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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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Cold Beach, Warm Memory
July 10, 2012 – 7:47 am | 8 Comments
Cold Beach, Warm Memory

This essay is part of the series: Pa’ la Playa: Beach Week on the Tiki Tiki.
By Helena Osorio
We are caribeños, we love the sun, the salty smell of sea, and the warm weathers of Venezuela …

Discovering the Rebel at the Beach
July 7, 2012 – 7:46 am | 10 Comments
Discovering the Rebel at the Beach

This essay is part of the Beach Week series on the Tiki Tiki, stories by Latina writers on La Playa.
By Lisa Quinones-Fontanez
My parents always seemed to be from two different worlds and the older I got, the …

“Ay sol bueno y mar de espuma, y arena fina…”
July 6, 2012 – 4:09 am | 4 Comments
“Ay sol bueno y mar de espuma, y arena fina…”

This essay is part of the Pa’ la Playa: Beach Week on the Tiki Tiki.
The title of this post is the beginning of a poem by beloved Cuban poet, Jose Martí. “Los Zapaticos de Rosa.”
Varadero, …

To the Mexican Beach
July 5, 2012 – 7:09 am | 12 Comments
To the Mexican Beach

This essay is part of the Beach Week series on the Tiki Tiki.
By Yvonne Condes
Every summer, we would pile into whatever car my dad had at the time and drive directly south. The temperatures were …

La Playa: Beach Stories
July 2, 2012 – 8:05 am | 19 Comments
La Playa: Beach Stories

Vamos a la Playa, calienta el sol…
This photo above is Miami Beach, probably around 1972. Back before it was trendy and mostly populated by retirees, a few tourists and Cuban immigrants and their young families.
The …

When Spices Fly: A Cooking Mission
June 25, 2012 – 6:53 am | 9 Comments
When Spices Fly: A Cooking Mission

By Briana Alfaro
When I first moved back to San Diego last year, my dad shared his early memories of life in Mexico, on el rancho. His family grew their own vegetables, raised animals for food and foraged …

Lessons from My Papi
June 16, 2012 – 1:01 am | 2 Comments
Lessons from My Papi

My father being 100% himself, playing with my daughter two years ago.
My father is spending Father’s Day in Cuba.
He, two sisters who live in the United States, and two sisters who live in Cuba are …

Play: Your Life Depends on It (Giveaway)
June 11, 2012 – 6:53 am | 18 Comments
Play: Your Life Depends on It (Giveaway)

The veranos of my childhood were spent at my Cuban grandmother’s house.
We watched a lot of TV and we ate a lot of ice cream. I didn’t play outside much because “hay mucho calor.” It was …

Finding Your (Hispanic) Roots – Video
May 27, 2012 – 8:32 am | 20 Comments
Finding Your (Hispanic) Roots – Video

Watch Adrian Grenier, Michelle Rodriguez, and Linda Chavez on PBS. See more from Finding Your Roots.
The Story of America
I have become a bit of a broken record.
Nearly everyone I speak to lately gets an earful …

Dicho: Perro Que No Camina
May 17, 2012 – 8:44 pm | One Comment
Dicho: Perro Que No Camina

Perro Que No Camina, No Encuentra Hueso
The dog who doesn’t walk about doesn’t find the bone.
So, let’s talk about you. What do you want? Are you moving, moving toward finding that reward?
Or, are you asleep …