sábado, 19 de septiembre de 2009

Rosh Hashanah at Cousin Claire's



In spite of our lateness and of Cousin Claire's anticipatory anxiety about the acceptance of her dinner -or more specifically, of her cooking abilities–, the event was a complete success. It served as an occasion for the family –the Jewish side of the family– to get together again and share some quality time in celebration of the Jewish New Year. The dinner was simply superb! Her culinary phobias and insecurities aside, Claire made some amazingly tasty, varied and visually stunning dishes, which pleasantly surprised everyone's expectations and palates.

The piece de résistance, though, was little Bella Rexon, the newest member of the Rexon-Clay family, daughter of Joshua (Claire's son) and Laurel, his fabulous wife. Bella is the most beautiful and most incredibly behaved 2 month-old baby I have come across in a long time. She is socially very adept to smile, coo and flirt (yes, flirt) with the people around her, especially the 'boys'.

Thank you, Claire for being a perfect hostess and thank you for a most memorable and delicious dinner and evening of family bonding.

Le Shanah Tovah!



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La Habana, Cuba, Los Ángeles, Estados Unidos
Nacido en La Habana, Cuba, el 3 de diciembre de 1960. Emigra a Estados Unidos en 1980, a través del éxodo masivo de Mariel. Ganador de numerosos concursos de poesía, literatura y ensayo en Cuba y Estados Unidos. Publica su primer poemario, "Insomnia" en 1988, con gran acogida por parte de la crítica especializada y el público. Considerado por críticos y expertos como uno de los poetas fundamentales y representativos de la llamada Generación del Mariel junto a Reinaldo Arenas, Jesús J. Barquet, Rafael Bordao, Roberto Valero y otros.