Luis Miguel in concert

by Oscar Castillo

 

Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri was born in April 19, 1970 in Puerto Rico and raised in Mexico. Often nicknamed “El Sol de Mexico,” he is from Spanish and Italian descent. His father was Luis Gallego Sanchez, a Spanish singer, and his mother was Marcela Basteri, an Italian actress. When Luis Miguel was young, his father encouraged him to study Elvis Presley and mimic his style, an endeavor that paid off.

In 1981, at the age of 11, Luis Miguel released his first album, “Un Sol,” and two years later, he started touring Latin American countries including Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, and Argentina. In 1990, he made a successful transition from a child singer to an adult showman with the album “20 Años” and an ensuing string of sold-out shows first in Mexico, then throughout Latin America and elsewhere in the world.

The album “20 Años” sold 600,000 copies in its first week of release and resulted in two of the tracks hitting number one on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks in 1990. Luis Miguel’s career has spanned more than twenty-five years and has become one of, if not the most iconic singer of Latin America.

His wide vocal range of music from pop to bolero, mariachi and romantic ballads, has made him one of the most popular Latin American artists ever and has been praised by critics and other artists all over. Although extremely private about his personal life, he is somehow always making news and his popularity has spanned across entire generations. There is not a Latino alive who does not know who Luismi is. Currently on tour with his latest album, “Mexico Por Siempre!,” Luismi will arrive at the Laredo Energy Arena on May 29. Get your tickets now for this legendary event.

Because Mom deserves the Best

by Oscar Castillo

 

Mother’s Day is all about treating that special lady in your life to a good time. It’s nice to just kick back and go out for some good food while reminiscing about life and just enjoying each other’s company. A great way to bond over yummy food is to go out for brunch. Brunch is that early afternoon treat that usually involves taking care of your sweet tooth. We’re all about our food, so we thought we’d mention a couple great options for your brunch with mom.

To start off, Delicias De La Tierra offers a grand variety as well as many healthy options. From eggs in a variety of formats to wraps, salads, sandwiches, and soups, Delicias has something for everyone. Every item on the menu can be as healthy as you want with their many choices for a personalized meal. Don’t forget to accompany your meal with a healthy juice. Delicias also features pancakes and waffles as well as oatmeal and fruit salads for a sweeter palate. If we’re talking about pancakes however, one can never go wrong with IHOP. The International House of Pancakes is a safe bet when you’re craving that sweet treat. With endless cups of coffee, it’s a great place to relax and spend the afternoon.

For something a bit heartier, Paulita’s is a Laredo classic. Paulita’s restaurant has made a name for itself thanks to it delicious and enormous breakfast tacos. From bacon and egg to beans and cheese, each taco is deliciously crafted around their delicious handmade flour tortillas which just hit the spot. Another great option is La Finca, Bruncheria and Café. They have authentic Mexican favorites such as chilaquiles, and other delicious morsels as their French toast with fresh fruit, omelets, and toasted biscuits. Of course, no good brunch is complete without a good mimosa or piña colada, so keep your spirits up this mother’s day and let mom know exactly how much you love her by treating her to a nice meal.

 

Delicias De La Tierra offers a grand variety as well as many healthy options. From eggs in a variety of formats to wraps, salads, sandwiches, and soups, Delicias has something for everyone.

Skintology Spa

 

Aesthetics is the lifestyle of beauty, art, and health. Skintology is Laredo’s oasis for aesthetics. Since 2013, the sister duo of Cristell Laurel and Andria Laurel Botello have been working non-stop to offer their clients the latest, advanced spa treatments available. Their belief is that healing begins in the inner body and transmits outward.  Their specially-designed clinically-proven treatments are aimed to provide optimal health and well-being.

Cristell says that Skintology Spa has taken her and Andria to new heights in the spa industry. Andria loves all facets of body and health and is expanding new services in the already fabulous pilates schedule. Cristell loves all things related to helping someone achieve a feeling of inner beauty. It is a beautiful connection that they share with multiple interests all under one roof. The goal they share is the same: they want to be the best at what they do and aim to make your experience mystical because you deserve it.

Let Skintology Spa heal your body, mind and soul.Let the relaxing setting rejuvenate your day and allow their professional staff to make this possible with one of many special services.

Skintology Spaoffers an array of services that include:

A fabulous selection of Massagesare available. From volcanic to the Australian Vichi exfoliating water therapy massage.

Facials:Our skinsters delight in RESURFX, IPL, chemical peels, laser facials to name a few bring out the true beauty and glow in your face.

Laser hair removalusing the latest technology that reduces the the growth of hair with less treatments. It is painless, more effective, and results are more immediate when compared with other laser machines on the market.

Weight loss treatmentsthat include treatments for stubborn cellulite, wrinkles, and skin tightening techniques. For fat loss, Skintology also offers the Cryo Sculpt technique using clay, The Ideal Protein Program is also available and is a sure way to knock off a minimum of 3 to 5 pounds weekly.

Full salonfeaturing hair color, cut, style, waxing brow tints and lash lifts. Custom manicures and pedicures using hot stone and Skintology’s own custom blends.

