Blogging to Stop Brutality: My More Magazine Interview with a Juárez Blogger

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I can’t remember when I started reading Judith Torrea’s blog, Ciudad Juárez: en la sombra del narcotráfico/Juárez: in the shadow of Drug Trafficking.  But once I started, I read and Torrea’s raw prose left my heart riddled with anger at failed Mexican and American policies around the southward flow of guns, U.S. drug consumption and treatment […]

The High Heeled Kitchen Video: Q & A with “Top” Chef Richard Sandoval

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I am a chica with a serious appetite.  I love to eat as much as I adore the rituals around food: family gatherings, learning how to make arepas or arroz con coco while chatting with PAPI, celebrations of milestones and holidays as a nuclear family in San Francisco and with our big-in-size, big-in-personality extended family in Colombia […]

The High Heeled Kitchen – Cozumel Ceviche Video

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Ceviche. Food of the gods, savored year-round in Latin American tropical coastal communities. This fish dish is also perfecto for summer. Some people fear raw fish.  ¡Silly rabbit!, says the chica who’s paid the dear price of reckless-but ooh-soooo-goooood eating in markets, truck stops, and beach shacks throughout the Spanish-speaking world (1 year of Flagyl, […]

When Singing Barney Songs is Mightier than Cartel Gunshots

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This video will make you tremble with fear, outrage, and sadness. Kindergarten teacher Martha Rivera Alanis captures on her cell phone how she calmed her students by singing Barney songs, as a gunfight raged near the school in Monterrey, Mexico’s industrial hub in the northern state of Nuevo León. Rivera Alanis sweetly instructs the kids […]

The High Heeled Kitchen Video: Grilled Duroc Pork Chop in Mole Sauce

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The High Heeled Kitchen: Grilled Duroc Pork Chop in Mole Sauce: The Video Watch closely for the perils to avoid when cooking in high heels! The High Heeled Kitchen: Grilled Duroc Pork Chop in Mole Sauce: The Story “Ode To Mole” Mole. How I love thee. Even though at first I said “Chocolate and Chili, […]

SEAL an Anchor Baby? How an Assumption Became Truth (and I’m Not Talking about la Virgen María)

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As details of Osama bin Laden’s assassination spread virally throughout the internet, so are rumors that one of the Navy SEALs involved in arguably one of history’s most anticipated deaths is an “anchor baby” or a child born to illegal immigrants in the U.S.  Not only has this information NOT been confirmed or denied, it is likely […]

Open Letter to Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel

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Dear Mr. Stengel, When I noticed the lack of Latinos and Latin Americans in the 2011 Time 100, I thought: Again?  My criticism does not probe whether Gossip Girl Blake Lively should be on the same “list” as Afghan prosecutor general Maria Bashir or if the blonde bombshell took the place of someone more relevant. […]

Mr. President: Try Substantive Instead of “Equal” Partnership with Latin America

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“¡Pobre México! ¡Tan lejos de Dios y tan cerca de los Estados Unidos!” “Poor Mexico! So far from God and so close to the United States!” -Porfirio Díaz Mexican strong man Porfirio Díaz is credited with these words that describe the 20th Century U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Latin America relationships as the Roosevelt Corollary (Monroe Doctrine on […]