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About: Alicia Maher

Alicia Maher was born in El Salvador and resides in Los Angeles CA since 1986. She learned to cook at a young age authentic Salvadoran food from her grandmother, great aunts, aunts and her Salvadoran friends. For almost thirty years Alicia has passionately carried and shared her country and ancestors’ culinary traditions with family and friends. In her cookbook Delicious El Salvador: 75 Authentic Recipes for Traditional Salvadoran Cooking, she sets out to preserve and teach El Salvador’s home cooking history, flavors and dishes to future generations. She is also the former owner of two full service bakeries in the Los Angeles area, and has taught private cooking classes for the last five years. Before moving to Southern California, Alicia lived in Israel and Washington, D.C. She graduated from UCLA in 1992 with a BA in Art History. Alicia has been married to Joseph since 1988; they are the parents of three sons. Delicious El Salvador: 75 Authentic Recipes for Traditional Salvadoran Cooking is her first book.

Fall Craft: Easy DIY Gratitude Cards in Spanish

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Fall is, by far, my favorite season. I hadn’t really experienced the change in seasons until we moved to Colorado. Seven years later, I still can’t get enough of the colors brought about by fall. Every year, we like to take a drive up to the mountains to see the famed Aspens changing colors, but the truth is that I don’t even have to leave the street we live on to experience the breathtaking fall hues. My kids can’t waitRead More ...

La Navidad is Coming to Disneyland Resort: Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

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Can it be true? Can Disneyland Resort really be creating a special 8-week long celebration in “inspired by the warmth and joyous spirit of the Latino culture, filled with holiday traditions, jubilant dancing and exciting music”. ¡Así es! We live so close to Disneyland Resort and are lucky enough to visit the parks many times per year and are always happy to see things like their Día de Muertos altars or Reyes Magos celebrations, but in some way it’s neverRead More ...

Video of the Week: Mi Amiguita Rosita (Sesame Street)

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Sesame Street is really going all out with their Latino-themed videos for Hispanic Heritage Month! Earlier this week we shared Romeo Santos’ video singing with Elmo and today we found this adorable one of Rosita singing about what being Mexican means to her. Love! ...

Are You Raising Truly Bilingual Kids?

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Last week, I shared a link to an EFE story I was interviewed for regarding the current state of the Spanish language in the United States. One of the other people interviewed is a woman who runs a language school for children here in Denver and one of her quotes caught my attention. She said: “Bilingual people must possess a certain mastery of both their languages… speaking them is not enough. Writing, reading and comprehension are integral parts of learningRead More ...

DeCuentos Story Videos App in Spanish

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DeCuentos is an app unlike any I have seen before. Rather than being a typical storybook app where kids can interact with animated characters and scenes, DeCuentos brings traditional storytime into the virtual world. It includes a long list of videos of various native Spanish speakers reading children’s books aloud. I especially like that the stories the developers chose are a mix of classic tales — think Caperucita Roja and Cinco Monitos — and contemporary stories, some of which I had never heard beforeRead More ...

Video of the Week: Romeo Santos and Elmo Sing “Quiero Ser Tu Amigo”

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We’ve been giving mucho amor to Sesame Street this week because they’ve been giving el español y nuestra cultura mucho amor también! Not only did the Sesame Street Workshop just launch a few Sesame Street books in Spanish on iBooks this week, introduced Mando this month and also a new Twitter account en español, now we found out that this Thursday, October 10th Romeo Santos will be singing “Quiero Ser Tu Amigo” with Elmo on Sesame Street! Check it out hereRead More ...

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