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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 …

Beach time, Cuban-style
July 9, 2012 – 7:11 am | 2 Comments
Beach time, Cuban-style

This essay is part of Pa’ la Playa: Beach Week on the Tiki Tiki.
By Maruchy Ramos-Lachance
Back in 1961 my parents joined hundreds of fellow Cubans on their heartbreaking exile to the U.S.A.   Their adopted homeland did …

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 …

San Diego: America’s Finest City — Latinland USA
October 23, 2011 – 6:17 pm | 11 Comments
San Diego: America’s Finest City — Latinland USA

This essay is part of the series, Latinland USA, a Tiki Tiki guide to the Latin flavor of cities across the USA.
By Nacho Mama (aka Margo Porras)
Bienvenidos to my city. I am Nacho Mama, native …

Puerto Rico’s Best Restaurants: Latinland USA
October 20, 2011 – 10:59 am | 3 Comments
Puerto Rico’s Best Restaurants: Latinland USA

This essay is part of the Hispanic Heritage series, Latinland USA: A Tiki Tiki guide to Latin flavor in cities across the United States.
By Madelyn of KarmaFree Cooking
Puerto Rico is a land that has developed the art …

To Do in Washington DC: Latinland USA
October 17, 2011 – 8:28 am | 10 Comments
To Do in Washington DC: Latinland USA

This guide to Washington DC is part of Latinland USA: A Tiki Tiki Guide celebrating the Latin flavor of cities across the country.
Hispanic Heritage To Do in Washington DC
by Tracy López
I was born and raised in Maryland …

Dine Latinland Miami: A Tiki Tiki Guide
October 12, 2011 – 1:00 am | 8 Comments
Dine Latinland Miami: A Tiki Tiki Guide

This essay is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month series, Latinland USA, a Tiki Tiki guide of Latin-flavored city sites across the country.
By Maria de los Angeles
It’s next to impossible to throw a rock and …