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  • Best Wine Pairings with Latin Foods

    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.

    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)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

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  • What’s a Colombian Hot Dog?

    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.

    VIDEO: Grilling Mexican-style

    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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  • Latino Celeb Birthdays in July

    From singers to musicians and actors to athletes, check out which celebrities are having a feliz cumpleaños this month!

  • It’s a Fiesta! Give Your Next Party a Real Latin Touch

    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.

  • Jada Pinkett-Smith Shows Off Her Latina Side

    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.

    PHOTOS: Plus-size and Latina

    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 of

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  • Vanilla, a Mexican Treasure

    Using vanilla in its natural form will transform the way you bake. Find out how it all started for this cherished Mexican spice and how you can remake some of your favorite desserts.

    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.

    Healthy Mexican Recipe: Fish Mixiote with

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  • ¡Que Viva La Novia!: Celebrating with Latin American Wedding Traditions

    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.

    • 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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  • A Cool Summer Dip: Strawberry Salsa

    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!

    Strawberry Salsa (Courtesy California Strawberry Commission)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)
    Cayenne pepper

    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

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  • Wilmer Valderrama Unleashes His Inner Nerd

    Wilmer Valderrama (WireImage)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.

    QUIZ: Not sure if you're a bully?

    In a new video announcement for the campaign, Valderrama, along with fellow Latina actress Francia Raisa Almendarez,

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  • Next Time for Dinner: Try Chicken Stuffed with Squash Blossoms in Guajillo Pepper Sauce

    Adapted from Chef Geraldine Romero for Otro Stylo Para Cocinar

    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!

    Healthy Mexican Recipe: Fish Mixiote with Parsley

    Yield: Serves 4
    Total time: 2 hours
    Level: Easy
    Chicken rolls with squash blossoms in guajillo pepper sauce (Luis G. Hernandez)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
    -¼ onion
    -1 clove of garlic, peeled
    -4 tomatoes
    -2 tsp bouillon powder
    -2 tbsp cooking oil
    -Aluminum foil cut into four squares

    Recipe: Quick Vegan Posole with Beans

    Preheat oven to 400º F.

    Wash chicken breasts; pat them dry and season with salt and pepper on both

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