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What is el Tiki Tiki?

Submitted by on May 24, 2010 – 8:16 am11 Comments

So, Marta and I hung out at Cuba Nostalgia in Miami this weekend. She was there to hang with her fans from Babalu Blog and I was there to terrorize people with my Flip cam. I shot a lot of video all weekend, directing people to explain just what the tiki tiki is, por favor.

If you’re Cuban, you know the tiki tiki is the constant talking, the habla habla, the chisme, the bochinche, the rhythm of chatter. But, we know at the Tiki Tiki Blog that we have a lot of non-Cuban readers, so we created a few videos this week capturing the heart of the Tiki Tiki.

In the first video, you’ll see the good people we grabbed at Cuba Nostalgia and in the second, you’ll see Marta explaining the Tiki Tiki so well — and you get a first-hand look at my bossy director self.

We’ll have a few videos this week, so stay tuned. They are absolutely hilarious — shot everywhere from Miami Beach to Versailles to Cuba Nostalgia. On the videos you’ll see everyone from popular Latina bloggers we were with for a special event put on by General Mills for its revamped Que Rica Vida site to waiters whom Marta’s daring and fabulous daughter, Kikita, stalked.

One video is of Ana Margarita Menendez, aka Carmencita on ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Ana Margo was generous and fun in creating a Tiki Tiki video for us..and I have to admit that when I walked away from filming her my knees were all shaky and I was emotional. (I was so overcome I shocked Marta, even!) That show is a touchstone of my childhood, so I am really grateful and excited about Ana Margo’s video.

So, check back to see more videos and get in on the tiki tiki!

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