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We Are Already Craving These Delicious And Decadent Noche Buena Dishes

I don’t care what time of year it is–I’m always emocionada for the shockingly massive piles of food that reach my plate at the holidays. Whether you feast on Christmas Day, Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) or every day of the year, you’re guaranteed get nostalgic (and very hungry) previewing your menu this year. Promise, this is what you’re eating.

If you’re Mexican, there will be pozole.

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I mean, there will always be pozole, no matter the time of year, but at the holidays, your mami might actually buy raw hominy instead of the can. It’s a special occasion.

Tamales are always the showstopper.

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For two days before Christmas, there are half a dozen tias dancing up a storm in the kitchen. If you look closely enough, you realize they’re actually prepping and cooking a hundred tamales for the biggest family dinner of the year.

Or, if you’re Puerto Rican, you’ll eat pasteles.

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Instead of corn, platanos verdes are used for the masa and stuff them with all the sofrito and pork available. Boiled banana leaves hold it all together instead of corn husks to wrap them.

Island gente will have ropa vieja.

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Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, are all about this shredded beef dish. Just looking at it makes me miss my abuela and the most exciting times of my childhood: when we were eating her ropa vieja.

Of course, dinner will be at the house con la caja china.

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It’s the most effective and delicious way to slow roast a shocking amount of animal flesh for the family festivities. Cuidado, because sometimes the neighbors get a whiff and just invite themselves in.

The main dish will be lechón.

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As a kid, it was mildly disturbing, but the adults just tell you to move past it because it’s all the sabroso. Eventually, you stop naming the pig and just dig in.

Venezuelans crush the Pan de Jamón

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Speaking of jamón, Venezuelans know how to combine the best flavors into one single bite. It doesn’t matter where you come from, if the panadería is selling, you’re buying this pan.

Ensalada de Gallina will be the only salad at the table.

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Another Venezolana classic, it’s not Navidad without this tasty potato salad. Unlike the kind you’d find at an American grocery store, this one includes pollo, carrots, peas, green apple, and pineapple. We put la fruta in everything.

Every Latino meal will have some version of Moros y Cristianos.

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Call it gallo pinto, arroz con frijoles, moros y cristianos, cualquiera: Latinos make it best. More specifically, we make it in a 10 gallon massive pot and hope for leftovers. The next morning, we fry an egg on top and it’s perfección.

Boricuas will have arroz con gandules on deck.

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We’re here for the saffron, pigeon peas and olives. It’s gallo pinto for breakfast and arroz con gandules for all the other special occasions.

Buñelos con Almíbar de Vino y Canela everywhere.

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Pretty much all of us have some version of this crispy, sweet, doughy pastry. Don’t even call this a donut hole.

You can’t have a buñelo sin champurrado.

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It’s basically Mexican hot chocolate but there’s nothing basic about it. It’s thick, it’s spicy and it’s secret ingredient is masarica and cinnamon.

Of course, someone’s going to bring ponche.

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Rice and fruta: we put it in everything. Our punch is better than yours because we have guava, tejocotes y flor de jamaica. And we made tequila happen.

Somehow, Panettone is always available.

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Panettone was brought from Italy to South America and we have reclaimed it as our Latin fruitcake. Every Miami supermarket carries them and every Latino in Miami has a slice on noche buena.

If you’re Cuban, you already know what follows this picture:

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It’s Crème de Vie, the Cuban version of eggnog. They’re real heavy on the Bacardí.

Mientras, Boricuas can’t get enough of coquito.

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The main difference between coquito and crèma de vie is that Puerto Ricans used condensed coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. We’re dairy intolerant.

That arroz con leche though.

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Latinos cannot have a single meal without rice, not even dessert. Everyone makes it a little different, but I always make it with coconut milk and heavy on the canela.

Natillas are basically Latino Christmas pudding.

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Please hold while I collect my drool. Sometimes called Dulce de Leche, this is basically a thick, creamy vanilla cinnamon custard. Galletas required.

Last but far from least: flan

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It’s the dessert that you’ve never made but love to eat. Thankfully your abuela and tías continue to bring it to every party. It’s not that I don’t think I can make it, it’s that I’m afraid to make it without a flock of Latinos to help me eat it.

Oh, but it’s not over yet.

Literally one week later, we gather again for Rosca de Reyes.

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January 6 is Three Kings Day and you’re forbidden from taking down Christmas decorations until after the three kings have come to visit baby Jesús. Of course, it’s just another excuse to plan another family celebration because whoever gets the slice with the baby figurine in it has to host the next dinner. Tamales required.


