20 things that prove I haven't lost complete touch with my roots

All found around my home. (Some collecting dust.)
  1. T that reflects the dramatic intensity of my emotions to be worn when feeling particularly sensitive, wanting to flaunt my ethnic pride, or it's close to Dia de los Muertos (Halloween) or Cinco de Mayo.
    Illustration of El Corazon from La Loteria (Mexican Bingo played with beans for markers growing up.)
  2. Hot Sauce in my bag.
    Regional roots are strong with this one. http://youtu.be/uPwHqusTc7E
  3. Huarache Collection
    I'm inexplicably drawn to this type of shoe. http://www.huaraches.com/
  4. Beans
    Growing up I only knew about pinto beans refried in lard and a chile de arbol. Yes, I used to help pick out the little rocks before cooking.
  5. More hot sauce.
    I get this mostly because it's cheaper than Tapatio.
  6. Tortillas
    All tortillas are not created equal...always read ingredients.
  7. Mexican Themed Art
    Created by your truly depicting the hole in my heart created by paternal abandonment. Lyrics reflect the issues that ensued. "Glory Box" by Portishead and "Calaveras y Diablitos" by Fabulosos Cadillacs.
  8. Tequila
    Consume responsibly lest your ancestors manifest and you end up praying to the porcelain god.
  9. Corn Husks for Tamales
    Remains from training practice for a family Christmas dinner where I was intent on reliving nostalgic memories of my childhood best friend's family holiday celebrations. It was a success. Kids really like the part or "embarrar la masa".
  10. Chile Ancho, Pasilla, & Guajillo
    Yes, I was determined to keep it authentic by making my own "chile con carne" tamale filling: http://muydelish.com/2014/11/red_sauce.html. I learned how to make tamales by accessing blurry childhood memories and watching a ton of YouTube videos like these: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6lp7z1WSABQ and https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2OLpWlO3Y3A.
  11. Mexican Coins
    Loose change. Remains from our last trip to MX when I went back to the actual place of my birth (only remains of a raw adobe one room home in the rural countryside).
  12. Papaya
    My mom says it's good for your tummy.
  13. Aloe
    Sabila. My mom says this too is good for your tummy. (Plus it can give you and instant facelift).
  14. Tatoo
    My husband's homage to moi.
  15. Wall Art
    I like to visually remind myself of my roots.
  16. Tortilla Press
    Yes I made them a couple of times when I could no longer find organic yellow corn tortillas. I have two comales too. I reverted to buying them (see list item #6)
  17. And more hot sauce!
    This one I specifically purchased for the home making of micheladas... The kind I've only come across in Los Angeles: http://www.everintransit.com/mexican-michelada-recipe/
  18. Salsa Bowl
    Sometimes I even make it myself. I can make guacamole salsa, salsa verde, pico de gallo, salsa roja, but my favorite which I've never made is chipotle salsa. I think I'll google it now: http://whatsgabycooking.com/homemade-salsa/
  19. Tostada Pieces
    As a treat in my little town in Mexico you could buy a freshly made tostada with lemon and salt for 5 centavos a few decades ago. This is now the closest I think I get to non-GMO corn. Or is it?
  20. At the end of the day I think I am a Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend
    Mexican, American, immigrant, Angelino, New Yorker at once educated and aspirational with serious growing up in south central Los Angeles roots.