Meatless Monday: Colombian Independence Day Patacones with Hogao Sauce

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Celebrate 20 de julio or Colombia’s Independence Day with a sabroso Colombian favorite: patacones with hogao sauce. These savory fried plantains, also know as tostones, are easy to prepare and make a delicious vegetarian appetizer or side dish for any occasion. Natalie’s Patacones Recipe Ingredientes 2 green plantains vegetable oil for frying salt to taste Instrucciones Peel plantains and cut into 1 […]

NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton Explains What’s Next for Ethiopia After Prime Minister’s Death

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I remember studying modern Latin American literature and learning about magical realism, that delicious form of narrative where the lines between fact and fiction are blurred, best embodied by the masterful work of Nobel Prize winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. I always saw this as an “outsider” view of Latin America that doesn’t take […]

A White House 20 de julio

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Throughout the world, 20 de julio or Colombian Independence from Spain is celebrated by dancing to cumbia and vallenato, toasting with our moonshine–aguardiente, as well as savoring delicacies like beef empanadas or patties, patacón pisao or fried plaintains, and arepas–corn cakes.  That’s what I remember, having marked that day, which falls 16 days after American […]

Secret Service Sex Scandal Defense: Sofía Vergara Made Me Do It

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When Colombia’s extreme geo-political makeover as it hosted the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena was eclipsed by another national treasure–its Latina women, I knew to blame Sofía Vergara–you know who’s everywhere including Saturday Night Live, flatly delivering her line, “America welcomed me with open arms and pulled down pants.” Let’s back up:  At least 11 […]

The High Heeled Kitchen: Christmas Made Feliz with Tostones Video Recipe

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Whether you’re serving a Honey-Baked Ham, frying a turkey Deep South-style like Big Bro, or roasting a pernil, how about adding some feliz to your Christmas with a side of tostones? ¿Que quéééé?  Tostones or fried plantains is a staple of the Caribbean kitchen.  In Colombia, where my parents were born and La costa–Papi‘s region–they’re called patacones, […]

HuffPo Latino Voices: Why This “Colombiana” Is Going to Watch Colombiana

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National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More” invited me to appear on the “Beauty Shop” which I blog about in “TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on NPR’s “Tell More More” with Michel Martin.”  Like “Barber Shop,” the end-of-the-show segment is modeled after the conversations exchanged in spaces where friends gather and talk about hot topics in a real, break-it-down […]

TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on NPR’s “Tell More More” with Michel Martin

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I should check the TWLC inbox on a regular basis (emails are supposed to go to TWLC’s gmail account but don’t.  I am the IT dept. of the operation.  ‘Nuf said). That’s where I got an invitation to be on the “Beauty Shop” segment of the smart, sassy, and classy NPR show, “Tell Me More” […]

Master Class: Latin Rock Star Juanes & DC Public School Students

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It’s hard not to crush on the Colombian Rock Star Juanes: His music fuses different rhythms and traditions, including old school Latin American Baladas, Classic Rock, Cumbias, and the Nueva Trova or Nueva Canción (sounds and socio-political messages).  As it/he evolves, it/he gets better. He has historically worked to raise awareness about the devastation caused […]