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From Vans To Butterfly Pins: Here Are 18 Gifts That Kids Of The ’90s Still Wish For This Christmas

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From Vans To Butterfly Pins: Here Are 18 Gifts That Kids Of The ’90s Still Wish For This Christmas

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Picture it, the year is 1996, you just got home from school and dropped your Power Rangers backpack on the floor. You’re drinking Squeezits while your mom makes you a snack to watch Pokemon. Life is good. Whether we’re watching reboots or wearing nineties-inspired fashion trends, millennials just can’t seem to let go of that nostalgia of being little kids in the 90s. What a time to be alive, huh? With that in mind, we tracked down 20 totally amazing ’90s gifts for adults that will bring your retro-loving friend, fond memories of late-night sleepovers and Go-Gurt binges.

NES Classic Edition

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Pre-loaded with 30 classic Nintendo games from the ’90s like Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and Mega Man, the NES classic edition is sure to make the ‘90s kid bug out. No cartridge blowing necessary.

Caboodles Cases

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You remember Caboodles? These pastel-colored, toolbox-looking makeup cases were everything. They were where you stored your most prized beauty possessions as a kid. Fill them up with your Dr. Pepper-flavored Lip Smackers and grape-scented nail polish, ’90s girl.

Tamagotchi

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Sure, we could download the Tamagotchi app on our smartphones, but we all know it’s not the same. Original Tamagotchis are back and we can’t think of a better stocking stuffer.

Roll-on body glitter

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Luxury and on-trend makeup brands may make the most luxe ‘body glitter,’ but if you grew up in the ’90s, you know that nothing beats a good old sparkly, sticky and shiny roll-on glitter stick. 

Goosebumps Retro Box set

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This “Goosebumps” anniversary box set is packed with five fan-favorites, complete with original covers. They are guaranteed to help your horror-loving friends and family relive the terrifying thrill of cracking open a brand new Goosebumps book.

Butterfly Clips

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The quintessentially ‘90s hair accessories are back. According to Etsy’s trend experts, searches for “butterfly clips” have seen an almost 400 percent increase on the site. For the ‘90s-loving adult, a pack of nostalgic clips is a totally acceptable hair accessory for 2020.

Lisa Frank supplies

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Our favorite psychedelic ‘90s trapper-keeper designer is back, and now she’s serving up some seriously nostalgic office and school supplies. What better way to listen to keep your documents in order than with a lively Lisa Frank folder?

Selena t-shirt

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A tee, or basically anything featuring this ’90s and forever queen, Selena is a perfect gift for the Latino ’90s baby. 

Pokemon cards

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Pokemon cards took over school playgrounds in the ’90s. Kids were frantically collecting and swapping in a desperate bid to catch ’em all. Well, until the teachers banned them. Collect your cards freely now, without any teachers getting rid of the fun.

Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time on vinyl

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Get Britney Spears’s iconic debut album ‘Baby One More Time’ on vinyl because who has a CD player in 2019? Plus, opening this up as a gift will make any ’90s kid cry tears of joy.

Crash Bandicoot T-Shirt

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Fans of the Crash Bandicoot franchise can go straight back to the Wumpa Islands and show their love for the ’90s classic with this t-shirt featuring the genetically enhanced Crash. 

Sailor Moon Makeup Brushes

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This magical makeup brush set comes with a pouch and cute sailor guardian designs. A perfect gift for any of your ’90s obsessed makeup enthusiast.

Game Boy Alarm Clock

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This Game Boy alarm clock will add a bit of the ’90s to any nightstand. We were all obsessed with this mobile game consols and now they can be yours for a completely different purpose.

’90s Paper cup T-shirt

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This stylish tee’s nostalgic design resembles the colorful and abstract painting printed on nearly every paper cup during that glorious decade we all miss the most.

Nickelodeon Subscription Box

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Every 3 months you’ll receive a box jam-packed with goodies featuring your favorite ’90s Nicktoons like The Rugrats and Hey Arnold.

“It Was All A Dream” Neon sign

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The opening line to Biggy’s 1994 debut single ‘Juicy,’ is the ultimate ’90s gift for anyone growing up in that decade. 

Vintage Treasure Troll Dolls

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One of the many strange toys that were popular in the nineties. Confession: I still have a plastic box filled with trolls that I collected in the ’90s. (Related: This will not be the only weird thing you learn about me in this roundup.)

