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Although I would like to have had that man-to-man conversation with the father of my girlfriend before embarking on this big step of our lives, it was impossible.

Now I want to ask you: Is asking the father of your girlfriend for her hand in marriage an old tradition or is it still valued by Millennials today? I am not sure of your answer, but I am looking forward to your responses. In fact, I believe that your comments will depend on how you have been raised and the importance that your own parents have placed in this conventional yet beautiful tradition.

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If you decide to not ask her father for her hand in marriage it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong. In my case, I decided that out of courtesy and respect I wanted to keep her family and mine involved in my decision. Family will always want the best for you and once you share such a big step in your life with them, their blessing will mean the world to you. In addition, taking this fearful step (for some) of including her parents in the process will set the tone for the relationship you will have with your in-laws for the rest of your lives.

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If you think about it, you are going to ask a girl to become your wife, to start a brand new journey together and to become a part of each other’s families forever. Asking for her father’s permission might be a no brainer.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t have the choice of asking my girlfriend’s father for her hand in marriage. You see, the father of this beautiful and smart woman that is now my fiancée passed away almost 10 years ago. What was I to do then? I did the next best thing. I had a beautiful conversation with her mother! I am pretty sure I scored lots of points there! She expressed her full support and wished us the best in this new chapter.

My fiancée has a big portrait of her father and her at her house. I once had a moment of silence next to that photograph and asked her dad for his blessing from up above. I believe he approves and would be happy for how extremely joyful our lives have become since we met each other.

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My parents knew all along that I was planning this big step in my life. They even knew when I would propose! I am very close to my parents and I’ve always included them in any of my big decisions. A marriage proposal was no exception. Having their approval meant the world to me. Above all I think it’s a cultural tradition to want to include your own parents if you still have them around.

While I will not be going into detail of how stressful the “picking a ring” process was, I can tell you that it was hectic. There is a lot of planning involved, especially as it relates to the cost. You will end up spending at least up to three months of your salary on this asset. It is a big investment, and I recommend you do your research.

 

So now that I have done the asking, and the ring is on my fiancée’s finger, I ask you guys, how will you propose? Will you still follow tradition and ask the father first? Please share. Ladies, do you have an opinion? Comparte por favor, share!

In the meantime, our wedding will be in the summer of 2017 so the planning for the BIG day has begun!

Saludos Mileniales,

Gustavo

P.s. Don’t forget to visit Mari’s site and follow her on all her social media.

Did you know that February is National Chocolate Lovers’ Month?

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Choco-Cinnamon Popsicle Hot Chocolate

I am here to confirm with you that it is. In addition, if you still haven’t received your chocolate fix for the season I will also share with you some original hot chocolate recipes from my friend, Amara Barroeta, from Amara Chocolate & Coffee that she created after teaming up with the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), creator of the iconic got milk? campaign.

Would you be surprised if I told you that my fiancé and I celebrated Valentine’s Day at Barroeta’s Pasadena-based Amara Chocolate & Coffee shop?

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I hope you are not surprised because we are not fans of going on a fancy date that day because you end up spending twice or triple the amount of money on a dinner than any other day and you end up eating what is cooked for the masses so our outing thanks to Got Milk? and Amara Chocolate & Coffee was perfect.

While we were there we saw visitors from all ages from newborns to elderly couples enjoying their cups of coffee on that sunny morning. It’s a quaint place, but feels as if you were at home. The owner was there and she greeted everyone as if they were part of her familia.

With the warm weather fast approaching on us her in So. Cal. it would be uncomfortable to sip on some hot chocolate so you have the option of making your beverage cold and that’s exactly what we did. We had the Choco-Merida “cold” (dark Chocolate and milk).

“While developing these hot chocolates, I took inspiration from chocolate’s beginnings and revisited some of the original ingredients. I’m really excited about the results, especially because each drink is so different, yet all have the perfect silky texture and flavor you can only get by using milk,” adds Barroeta. Amara’s experience and travel has awarded her the ability to combine flavors from all over the world and bring them together in each one of her delectable creations.

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Now more than ever, chocolatiers are giving us a lot to look forward to with the craft chocolate trends that is taking the chocolate world by storm. To develop original and exciting hot chocolate recipes that are guaranteed to capture your eyes and hearts this month Barroeta’s delicious, milk-based recipes range from a Mexican Choco-Latte with dry chile pasilla to a Popcorn Crowned Orange Hot Chocolate with orange peel and caramel popcorn. These recipes are inspired by chocolate’s history and the craft chocolate trend.

This warming, filling and satisfying drink has never gone out of style, and milk has always been the go-to base for the perfect cup. Milk has the ability to tone down spices, balance sweetness and harmoniously bring together ingredients to achieve extraordinary flavors. A quality hot chocolate requires pure and natural ingredients – from the cacao bean to the base. “I always use milk for my hot chocolates because it gives them the richness and creaminess I’m looking for,” said Barroeta.

