Tuesday, December 4, 2012

VSBrooks’ Favorite Holiday Movies.

It’s that hectic time of year again when you’re trimming the tree, rigging the lights or shopping like mad. But there’s always time to sit and watch your favorite holiday movies. Here are the bid favorites around the office. Maybe they’ll inspire you to make time for your favorite holiday flick.

Marlene Torres loves The Santa Clause. All 10 sequels, too.

Junior Jimenez prefers a little tear jerking with his eggnog, thus he has The Family Stone on his watch list. He also likes Nothing Like The Holidays. “It reminds me of my crazy family in NYC… the fictional one.”


Daniel Timiraos and Maria Williams stick to the traditional A Charlie Brown Christmas. “We watched this every year and it reminds me of my childhood and the innocence of still believing in Santa. The soundtrack is still my all time favorite Christmas CD.” – Maria Williams

In stark contrast, Diana Brooks and Nicky Goicouria never miss Elf. “’Congratulations...World's BEST cup of coffee! You did it!!!!!’ “when he gets to NYC)…Haha LOVE that movie! All time favorite!” – Nicole Goicouria

Olivia Errasti loves Home Alone because “I would have loved to pull even just half the pranks Macaulay Culkin did!!! I STILL would love to do that.”

Cristina Alvarez loves The Wizard of Oz. Who doesn't, really? Even though she did agree she would join Olivia in Home Alone-ish hijinks.

Gabriela Zamorano never misses A Christmas Story. According to Gaby, “Who hasn't had to convince their parents to get them something for Christmas?” It also helps that the movie gets played about a million times during the month of December, so it’s hard to miss.

In between multiple viewings of A Christmas Story with Gaby, Eric Zamorano watches Ace Ventura Pet Detective. “Best movie ever, no matter what the holiday.”

Barbara Marchena loves Miracle on 34th Street. Why? “Because when I was little, it just reinforced my belief in Santa Claus (at the time).”

Yisel Zas likes a not-so-classic movie based on a very classic book The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. “I am not a fan of the holidays. My family calls me Little Grinch. This movie is perfect and I have very high hopes that one day my heart will grow three sizes and I will love Christmas, lol.”

Vivian Santos was a late entry into the list. She just assumed “us youngins” would have mentioned “the best feel good Christmas film ever,” It’s a Wonderful Life. Is that movie in color or black and white?

Did we miss your favorite? Let us know what it is. We’re always looking for a new movie to watch to pass the time while wrapping gifts.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Chain Email Worth Sharing

An Interesting Story about an Ad Agency on Madison Avenue

The boss of a Madison Avenue advertising agency called a spontaneous staff meeting in the middle of a particularly stressful week. (This is one pretty sharp boss!) When everyone gathered, the boss, who understood the benefits of having fun, told the burnt out staff the purpose of the meeting was to have a quick contest. The theme: Viagra advertising slogans.The only rule was they had to use past ad slogans, originally written for other products that captured the essence of Viagra. Slight variations were acceptable.

They turned in their suggestions and created a Top 10 List.. With all the laughter and camaraderie, the rest of the week went very well for everyone! The top 10 were:

10.Viagra, Whaazzzz up!

9. Viagra, The quicker pecker picker upper.

8. Viagra, like a rock!

7. Viagra, When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.

6. Viagra, Be all that you can be.

5. Viagra, Reach out and touch someone.

4.Viagra, Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.

3. Viagra, Home of the whopper!

2.Viagra, We bring good things to Life!

And the unanimous number one slogan:

1.This is your peepee... This is your peepee on drugs

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

VSBrooks' Flavors of Thanksgiving

Turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. These are the tastes and smells of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. But at VSBrooks we're not as conventional. We asked around to find out what  the different flavors brought to the VSB family table are. There are some very different and palatable answers!

Vivian Santos:
Her Thanksgiving meal is very traditional, with the exception of the tequila shot everyone (over 21) takes right before eating. According to Vivian, no one remembers when the tradition started, and I think we know why.

Diana Brooks: 
Their Thanksgiving claim to fame is Krispy Kreme bread pudding with homemade whipped cream. Wow.

Junior Jimenez:
Junior brings his Puerto Rican background to the table with arroz con gandules, guineos en escabeche and templeque for dessert. Hispanic much?

Nicky Goicouria:
Nicky combines two traditional tastes; one Cuban, the other very American in her Pumpkin Flan.

Olivia Errasti:
Olivia augments the flavors of traditional pumpkin soup with the addition of craisins and green apples.

Becky Benitez:
Even though Becky's family cooks a traditional Thanksgiving meal, her cuban grandmother refuses to give in. She makes ropa vieja and fried yuca and twists everyone's arm to eat it.

Cristina Alvarez:
Well... we'll let her tell you:

"Turkey a la Cristina, injected with everything from mojo to wine to garlic. Non-Kosher stuffing with sausage, bacon, olives, dates, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, raisins, figs, onions, garlic, and peppers.
White rice a la Elsa (my sister in law) - venezuelan style. Potato salad a la Minita (my mom) with thinly sliced onions, peas, and hard boiled eggs, with a secret batter that includes mayonnaise, dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Mini miga sandwiches of a variety of flavors, including anchovies and hard boiled eggs; and prosciutto and goat cheese."

Eclectic as always.

Maria Williams:
Choose your carbohydrate! Maria makes her super secret potato salad, baked mac and cheese and sweet potato casserole with pecans.

Ingrid Trigo de Serrano: Her family mixes cuban and american flavors with their Sweet ham and congri and yuca.

Daniel Timiraos:
His Thanksgiving dinner is strictly traditional, except in how the turkey is cooked; with bacon, lots and lots of bacon...

So now that we've got your mouth watering go and cook something already!  All of us at VSBrooks Advertising wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving, spent with good food and better company.