Save the date. Pan American Food and Music Festival, 25 and 26 of August, at Yonge-Dundas Square

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During winter time everyone’s that hasn’t seen or experienced what summer is about around the Greater Toronto Area has heard things like … Wait until summer comes, everything is green, OMG summer is perfect, not like winter, you have to wait until summer and all the food and festivals you can find around the city, and so on. 

In the end, here we are in summer, and yes, of course, everything is green and people is outside. I was outside on winter too, but the reality is that is less harsh especially at open spaces and nothing better like enjoy food and music in a patio or in the hundreds of festival in this wide and multicultural metropolitan area.  Sure you might have read the best place to go or visit during summer in Toronto. I particularly keen for the Latin flavours and some food fusions.



Last month I was in Carassausaga. A multicultural festival created more than 30 years ago, is actually the largest multicultural festival of Ontario. 70 countries represented, is quite big and spread into pavilions. Food, music and cultural performances, it was very enjoyable, check their website for next years edition. Two other festivals I recommend are Rib Fest and Taco Fest. If you love tacos and ribs, these two are a great option for you!


Now, something that I’m dying to attend is the Pan American Food and Music Festival, which is a multicultural event where the cultures of the 41 Pan American countries are reunited showcasing their traditions, tastes, dances, music and more. Food trucks, food vendors, culinary events that are something to taste and appreciate. As I’ve been researching this is not just a festival to grab and eat.

The Pan American Food and Music Festival brings a higher culinary level to those looking for a palate upgrade. Is a Free event that will be held and Yonge – Dundas Square during 25 and 26 of August, there is also a VIP opening reception and I will do my best to get in.

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The Panam Food Fest brings chefs from all the region and this year there are showcasing Ecuador. Also in this year all the chef presenting during the food competitions, other of its many highlights are that all of their 20 chefs presenting are women’s!. I think this is the first time in a culinary event I’ve heard about it.

2016 Dineout Oktoberfest

The Festival has Caliente y Picante, which literally translates to hot and Spicy. Chefs will compete and present their dishes at the Food competitions tent. If you like hot and spicy Latin food, this is the place. Also, Sea Food fantasia is a competition to join in, because seafood tastes even better during summer, maybe accompanying it with a beer?

And talking about beer, this year the Panam Fest is bringing a Beer Garden right on Yonge-Dundas square, can you believe it?

Because is a 2-day event, there are additional things to do. Like the Arepa Contest, heard about those contest of who eats more hot dogs? Well, this one is about who eats more Arepas. A dish from Venezuela and Colombia.

Is cooked maize dough in a pan or fried, either way, taste great, besides is gluten-free, so Vegans welcome. It has a round form, think like it a sort of rounded shape sandwich. You can put in everything on it, from a salad to any kinds of meat, or an egg, just butter or simple cheese.

©2018  Panam Fest

There is a registration to join on this contest, contact the event management on Facebook for inquires.

Music is the additional half of the Festival. From Salsa to Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Capoeira, Joropo, you name it. All Pan American rhythms from 11 am to 11 pm on Saturday 25th and from 11 am to 8 pm on Sunday. So if you like to eat, dance and know about all the traditions and folklore of the Pan American countries this is a must to do in this summer in Toronto.

I’m not supposed to be here

You have to excuse me, but the copy of the title Is not mine, is actually a Ted Talk phrase from Amy Cuddy.
The reason I’m bringing this here and started writing this post is that, while doing my presentation about selling out myself for my Advertising sales class I found out this Ted Talk, please watch it until the end.

Is amazing all the learning experiences we have in our lives and many things that we let pass by. All the very interesting people we found on our way, that bright from the very inside. Of course, there are others that even though they have the money to buy everything they wish and want, have complex outcomes in their living’s experience.

So coming to Canada or being a migrant everywhere in the world is tuff, it is. I’m not supposed to be here. I have all to achieve a justified fail; debts, not having enough money to pay my tuition, a recently born daughter (Expenses related to), had a cool job in my country that I loved, worked in a corporation that I admired so much, followed my bosses like my leaders, all this by taking few risk.
But being scared of fail is actually a little bit fun, today as I’m writing this I have so much to be thankful for. I love everything about my life, my wife, of course, my little baby, my studies.

My first 12 weeks in Canada had been a full challenge. Nowadays time for me is more valuable than ever before. So by this, I guess I just want to say thank you to everyone that I have found and push me into this way to come to this crazy adventure.
To all migrants everywhere, you might not be supposed to be there, but make the best of it, right here, right now.