Vans Old Skool Sneakers 

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Only the coolest kids came to class in Vans sneakers. These are a nice throwback with the checkers emblazoned on them.

Gelly Roll Metallic Pens

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These babies were essential for diaries and passing secret class notes. Just imagine the nostalgia when you use these for your work notes.

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Show Some Appreciation For Your Dad’s Jokes And Random Rules This Christmas: 13 Gift Ideas For Latino Dads

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Show Some Appreciation For Your Dad’s Jokes And Random Rules This Christmas: 13 Gift Ideas For Latino Dads

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Oh, man. Dads are great, right? They tell all sorts of terrible jokes and they just want the best for you. That’s why when the holidays roll around, you want to make sure they feel loved with super-thoughtful gifts. But it won’t be too hard for you this year, because you’ve landed here! And there happen to be tons of amazing gift ideas for dads literally right below this introduction. So there; have a read. 

‘El Jefe’ hat

This hat says everything your dad wants people to know. Not only is he a boss, but he is also the boss. No one can handle a carne asada like he can and it’s time he gets to brag about it everywhere.

BBQ bundle

I don’t know about your dad, but mine was always in charge of the carne asada. In his mind, no one else can cook a piece of steak as well as he can. So the best grill master in the world deserves the best gift ever, right? Well, look no further! The BBQ Bundle comes with this El Jefe Apron and a bottle of El Machete Hot Sauce so he can be ready to cook up some carne asada in style.

‘Annoyed in Spanish’ Dad hat

Having a bilingual dad means he can get annoyed in both English and Spanish (lucky you). We feel his pain, so we made this [Annoyed In Spanish] Dad Hat to wear on the days when he simply can’t with people. Stay strong, dad, we love you.

‘Puro Pinche Pari’ Tote

This isn’t just a tote bag, it’s a statement piece. If your dad is a bit of a social butterfly and always has a carne asada to attend to, get him ready for any party with the ‘Puro Pinche Pari’ Tote, and ¡salud! Not to mention, you should make him become a little more green with his own reusable bag.

‘Mi Gente Colombia’ tee

Your dad’s heart belongs to his family, his mother, and his homeland. Help him rep his pride for his country with this ‘Mi Gente Colombia’ Tee, and show the world you’ll never forget where you came from. Don’t worry. If you check out the mitú shop, you can check out all of the different countries that would be perfect for your dad.

‘Papi Chulo’ Hat

Your papi chulo is your ride or die who deserves only the best in this world. Show him how much he really means to you with this Papi Chulo Hat.

‘Pupusas & Curtido’ T-shirt

Pupusas & Curtido built your dad’s Salvadoran body and he must tell it to the world, wearing this amazing shirt. Truly one piece of clothing your father will love. Check out the mitú shop if your dad’s body was built on different foods.

‘Sweat now, tacos later’ water bottle

For the fit dad type, or if he’s just thinking of starting the year with a renewed sense of health and wellness, help him out with this little bottle. The more he works out now, the more tacos he’ll be able to eat later, right? Don’t lose sight of your fitness and goals with the ‘Sweat Now Tacos Later Water’ Bottle, papi.

‘Arepa money’ belt bag

Need something to hold all that hard-earned arepa money of his? Well, look no further. This Arepa Money Fanny Pack is perfect for holding cash, arepas, and whatever else your dad might need!

‘Avo Camo’ Sweatshirt

What’s more dad-like than a camo print? We’ll tell you what would make it better, hidden guacardos in the print, for the avocado obsessed dads out there. Each unique, all-over printed sweatshirt is precision-cut and hand-sewn to achieve the best possible look and bring out the intricate design. What’s more, the durable fabric with a cotton-feel face and soft brushed fleece inside means that this sweatshirt is bound to become his favorite for a long time.

‘Pregúntale a tu Mamá’ t-shirt

Your dad might be the man of the house, but everyone knows your mom is the one who makes all the rules. That’s why we made this Pregúntale A Tu Mamá Tee, which is basically your childhood in wearable form.

‘Back To The Taqueria’ Tee

Where we’re going, we don’t need fork because we’re going back to the taqueria! But we recommend you grab this apron before we sell out.

‘Modelo’ Men’s socks

Wear and drink what you like, it’s that simple. If your dad is a beer enthusiast who enjoys his modelo bien fría, gift him something he’ll like wearing too, like a matching set of socks.

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