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Friday, Jan 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:30 AM Lunar New Year Lion Dancing
5:00 PM  San Diego Tết Festival
5:30 PM SDMA+ The San Diego Ballet
7:00 PM Music: Kambiz Pakan
7:30 PM Shen Yun Chinese Music and Dance
8:00 PM Stage: The Great Leap
8:00 PM Stage: Bloomsday
8:00 PM Stage: Italian American Reconciliation
9:00 PM Music: Railroad Earth
10:30 PM San Diego Midnight Lion Dance Show 2020
Saturday, Jan 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM  San Diego Tết Festival
10:00 AM Lunar New Year at SeaWorld
11:00 AM 2nd Annual Australia Day
11:00 AM  Balboa Park Chinese New Year Festival
1:00 PM Maki Ishiwata Workshop
1:00 PM Discussion: No Human Being is Illegal
2:00 PM Talk: A Child's POV of the Nazis
2:00 PM Shen Yun Chinese Music and Dance
2:00 PM Stage: Bloomsday
3:00 PM Stage: The Great Leap
5:30 PM Celebration: Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet 2020
6:00 PM Year of the Rat Art Show
6:30 PM  Dance: Lakshmi Basile
6:30 PM  Music: Matrida Umoja Band
7:00 PM Dance: Zikr With Whirling Dervishes
8:00 PM Music: Railroad Earth
8:00 PM Stage: Bloomsday
8:00 PM Stage: Mama Mia!
8:00 PM Stage: Italian American Reconciliation
8:00 PM Stage: The Great Leap
10:00 PM International Student Festival
Sunday, Jan 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Lunar New Year at SeaWorld
11:00 AM  San Diego Tết Festival
11:00 AM  Balboa Park Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 PM Hands On Kimchi Workshop
12:00 PM Stage: Mama Mia!
1:00 PM Maki Ishiwata Workshop 2
1:00 PM Voices Of Hope: Survivors Of The Holocaust Share Their Stories
2:00 PM Stage: The Great Leap
2:00 PM Stage: Bloomsday
2:00 PM Stage: Italian American Reconciliation
2:00 PM Shen Yun Chinese Music and Dance
3:30 PM Stage: Mama Mia!
3:30 PM Indian Cultural Art Showcase
7:00 PM  Django JazzFest
7:00 PM Stage: Bloomsday
Monday, Jan 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Middle-Eastern Drum Class
Tuesday, Jan 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Talk: Symbols Of The French Language
7:30 PM Book Signing: Yangsze Choo
Wednesday, Jan 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Poetry for the People: African Americans
7:30 PM Music: Lerner-Moguilevsky Duo
7:30 PM Stage: The Great Leap
Thursday, Jan 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Cine En Sherman & Humano Film Festival
6:30 PM Sushi Making Class
7:00 PM Italian Film: Maccheroni
7:00 PM South Korean Pop Supergroup: SuperM
7:00 PM Book: Between Two Fires
7:00 PM  Human Rights Film Festival
7:30 PM Stage: The Great Leap
8:00 PM  Music: Sergio Mendes
8:00 PM Stage: Bloomsday
Friday, Jan 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM Bojo's Place: A Musical Revue
7:00 PM Book Signing: Isabel Allende
7:00 PM Music: Kimba Light
7:00 PM  Human Rights Film Festival
8:00 PM Bojo's Place: A Musical Revue
8:00 PM Stage: Bloomsday
8:00 PM Stage: Italian American Reconciliation
8:00 PM Stage: The Great Leap
Saturday, Feb 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM 6th Annual Cuyamaca College POWWOW
10:00 AM Lunar New Year at SeaWorld
12:00 PM Human Rights Film Festival
2:00 PM Music: Ozokidz
2:00 PM Staged Reading: Hand Under Hand
2:00 PM Stage: Bloomsday
2:30 PM DIY Miso Making Workshop
3:00 PM Stage: The Great Leap
7:00 PM Italian Film: The Girl in the Fog (La Ragazza Nella Nebbia)
7:15 PM Viennese Nights: A Grand Victorian Ball
7:30 PM Ludmila Peterkova String Quartet
8:00 PM Stage: Bloomsday
8:00 PM Stage: Italian American Reconciliation
8:00 PM Stage: The Great Leap
9:00 PM Comedy: Mike Salazar
Sunday, Feb 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Lunar New Year at SeaWorld
2:00 PM Stage: Italian American Reconciliation
2:00 PM Stage: Bloomsday
3:00 PM Bojo's Place: A Musical Revue
7:00 PM Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
7:00 PM Stage: Bloomsday
Monday, Feb 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Middle-Eastern Drum Class
Tuesday, Feb 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, Feb 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Poetry for the People: African Americans
7:30 PM Stage: The Great Leap
Thursday, Feb 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Stage: The Great Leap
Estofado de Oaxaca (Oaxacan Stew)
The Participant Observer Recipe of the Month is: Oaxacan Stew (Estofado de Oaxaca). Hailing from the predominantly indigenous state of Oaxaca, Mexico, the stew belongs to a unique cuisine that has received world-wide culinary appreciation. This spiced stew contains many ingredients typically found in this region of southern Mexico.

