Zaytinya Grape Festival: Spoonful of Good Food & Politics


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


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 […]

Not in Paris but D.C.: My Night at Dîner en Blanc


Shrouded in mystery, you hear that a cool, secretive dining experience will pop up and a few hours later, break down. Few details are online–the dress code in white (which although after Labor Day was perfect because of the warm Washington, D.C. September) and the accoutrements for guests to bring such as a table and […]

VIDEO: Deferred (Immigration Executive) Action. On MSNBC


The distrust in President Obama among Latino voters has roots in a broken promise made when Candidate Obama was first running in 2008. This distrust has been magnified by Mr. Obama’s announcement that he would delay executive action on immigration until after the November midterm elections. The repercussions that will be felt by the President and […]

Monday Inspiration: Gossip / Lunes Inspiración: El Chisme


This summer I’ve had a few brushes with the role of gossip in career, particularly from women. The first was when I heard from Superstar Intern that her executive producer at a global satellite network had poo poo’ed her guest pitch. Executive Producer was the most senior person at the editorial meeting and badmouthed a female colleague, […]

Monday Inspiration / Lunes Inspiración


I’m excited to announce a new regular feature: Viviana Hurtado Ph.D.’s Monday Inspiration / Lunes Inspiración featuring different quotes to help motivate us at the beginning of a new week. The increase of women’s education and career opportunities is matched and indeed surpassed by the current media culture which sexualizes us. Beauty is reduced to the eye of […]