Mi Casa es Su Casa. Actually, You Can HAVE it.

“Women, then, have not had a dog’s chance of writing poetry. That is why I have laid so much stress on money and a room of one’s own.” – Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own “$400!,” I shrieked. Yellow, the Golden Retriever, poked his head up from his perennial sleep. It can’t be. I […]

Carolina Herrera, My Style Ícono

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Carolina Herrera. Cool elegance, not in a hip way, certainly not chilly. But, in this age of Kim Kardashian, she is dignified. Tiene clase, not just because she comes from an elite Venezuelan ruling family, but because her classic style is closely stitched to the contemporary; in business she is bold, yet charming; her designs […]

Día de los Muertos Menú at Oyamel Restaurant

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Raised in California, lived in Mexico City in 1999-2000, and then on the U.S. Mexico border in Texas turned my palate into a discriminating connoisseur of authentic Mexican food. However, I am not the only person in Washington, D.C. to look down my nose primed by snobby taste buds at this town’s Mexican fare. The […]

My Latino Midterm Election: Georgia

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If you travel along main street Buford Highway which cuts through a main portion of the metro-Atlanta area, blocks of strip malls bustle with Latino businesses. That’s certainly the case in Doraville where for more than fifteen years, my family and I have been regular patrons at Colombian restaurants, Mexican bakeries and bodegas. The beginnings […]

My Latino Midterm Election: Arkansas

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When most people think of Arkansas, they don’t automatically blurt out the word “Latino,” the way some may when thinking of historic Hispanic states such as California, Texas, and Florida. But let’s examine the Razorback State where incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is facing a formidable challenge from Republican U.S. Congressman Tom Cotton. It […]

Zaytinya Grape Festival: Spoonful of Good Food & Politics

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At the preview of the Grape Festival this year held in the last two weeks of September, I had the opportunity to speak with executive chef Michael Costa. Rather than a fancy, schmancy food critic, I’m just a political and news junkie with a big appetite. That’s why I treasured my few minutes with this pro. To […]

My Latino Midterm Election: North Carolina

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The conventional wisdom is that midterm elections are low turnout and those who do show up to cast ballots trend older, white, and more conservative. For November 2014, the slim Democratic majority in the Senate is in jeopardy, with key Senate races so tight, pollsters, data wonks, and political scientists such as Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight and […]