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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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Latina Blog Awards and the Tiki Tiki Census
March 24, 2010 – 9:25 am | No Comment
Latina Blog Awards and the Tiki Tiki Census

If we could, we’d come pose for pictures with you, shake your hand and kiss your babies, but we can’t, so we’ll be all political and shameless from  here.
Vote for the Tiki Tiki in the …

The Writing is on the Wall
March 22, 2010 – 12:52 pm | No Comment
The Writing is on the Wall

We have lived in our current home for nine years now. Before that we were bottom-dwelling-month-to-month renters. (Not to disparage the month-to-month thing, but it was such a grand and glorious feeling to …

Jencarlos, Free Flights and Hot Links
March 19, 2010 – 7:50 am | 3 Comments
Jencarlos, Free Flights and Hot Links

It is Friday again and I am happy to report we survived a Spring Break Staycation. How? Sleepovers! You? Now, I just need a week to clean up the residue of fun.
Anyway, we have …

Mira, Mira: Movies and Music for the Weekend
March 12, 2010 – 11:02 am | One Comment
Mira, Mira: Movies and Music for the Weekend

Happy Al Fin! Friday, everyone.
Rodrigo y Gabriela are playing tonight at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, my hometown. Until I saw the item in the paper, I had not heard of this acoustic, energetic …

Mira, Mira: Dora, Salma and Veggie Cuban
March 5, 2010 – 10:10 am | No Comment
Mira, Mira: Dora, Salma and Veggie Cuban

It is happy Hurry Up Spring Friday. Hope you are someplace warm today.
It is Women’s History Month. Let’s start off with a little inspiration: “There is no social-change fairy. There is only change made …

Capirotada: Sweet Indulgences
March 2, 2010 – 10:22 am | 6 Comments
Capirotada: Sweet Indulgences

By Tessa Lemos
Lent is a period of reflection, sacrifice and getting closer to God. Like all other seasons, food is part of the mix. Over the years, to me, it has meant …

The Winter Olympics and Hot-Blooded Latinas
March 1, 2010 – 1:07 pm | 2 Comments

The Winter Olympics have been going on in Vancouver these past few weeks. No, I have not been watching.
Occasionally, I will peak over my husband’s shoulder (he watches online) and then I can do a …

Mira, Mira: El Buzz and Link Love
February 26, 2010 – 8:42 am | 2 Comments
Mira, Mira: El Buzz and Link Love

Happy Viva Viernes everybody. Some cool stuff we’ve discovered this week, and recommended sites you can knock around in during the weekend.
Houston, we’ve discovered a Texas food blog
There are 109 comments on this Carnitas, Houston …

Straddling the Cultural Fence
February 22, 2010 – 2:52 pm | 9 Comments
Straddling the Cultural Fence

Because I’m a blogger (here at TikiTiki, at Babalú Blog and over at My big, fat, Cuban family) I get asked by advertisers to consider hawking their product. They know that Hispanics make up the …

Oye, Mira Mira: Fab Links
February 19, 2010 – 7:37 am | No Comment
Oye, Mira Mira: Fab Links

So, how about a regular round-up for World Wide Web fabulousness?
OK, vamos. There’s too much wonderful out there not to share.
From my friend Leisa Hammett, who blogs on writing, art and autism, I discovered this …