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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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Making Tortillas, Passing on Cultura
September 13, 2012 – 8:36 am | 6 Comments
Making Tortillas, Passing on Cultura

I was walking into the grocery for a quick stop when I whipped myself around so fast, I am lucky I didn’t trip on the work tacones.
“Cubanos!” I basically yelled at the two men who …

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 …

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 …

Stuff Guys Say to Cuban Girls (Video)
January 16, 2012 – 9:14 pm | 8 Comments

click the headline link to see the videos.
OK, we are a little bit addicted to these Things People Say videos on YouTube, and watching them has brought up stuff people have said to me and …

Caca that Cubans Say (Video) NSFW
January 16, 2012 – 7:32 am | 24 Comments
Caca that Cubans Say (Video) NSFW

Click on the headline link to see the videos

Have you seen all those funny videos “Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls“; “Shit Spanish Girls Say?”; “Shit Gay Southern Guys Say?”
How about “Shit Salvadorans Say” …

Latinos, Hispanics and Racial Identity
January 15, 2012 – 8:55 am | 11 Comments
Latinos, Hispanics and Racial Identity

Questions of Race and Ethnicity
There are more people living in the one Miami subdivision where my parents live than in the whole of my little town outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
And except for the nice family …

“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 …

When Mami and Papi Visit (Video)
December 6, 2011 – 4:49 pm | 19 Comments
When Mami and Papi Visit (Video)

So, my parents were visiting for a couple of weeks, bringing big Cuban Miami goodness to a little house in Nashville.
They brought guava and cheese pastelitos and turrones and guava paste and dulce de leche …

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 …