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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With 123 Andrés

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Andrés Salguero and Christina Sanabria make up the husband-wife team 123 Andrés. Though based out of Reston, Virginia, the Grammy Award-winning duo is rarely at home. "Our concert schedule takes us to so many places and we always arrive ready to explore," says Sanabria. "Recently we performed in Lake Jackson, which is south of Houston. We had never heard of this city before, but we ended up having a lot of fun. This is one reason we love being performers -- we get to arrive to a new city or town with no plans and get tips from the families who live there. No city, town or neighborhood should be written off as boring or a dump. Every place has something to show us, if you are willing and open to seeing it." 123 Andrés performed at Lollapalooza this summer and are currently on tour supporting their latest album, "Canta las Letras" ( Fans may stay in touch with them via Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (

Q. If you could only pick one place to eat on the road, would you choose a casual meal at a street cart or fine dining at a nice restaurant?

Christina: We definitely prefer a casual meal at a street cart. We're most at home in casual spots. Eateries don't have to be fancy to be amazing. We were in Chicago and friends took us to Freddy's Pizza in Cicero. It's a no-frills spot, but it has amazing, homemade Italian food and the gelato is a must. We've been back several times since.

Andrés: We have had memorable meals at nice restaurants, though. One that sticks in my mind is El Naranjo in Austin that specializes in Mexican food from Oaxaca. We had several different types of mole and they had so much flavor. Unforgettable.

Q. Do you speak any foreign languages?

Andrés: Yes, I grew up in Colombia, so Spanish is my first language. I also am working on learning Portuguese.


Christina: I grew up in the States, but always spoke Spanish at home. I started taking French in grade school and continued through college. I always love an opportunity to practice.

Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?

Andrés: We would love to visit West Africa. Friends from Senegal have shared travel suggestions with us. It's a beautiful culture. For us as Latin American musicians and teaching artists, so much of the rhythms we work with -- from the Caribbean and Brazil, Mexico and Colombia alike -- have their roots in Africa, from when Africans were brought to the Americas as slaves. Our Afro-Latino heritage is always front and center. I would love to learn from folk musicians in West Africa and experience that connection firsthand. An added bonus is that in Senegal, Christina would get to practice speaking French.

Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?


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