Where is Social Media going ?

There is always a time when you sit down and think about the past. I foresee that Social Media won’t be as big in terms of one main and big Social Media channel cap the whole market. Instead, there will be emerging channels where you can take advantages of what they have.

We already saw blogging has never disappeared, but the main lights were on Facebook and other. Blogging in returning stronger than ever. Video blogging, in platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter and of course Facebook is a big thing not new either, but with more engagement and time spent among users.

As for business matters, content creator will be more exposed to be truly full of their contents. So if you have a blog about pets and you mentioned something that might be biased, you will be a slave of your words more than ever.

Internet freedom has been an issue and I think there will always be. Someone in your audience might like many of your content, but if at some point this person critics your work and you don’t reply or adopt a clear position about it, you might not be paying real attention, hear is not the same as listening.

In recent days I just hear about a new Social Media for photographers, like Instagram, called VERO, I haven’t tried it yet, I will do it eventually. But this is just an example of what will be coming in the next months year. New forms of communication and VR will be a part of it.



Are there any rules for Social Media?

Social networks are about freedom and power to communicate our ideas, share other people’s and media’s publications, comment on issues of any type and even, mark our position on a topic.

The important thing is that, although there is no instruction manual for correct behaviour on social media since “Social” is adapted to users, there are networks that have a defined purpose. Instagram for photos, Twitter for “microblogging” or LinkedIn ideas for business and professional networking. So we can mention thousands of social networks.

Although we cannot reverse its use, it is important to take the best of each network and exploit it based on our communication needs, always taking care what is published, for whom it is published and what is the purpose of these publications.

What to do and what not to do in your personal social networks

It is recommended:

  • chuck norris approved Have a profile picture: in the vast majority of social networks this photo is public, take care of what you show, it’s your business card.
  • Share or publish things that you identify with: favourite music, playful or industry items, etc.
  • Fill in the description of your profile: Empty spaces do not generate trust in your followers.
  • Configure privacy filters: In some networks, you can create lists of things you want to share only with family, friends or with your co-workers.

What you should avoid:

  • Share risqué images, irrelevant to your customers or followers.
  • Raise the tone in some controversy. You are exposed to public derision, it is better to handle the conversation with clear arguments.
  • Lying, about anything. Your followers are given Dead End - close upaccountability for what you speak and sooner rather than later they can expose you.
  • Share anything just for the sake of it. It is important to have context and know where the information comes from what are you going to share or re-tweet
  • Post topics or personal information. It seems logical, but every day we see information that is shared about personal problems (couple, children, etc.) and even your personal phone number.

I have no time for Social Media

Photo by: David Adam Kess

I was walking on the street the other day and I heard someone saying, “I have no time for Social Media”. I have to be honest, I laughed a bit. I’ve been working on Social Media for over 8 years, and make no mistake, I respect his opinion. But among all things you can mention as negative in Social Media, there are positive things too.

Just to name a few positives facts: It connects with family and friends you have to long time not seeing. You can showcase your work, share your ideas with a particular group or with all the world. Research about a language or even travel to that country, by just reading someone else blog or tweet about it.

And that what brings us to today post. If you like Social Media but honestly don’t have time for it, there are good tools that will do the work for us, not everything but comes in handy.

HootSuite: Is a Social Media management platform, is pretty much your Social Media assistant. This tool help you to find content to share, it also helps to program and analyze the best time to publish it. You can connect all your Social Media i.e. (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, WordPress, among others)

So let’s say you like to tweet about the Best places to visit while in Toronto. In Hootsuite you can look for hashtags, #VisitToronto just #Toronto and then write and even deeper info about or visit this place and take more pictures of it. Same applies to Instagram or a Facebook page about interesting places to visit. You got the idea!

For me, there is no better Social Media platform than Hootsuite, I’ve been using for over that 5 years. There is a free edition, enough for a regular user. If you have a business I would recommend the Pro Version, it´d give you more freedom and tools to program more publications a month, as well as other important tools. I leave you a video about Hootsuite. Works a bit like a landing page of your own. If you are a photographer or maybe a writer, In About me, you can feature all the Social Media channels you´re in. You can do a brief intro about who you are and if you feel comfortable maybe a picture of yourself or your work instead. give you statics of the clicks your landing page receives and other statistics. You can give and receive compliments from people like you and so on. The URL of you landing on works like your own personal hub, you can put it in your email signature. Here is my about me page, just like a sample, forgive me for the picture, I need to renew it.