative symposium will be held at the Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery located at: 2911 Grand Avenue in Coconut grove, FL 33133. The event will feature artwork exhibitions by over eighteen talented artists, poetry readings by Jonathan Rose & Jerry Wade, live music by Zip Robertson, and an extravagant fashion show by Mode Lifestyle Magazine.
 
Alexander Michaels, President & Editor-In-Chief of Mode Lifestyle Magazine along with Vice President Frank Capella will present the Mode Models for the exciting fashion show. Designs are by Nathan Carter, Miriam Carnase – Olivia Lucas line, Deborah Majen Designs, Jennifer Trujillo, Sandy Edie, and Cortese Design Handbags.

 
A percentage of all art sales will benefit “Neat Stuff”, a non-profit agency who’s mission is to “provide free brand new clothing, shoes, accessories, and gifts to meet some basic needs of abused, neglected and other children in distress, allowing them to dress with pride and dignity, inspiring their self-worth.”  This amazing event will tie in South Florida’s wonderful culture by creating an artistic experience to all guests that attend.  Not only will there be live music, poetry, artwork, fashion, and networking but a great opportunity to get involved within your community and benefit the “Neat Stuff” charity.
 
Mode Lifestyle Magazine will also be hosting a model casting for this fashion show and for their new movie “In the Mode” at 5:00pm on June 6, 2009 at the Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts Gallery. MODE is looking for models/actresses with previous acting experience, must be 18+, female, 5′8”+, and catwalk experience.
 
The Summer Salon art exhibition will continue through the month of June. For additional information on this event please contact grovite1@mac.com. For additional information on “Neat Stuff” charity please visit www.neatstuffhelpkids.org.

For information on the casting or fashion show please visit www.modelifestylemagazine.com

Model, Diane Mooney poses on Lincoln Road with Cortese Designs Mango Blue Casual Totebag

Model, Diane Mooney poses on Lincoln Road with Cortese Designs "Mango Blue" Casual Totebag

New Cortese Design bags to debut at Summer Salon in Coconut Grove, FL

White Orchid Lincoln Road, South Beach
“White Orchid” Lincoln Road, South Beach

Model, Diane Mooney, with my White Orchid Casual Tote Bag,
strikes a pose for photographer, Paul Andre
during our shoot on Lincoln Road, South Beach, Florida.

Three NEW Nature’s Energy Cortese Design Bags will debut on Saturday, June 6th during the opening reception at Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts’ “Summer Salon”, a multi media art exhibition.

My new ‘Luscious Reds’, ‘Sea Blues’ and ‘Fuschia Macro’ casual tote bags will accessorize the trend-setting models of Mode Lifestyle Magazine’s Fashion Show.

New Natures Energy Cortese Design Sea Blues on Casual Totebags, June 6th in Coconut Grove, FL
New Nature’s Energy Cortese Design “Sea Blues” on Casual Totes, June 6th in Coconut Grove, FL

The NEW Luscious Reds design bags will premiere on June 6th during the opening reception of Summer Salon at Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts in Coconut Grove, Florida.
The NEW ‘Lusciious Reds’ design will premiere on June 6th during the opening reception
of “Summer Salon” at Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts in Coconut Grove, Florida.


Fuschia Macro is an adaptation from an earlier design, Fuschia Flowers. This NEW artwork will debut on the large, casual tote by Cortese Designs. by
Fuschia Macro is an adaptation from an earlier design, Fuschia Flowers.
This NEW artwork will debut on the large, casual tote by Cortese Designs.

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