Oaxacan Stew

Oaxaca is a southern state in Mexico. The majority of the population in Oaxaca is indigenous with Mixtecs and Zapotecs (58% of the population) people being the most numerous. It is estimated that over half of all people who speak indigenous languages in Mexico live in the state of Oaxaca with nearly half the population not speaking Spanish fluently or at all. Because of this cultural heritage, while Oaxacan food does share ingredients with other parts of Mexico, some of their foods are quite unique. Oaxaca is famous for its huge variety of sauces known as mole prepared from a diverse number of ingredients but typically containing one or more types of hot peppers. The state is sometimes referred to as the "Land of Seven Moles" reflecting the seven basic types of sauces found there: negro (black), amarillo (yellow), coloradito (colored), mancha manteles (tablecloth stainer), chichilo (named after the main pepper), rojo (red) and verde (green). Often the mole is considered more important to a dish than the meat, pulses or vegetables that are smothered in the mole. One delicacy found in Oaxaca are chapulines or grasshoppers that are semi-domesticated and raised specifically for human consumption. Many different spices are used in Oaxacan cuisine besides numerous kinds of peppers, including cinnamon, oregano, anise, cloves, cumin, thyme, sesame seeds, marjoram and allspice. Favored ingredients also include plantains, tomatoes, onion, tomatillos, garlic, nuts (particularly almonds), limes and chocolate. The recipe below contains many of these ingredients. To purchase the ingredients that you might not find at Vons or Ralphs, check out the list of Ethnic Markets in the Participant Observer food section.

This stew is a family recipe and is a reflection of the flavors and aromas developed by the great cooks from the state of Oaxaca. Estafado means stew; this particular estafado (stew) from Oaxaca blends nuts, spices, bananas and capers to create an intriguing aromatic dish perfect for a family or festive dinner.

To prepare this dish you will need a spice grinder (or mortar and pestle), a blender or food processor and a large skillet.

Ingredients:

  • 6 large unripe tomatoes chopped into quarters (red, but with green color
    remaining,if possible)
  • Green olives stuffed with pimentos (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • ½ bunch Italian parsley
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 plantain (cooking banana)
  • 2 ounces natural style sesame seeds style (Guapo brand are a good choice,
    they are darker in color than regular sesame seeds.
  • 1 pound of chicken breasts, chicken tenders or dark meat chicken cut
    into large pieces
  • 1 corn tortilla
  • ½ stick of Mexican cinnamon ("canela") Mexican cinnamon is a must, because
    of its soft texture.)
  • 10 allspice seeds
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup peeled almonds
  • 1 cup chicken broth (optional)
  • Cilantro for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Boil quartered tomatoes, three cloves of garlic and ½ chopped onion until soft. Use just enough water to cover the vegetables.
  2. After ingredients are soft, let everything cool for 10 minutes.
  3. In a blender or food processor, puree the cooled ingredients.
  4. Bring water to boil in a pot and add the chicken, 3 garlic cloves, ½ white
    onion and 1 teaspoon salt.
  5. Boil gently until the chicken is cooked through.
  6. In a large frying pan fry quartered plantains in vegetable oil until
    slightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
  7. Gently heat corn tortilla in same pan and set aside.
  8. In same pan, brown the sesame seeds for a few minutes, turning them
    continously to ensure they don't burn. Set aside to cool.
  9. Grind in a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle all the spices (cooled
    sesame seeds, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and oregano into a smooth powder. You
    may have to do this in batches.
  10. In blender or food processor blend the spice mixture, parsley, cooked banana, almonds, oregano, raisins and tortilla into a thick paste.
  11. Mix in ½ -1 cup liquid-either water or the remaining water from cooking the tomatoes, or chicken broth.
  12. In large frying pan gently sauté this mixture with 1-2 tablespoons
    vegetable oil, finally letting it simmer gently for ten minutes. Add
    additional liquid if necessary to prevent sticking.
  13. Carefully add the blended tomato mixture to the liquid spice mixture in
    frying pan.
  14. Simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes
  15. Add to the simmering pan the cooked chicken, capers, olives salt to taste,
    and a pinch of sugar if desired.
  16. Simmer for a few more minutes.

Serve over rice, garnish with cilantro and eat with warm corn tortillas.

Recipe submitted by Hilary Dufour from Veronica and Culture and Cusine.

Photo by Hilary Dufour

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