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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.

Pastelitos Salvadoreños {Recipe}

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This post post was written in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Maseca. All opinions are our own. Cooking is one of those activities that definitely draws my family closer together. Over a cutting board that’s been weathered by years of cooking family meals, we catch up on the happenings of the family. That is how I spent last Saturday. I attempted, for the first time, to make Pastelitos Salvadoreños with the guidance of my mom. Pastelitos, which simply means small cakesRead More ...

JamTok Popular Spanish Music App

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While many of the fun Spanish apps out there are for toddlers and young children, every now and then we come across one that’s just as entertaining for older kids or adults. Learn Spanish with JamTok! is a cool app that uses popular songs (from artists such as Bruno Mars and Carlos Santana) to teach you new Spanish vocabulary. For each song, you can change the language from English to Spanish, or see both. Once you’ve previewed the song andRead More ...

The Pandas & Boom: Kids’ Digital App Series Release

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Today, I’m happy to bring you a SpanglishBaby exclusive: a first look at a brand new digital Spanish series for kids, The Pandas & Boom, created by the developers of the NARR8 app. If you haven’t heard of NARR8, a Netflix-like platform for interactive stories and digital series, this app could become a new adventure for your family. With a wide variety of animated stories and comics in a variety of genres, NARR8 is a unique and endless source ofRead More ...

#BilingualKids Video of the Week: CuentaCuentos de Salvat

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If you grew up in Spain or Latin America in the 1980′s you might remember a series of books and tapes with stories and songs called CuentaCuentos de Salvat. It was a collection of songs, classic stories and fábulas that were narrated by actors and master storytellers. Some time ago one of our readers left a comment on our Facebook page with a YouTube link to a channel with all of these CuentaCuentos in a digitized version. Turns out aRead More ...

A Journey Into Imagination with Disneyland’s ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’

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This post is sponsored by Disney Story. To find out more about this brand-new story-creation app – and how it puts the power of storytelling in your hands – click here. I felt like a very lucky woman last week when I got a chance to be among the members of the media to preview “Mickey and the Magical Map,” Disneyland’s newest musical, dance and animation spectacle. It was amazing to see the technological innovations Disney imagineers created with theRead More ...

Enjoying a Rare Treat: A “Me” Day

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Disclosure: I have received a Toyota Prius V to drive for one year. No monetary compensation has been received. All opinions are my own. Read more here: Last Sunday I got a very, very rare treat: a day all to myself in my own city. I seriously can’t remember the last time it happened that both my daughter and my husband were gone and it wasn’t because they were giving me alone time to work on our book orRead More ...

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