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She continues to practice her craft daily, making everything from delicate handmade pastries to truffles, fondues and sipping chocolates – all made with imported Venezuelan chocolate.

While we visited this cozy chocolate and coffee café situated on busy Raymond Avenue in Pasadena we couldn’t pass the opportunity to indulge in the delicious “La de Pabellon Arepa.” This type of food is a white corn flatbread, born in Venezuela. To top it off we also pleased our palate with freshly-made churros and dipped them in three different sauces; freshly-made guava marmalade, chocolate and “dulce de leche” and if that wasn’t enough the churros were topped with Vanilla and Pistachio ice cream! YUMMY!

Watch Barroeta at work here:

Guests that visited Amara Chocolate & Coffee on Valentine’s Day were able to select from delectable options: Aztec-Latte (chile pasilla, dark chocolate, expresso and milk), Choco-Merida (dark Chocolate and milk) or Venezuelan (rich, sipping hot chocolate).

Mexican Choco-Latte

Mexican Choco-Latte

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With an eclectic background as a chemical engineer, a former Miss Venezuela contestant and now an expert chocolatier, Amara Barroeta is a talented entrepreneur who is quickly making a name for herself in the world of chocolate. She first discovered her passion for chocolate working with Pastry Chef Pascal Chérancé, in Caracas, Venezuela, known by many as the “mecca of chocolate”. After traveling the world and being inspired by different cultures, Amara began to create her own recipes which culminated in making her dream of opening her own chocolate shop a reality in 2012 with “Amara Chocolate & Coffee.”

Her chocolate career hit a high note in 2015, when Amara attended the International Chocolate Awards in Germany and came back a winner. Her famous chocolate was awarded the bronze prize in the category of Drinks and Dark Chocolate.

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The California Milk Processor Board was established in 1993 to make milk more competitive and increase milk consumption in California. Awareness of got milk? is over 90% nationally and it is considered one of the most important and successful campaigns in history. Got milk? is a federally registered trademark that has been licensed by the national dairy boards since 1995. The CMPB’s Spanish-language campaign began in 1994 using the tagline “Familia, Amor y Leche” (Family, Love and Milk). The toma leche (Drink Milk) campaign replaced it in 2006, in order to better align the English and Spanish language work. The CMPB is funded by all California milk processors and administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

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For all of Amara’s hot chocolate recipes, created exclusively for got milk?
Visit: www.gotmilk.com and follow got milk?

Via social media:

Facebook / Twitter @gotmilk and Instagram @officialgotmilk.
Don’t forget to use the #ChocolateLovesMilk

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Nota: este es un artículo auspiciado por Coca-Cola pero todas las opiniones y consejos reflejan mis propias opiniones.

La educación superior siempre ha sido un tema muy importante en mi vida y uno que nunca descarte a pesar de pasar por unas circunstancias difíciles en este país de grandes oportunidades. Siempre obtuve el apoyo emocional e incondicional de mi familia y aunque monetariamente no pudieron aportar mucho les estoy agradecido por no dejar que tirara la toalla en diferentes ocasiones.

El camino que tome para obtener una Maestría en Periodismo no fue nada fácil porque me encontré con obstáculos financieros, personas que no creían en mí y muchas puertas que se me cerraron. Pero cuando se quiere algo en la vida nada es imposible porque son más fuertes las ganas lo que nos lleva a obtener lo que nos proponemos.

Entiendo del estrés económico por el cual muchas de nuestras familias latinas viven cuando tienen que pagar los gastos de sus hijos/as para la universidad y ahora imagínense la carga que conlleva para un estudiante de limitados recursos y de padres migrantes. Las estadísticas muestran que es mucho más difícil para un estudiante de primera generación forjar su educación superior. Los recursos son mucho más limitados.

Muchas veces no veía la luz y me preguntaba: “¿Lo que estoy haciendo vale la pena y esto me garantiza un mejor futuro?

Mi respuesta inmediata siempre fue: “SI, lo es”.

Honestamente digo que fui “bendecido” con muchas becas que pagaron por todos mis estudios en la universidad y cuando ingrese a estudiar mi Maestría. Nada hubiese sido posible sin la ayuda económica y la confianza de corporaciones, organizaciones y personas que “SI” creyeron en mí.

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Realice mucha investigación de becas disponibles para estudiantes en la misma situación que yo. Mi trabajo de “part-time” fue aplicar a un sinfín de becas y algunas veces fui negado y otras veces mi regalo fue un cheque que pago por mis estudios.

Creo que muchas veces nos encerramos en un mundo de inseguridades, nos hacemos pequeños y no valoramos nuestro potencial y es allí donde fallamos siempre.

