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Tunas, Musica and Acculturation

Submitted by on October 1, 2010 – 9:45 amNo Comment

American Latino and LatiNation, nationally syndicated half-hour television weeklies, will debut new seasons of their long-running shows tomorrow and Sunday (October 2 – 3)

You can check this page to see if the shows air in your area.  But, up first are interviews with actress Eva Mendes; reigning queen of regeatton, Ivy Queen (love, love, love her!); and the fairy godmother of quinceaneras, Isabella Wall, who shares some tips for young girls on their special day.

A fun clip of Mendes, who says: “I’d rather see less guns and more breasts.” You’ll have to watch to find out:

When I’m not hanging out here doing the tiki tiki, I am writing freelance stories. The latest appears in Cafe Magazine this month and features the topic of “retroacculturation” — a reaching back toward roots and identity.

When I was over there grabbing the link, I found this excellent informative story on the foods and cultures that have influenced Mexican cuisine over the last few centuries — everything from Spanish to African to Austrian. It will make you hungry.

And so will this, coincidentally written by my talented and fabulous Cafe mag editor, Maura Wall Hernandez, who writes The Other Side of the Tortilla. Maura created a how-to video for making agua fresca de tuna roja (which is prickly pear). The video is gorgeous and I learned that a Mexican tuna is not a fish!

And to get your weekend off to a rockin’ start, here’s a music mix from Nacotheque you can download over at Remezcla, which you really should check out with regularity.

No longer (Toy Selectah Remix) by PaolaCapo13

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