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What Miami Looks Like When You’re Colombian-Ecuadorian

Fact: When you tell people you’re from Miami, most assume that you’re Cuban. I mean, that’s a totally valid assumption because, duh, it’s Miami. But here’s what happens when you’re a Miami Latinx (in my case, Colombian-Ecuadorian) but, no, you’re not Cuban:


You quickly learn that Cubans speak really, really fast.

…So you learn that slang real quick.

People always ask if you’re Cuban.

But you don’t mind because Cubans gifted us with good things… like food!

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At home, I ate arepa de huevo, ceviche and fritada. On the streets, I ate ropa vieja, medianoches and lots of flan. Now, I eat both, all the time.


… And you have to accept that Arroz Imperial is superior.

#arrozimperial #dale

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Mami’s arroz con pollo is LEGENDARY within the fam, but Cubans just had show off and add mayonnaise and a heaping layer of cheese on theirs. It’s decadent, over-the-top and it’s the only way I eat rice now because that’s how I like my food to be.


But, again, you can eat pastelitos, patacones, arepas, croquetas…

You get jealous of your friends’ azabaches.

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Like, why wasn’t I special enough to get my own magical, protective charm when I left my mother’s womb? I guess my family didn’t think so… SMH.


…But you smelled like violetas, all the same.

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I honestly thought all Latino kids were doused in violetas as a kid, but I learned that was something my Ecuadoran mom picked up from her Cuban friends when my parents moved down to Miami. I’ve asked a Puerto Rican friend (who wasn’t born in Miami) if she ever used violetas, and she said, “What’s that?” So, case proven, right?


You realize no amount of coffee consumption can prepare you for Cuban coffee.

You pick up the idea that you can never leave the house with wet hair.

…But, you’re super lucky to have the best of both worlds.