Sin embargo, me da mucho gusto ver que una vez más, Coca-Cola se une al Fondo de Becas Hispano (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) para ayudar a las familias hispanas a alcanzar sus sueños y aspiraciones de educación superior, como parte del Programa Nacional de Becas #ForTheDream.

Soy uno de los miles de ejemplos de como yo logre mis sueños y el sueño de que mis padres me vieran con un título universitario gracias a corporaciones como Coca-Cola. El mejor regalo para ellos fue verme caminar la tarima el día de mis graduaciones y ver todo lo que había logrado con esfuerzo, trabajo y dedicación. Esos días nunca los olvidare porque fueron algunos de los más felices momentos de mi vida.

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Coca-Cola esta donando $150.000 al Fondo de Becas Hispano para ser entregados a través de becas a estudiantes que califican. Las aplicaciones están siendo aceptadas hasta el 30 de marzo de 2016.

El programa #ForTheDream de Coca-Cola empodera a las familias hispanas a prepararse, planear y pagar por la universidad de sus adolescentes, e inspira a los estudiantes hispanos a perseguir sus sueños de educación superior y convertirse en futuros líderes.

Padres de familia si tienen un hijo/a en el último o penúltimo año de la secundaria o “high school”, no es demasiado tarde para que pueda asistir a la universidad.

Lo que yo sugiero es que nunca se queden callados y si no saben algo hagan preguntas ya sea a un asesor o “guidance counselor” para que les diga sus opciones. Un asesor puede ser el de la misma high school a la cual sus hijo/a van o hay personas que se dedican a esto tiempo completo.

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También hay ayuda financiera y préstamos para los que se puede aplicar si la familia califica para ello. Muchas veces se toma en consideración el ingreso de la familia entre otros factores.

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A pesar de que la matriculación de estudiantes hispanos se ha incrementado considerablemente en las últimas dos décadas, esta población se encuentra rezagada frente a otros grupos en cuando a diplomas obtenidos. Esta situación puede deberse a la presión que tienen algos estudiantes latinos de proveer ayuda financiera a sus familias antes de graduarse. Como parte de su compromiso con la comunidad Hispana, el Programa Nacional de Becas de Coca-Cola y HSF #ForTheDream aspira a fortalecer a las familias hispanas para que puedan poner a sus adolescentes en la vía rápida hacia la universidad.

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Coca-Cola entiende la importancia que las familias hispanas ponen en la educación, y quiere ayudarlas a prepararse, planificar y pagar la universidad, mientras que impulsa a los estudiantes latinos a alcanzar sus metas de educación superior.

Únete a la conversación y entérate de las novedades en las redes sociales con el hashtag #ForTheDream y sigue a la compañía que nos trae esta fabulosa oportunidad @CocaCola

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Para más información, por favor visite: coke.com/ForTheDream

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Recuerden que aunque un título universitario no garantiza el éxito profesional si es la puerta para obtener un mejor futuro. Es importante entender que deberíamos en nuestras comunidades latinas empezar a ahorrar para el futuro de los hijos desde que nacen y tal vez no gastar en lujos, cosas materiales o hasta en fiestas como por ejemplo quinceañeras que definitivamente no les dará la vida que siempre soñaron.

¿Qué tan importante es la educación superior en tu familia? ¿Cómo estas preparando a tus hijo/as a que tengan un futuro brillante y lleno de educación?

¡Mucha Suerte!

En esta vida sabemos que los regalos más importantes no necesariamente deben ser aquellos que cuestan una fortuna o los que hacen que gastes tu ahorro. En este mundo donde los valores familiares y sociales más fundamentales son escasos es mejor regalar enseñanzas que quedaran plasmados para siempre en las vidas de las personas en nuestro alrededor.

La literatura debería empezar en los niños desde pequeños y que mejor que con este libro súper fácil de leer y entender ya que demuestra grandes lecciones de vida: el amor por la familia y la aceptación de nuestras diversidades en la sociedad.

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Los dibujos son coloridos y el texto es grande en el libro La Familia Cool: El Tesoro Mas Valioso por Dania Santana. Es una pequeña historia de una familia multicultural (Latina) que celebra la diversidad y posee orgullo en celebrar valores entre sus miembros pequeños de la familia.

No me gustaría decirles en detalle de que se trata la historia pero si les digo que les dejara una gran lección de vida de aceptación y amor hacia el prójimo y la celebración de que existe algo hermoso en ser diferente. Hasta en nuestras propias familias encontramos diferencias que nos pueden unir mas.

