Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dinner and a Spanish

Closing out Hispanic Heritage Month

Just in time to close out Hispanic Heritage month, AFI is hosting the Latin American Film Festival (plus films from Spain, Portugal, and the US) September 20 through October 10. You can browse the movies, dates, and times by country here.

I noticed some big names such as Spain's "As Luck Would Have It" featuring Salma Hayak. Also, the special presentation is "The Girl", with Abbie Cornish (from Limitless). Both were official selections from the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. 

I'm really looking forward to the music in "7 Days in Havana", which as per the AFI website is "a colorful collection of seven vignettes set in Havana, directed by and starring a blend of Cuban and international talents" to include one of my personal favorites, Benicio del Toro (El Yuma), official selection from Cannes Film Festival.

Another movie sure to have an awesome soundtrack is 
Tropicália. As per the AFI website, "Tropicália was a relatively short-lived but hugely influential movement in Brazilian arts and music during the late 1960s."

Get your Groupon ASAP

If you jump on it, you can catch a Groupon for 2 tickets for $12 or 4 for $24. This deal expires soon - one more day to catch it on Thursday, September 19.

Nando's sponsored Happy Hour

The AFI Silver Cafe is featuri
ng Happy Hour from 5:30pm - 7pm on 9/21, 27, & 28 and October 4 an 5 (every Thursday and Friday during the festival) for pass and ticket holders to films on the given dates. Happy hour includes complimentary tastes from Mozambique-Portuguese Nando's Peri-Peri from DTSS. I wonder if they'll have "natas", as featured on their menu. This egg tart pastry (dessert) is off the hook. So good that if they don't feature it, you should finish up at the happy hour, walk a few blocks over to Ellsworth and scoop it up (ask them to heat it up) and sneak it back in. You'll thank me.

Get saucy at Mi Rancho

Catch dinner at tex-mex restaurant Mi Rancho just a few blocks away on Ramsey Avenue. They have a huge covered outdoor patio and service is always prompt and courteous. The combination fajitas for two is plentiful and comes out quickly (in case you're in a hurry to get to your movie). You can even get one of these prior to the movie:

My brother-in-law ordered this last time we were there. It made him boogie down for Sergio Mendes at the Jazz Festival.
Lechon Asado oink oink

There's also Cubano's across the street from Mi Rancho with a smaller outdoor seating area as well. The Ropa Vieja (shredded beef Cuban style) is tasty and a staple and you can't go wrong with the Lechon Asado (roasted pork). You can also get a decent glass (or carafe) of sangria or a mojito.

1 comment:

  1. You picked out the 2 best in Silver Spring - Mi Rancho (love the platters) and Cubanos (love the Mojitos) - way to go!