- Lili's Latin Kitchen | Shine Latina | Tue, Sep 11, 2012 2:39 PM EDT | Comments
By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina
Avocado shrimp ceviche
No matter what beach you visit in South America, you'll always find a random guy that comes to sell you fresh ceviche de camarones (or shrimp ceviche). This type of dish is pretty much an altered version of the classic shrimp cocktail, except that the shrimp gets bathed in loads of onions, tomatoes, ketchup, lime with a touch of cilantro. It is definitely the perfect snack to enjoy under the sun while drinking an iced cold beer.
My mother, who is an amazing cook, makes her own version of the shrimp ceviche and adds avocado to it. Avocado perfectly balances the acidity of the lime when combined with the shrimp and tomato flavors. Trying to figure out a creative way to serve her ceviche, she decided to use half of an avocado as the serving dish. It makes for a beautiful presentation, and you get to enjoy a slice of avocado with every bite. My uncle loves my Mom's ceviche, and every time he comes around she knows she has to prepare her famous v...Read More »
- Lili's Latin Kitchen | Shine Latina | Tue, Sep 11, 2012 12:11 PM EDT | Comments
By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina
Empanadas, pastelitos, tamales and many other types of savory pastries have been around my family for generations. Mi abuela used to make delicious soft pasteles with semi-sweet dough filled with a meat and rice mix. The only person who could replicate this deliciousness was my Nana (or nanny) who still makes them when we ask her to delight us with her culinary skills.
A few months ago my Nana came from Colombia to visit the family, and we began celebrating our infamous Empanada Nights--an event that usually turns into an Empanada Midnights! Typically, all of our close friends and family members are invited, and while Nana and the girls cook, everyone else is impatiently waiting for their delicious empanadas. Gradually, the night turns into a laughter session remembering our childhood stories and talking about life. After hours of talking and drinking wine, we finally get to eat the pastries, which is usually well after midnight.
This pa...Read More »
- Cosmo Latina | Shine Latina | Mon, Sep 10, 2012 2:38 PM EDT | CommentsBy Ariel Nagi
So things didn't work out between you and your boo. If it ended badly, we don't blame you for wanting to be una loca and slash his tires...but don't. We have better solutions than sending your tios or hermanos to kick his butt. These will help you feel better and save the drama.
1. Get a Makeover
Dye your hair or get a new cut. Buy a new outfit or those kickass shoes you've been eyeing for weeks. Focusing on you and making yourself feel good will build confidence and help you not sweat the small stuff.
2. Go on a Date with Your Girls
Your amigas are always there, but men come and go, as we always say. Set up a spa date or go out for drinks. Studies have shown women get over breakups faster than men because we have better support systems-aka our girls.
3. Spill it…ALL
Talking is the best therapy. Vent to your friends, mami, or whoever you trust. Getting it all out is a huge stress reliever, and forget paying for a therapist!
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- Cosmo Latina | Shine Latina | Mon, Sep 10, 2012 2:18 PM EDT | CommentsBy Ariel Nagi
When we saw Venezuelan beauty Gaby Espino at Premios Tu Mundo, we couldn't help but admire her messy fishtail braid. We were shocked to learn how simple a celeb-inspired hairdo could be! Gaby's stylist Marcos Carrasquillo gave us a step-by-step how-to.
1. Wet your hair and apply a generous amount of volumizing mousse, like L'Oréal Paris EverStyle Volume Boosting Mousse.
2. Blow-dry your hair using only your fingers to give it texture.
3. Make a side part all the way down your head, dividing your hair into two sections.
Related: How to Make a Knot Braid
4. Grab a small section of the hair from the back of the right side, and add this section to the left side by folding it over with your left hand. After you've added a strand to your left side, grab a strand from the back of the left section. Fold it over and add it to the right section. Repeat this step, alternating sides.
5. Keep the look me...Read More »
- Madeinspanglish | Shine Latina | Thu, Sep 6, 2012 10:59 AM EDT | CommentsWhen it comes to her Latin roots, Michelle Rodriguez knows exactly what she likes and what she doesn't like. To stay connected to her cultural background, the actress of Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage enjoys listening to artists from the 40's like Los Panchos, Celia Cruz and Perez Prado, as well as making the occasional trip to Latin America. But Rodriguez admits that she's been closed off from her own culture thanks to one thing: machismo.
"I'm such an independent woman; I don't match with the mentality of the [different Hispanic] cultures," says Rodriguez of the misogynistic reputation that traditionally identifies Latinos. Nevertheless, she tells Shine Latina she plans on dedicating the next few years to exploring her heritage. "There are so many beautiful things about the various cultures," says Rodriguez.
Watch Rodriguez speak about her love/hate relationship with Latin culture:
The Latina, who is well-known for her strong female roles in action films, says...Read More »