Tuve el placer de entrevistar a la autora Dania Santana. Ella es una efectiva profesional de la comunicación con más de 15 años de experiencia en su campo. Ella es muy elocuente y ha trabajado en campañas de publicidad nacionales para el mercado hispano de los Estados Unidos. Dania, también conocida como MamiCool, es la creadora del sitio bilingüe La Familia Cool en donde comparte su conocimiento acerca del American Latino, crianza bilingüe, y los hijos multiculturales y multirraciales. Su objetivo es educar y fortalecer a todas las personas alrededor de Estados Unidos acerca de la importancia de una sociedad multicultural, y sobre cómo las contribuciones de los latinos son cruciales para el avance y éxito de los Estados Unidos. Dania es nacida y criada en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, ha vivido en los Estados Unidos desde hace casi 12 años. Es la mamá de 3 niños y actualmente vive en Raleigh, Carolina del Norte.

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Autora Dania Santana

¿Por qué decides escribir este libro?

Dania: Inicié mi blog en diciembre de 2010 con la intención de escribir sobre los hitos de mi primera hija, pero según crecía fui preocupándome por otras cosas, más sociales. Como el rol de los latinos en Estados Unidos y cómo siempre se trata a los latinos como extranjeros, aun cuando la mayoría de ellos son nacidos aquí. De esa evolución y de las interacciones con mis hijos y mis sobrinos han surgido muchos temas que yo sé que tratan las familias multiculturales.

De la necesidad de poder tratar temas tan serios como las diferencias raciales dentro de una misma familia, el acoso escolar, la variedad y multi-culturalidad de la comunidad latina, entre otros, surgió el libro. Para mí lo principal es facilitar esas conversaciones para los padres latinos criando sus niños aquí.

¿Es tu primer libro? 

Dania: Sí, este es mi primer libro.

¿Cuál es el mensaje(s) primordial que quieres que el lector se lleve después de leer el libro? 

Dania: El mensaje principal es que las diferencias raciales no importan, sino el amor que las personas sienten las unas por las otras, especialmente el amor que se encuentra en el seno de la familia. Hay otros mensajes importantes en el libro también, la importancia del ser bilingüe, de preservar la herencia y destacar que los latinos somos multiculturales. Hay muchas familias como la mía y como la del libro.

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¿Cuál ha sido el recibimiento del público con este libro? 

Dania: Lanzamos el libro recientemente y hemos tenido una buena aceptación hasta ahora. Si buscan el hashtag #LaFamiliaCool podrán encontrar las reseñas de varias blogueras que tuvieron la oportunidad de leer el libro con sus niños.

¿Tienes planeado escribir más cuentos/libros? 

Dania: Sí, claro. Soy periodista de profesión y contar historias es algo que siempre me ha llamado la atención. Desde niña me fascinaban las historias de mi abuela y siempre me ha gustado mucho la lectura. La aspiración de ser escritora siempre estuvo ahí y ahora que tengo la inspiración en casa, creo que se me hará difícil no darle rienda suelta a las historias.

¿Crees que sería importante que en cada familia tengan tu libro en casa? 

Dania: Claro que sí. Hay una carencia de libros multiculturales, especialmente de libros que muestren a nuestros niños latinos. Que ellos puedan leer historias en las que sus vidas tienen relevancia, que se puedan ver reflejados en los mismos. Este cuento es uno de ellos y creo que será de mucha ayuda en muchos hogares aquí en Estados Unidos.

¿Crees que sería ideal tener este libro en todas las escuelas y que l@s maestr@s lo lean a sus estudiantes? 

Dania: Muy buena pregunta. Este es un libro que está dirigido especialmente al entorno escolar y estará llegando a las escuelas de la mano de la editorial PreK Plaza, que desde su plataforma digital le ofrecerá a los maestros las herramientas para su aplicación en el salón de clases. Con la gran cantidad de latinos en los salones de clases alrededor, y muchos más ingresando cada año, es sumamente importante que haya literatura de autores latinos, con historias que sean relevantes para ellos.

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Puedes obtener el libro por Amazon.com para tus hijos, estudiantes o algún pequeño en tu alrededor.

Me gustaría escuchar de ustedes… ¿Como celebras las diferencias y diversidad en tu propia familia?

The holidays are here and luckily for some of us that means spending more time with our immediate family because we may live many miles away from each other. ¡Muy lejos! I can’t ever picture myself nagging about visiting the two human beings that brought me into this world, but sadly some people will.

This past Thanksgiving Day I traveled by train from Los Angeles to Northern California to spend time with my parents. On the same cabin there was a woman in her mid-30’s sitting close to me and she was complaining during the entire 3-hour ride to the man sitting next to her of how much she hated traveling back home.

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In my humble opinion, the things she said were absurd and I couldn’t imagine a person complaining so much as she did about visiting their parents. ¡Muchas quejas! Throughout the conversation she referenced how boring her family was, how they didn’t do anything for Thanksgiving other than eat and watch movies. I remember thinking, “Isn’t that what you are supposed to do, just hang with the family?”

