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Gracias, Babalú!

In considering what I might write to celebrate this auspicious occasion, the first word that came to mind was “Gracias.”  Thank you. Back in 2005, I was looking for some Cuban art for my home, so I started with a Google search. The first link to come up in my search for “Cuba” and/or “Cuban” […]

If he were alive, Che would be celebrating this day

It grieves me when yet another store puts out what they deem trendy. It always amazes me that trendy involves the face of a mass-murdering psychopath. In the case of Che Guevarra, it's always some hipster idea of revolution. I imagine that had he lived, he would be celebrating the destruction of life and property […]

Let’s talk croquetas.

Every now and then I get invited to be a guest on someone's radio show and talk about my life and about Cuban food. I never, ever say no, but that's not important right now. Tonight at 7 pm Pacific, I'll be a guest on Silvio Canto Jr.'s radio show, along with the lovely and […]

Cuando Sali de Cuba – Luis Felipe’s Story

Marta here. I started this series, Cuando Sali de Cuba, Stories of Courage and Hope on my own blog, My big, fat, Cuban family in order to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Cuban-Style. I asked my readers to send me their stories about how their families left Cuba and how they ended up here in the […]

Cuando Sali de Cuba – Jorge’s Story

Marta here: Welcome to my ongoing celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month: Cuban-Style with a series of stories about Cuban American families and how they ended up here in the U.S.:Cuando Sali de Cuba, stories of courage and hope. Today I want to introduce you to my friend, Jorge Carmona. He is one of the Cuban […]

Cuando Sali de Cuba – Your Story

I live in Southern California and I'm constantly amazed at the number of people who have no idea why there are so many Cuban Americans here in the U.S. I've concluded that they just don't know our stories. And I know for a fact that if you're of Cuban heritage and are not living on […]

Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!

You would think I'd be used to it by now because it happens everywhere I go. But I'm not. (Used to it, that is.) Here's how the scene usually plays out: Me: “You're from Cuba? So am I.” Cuban Person I Just Met: “I'm from *insert town in Cuba* and I know your *mother, father, […]

Cooking With the Troops or Meet Team Cubanaso

I have spent the last three days thinking about what I want to say about our experience in San Antonio and Cooking With the Troops. My family has talked and talked and rehashed almost every detail of our weekend, multiple times. And I'm still at a loss for words to describe all that we experienced. […]

Coffee Talk – from Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen

Making Cuban coffee is more art than science. I think I learned how to make Cuban coffee when I was about 8 years old and able to maneuver in the kitchen without hurting anything. It wasn't just a matter of making the coffee itself, there had to be a frothy topping to that café and […]

Voices from Mariel

I'm often amazed at how little people here seem to know about the waves of Cuban immigrants refugees to this country. The older folks remember that in the early 60's there were some displaced Cuban children that needed homes. This they only know if one of the children ended up in their neighborhood. I'm referring, […]

Never Say Die

My daughter and I were privileged to be invited yesterday to a luncheon honoring recently released Cuban prisoner, Ariel Sigler Amaya and hosted by Asamblea de la Resistencia Cubana and commemorating the 8th anniversary of the Cuban Black Spring. Organized by former political prisoner, Fernando Marquet and our very own Ziva, it was a wonderful […]

But Why is the Rum Gone? from Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen

Sometimes my family sits around and has noisy, opinionated and pointless discussions. (Hello? Cubans!) In this case, we were discussing the wonders of plantains and engaging in the Eternal Cuban debate: Maduros or Tostones? It depends on the main dish you’re serving, of course. I mean, I love a good tostón with garlic sauce. (Who […]

Japi Niulliar!

It's December 31st and I'll venture to guess that in just about every Cuban household the cry is going out, "Did you get the grapes?" Because when the clock strikes twelve tonight and the ball drops in Times Square, Cuban families everywhere will begin the fabulous relajo that signals the end of the old year […]

The Brunch Bunch

When it comes to Noche Buena, the menu doesn't really vary at my house: Lechón asado, frijoles negros, arroz blanco, yuca con mojo, etc. You know the drill. (I'm sooo not complaining.) Where I do get to play in the kitchen and flex my creative muscle, is for breakfast/brunch. Actually, I excel at this, but […]

W. Unplugged.

My husband, Eric and I had the wonderful opportunity to see and hear George W. Bush at the Saddleback Civil Forum last night. (We regularly attend Saddleback Church, but that's not important right now.) He was there, by his own admission, to "shamelessly peddle my book," Decision Points. What was wonderful about the entire evening […]