Peru isn’t the only country holding guinea pig festivals… make room for ECUADOR. Ecuador holds guinea pig beauty contests annually where they dress and cook these little rodents to perfection. The guinea pig meat is said to be a delicacy in Ecuador that they call “Cuy” and it’s said to be really tasty. Have you tried cuy before?
Latinos LOVE Aji Verde sauce. Now, I know there’s a Cuban and Mexican version. I learned how to make the Peruvian kind and let me tell you, it is sooooo GOOD! It is so deliciously finger licking good that you need to look up the recipe, right now, and make it! It’s VERY SPICY. I’m not crazy about spicy foods, but this I can have every day. Dip your fries, tacos, or cover your chicken in this sauce and you will not regret it. The main ingredient is the jalapeño. You are supposed to take the seeds out, but I don’t because I like living on the edge! Oh, yeah, I’m daring. Just make sure to have a jug of water on the side and enjoy. 😉
Latinos LOVE Sa-Fire! We can’t write about freestyle music and not include the beautiful Puerto Rican singer, Wilma Cosmé (born January 16, 1966, in San Juan, Puerto Rico) better known as Sa-Fire. Seriously. This. Girl. Is. On. Fire! She was featured in major magazines and had many top #1 singles. Which is your favorite song of hers?
Don’t act like you didn’t bop your head to Lil’Suzy’s music. Lil’Suzy is an American freestyle singer. Well, Lil’Suzy is not little anymore! Suzanne Casale Melone was born on March 1, 1979. She’s now in her late thirties. There’s one thing that still hasn’t changed… how much Latinos love her!
Latinos LOVE Martika. Martika is a singer, composer, and producer born as Marta Marrero in California on May 18, 1969. She’s of Cuban descent. Love her music, I tell you, they don’t make music like they used to. Who remembers Toy Soldiers? Love it!
The Latino community has lost a great star. We are saddened by the news that Mexican singer and composer, Juan Gabriel, passed away on August 28, 2016 in Santa Monica, CA. Gabriel was greatly loved by fans worldwide. He wrote over 1,500 songs and sold more than 100 million albums. It’s reported the cause of death was a heart attack. He was 66 years old.
Lin-Manuel Miranda (born January 16, 1980 in New York, NY) is a Puerto Rican writer, actor, composer, and lyricist. You may know him for his Broadway musicals—In the Heights and Hamilton. Hamilton’s Broadway show is so amazing that the tickets are selling as high as $10,000 a pop.
Miranda is a Tony Award, Grammy Award, MacArthur “Genius” Award, Emmy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner among many more. He has collaborated with big stars such as Jennifer Lopez and was invited to the White House where he freestyle rapped with President Obama. Miranda is a gay rights activist and an advocate for Puerto Rico. He’s happily married to his wife, Vanessa Nadal, and they have one child together.
Lauren “Laurie” Hernandez was born on June 9, 2000. She’s an American gymnast (of Puerto Rican descent) from New Jersey. You may have heard about this talented, bubbly and lovely lady who has participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics bringing the silver medal home (and also the gold medal: The US team a.k.a. “Final Five” in the Team All Around). She is referred to as the Human Emoji due to her cute facial expressions. Laurie is also the first Latina gymnast to compete in the Olympic games since 2004. Congrats Laurie!
Mónica Puig Marchán is a professional Puerto Rican tennis player (born on September 27, 1993 in Hato rey, Puerto Rico). At only age 22, she’s already a world-renowned champion in Tennis. At this 2016 Olympics in Rio, Puig represented Puerto Rico and brought the Gold Medal home. Congrats! We can’t wait to see this beauty all over in future ad campaigns. Puig is definitely… un orgullo Latino!
Please Note: Puig is the first tennis player to win a gold medal “representing” Puerto Rico. Gigi Fernández is a former tennis player and the first Puerto Rican woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics in the 90s representing USA.