She continued saying that she was only going home for 12 hours because she could not bear to be around her family any longer and she mentioned that the last time she had seen them was over two years ago. She wouldn’t even spend the night at her parents because of how traditional and old-fashioned they were so she was staying at a hotel. ¡Imáginense! She mentioned how she had a curfew when she was with them. I thought to myself, “Was it really that hard for her to adapt for some hours?”

As she continued in her litany, I was thinking how I would never think of not staying at my parents’ home as I would want to maximize my time and spend every minute possible next to them to make-up for lost time. Plus, in the majority of Latinos families the more people in a household for the holidays the merrier. Don’t you agree?

I honestly felt like speaking up and telling her how my family means everything to me, but I didn’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable.

Life is unpredictable and I only hope this woman realizes that no one’s parents are eternal. From her conversation it sounded like she had a very positive upbringing so I couldn’t understand why she had so much hate towards her parents. No judgment, here. ¡No la juzgo! But, hearing her only made me want to arrive that much quicker to see my parents and my family for Thanksgiving to hug them, catch up, have dinner together and simply be present under the same roof.

At home we laughed, played games and most importantly we all feel that sense of belonging and nurturing that only parents can give their children. Also we relaxed, don’t do much, and just enjoy the moment. ¡Disfrutamos juntos!

I like to debunk the assumption about millennials not giving much importance to family values because I actually feel we do and from my train experience I can venture to say that others generations might choose not to.

For me the holidays are a perfect time to strengthen my connection with my family.

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I hope this holiday season you are able to visit your family, be present and not complain about the beautiful family traditions or how old-fashioned your parents are. Yes, times have changed and parents sometimes still hold a very conservative mindset, but I think we can easily adapt and go with the flow one time a year!

Saludos Mileniales,

Gustavo

Every time I hear the word “posadas” it transports me back to my childhood years with my family and friends when we celebrated #LasPosadas in our humble and low-income neighborhood. Yes, I was raised in a very humble environment where I didn’t have a luxurious lifestyle, but what made it all better was keeping alive these traditions that bring so many families together. Nowadays I honestly feel this is more important than all the wealth in the world because we distance ourselves from what truly is important and its traditions like these which unite and remind us where we come from.

I loved this time of the year as a child because we were usually out of school and it meant connecting with friends for longer periods of time (playing outside) after performing the #LasPosadas ritual, eating authentic food such as champurrado, tamales, ponche with fruit, buñuelos that mothers cooked with so much gentleness and love.

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Las Posadas in English means “the inns”, which is a Mexican Christmas tradition based on the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph and their search for a safe haven, or “inn” to stay before the birth of Jesus. The 9-day long tradition takes places from December 16-24 each year, friends, families and neighbors participate as “innkeepers” and host a Posada at a different home each night.

When I was young I loved going to all of my friend’s homes because every family that was hosting the posada had a different dish with a peculiar good taste. It’s known that the evening’s host family provides the traditional Las Posadas food, which is an essential element to the festivity.

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At the end of the night children are given “aguinaldos” or small bags filled with treats and candies which symbolize the celebratory journey during the posadas. Usually on the last day of Las Posadas a piñata is torn open with a stick! That was fun too. Want to learn more about #LasPosadas visit HERDEZ® Las Posadas page.

To this day when I do participate in posadas my favorite dish is the savory tamales. And I know tamales can be eaten any other time of the year, but I prefer to have them only during the holiday season because they hold such a strong meaning to me. Tamales are like sacred to me and I won’t eat them any other time of the year.

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HERDEZ® truly understands the value of #LasPosadas too so I love that I get to participate with them in this campaign as they highlight a tradition that is so ingrained in our culture. HERDEZ® products are always a must have in our Mexican household and I can’t think of a better salsa to add to my tamales that my mom prepares with so much love. She was so kind to share her recipe with me which I will share with all of you in case you are eager to make tamales this holiday season. My favorite are the cheese and “rajas de jalapeño” tamales. I am a cheese-lover so these do it for me, topped with some salsa verde from HERDEZ®! YUM.

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Since HERDEZ® understands the symbolism behind #LasPosadas they are holding a photo contest on Instagram. The Share in the Magic of #MisPosadas contest lasts from December 7th – January 6th and you should all participate.

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Each week, a fill in the blank question relevant to the holiday will be posted for fan to answer with a photo. Three top winners will be selected as well as honorable mentions. Prizes are as follows:

Grand Prize: Dinner prepared by a personal chef for up to 4 people in your very own home!

2nd Place: $250 Gift Basket

3rd Place: $200 Gift Basket

Honorable Mention: Custom T-shirts

To enter in the photo contest simply submit a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #MisPosadas to answer the weekly fill in the blank question.

