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Black Velvet
December 16, 2012 – 3:09 pm | 17 Comments

Childhood memories are vivid, almost indescribable in their detail, and impossible to forget. A Christmas memory I have is that of a black velvet dress  a family friend gave to me for my seventh Christmas.
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“Stories” For Cosmopolitan Latina Magazine
December 9, 2011 – 8:30 pm | 38 Comments
“Stories” For Cosmopolitan Latina Magazine

Cosmo: Latinas are Hot
The word is out that spicy Cosmopolitan magazine next year will launch a new magazine, Cosmopolitan Latina, for Spanglish-speaking, bi-cultural American Latinas.
(Kind of like the Tiki Tiki, but with more advertising and …

Batatas or Camotes? Or What is a Latino?
November 27, 2011 – 2:09 pm | 21 Comments
Batatas or Camotes? Or What is a Latino?

This essay is about a couple of conversations I recently overheard on a message board that have left me thinking about how we, people of Latino/Hispanic origin, are similar, but not.
A group of women with …

Empanadas: The Global Fried Pie
November 9, 2011 – 1:00 am | 13 Comments
Empanadas: The Global Fried Pie

I am declaring it, right here, right now:
The Future is Fried Pies.
Fried pies sold in rolling trucks, fried pies sold in cute little cafes, fried pies served as dessert in chichi restaurants.
It is the next …

Dominican Food: Hearty, Delicious Recipes
October 31, 2011 – 1:00 am | 11 Comments
Dominican Food: Hearty, Delicious Recipes

Ed. note: The Tiki Tiki asked Clara, the genius behind the Dominican cooking site, Aunt Clara’s Kitchen,  to share some favorite recipes from the Dominican Republic.
To learn more about the typical creole cooking, the …

The Rules of Growing Up Latina
October 14, 2011 – 6:33 am | 38 Comments
The Rules of Growing Up Latina

A few weeks ago, my daughter, who is almost 8, asked for red nail polish like mine.
The first thing that popped into my head and out my mouth was: “It isn’t appropriate.”
But why, she asked, …

Latinland USA: A Tiki Tiki Guide
September 24, 2011 – 1:00 am | 9 Comments
Latinland USA: A Tiki Tiki Guide

Yes, there are Latinos in Nashville. Muchos. Lots, even in the little surrounding country towns.
Yes, it is no Miami, but when I need some pica pica and Latino-ness, I know just where to go. I’ve …

Mexican Albondigas Soup Recipe — Easy, Rico!
September 12, 2011 – 1:00 am | 22 Comments
Mexican Albondigas Soup Recipe — Easy, Rico!

Ed. Note: Please welcome Nicole Presley, of Presley’s Pantry, as the newest regular contributor to the Tiki Tiki. Her food essays and recipes will give you hambre y felicidad.
By Nicole Presley
At first people thought it …

Café Flan Recipe
September 10, 2011 – 3:13 pm | 23 Comments
Café Flan Recipe

At my house, there always is a jar of instant café in the freezer, which I use especially for making heavenly Coffee Flan.
It is easy. Just dissolve café granules into the flan’s liquid ingredients, making it a …

Tropical Homemade Paletas and Ice Cream Recipes
July 7, 2011 – 6:39 pm | 13 Comments
Tropical Homemade Paletas and Ice Cream Recipes

I have been making paletas and ice creams regularly ever since we published a mango paleta recipe on the Tiki Tiki. I was inspired.
In my freezer are watermelon, blueberry yogurt, strawberry, pineapple and blueberry/lemon/strawberry paletas …

Accepting the Self: Latinas on Body Image
June 26, 2011 – 6:44 pm | 37 Comments
Accepting the Self: Latinas on Body Image

 
Body Image in Two Cultures
I usually have been too flaca for my Cuban family’s taste.
“Oye, estas muy flaca. Se te van las nalgas.” (Hey, you’re too skinny. Your butt is going to disappear.)
But, then at …