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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Vino caliente from Bogotá

    Bogotá is a beautiful city where temperatures stay mostly in the 60s or 70s year round. When the sun sets and the temperature starts to go down, it's common to see people ordering warm cocktails at bars and restaurants. In fact, one of the most popular drinks around is vino caliente (hot wine), a beverage found mostly in the city's art district.

    Last week, I was visiting family in Bogotá, and my friend Gio took me to a place called "La tienda de café". It's a lovely bar that serves traditional Colombian food and drinks. As soon as I looked at the menu, the first item listed was vino caliente. So, I immediately went up to the bartender and together we made the best hot wine I've ever had.

    Cheers!

    This Vino Caliente recipe includes Grand Marnier and cinnamon

    Ingredients
    (1 serving)
    2 oz. orange brandy
    1 oz. triple sec
    3 oz. fresh orange juice
    4 1/2 oz. merlot
    1 cinnamon stick
    ¼ lime
    Sugar to taste
    ¼ orange wedge

    Try this recip

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  • Shakira and Gerard Piqué

    Latin crossover sensation Shakira and boyfriend, Gerard Piqué, welcomed their first son into the world on January 22nd.

    The proud couple, who were in Piqué's hometown of Barcelona, Spain for the baby's arrival, have named their bundle of joy Milan Piqué Mebarak.

    In a joint announcement on the singer's website, the new parents shared:

    We are happy to announce the birth of Milan Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain.

    The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification.

    Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth.

    Baby Milan weighed approximately 6 lbs., 6 oz., and the hospital confirms both mother and child are doing well.

    Outlets ignited when Shakira hinted at the impending birth on her Twitter account, asking for fans' prayers "on this very importa

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  • This Yahoo! original series will introduce you to success stories, to the public figures who have crossed cultures and languages to leave a mark in the Latin and US markets. In this episode, get to know Génesis Rodríguez, the daughter of Venezuelan pop singer "El Puma"- an up and coming actress who is determined to prove Latinas are the new mainstream.

    Génesis Rodríguez

    "I don't want to be 'la hija de El Puma' every single day," says an independent Génesis Rodríguez of her desire to create a unique identity as an actress outside of her famous parents. Born in Miami and raised in Venezuela and the US, Rodríguez is the daughter of legendary Venezuelan singer and actor José Luis Rodríguez "El Puma", and of Cuban model Carolina Pérez. And while she works hard at creating her own persona, there's no doubt Rodríguez holds her father in high esteem: "As I get older, I really admire what my father has done in his career and how people really love him," says the Latina who confesses to being jealous of her dad&

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Hash browns with chorizo

    As long as I can remember, Sunday barbecues have been like a religion for my family. Not only do we grill the usual steaks and sausages, but we also cook lots of side dishes to enjoy with the meat. Typically, we make rice, tostones, guacamole and yucca, but the one item that we never miss is papa salada. It's basically unpeeled, boiled potatoes which get salted right after removing them from the water.

    Usually we have leftover papa salada and chorizo, which then becomes the perfect Monday breakfast. My mom found a way of using these two ingredients in a delicious chorizo hash brown dish; she shreds the cold potatoes, and then adds chorizo to the mix. The chorizo adds salt and just enough spiciness to the potatoes. ¡Es perfecto!

    Chopped chorizo

    Ingredients
    (1 serving)
    1 chorizo, chopped
    2 potatoes, unpeeled and cooked
    Cilantro sprigs

    Serve this recipe with my avocado breakfast salad for brunch


    Directions

    Shred the potatoes (while still cold from the refrigerat

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  • Sure, your kids can use an iPad and order movies on demand, but how savvy are they when it comes to life's basic skills? Take them back to basics, teaching them practical skills they'll need to become well-rounded adults.

    Learn how to tie a tie

    Families these day- and especially kids- seem to rely on technology for virtually everything. Need information for a school paper? Google your subject, and the amount of data available is overwhelming. Need to learn how to tie your shoes? I'm sure there's an easy-to-follow YouTube video that'll explain. Books, games, recipes, movies- there's no limit to what can be reached and learned with the right high-tech device.

    A useless generation?
    So, I started to ask myself: Are our kids relying on technology and other amenities so much that they'd be rendered useless if they didn't have the conveniences they've grown accustomed too? What kind of skills do they have in their "life bag" that could help them if there were no more smartphones or iPads? I'm continuously amazed a

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