GOOD LUCK and you can’t celebrate #LasPosadas without all its traditional food so here’s my favorite tamale recipe prepared by my mom in her very own Zacatecas, Mexico style.

Ingredients

30 dried corn husks

Tamale dough

4 cups instant corn masa for tamales

2/3 cups shortening

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon baking powder

Cheese and Jalapeño filling

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium white onion, sliced

1 can (12 oz.) sliced jalapeños chiles, rinsed and drained

½ lb. Oaxaca, asadero-style cheese or string cheese, cut into 3 x ¼-inc strips

Instructions

1. Pull 1/4-inch strings from reserved husks to wrap tamales, or use twine; set aside. Cover corn husks (including pulled strings) with warm water and let stand until pliable, at least 30 minutes.

2.Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix 2 cups of the broth and remaining tamale dough ingredients. Beat with electric mixer until well combined.

3. In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Cook and stir onion in oil 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in chiles; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until hot.

4. Drain corn husks; pat dry with paper towels. Place 3 level tablespoonfuls dough on each corn husk; slightly spread out, making indentation in center with back of spoon. Place 1 to 2 strips cheese and onion and chile on center of dough; fold dough around filling. If corn husks are too small, overlap 2 husks. Fold bottom one-third of corn husk over filling; fold sides in toward center. Tie tops with corn husk strings.

5. In 5-quart Dutch oven, place round cooling rack. Pour boiling water in Dutch oven, almost touching rack. (Water should not touch tamales when they are added.) Place 6 empty tamale husks on top of rack. Stand tamales inside pots, leaning against sides all around. Cover; reduce heat to medium. Simmer gently 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until tamale dough becomes firm. Add more water if needed during cooking time. Let stand uncovered 10 to 15 minutes. Carefully unfold each tamale by removing string and opening husk.

Servings

2 dozens

I want to hear from you. What holiday traditions do you have and how does HERDEZ® fit in? Share personal or family activities and recipes showcased during this holiday season and this season brings your family together.

Do you love this recipe? Love authentic Mexican food recipes? Then I highly encourage you to check out HERDEZ® website to find out delicious HERDEZ® brand recipes and ideas to bring your family and friends together during this beautiful #LasPosadas season.

This is the Mexican equivalent to the American grilled-cheese or turkey sandwich, an everyday treat you throw together with what’s left in the fridge. In Mexico, that’s beans, cheese, and salsa. Though molletes are available in restaurants, they’re definitely best made at home (it’s like re-fried beans taste better at home), when you can make sure to properly butter and toast the bread, add the right amount of beans and cheese, then melt that queso under the broiler. Nom, nom!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large rolls, preferably teleras, Portuguese, kaiser, or ciabatta, split
  • Generous 1/4 cup Refried Black Beans,homemade or canned
  • 6 ounces Chihuahua cheese or provolone cheese, shredded
  • Salsa or Pico de Gallo
  • 3 eggs cooked omelet style
  • 1 Haas avocado

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 500°F.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat until it’s nice and hot. Spread the butter over the cut sides of the roll halves. Place them, cut sides down, in the pan and cook until they are lightly golden brown and crispy, a minute or two.
  3. Spread a thin layer of beans over the toasted side of each roll. Top with a thin layer of cheese. Cook the molletes (open-faced) in the oven just until the cheese has melted and turned golden brown in a few spots, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Serve the molletes on a plate and let everyone top the molletes with an egg, pico de gallo and avocado themselves.

This measurement will make 4 servings.

When people feel connected and included they thrive and that is exactly what Project Enye is accomplishing through the work of this multi-platform documentary project.

Project Enye was started by Oscar nominated Henry Ansbacher and filmmaker Denise Soler Cox in 2013, and inspired by Soler Cox’s very own identity struggles growing up so she decided to co-create this project to give a voice to the varied experiences of first-generation bicultural Latinos, allowing them to share what it’s like being an American-born child to parents of Spanish-speaking countries.

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I wish I would have come across this project before I published my own story Somewhat Lost Between Two Worlds, where I talked about my very own experience of being confused between two worlds because although I am an immigrant to this country and Project Enye deals with American-born children there’s a lot of similitudes. I am not a first generation Latino born in the U.S., but I am glad I came across this project because I can relate to Cox’s identity struggle and can see how this helps embrace our unique cultural identities.

In a recent phone interview, I had the opportunity to speak to Henry and Denise and what an honor it was to have had the time to hear about their project, vision and upcoming big developments for Project Enye in 2016.

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Overview

Cox: This January it will be 4 years ago that I decided to pursue an idea that I had for 17 years up to that point. I had this “aha” experience while living in Miami. I was out with some friends, we were laughing and joking around and all of a sudden I felt this deep connection to my friends in a whole new way and I was trying to figure that out because these moments are so few and far between in life.

