Growing up in a Latin household in North America means there is never a dull moment. Trying to fit in with my friends who were eating macaroni and cheese as opposed to my family’s delicious steak with beans and rice made it feel like we were worlds apart.
There are about 55 million latinos in the United States today. From Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Argentina, every country has its own interesting traditions and quirks that somehow seem to fit in beautifully in the U.S.
As the largest ethnic group in the country, chances are you may end up knowing or even dating a Latina. I may be biased but I find my culture quite beautiful. So if you are planning on asking that special someone out, here are some important things to know and remember when dating a Latina.
Your girlfriend gets all that in one telenovela or soap opera. These one hour series are sacred in any Latin home so either wait till her novela is over to call or sit quietly and watch the show with her. You may learn Spanish quicker than you realize.
Instead, a Latina can choose from pineapple, guava, lime, mandarin, and mango, among other fruity-flavoured Jarritos sodas.
North Americans may have fallen in love with his rhythmic, soulful, and sexy music when he sang, "The Cup of Life," at the 1999 Grammy Music Awards. We have been in love with Ricky since he made his debut in the group Menudo when he was just 13 years old.
Unless, you want to end the relationship before it even starts, don't call her those names. Those are words used to describe condiments, not a woman.
And this guy, Walter Mercado, has been telling the Latin community all the dates, food, and colours to avoid for better luck in life.
Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, and many more famous celebrities are stunning, gorgeous women. Thanks for the compliment but we cannot all look live every actress that is popular at the time who happens to be Latin American.
Luis Miguel is like Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé rolled up into one. His songs literally speak about love like it's nobody's business.
Quoting Terminator's famous and annoying phrase, "hasta la vista, baby," is just not funny. That's as bad as, "dos cervezas por favor."
Just don't ask her if she speaks Mexican. Latin Americans and Spaniards speak Spanish. Not a dialect; not Mexican. We speak Spanish. Just like Americans, Canadians, British, and Australians all speak English. Different accents and distinct slang words but it's still the same language.
There is nothing sexier and more appealing than a man who knows how to dance. We are not talking ballroom dancing either. Sensuous moves like bachata, salsa, and merengue will make your Latin love interest fall for you that much faster.
So don't be surprised that while doing chores or cooking you find your girlfriend blasting her music and dancing to it like she's in the club.
Plantain chips by themselves or with a dip are the ultimate snack to munch on.
She may not call herself a sports fan, except when it comes to the greatest sport ever. Find out her favourite team so you can both wear matching jerseys for the important games. And nothing, I mean nothing is more important than the World Cup.
This is the equivalent of bingo but with characters on every card in the deck, not letters and numbers. Don't feel bad if she beats you at it. We have been playing this game for as long as we can remember.
Every country has their own version of empanadas whether they are oven baked or fried. Get used to eating this when dating a Latina. And if you can master making them, you will never lose her!
There is a saying in Latin culture that a man who refuses to meet his girl's family is hiding something. It doesn't mean you are going to get married, it just means you respect her values and the important people in her life.
So don't be shocked if you ask her where someone or something is and your girlfriend responds by pointing with her lips.
Latino Standard Time is a whole new time zone. It basically means you need to have the patience of a saint because your girl is going to be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours behind. And if you are meeting up with other Latinos, they get it and won't mind if you're late.
Getting dolled up to go to the movies, dinner or even to just hang out means she will take her time to look her best.
There is such a thing as the Latin eye or the Latin attitude. Your Latina girlfriend does not need to waste her time telling you she's upset. All she needs to do is give you that one look. You know which one we are talking about.
Latinas and their families trust Vicks VapoRub with their lives. The mentholated ointment is great to treat colds, fevers, sore throats, headaches, and even muscle aches. When you come down with the flu and she offers to rub some VapoRub on your chest, you know it's real love.