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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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Tiki Tiki con Marta
May 17, 2010 – 2:55 pm | One Comment
Tiki Tiki con Marta

Kikita (la hija de Marta) here and I have a happy announcement:
Mami will be turning…*ahem*… 21 on Friday, May 21st, 2010.

We will be in Miami for this momentous occasion and I’ve decided there is only …

Two by Two
August 19, 2009 – 12:23 pm | 16 Comments
Two by Two

We here at the Tiki really want to get to know you.
So, tell us about yourselves. Here are some questions to help you. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and put on your thinking …

The Best and The Worst
June 3, 2009 – 10:43 am | 9 Comments
The Best and The Worst

We, here at Tiki Tiki would really like to get to know you better.  Please answer the following questions about yourselves.
So, come on,  let’s start the Tiki Tiki today with a quiz. (I so love …

Defining: “Latina”
May 29, 2009 – 5:00 am | 8 Comments
Defining: “Latina”

I just read a column titled “When is a Latina not a Latina?’‘  The author, part Puerto Rican and non-Spanish-speaking, details frustrating moments when she was neither white enough nor Latina enough.
I shook my head …

We Are Not the Ricky Ricardos, or Embracing Each Other’s Culture.
May 21, 2009 – 6:51 am | 7 Comments
We Are Not the Ricky Ricardos, or Embracing Each Other’s Culture.

“It really doesn’t matter that I’m a gringa and my husband is cubanazo…. I have learned so much about a culture that I really knew nothing about before, but the most incredible thing is that despite my growing up in Idaho and his growing up in Havana, we share the same morals and values.The things his parents and grandparents told him and his sister are identical to the lessons and tidbits my brother and I received from ours.”

Running on Cuban time
May 18, 2009 – 3:09 am | 2 Comments
Running on Cuban time

These clocks are in my kitchen. They read from left to right like this:
~ Hanalei, Hawaii – our favorite place in the islands.
~ Mission Viejo, California – where we live.
~ Habana, Cuba – where I’m …

And now for something completely different
May 17, 2009 – 6:44 pm | 3 Comments
And now for something completely different

I don’t dare post pictures of what I have been up to in the kitchen anymore without posting the recipe. (I get emails…) I know I usually post about Cuban food, but I wanted to …

Salvador y Coca-Cola
May 17, 2009 – 6:04 pm | No Comment
Salvador y Coca-Cola

This was how we celebrated birthdays back in Cuba. These are my sisters and me at different ages.
(If you’re really curious, just count the candles on the cakes)
There was always a big, beautiful, almost-too-perfect cake …

The Legend of Sylvia
May 17, 2009 – 4:53 pm | 2 Comments
The Legend of Sylvia

We’ve got a dear family friend whom we’ll call “Sylvia.”  We’ll call her Sylvia because, well… that’s her name. =D
Sylvia is and has always been the representation of perfect Cuban womanhood to me.  I’ve known …

May 13, 2009 – 5:59 pm | One Comment

What if everything you’d been taught about home was not enough? What if it were not just the ciudad or pais you were born in, grew up in? Where you buried your treasures, your dead? …