Monthly Archives: November 2007

Only in [Culturally Diverse] New York City

My friend Mariana sent me this picture that shows, once again, that despite the efforts of past Mayors to turn this city into the new Disney World, there is still some hope that diversity will live on. Foto: Mariana Carreño … Continue reading

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This Ain’t Your Typical Abuelita Breakfast

This week McDonald’s triumphantly announced the launch of a half-pound, culturally-relevant burrito: the McSkillet, which the media is tauting as as the McLatinization of the breakfast menu, mainly due to its “Mexican influence.” I beg to differ. I am as … Continue reading

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Oh No! Gringos Use Our Lotería to Teach us English

Some woman called Deborah Frisch has come up with an English language method weirdly named ¡Binglés! La lotería para aprender inglés. And it’s no joke. According to a company’s press release, this “revolutionary and cost-effective method” uses our beloved juego … Continue reading

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Why I Love Mexico (Part III)

My people (i.e. Mexicans) not only know which movies to watch, but how to watch them, where to watch them and -most importantly- how to spell their titles. Other wonderful examples of why I love Mexico can be found here … Continue reading

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Why did They Shut Up?

I’d like to thank my friend Diego for sending this bizarre, yet fascinating, story about my home country. It turns out that the indigenous zoque language (one of 350 native languages spoken in Mexico) is about to disappear simply because … Continue reading

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Viagra Ice-Cream, Anyone?

You can say -and think- whatever you want about Venezuela and its president, but one thing is undeniable: Venezuelans are truly creative people. Take Coromoto, an ice-cream vendor in the province of Merida, which is pitching a ‘Viagra’ ice-cream for … Continue reading

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Valentina Paloma Pinault [Hayek]

Thanks to AP and Grupo Reforma for the sneak preview into probably the luckiest [Latina] girl alive. The daughter of Salma Hayek and French archi-rich Francois Henri Pinault was born Sept. 21

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How I Learned to Loath Mexican Wine

After the three-day food and wine smogasbord a.k.a. Thanksgiving, we were too broke to keep spending precious dollars in fine Bordeaux and Burgundy so decided to finish the weekend supporting the patria with this 2005 Jubileo Meritage, from the wine-rich … Continue reading

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An Immigrant-Themed Thanksgiving

To celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving, some 150 Hispanics in Morristown, N.J. are getting together to cook. But instead of the traditional stuffed turkey, pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce, they are cooking up something much more interesting: an immigrant-themed full menu. … Continue reading

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Forget Spanglish! The New Wave is the ‘Japoñol’

I love, love these guys. Peruvian reggaetón trio Los Kalibre is making the Japanese shake their butts with catchy songs and lyrics mixing Spanish and Japanese in what the media is already calling Japoñol. The Peru-born recent Japan immigrants are … Continue reading

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Texas Man Seeks Faithful Latina. Reward: $5 Million

How much would you offer a Colombian young, beautiful woman in exchange for fidelity? Well, a 76-year-old Texan man is putting down $5 million on the table for “a young woman, with three or more small children, if she is … Continue reading

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Mexican-Speaking Mexicans Not Wanted Here

Apparently, some Mexicans around Seattle’s Lewis County are really pissed at the above sign, property of a fellow called Mike Hamilton, who has used this very billboard to make all kinds of statements in the past. The sign, which is … Continue reading

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Making Martínez a Chart Topper

Little did people notice a recent New York Times story showing that 2 Hispanic surnames are now, and for the first time, among the top 10 most common names in the nation: Smith remains the most common surname in the … Continue reading

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Why I Love Mexico (Part II)

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Why I Love Mexico (Part I)

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