Proud To Support The American Red Cross And Its Lifesaving Mission

American Red Cross Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Salt Lake City, April 26, 2012 — On May 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM, the American Red Cross Blood Services Region will conduct its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

“Volunteers are crucial to our operations,” said Vickie Morgan, Volunteer Coordinator for Utah, “this appreciation luncheon gives us a chance to thank them.”

Unique to the program this year is the venue, the caterer and the keynote speakers.

The National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America has donated a large meeting room in its office building for the luncheon.  The food will be provided by Milagros, the Mexican food restaurant in Orem. Dave Tuomisto, owner of Milagros, said he is “proud to support the American Red Cross and its lifesaving mission.”

Speakers at the luncheon include Tyler and Elizabeth Fish

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Milagros Mexican Food Restaurant | Family Business

Milagros Mexican food restaurant is a family business.  Sarah and I work in the kitchen and dining room, and the kids are involved in some way.

We started the business in the fall of 2010.  There were a lot of folks who advised us not to open because the economy was in such poor shape.  We had already been through many business disappointments, so it was not an easy decision to make.

However, we decide to pick ourselves up… move forward with determination and hard work.  Our budget was on a shoe string and our kids were young and we didn’t want to leave them at home under the care of someone else.  We came up with a plan.

When I was on shift, Sarah was home with the kids, and when she was at Milagros, I handled the kids at home.  Sometimes it was necessary for us to be at the restaurant at the same time…. so we packed up the kids and took them along.

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Dirt Floor Taco Shops | One Tortillia At A Time

After I settled on starting a Mexican Food restaurant, I spent a lot of time exploring recipes for the best Mexican food around.  Sooo… I figured I should go where the cuisine was legitimate and see how real Mexican food was prepared and what it taste like.

I explored hundred of “roadside taco carts” or Taquerias throughout Mexico.  The Chiva (goat) district of Petatlan, Mexico, where each shack serves a different cut of goat, offered a unique and exciting experience.  From goat tongue to brains… very little went to waste.

One of my favorite activities in Mexico was to trick “rookie travelers.”  They usually loved the feast I ordered for them from the colorful Taquerias.  (Each Taqueria sat no more than 6 customers at a time.)

I waited till they finished (and they had raved about their meal) before disclosing what they actually had eaten.

Warning:   Women are less tolerant to eating “Goat Tongue Tacos” without previous knowledge.  I learned that it was wisest to stick to male buddies.  They tend to be easier going about what they ate.

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