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Dulce de Leche and Vlogging Latinas

Submitted by on April 9, 2010 – 8:08 am2 Comments

So, we skipped el Buzz last week and didn’t even get a chance to talk about the talented and hot Ricky Martin and his big news, or the passing of the wonderful  Jaime Escalante, who inspired Los Angeles students to achieve and the movie Stand and Deliver.

Your editor apologizes for her journalistic failing last week, but makes it up to you today by telling you about Dulce de Leche everywhere, and some other good stuff.

First, the Tiki Tiki will give you a Week of Vlogging — vlogiando? —  starting Monday. Come back to see video posts such as a funny viejita talking about today’s technology, a Latina confessing a love of NASCAR and a half-gringita from SoCal getting in touch with her cubanita side.

We promise fun, and we’re asking you to consider sending us a video post too. Yes, you! Check out our Contributor page and the link to our YouTube group too. Come on, you can do it! No seas tan penosa.

Dulce de Leche for Everyone
How does a little dulce leche in your pocket sound? Nearly as good as some in your barrigita, let me tell you.

But, Nestle Carnation has launched a phone app to compliment its Mi Cocina Latina site, which offers hundreds of sweet and savory Latin food recipes from all over the Spanish-speaking world…and the United States, of course! Visit the mobile site, and the iTunes app site, or you can browse the main page online.

I’m all about the dulce leche. In fact, I am the self-proclaimed Diva of Dulce Leche. So, salivation in control, a quick exploration found 114 recipes with the ingredient of the dioses. You also can narrow the search by 21 Latin American countries like Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela.

Check out the Bolivian Tamarillo and Fruit Ice Cream and Guatemalan Canillas de Leche or “Little Milk Legs” or Creamy Margaritas.

Ay!

InStyle Cupcakes in Miami taunts me with images of cupcakes made of dulce de leche and guava, which they say is their hot seller. I can’t eat them until this summer when I visit the crazy Cubans who are my family. So, here is a public service for all of our Miami readers, friends and relatives — a picture of dulce de leche cupcakes. Go eat them and tell me about them, OK?

By the way, they also try the The Johnny Walker Cupcake, The Cuba Libre Cupcake, The Rum Runner, and the Margarita cupcakes. Report back, please.

Poemas y Poetas
April is National Poetry Month. (Yes, Dulce de Leche month would be better, but…) look at these cool ways to fill your mind with beauty and inspiration. Or maybe look up poems by Latino writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Jack Agueros, Luis Rodriguez, Pat Mora, Judith Ortiz Cofer and Gary Soto. You can search their names at Poets.org.

Celebrate Latino Children’s Literature
The Latin Baby Book Club is celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros, which takes place April 3o, by hosting a month-long series of information on literacy for its readers. From the site:

Día is a wonderful opportunity to share the rich, diverse cultural heritage of Latinos with people from all cultures and allows Latinos to share cultural pride in their oral and written contributions.

The Boldest Chick in Cuba
The Revolutionary that is 34-year-old Yoani Sanchez of the ground-breaking Generation Y, was featured on NPR today. Twice a week she teaches young Cubans about blogging, Twitter and other digital ways of telling the stories of their lives. If you’ve ever been afraid of opening your mouth, get to know Yoani. She’ll show you truth beats fear. Anytime.

And with that, me voy.
Happy weekend and see you back here Monday for the Tiki Tiki Vlogiando Time.

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