How to get rid of debt (iStockphoto)As the smoke clears from the recent recession, millions of Americans, especially Latinos, are finding themselves with impossible-to-pay credit card debt. Some of it is a result of job losses and foreclosures, but most debt comes from spending beyond means. This begs the question: How do we get out of the hole?
Having a credit card means different things to different people, but for Latinos it has become a status symbol; a visible way to measure success. According to personal finance expert and radio host Andrés Gutiérrez, they tend to max out their cards in order to live above their means, without understanding that this type of debt can lead to poverty. We sat down with Gutiérrez to ask some of the most common questions and find out how to climb out of financial hole.
"When people buy things with money they don't have, it's like opening a window into the future to pull out money into the present; in other words, credit spends the money that should be waiting for you in the future,
How to get rid of debt (iStockphoto)As the smoke clears from the recent recession, millions of Americans, especially Latinos, are finding themselves with impossible-to-pay credit card debt. Some of it is a result of job losses and foreclosures, but most debt comes from spending beyond means. This begs the question: How do we get out of the hole?Read More »from 2-step Plan for Getting Rid of Debt
Bloody Bacon (Liliana Moyano)By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina
Last winter my friends invited me to Denver, Colorado to snowboard at a ski resort. I was very excited because I had never done any skiing before, and I thought it would be an easy sport to master. Once we arrived, the only slide open was the intermediate, which looked like Mount Everest to me. I was very scared, so I walked up to the lobby for a drink before my big adventure.
Once at the bar, I realized that everyone was having a red drink with bacon in it. Out of curiosity I ordered one, and to my surprise the drink with the bacon strip was a hit! I drank it como juguito de naranja (like orange juice)! That piece of bacon added a touch of saltiness and crunch to a perfectly made Bloody Mary. When I came back home, I couldn't wait to tell everyone about that "bacony" Bloody Mary, and made it for my family and friends. I gave it a Latin twist by adding some Mexican Sangrita and a jalapeño. Try one at your next brunch for a deliciouslyRead More »from "Baconize" Your Bloody Mary
Batido de Mamey
By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina
Mis abuelitos lived in small town in Colombia where the weather was ideal for growing exotic fruits. Grandpa planted fruit trees all around the house: tangerines, oranges, mangos, guavas, and my favorite, mamey (a papaya-like fruit). Grandma used to sit with me and my sisters around the pool and pick a mamey right from the tree. I never imagined that you could use this fruit in shakes until a few years ago when I bought frozen mamey thinking it was papaya. So, I gave it a try and made a simple batido or shake using a hint of coconut milk. Coconut milk adds a very smooth texture to any shake. This batido is perfect for breakfast, dinner, and even as a pick me up before or after your workout. It's light and delicious.
(1 serving)Batido de Mamey
- 6 oz frozen mamey (can be substituted for papaya)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 ice cubes
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Chef Lorena García (Courtesy Taco Bell)When Taco Bell went looking for the right culinary expert to revamp their menu, their eyes and taste buds led them to renowned chef Lorena García, a Miami restaurateur, host of Utilísima's "Sazón con Lorena García" and contestant on the upcoming season of Bravo's "Top Chef". But, when the restaurant chain came calling, Chef García was surprised; "I don't do fast food!" was her first reaction. As the conversation continued she learned what the challenge entailed: coming up with fresh, healthy and tasty menu options in tune with Taco Bell's Tex-Mex influence and affordable pricing. The fast-food retailer was looking to create menu items with a clear Latin, homemade, chef-grade influence in order to stay relevant and become a forerunner among the leaders in the industry.Read More »from Celeb Chef Gets Gig at Taco Bell
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But what would that mean for her? "I had to keep my word [her commitment to the highest food quality], and my reputation was at stake. But, then I saw that they respected me and
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create an easy, simple, and wearable smoky eye. In a few short steps, and with the right products, a sexy smoky look is easily attainable. Eva Mendes rocking the smoky eye look (iStockphoto)
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina
All the brushes I use in this tutorial are from Sigma (Mrs. Bunny Essential Kit). You will need a base color that is close to the color of your skin, grey/taupe shadow, shimmery white shadow and a dark charcoal or black shadow. I like to use Too Faced's Romantic Eye Palette, which contains all these colors in an easily accessible and color-coordinated format.
