If having a fiesta makes you think of a pseudo-mexican Cinco de Mayo celebration with sombreros, sarapes and store-bought salsa, you are certainly missing out. The fusion with Latin American cultures going on in our country is changing the way we eat, dance, and now, celebrate. Let us show you how to bring those vibrant cultures into a modern, eclectic and off-the-charts authentic party.
- Shine Latina editor | Shine Latina – Fri, Jun 29, 2012 3:57 PM EDT
Shine Latina got the chance to sit down with actress Jada Pinkett-Smith to discuss the secrets for maintaining her famed figure (french fries are involved!), her 15 year marriage to Will Smith and her most recent, musical endeavor with Salma Hayek.
While promoting the third installment of her animated films, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted", Shine Latina couldn't help but ask Jada Pinkett-Smith about the irony of playing an animated hippo while maintaining a svelte figure in real life.
"Eat for health," suggests Pinkett-Smith as her top fitness tip. "I don't eat for pleasure. I eat foods that help me function." It's not all strict for the petite actress, though, who admitted to having to sneak french fries once in a while to keep happy.
Besides balancing a busy schedule as a wife, mother and film star, Pinkett-Smith has added Spanish singer to her credits after a collaboration with Salma Hayek. We asked her about the experience ofRead More »from Jada Pinkett-Smith Shows Off Her Latina Side
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Adapted from Chef Mariana Coria for Otro Stylo
Vanilla bean and orchid (iStockphoto)It's a black, thin, aromatic pod containing small flavorful beans that has given its name to one of the most popular ingredients in the world, vanilla, one of the most expensive spices in the world.
La vainilla is a gift from Mexico to the world. Already cultivated when the Spanish Conquistadores arrived in Mexico, pre-Columbian cultures used it to scent chocolate. It was first taken to Spain, and from there it became popular throughout Europe and the world. However, Mexico is no longer the only producer of vanilla. But, while it has lost some of its worldwide market share to other vanilla-producing countries like Indonesia, China and Madagascar, Mexican vanilla continues to be the favorite of chefs and foodies alike.
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- Shine Latina editor | Shine Latina – Wed, Jun 27, 2012 1:37 PM EDT
Celebrations of the Latina bride (iStockphoto)From Mexico to Argentina, Latina brides incorporate age-old rituals into their wedding celebrations that have been handed down through generations. And while many of them share American customs such as of wearing a veil or holding a bouquet, there are some that are uniquely Latin. Just in time for wedding season, get to know some of our favorite wedding day tradiciones.Read More »from ¡Que Viva La Novia!: Celebrating with Latin American Wedding Traditions
• Bride and groom (or la novia y el novio) enter the church by walking down the aisle with their corresponding parents, rather than only the bride walking down with her father.
• Instead of bridesmaids, the Mexican bride has a number of madrinas each with a specific job during the ceremony. For example, the madrina de lazo helps place the marriage knot around the couple, while the madrina de ramo is in charge of the bride's bouquet.
• The bride sews three ribbons to her underwear: yellow for luck, blue for prosperity and red for passion. So much for just something blue!
• In southern Mexico, the bride doesn't
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One of the best parts of the summer season is the abundance of fresh fruit available to prepare some of our favorite foods, like crisp salads, grilled veggies and fruity drinks. How about a great summer salsa? Salsa recipes that call for fresh fruit are usually focused on mangoes or peaches, but we've got one to use up all those ripe strawberries. Forget the traditional dip with tomatoes or avocados, this is a fresh (and healthy!) take on a classic idea. Just get your chips ready!Read More »from A Cool Summer Dip: Strawberry Salsa
Strawberry Salsa (Courtesy California Strawberry Commission)Ingredients
1 cup diced fresh California strawberries
1/2 cup diced mango
1/4 cup diced papaya
1/4 cups diced pineapple
2 tablespoons diced red onion
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar
Salt and black pepper (to taste)
Check out this scrumptious, classic salsa recipe
In a medium bowl, gently mix together all ingredients; season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, if desired.
Nutrition Information Per
Wilmer Valderrama (WireImage)For Venezuelan actor Wilmer Valderrama, known for getting laughs as foreign exchange student Fez on "That 70's Show", his adolescent years weren't always a laughing matter.
Like many Hispanics, US-born Valderrama struggled to assimilate as a teenager in this country balancing both Latin and American cultures. The actor considers his struggle similar to that of today's children facing bullying. "When I came to this country I didn't speak English. Fourteen is a really hard age not to be able to communicate smoothly…I was looked at as inferior and dumb, as someone who didn't really count, and that really hurt," says Valderrama. Understanding what life is like when you're made fun of and badgered just for being different, Valderrama has joined forces with candy-maker WONKA to promote the "NERDS® Unite!" anti-bullying campaign.
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Caperucita Roja"Abuelita, tell me a story." This used to be a common request from the kids in my house; we loved to have our Abuela Rigo tell us fairy tales, because she had the gift of making them come to life. Her bag of cuentos seemed endless: we shrieked at the tale of Caperucita Roja (Red Riding Hood), swooned as Prince Charming kissed Blanca Nieves (Snow White) and cried when the Patito Feo (The Ugly Duckling) was rejected by his family for looking different from the rest. Our favorite stories, though, were those Latin American fables, whose characters seemed like they really lived in the mountains of a nearby country or right under abuela's house in Puerto Rico.
The lucky fool, the "tooth fairy" mouse and the conceited cockroach
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Adapted from Chef Geraldine Romero for Otro Stylo Para CocinarRead More »from Next Time for Dinner: Try Chicken Stuffed with Squash Blossoms in Guajillo Pepper Sauce
This tasty recipe pairs squash blossoms (flores de calabaza) with guajillo pepper sauce, a common combination in Mexican cooking. If you can't find fresh squash blossoms in your local Hispanic market, try an Italian market instead. Squash blossoms are not only delicious, they make for a gorgeous plating presentation. ¡Buen provecho!
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Yield: Serves 4
Total time: 2 hours
Chicken rolls with squash blossoms in guajillo pepper sauce (Luis G. Hernandez)
-4 chicken breasts, halved
-Salt and pepper to taste
-8 slices of goat cheese
-2 handfuls of squash blossoms
-4 tbsp butter
For the guajillo chile sauce:
-3 guajillo chiles, seeded and deveined
-1 clove of garlic, peeled
-2 tsp bouillon powder
-2 tbsp cooking oil
-Aluminum foil cut into four squares
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Wash chicken breasts; pat them dry and season with salt and pepper on both
By: Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina Read More »from VIDEO: Top Beauty Products for Olive Skin
Jessica Alba (WireImage)LESS SUN, MORE MOISTURIZER & HIDING PORES
Women with olive skin tones have beautiful complexions that tan easily in the sun. Unlike its fair, more alabaster counterparts, olive skin turns brown (rather than red) when exposed to sunlight. Even though olive-skin Latinas generally suffer less from the harmful effects of UVA/UVB rays, it is still very important to wear sunscreen when going outdoors. Some of the best and most affordable sun-protecting products on the market come from Neutrogena's line of Ultra Sheer Sunscreen.
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Due to the overproduction of melanin in olive skin tones, inflammation, such as a mosquito bites or pimples, can leave dark marks on the skin after healing. Regular sunscreen use will prevent those blemishes from getting darker when exposed to the sun. A product that can help fade dark marks quickly is Clinique's Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. With consistent daily use, this product will even out
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