And I was wondering what was so special about tonight?

What was so unique?

“Everyone around the table was first-generation, American-born like me. And the things we were talking, joking and laughing about were all related to what it is to be an Enye, but I didn’t have a word for it or an experience to relate it to other than something that I thought that was just very personal to me,” said Cox.

The filmmaker recalls how up to that point she felt trapped and challenged between two worlds and cultures. Although for many people her life experience seemed awesome because she was had twice the culture she always felt as if there was another side that was confusing. She remembers how sometimes she didn’t know her place because she felt as if she was on the outside of both worlds looking in. That night she felt very connected to that group of friends and realized if they were all feeling the same way she felt determined to make a documentary.

“I want as many people as I could manage to tell, that they are part of this world and that we all belong here,” said Cox and added that 4 years ago she made a vow to herself to take action on Project Enye and met with Ansbacher to pitch and discuss the project.

Ansbacher: Documentaries are most effective when focusing in an individual story so we’re telling Denise’s personal story. We wanted to focus on how she came to this realization of a shared experience with those 16 million Enyes in the U.S. This project is an international story. There’s so many people that have been displaced and have migrated from one place to another. And the experience of growing up in a new culture with parents from another culture is very distinct and it’s happened.

Ansbacher sees that the awakening of identity that Cox had was a profound transformative experience and if that could happen for those with a similar story a lot would be accomplished.

Multiplatform Documentary

Ansbacher: It’s a very current and modern approach on how we are sharing the story so that we can have the biggest impact. We realized that we couldn’t wait for a traditional dimensional broadcaster and we decided to release content while we were making the film. We wanted to build a community around the idea before we even got a broadcaster on board and before we had a film completed. We released weekly content, 15 episode podcasts and 15 micro-docs in our first season online. These 3-5 minute documentaries tell a story of an Enye. It focuses on one character and tells the story in their own voice and their own perspective. We also have other partner websites where the content is syndicated.

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Cox: We have been really fortunate to have partnerships with online distributors and one of them is AOL. They are one of our biggest partners and on their platform they are distributing our content regularly each week and they released it and it just exploded. Other partnerships include E! Online, Fox News and CNN.

How is this project inspiring a cultural awakening? 

Cox: I don’t know that we set out to inspire a cultural awakening. My original intent was to make these people feel deeply connected to something and what is so awesome is that it has inspired this cultural awakening. We have screened the film, which is not complete, a few times and people feel reconnected with their Latino side. For instance, Vanessa Santana came up to me after a screening and told me that for the longest time she pronounced her last name Santana (Americanized) and after she saw the film she is going to begin pronouncing her name in Spanish because she realizes the importance in caring on with proper pronunciation.

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How do you keep your own culture and language alive? 

Cox: I love to cook and I love cooking for my friends, Latino and non-Latino and I would say that if there’s one thing that keeps my culture alive is cooking. I have all my mother’s recipes. I was recently with my cousin and she shared with me her grandmother’s recipes too.

Words of advice for the younger generation going through the same identity crisis that you went through in the past:

“There’s a place for us,” just like the song. Lol

Cox: I would tell them it visit Project Enye and go there as fast as you can and become part of this community and contribute to it. And also that there’s no shame in feeling confused. And there’s no shame in wondering about all of this and even talking about it.

What has this project taught you about yourself that you did not know before about you? 

Cox: I learned how deeply-rooted my shame was around language and not being able to speak Spanish as fluently as I would like. I knew that I had shame, but I had no idea the depth of it, to which it really controlled me and my actions. And I had a really awesome experience about one year ago. I had this transformative experience that completely gave me a chance to re-wire my brain about it, let go of the shame, be okay with the fact that my Spanish could be improved and the project has really taught me to be gentle with myself.

Additionally, in recognizing the importance of the letter ñ, Project Enye (ñ), in partnership with Sofrito For Your Soul, launched #WhereInTheWorldIsTheÑ, a public campaign rallying Spanish speakers (Latinos and non-Latinos) to ask Twitter to enable and support the use of the letter ñ in a Twitter handle and Cox gave an update.

“They have not responded. I wish I could be a fly on the wall on the person’s desk that this landed on and I hope that they are still fighting for it because in less than 30 days we got more than 2 million exposures and it was insane,” said Cox. “We continue to hope that they will make the change and we have not been contacted.”

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The Future of Project Enye

Cox: I hope that the letter ñ is incorporated into our vernacular just like x and y. So if someone says I am a Puerto Rican ñ, I am daughter of a Costa Rican ñ or the great grandchild of a Dominican ñ everybody will know what that means. And that it will offer up a short-hand that we have yet to have. And my hope is that many people see the film and experience the awakening and that the world is just a little bit different because a bunch of people decided that they were connected to something.

