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Marta M. Darby
Mission Viejo, CA
Interests: Writing, making art, gardening, homeschooling, cooking, scrapbooking, graphic design, photography and all things Cuban
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It's my husband, Eric's birthday today. I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but he's one of those people who is a natural-born teacher. He's a Search Marketing Guy in his real life, but I can confidently say that... Continue reading
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If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I have perfected the simplest recipe for making pastelitos de guayaba (Cuban guava pastries) at home. Porto's, which is the closest Cuban bakery to us is... Continue reading
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When I was a kid, as you know, I spent an extraodinary amount of time fighting The Battle of the Do, trying to tame my naturally curly locks into something more "comforming" to the cultural norm. Read all about that... Continue reading
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I have amazing news! I'm proud and privileged to announce that I was invited to be on the planning committee for Cuban Heritage Day at Dodger Stadium this year! (I know. Shut up.) Seriously, if I was going to add... Continue reading
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I am pretty much the worst person to have with you in a movie theater when the film in question is an action/adventure type. It has to do with learning styles. Let me explain... Because I'm a visual learner and... Continue reading
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I'm so happy that you're so enthused by this. I know you're going to love the awesome that is La Llave. As an aside, my just-off-the-boat-from-Cuba cousin declared La Llave the very best Cuban coffee ever. People in Miami know this kind of stuff. xo, Marta
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I got to attend another press junket a few weeks ago. Also, it's just recently that I've started actually using the word, "junket" with regularity in coherent sentences. Mostly because I finally looked it up. jun•ket noun 1. a sweet,... Continue reading
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I did an interview a while back with NPR talking about my recollections of the Cuban Missile Crisis as a young Cuban child living in Miami. (Also, that sounds really cool to say, but that's not important right now.) Here's... Continue reading
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Before I tell you who won the giveaway, I want to thank all of you who shared your coffee memories. I felt like I was hanging out with you at a "ventanita" in Miami talking about that magical first time... Continue reading
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I remember being about 5 years old when I really took notice that my family brewed coffee a dozen times a day. It was almost a Sacred Ritual. This also happened, I took note, in every single Cuban home I... Continue reading
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My preference, when I'm blogging or sharing anything online is to show you the fun aspects of my life. (Thankfully, there are many.) But, of course, my life is not clean and shiny and perfect all the time. Especially right... Continue reading
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Speaking of the Muppets... My family and I were delighted to attend a pre-screening of Disney's Muppets Most Wanted. Well, technically, I've already seen it twice, but that's not important right now. The first screening took place at the Disney... Continue reading
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Last week I had the incredible pleasure of participating in the press junket for Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted," the sequel to the 2011 film, the aptly named, "The Muppets." Here are Tina Fey, Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Constantine, Ty... Continue reading
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You know how much we Cubans love our cafecito. We also love lattes and cappuccinos and café con leche. Any iteration of coffee will do for us. There's even a subset of us that just love our Americano. All that... Continue reading
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I'm the youngest of six, five of whom are female. Hair is a big thing when you're growing up Cuban. I was born with a big, unruly mop of natural curls. Here I am at 6 years old in all... Continue reading
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My son, Jonathan is 18 years old. He's not your typical high school senior in that he's been homeschooled since the first grade. He's got a ton of friends and pretty much does your typical teen guy stuff. It was... Continue reading
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I hope you're not yet tired of hearing about how my mom celebrated her 100th birthday because I have so much more to share. But of course, reaching 100 is kind of a big deal, isn't it? My sisters and... Continue reading
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As many of you know, yesterday we celebrated my mom, Luza's 100th birthday. Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes. I printed them all out and they're going in her newest scrapbook, but that's not important right now. When... Continue reading
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We're getting ready to celebrate my mom, Luza's 100th birthday in another week. And of course, as we're trying to put this thing together, we've tried to include her in as many decisions as possible. She doesn't care much about... Continue reading
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My mom, Luza, of Cuco and Yayo fame, will be celebrating her 100th birthday in a few weeks. 100. A century. If you've been reading my blog for a while you know that she gives me some of my best... Continue reading
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Hi Lori, 325. I added that to the recipe above. But also go with how your oven is calibrated. Mine tends to run a little cool, but the 325 temp was perfect. xo
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Hi irene, Sorry! In my haste to share I forgot to post. I've corrected it since then. 325. Thanks for keeping me in line! Besos, Marta
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Louise, You do. You totally do. xo
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A few months ago when we first became aware that Warner Bros was going to be releasing The Lego® Movie, we sat up and took notice. My husband, Eric, who is now 48 played with LEGO® bricks as a kid.... Continue reading