Always start out by applying an eye shadow base to the eye. I use Too Faced's Eyeshadow Insurance, which prevents the shadows from creasing and increases their longevity and wear.
Watch my tutorial on how to create the perfect smoky eye:
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Continue by using the color closest to your natural skin tone, and apply this as a base on your eyelid up to your brow bone with a fluffy blending
Mojito Rojo (iStockphoto)The mojito, also known as the "Cuban highball", has quickly become one of the most popular cocktails in the US. A favorite of author Ernest Hemmingway, who discovered it in La Habana's famous Bodeguita del Medio, is a combination of sugar, rum, mint and lime juice resulting in a drink that refreshes the body and excites the palate. This Mojito Rojo recipe adds a new twist of flavor and color to the classic ingredients by adding fresh strawberries as well as strawberry juice to the mix. Make sure to make enough; your party guests will be asking for more. ¡Salud!Read More »from Party it Up with a Cool “Mojito Rojo”
Best vino pairings for your favorite Latin foods
1 ounce fresh lime juice (count on 1 lime per 1 ounce)
5-6 fresh mint leaves
1 ¾ ounces white rum
2 ounces strawberry juice (see recipe below)
3 ounces club soda (or to taste)
Combine lime juice and mint leaves at the bottom of a highball glass; use a wooden spoon to muddle the mint. Stir in rum and strawberry juice. Fill glass
Shine Latina asked Argentinean and Colombia Crest head winemaker, Juan Muñoz Oca, about the best wines to pair with traditional Latin dishes. Find out which vino will go best with your dinner tonight.Read More »from Best Wine Pairings with Latin Foods
Arroz con pollo (iStockphoto)Arroz con frijoles or arroz con pollo: "Go with a white, dry wine; the acidity will cut the fat in your mouth and provide you greater enjoyment of the rice. I recommend our Grand Estate Chardonnay," says Muñoz Oca.
Carne asada (barbecued meat), chuletas (pork chops) or masitas de puerco (fried pork chunks): "To pair with your beef or pork dishes, try a blend of red wines like Horse Heaven Hills "Les Cheveux" Red or our Grand Estates Merlot. Reds tend to be more forgiving when it comes to the heaviness of a nice piece of meat. Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon also has nice tannin (that dry and puckery feeling in the mouth) that goes well with red meats in general," says Muñoz Oca.Grand Estates Chardonnay (Columbia Crest Winery)
Fish: White wine is the traditional pair for fish, but depending on what sauce its cooked in, the pairing
Nothing says summer like a pool-side barbeque while enjoying an icy cold Coca-Cola and a hot dog. Only, instead of topping off your classic frank with the usual (ketchup & mustard), we've got some options to liven up your fare.
We visited La Moon Restaurant, a Miami institution for Colombian-style perros, to get the lowdown on how to incorporate some of the most unusual and outrageous toppings to get…well…a hotter dog.
Chef German Berillos shows us exactly how to prepare three the restaurant's most popular Colombian hot dogs, which have grown in popularity thanks to the public's growing appreciation for the traditional street food. Some of the deliciously wacky toppings include melted cheese, egg and pineapple sauce!
"Instead of a hot dog, we have a superperro. Instead of potato chips, we have papas criollas, and instead of Coke, we drink Colombiana," says Chef German on the fun Colombian swap of the all-American version of hot dogs.
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Bi-Racial Dating in the Latino World (iStockphoto)You can't imagine how elated Mami was when she heard I was dating again, an event as rare as the pass of Haley's comet! "So tell me all about him," she said. "Well, he's from San Diego, from a very entrepreneurial family, he has a graduate degree in political science and works for a major international company here in town." "I can't wait to meet him!",she exclaimed eagerly. "Now, Mami. I gotta tell you, he's black."Read More »from Bi-Racial Dating in the Latino World
All of a sudden, silence.
Pero, nena, wasn't there anyone else??
What?!! This coming from a woman, herself from casta Spanish blood, who when she started dating that really cute, dark guy from a San Juan barrio (who is now my father) was threatened to be sent to Spain for the rest of her senior year? I couldn't believe her lack of understanding given her own experience, but there it was. My mom was prejudiced!
"No!" she said, "Is that I'm concerned how people will look at you when you walk down the street; plus no one in our family has ever dated a black person, and,
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