If someone reading this post would like for Project Enye to visit their city like in a school or in a college the co-creators would be more than happy to speak to you to make this appearance possible and they’d like to connect.

Project Enye has lined up a 20 city tour playing across film festivals internationally in 2016. See them in festivals, collegiate screenings, high schools and community screenings. Los Angeles is on the list for the city tour! So stay tuned and learn more about Project Enye.

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Hotel Good Luck is a story that aims to reconcile ourselves with life, through reconciling us with death.  It is a play about love in its different ways. It’s a play about the abandon, the need of dropping, and above all the need of accepting that we are only here for a short while, in passing, and that’s why we need to be the very best we can be.

Hotel Good Luck builds up a very particular universe full of absurd situations and ironies, as well as a lot of humor, or rather said it builds up several parallel universes, occurring over and over.

Directed by Alejandro Ricano, and starring Luis Gerardo Mendez and Pablo Chemor, Good Luck Hotel comes to Hollywood for 3 performances only, in Spanish, so don’t miss this opportunity to see Mexico’s brightest talent live on stage at The Montalban in Hollywood, CA (1615 N. Vine St.)

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Diciembre 9 y 10 8PM

A través de un portal Bobby Good Luck encuentra la manera de viajar entre universos paralelos sin sospechar que en cada nuevo mundo se enfrentará con la muerte de un ser amado. Hotel Good Luck es una comedia basada en sucesos insólitos que te reconcilia con la vida a través de un personaje que se reconcilia con la muerte, su mayor temor.

 

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El Presentador de Noticias y Ganador de Premios Emmy Jorge Ramos Reflexiona en un Nuevo Libro sobre sus 30 años de carrera Periodistica.

Sin miedo será lanzado simultáneamente en español y en inglés el 15 de marzo de 2016. 

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Celebra, un sello editorial del Grupo Editorial Berkley, parte de Penguin Random House, lanzará un nuevo libro del premiado periodista y presentador de noticias Jorge Ramos. Lo anterior fue anunciado el día de hoy por el vicepresidente de Celebra y editor Raymond García. SIN MIEDO: lecciones de rebeldes será publicado simultáneamente en español y en inglés el 15 de marzo de 2016.

Jorge Ramos, el ganador de premios Emmy, columnista nacional y autor de diversos libros éxitos de venta, es reconocido por su labor al frente de los noticieros de Univision desde 1986. Además de la edición nocturna del Noticiero Univision, Jorge Ramos también conduce Al Punto, el semanario de la cadena televisiva sobre asuntos de interés público. Es, además, conductor en Fusion, una sociedad conjunta de ABC y Univision, y escribe semanalmente una columna que es distribuida por la agencia de prensa del New York Times. Jorge Ramos fue noticia recientemente después de haber sido expulsado de una conferencia de prensa de Donald Trump en Iowa luego de que confrontara al candidato a la presidencia acerca de su postura con respecto a la inmigración.

Ramos es ampliamente reconocido por su forma franca y sin limitaciones de entrevistar a líderes mundiales, titanes de los negocios, legisladores democráticos y dictadores que amenazan con destruir esos principios. En SIN MIEDO, Ramos recupera entrevistas pioneras realizadas durante sus más de treinta años de carrera periodística. Al relatar entrevistas con personalidades de la talla del presidente Barack Obama, la ministra de la Corte Suprema de Justicia Sonia Sotomayor, Spike Lee, Barbara Walters y Fidel Castro, entre otros, comparte algunas historia por primera vez y ofrece una perspectiva única acerca de temas que afectan al mundo contemporáneo. Franco y a veces controvertido, Ramos arroja luz sobre los asuntos que importan a los hispanos, el mayor grupo minoritario de este país. Estos asuntos sin duda alguna influirán no sólo en los resultados de las elecciones presidenciales de 2016 sino también en el futuro de Estados Unidos.

“Ser periodista es hoy tan intenso como lo era cuando comencé, y me entusiasma poder hacerlo todos los días. Durante treinta años he conocido a las personalidades más interesantes de todas partes del mundo. Cada una me ha enseñado algo, acerca de mí y acerca del mundo en el que vivimos”, dijo Ramos.

La revista Time incluyó a Jorge Ramos en su lista de las “100 personas de mayor influencia” y lo calificó como uno de “los veinticinco hispanos más influyentes en Estados Unidos”. People en Español lo hizo parte de su primera lista de los 50 hispanos más influyentes. Nacido en la Ciudad de México, Jorge Ramos vive en Estados Unidos desde hace más de veinticinco años y aparece con regularidad en las cadenas de televisión más grandes dando voz a los derechos de los inmigrantes.

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