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  • A holiday that began as the celebration of two cultures-Indians and Pilgrims-coming together to share a

    Thanksgiving en familia

    Thanksgiving en familia

    table, has also joined Latinos and Americans into one family.

    Growing up in Puerto Rico, we get the opportunity to celebrate many of the traditional US holidays, but I have to say that one of my favorites is Día de Acción de Gracias, or Thanksgiving, as it is known in the mainland. Just imagine having turkey, pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes, along with Puerto Rican yellow rice, roasted pork and coconut-based desserts in 80+ degree weather. Every year our friends and relatives would join together to sit at the same table to laugh, talk and say a prayer of thanks-in Spanish, of course. It was the type of gathering beautiful memories are made of.

    Once we moved to the states, and as my brother and sisters began to marry, the families they married into became integrated with our holidays. Soon, our table started showing signs of new traditions. There was a broccoli casserole neat

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  • Red lips are definitely in for the holiday season. Learn how to pick the right shade for your skin tone, and get the look in my video tutorial.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba



    Red lips are a holiday staple. I personally love wearing red lips all the time, and a good, basic red lipstick should be in every woman's makeup collection. Even though I adore red lipstick, it can be a pain to apply if you don't do it correctly. If you take the time, and follow my five steps to perfecting a the look, you'll be able to have a flattering, lasting lip color that everyone will love!

    Red-orange lipstick for Latinas

    If you have an olive skin tone, then you have the luxury of being able to pull off any red color. It is true, however, that red-orange lipsticks look the best on olive complexions and really stand out against yellow undertones. I have a few favorites I like to use; I love By Terry's Rouge Terrybly in 21 VD which is the perfect shade of red-orange and Bite Beauty's Matte High Pi

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Plantain-Cilantro-Chicken soup

    Plantain-Cilantro-Chicken soup

    My brother in law, David, went to culinary school about 10 years ago. While my college homework consisted mostly of writing papers and studying for exams, David's included cooking recipes for the entire family. We always managed to find one or two nights during the week to gather around the kitchen to watch him working on recipes for school. One of his famous, signature dishes is a Cilantro and Plantain Chicken soup that the entire family has enjoyed since the moment he first made it. We kept asking him to make the soup and to make enough to last for a few days. Now, more than a decade later, we still make the soup during family gatherings and lunches. The big difference is that while we used to cook and eat whenever we wanted, now we have to consider a new generation. We have kids that range from seven months to five years old running around the house during the day, with parents trying to get them into bed early so they can make it to school t

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Pastelitos

    Pastelitos

    While Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays of the year in the United States, it's just another day in Latin America. My family didn't celebrate the holiday when we first moved to the US, but we couldn't help feeling left out. All the neighbors and friends spent days in the kitchen preparing for this all-American holiday.

    A couple of years later, a guy from North Carolina- David- started dating my sister. When he met our family, he came upon a very joyful group where every evening was filled with dinner parties and wine-tasting nights. Since his family lived out of town, and we partied like no one else, he decided to come over on Thanksgiving expecting a big feast. You can imagine his shock when he arrived with a big, cooked turkey, and he found us in the kitchen making a simple ham and potato salad. We had no idea what a green bean casserole, sweet potato souffle or pecan pie was, let alone that these were traditional holiday d

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  • Eduardo Ramos

    By Eduardo Ramos

    Women are delicious creatures by nature, and I find so much of what you all do sexy. While there are many different definitions of "sexy," one woman took the cake by striking several different chords on my scale. You might find some of this useful, so I'll share a few of her (and other) behaviors that I, and the average hombre, find deliciously appealing.

    1. Listen to what I say.
    I was planning a small birthday party at my apartment a couple of years back. The day before the bash I was cleaning up the backyard and my shorty came by to see me. We were talking, and I expressed that I needed a couple of bamboo mats to lay over the dirt in my NYC backyard. The next morning as I'm stocking the refrigerator my buzzer rings. There she stood looking beautiful as always, with six bamboo mats slung over shoulder. I was shocked, elated, and couldn't believe she'd remembered what I'd said the day before. I wanted her for lunch immediately.

    Related: How to Seduce Men

    2. Be though

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