Fully equipped Pilates gymthat features the Cadillac, the ultimate in reformer beds, the barrel, and the chair. This is Andria’s passion and specialty. If you haven’t tried a class, you don’t know what you have been missing!

A retail centerthat features the best skin and hair products. The center also has luscious candles, aromatherapy products, fitness and sleep wear. Skintology has just what you are looking for to make that special someone feel extraordinary.

Be it a birthday, bridal shower, spa girl party, anniversary, Mother’s or Father’s Day, or a graduation Skintology’s got you covered!

Let Skintology Spahelp you recharge for a better tomorrow. Visit them at 3402 East Delmar Blvd, Suite 200 or call 956-727-0950.

Beyond the River Walk

by Oscar Castillo

Our grand Gateway City is oftentimes compared to our neighboring cities, especially in the summer when school is out and vacations are nigh. A popular outing destination for Laredoans seeking something a bit out of the routine is the ever-busy San Antonio. Here, we’ll cover some fun options for anyone heading over this summer.

The most obvious hotspot for San Antonio is its legendary and renowned River Walk. The walk consists of a historical and scenic tour of the heart of the city along a beautiful urban waterway. Walk along while visiting the popular shops and restaurants surrounding the area, or hop aboard a water taxi and have a relaxing time as you float along the horizon.

What truly makes San Antonio shine is the variety of attractions it houses within the city such as its popular amusement and water parks like Six Flags and Splashtown, or its natural tourist destinations such as the Natural Bridge Caverns, an underground system of explorable caves, or its botanical gardens, great options for a date. For animal lovers, Sea World offers a great way to experience marine life, and the many museums and arts centers offer a more eclectic view of the world.

Of course, one of the hottest parts of San Antonio is its bustling nightlife. Whether downtown or along the River Walk, there are dozens upon dozens of choice eateries, clubs, and bars from which to choose from. Forget you live in a small town for a night and dance the night away surrounded by lively strangers all there for one thing: to party. San Antonio is just a blast to explore. Find its many hidden gems next time you’re in the neighborhood.

 

 

The city houses popular amusement and water parks like Six Flags and Splashtown, and  natural tourist destinations such as the Natural Bridge Caverns.

A Taste of Spain in Laredo

by Maria Salas

Located at the expanding and fast-growing hub of Bob Bullock Loop, there sits an out-of-the-box restaurant-bar offering Laredo a unique dining experience. A chorus of laughter and an unforgettable pattern of Moroccan tile welcome you the moment you walk into Tabernilla.

At the heart of this restaurant-bar, there lies traditional Spanish cuisine paired with the perfect atmosphere to hangout and have a good time with friends.

Chef and owner Roberto “Bobby” Gonzalez is a native Laredoan who graduated with a Culinary Arts degree from New England Culinary Institute in 1999 after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Promotion and Computer Science from Depaul University in 1997. He immersed himself in different culinary experiences learning through traveling and working with different chefs in Spain. It was these experiences that transformed his palette into one that inspired him to bring something different to the Gateway City.

From the moment Tabernilla opened in January of 2015, Bobby has put a lot of thought into offering Laredo as authentic of a Spanish experience as possible. A variety of ingredients are imported specifically from Spain to offer an immersive experience to his customers. He imports Spanish chorizo, cured meats, cheeses, olives and the olive oil used for cooking. Tabernilla also has a big selection of Brandi, gin, sherry wine, and vermouth. All of which are very popular among Spaniards and Laredoans alike.

And why wouldn’t they be? After all, Laredo has Spanish roots holding on to rich history that goes as far back as the foundation of the city. It is only fitting that Tabernilla found its niche in this city.

“There’s been a lot of thought put behind the dishes. Getting ingredients from Spain is part of it. Trying to follow flavor profiles and cooking techniques is another part. All of this is done to give people a genuine experience,” Bobby explained.

Tabernilla is a traditional Spanish restaurant catering to the culture of hanging out that is found in Laredo, much like it is in Spain. The restaurant offers tapas, which are finger foods that create casual eating moments with friends. As well as having full-sized entrees if you’re looking for a more relaxed and sit-down meal.

“Aside from [our menu] there exists the social aspect of eating like a Spaniard. Tapas are foods you eat in small amounts; normally when you’re hanging out with people. [My wife and I] liked that whole aspect. That way of eating. It resonated with us and we were reminded of what people here [in Laredo] do. People go out and they like good food, but they go out to hang out. You rarely see people go out alone; it’s not really the norm. Mostly, people go out in groups. Just the fact that people like to do that here really made us think that this might work out,” Bobby described.

Tabernilla caters to just that. You can walk in and enjoy a Spanish wine with a quick bite to eat after a good workout or you can celebrate a special moment by enjoying a full meal surrounded by close family and friends.

Your experience at the restaurant can be what you really want it to be. If you want a real taste of Spain, visit Tabernilla at 7124 Bob Bullock Loop Ste. #101.

Chef and owner Bobby makes an especially large effort to bring to the city a more original experience; From their entrees to their desserts, Tabernilla likes to include local produce as much as possible; Try one of the many delicious cocktails on their menu such as their Gin Martini.