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Hispanic Heritage Month with the Latinos Affinity Group

Members share their favorite food Part 2 as part of Hispanic Heritage Month!
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If our last blog post didn’t make you hungry, this one for sure will make you want to order some delicious hispanic inspired food to eat today! You can catch part 1 of the latinos affinity group member’s favorite dishes here.

Chelina Ortiz Montanez – Software Engineer (she/her)

What is your favorite dish from your culture and why?

I’m Mexican so Tacos Al pastor because they’re iconic and a great introduction to my culture, and Mole because it combines lots of flavors as a part of its history.

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What is one food that always makes you think of your family and Latinx culture?

I think we all have our own variation of Tamales in Latin culture and they remind me of family because they were always present for holidays like independence day, Christmas and many more

What is the most famous dish from your country of cultural heritage?

Tacos!

Lucero Lopez Material Science MS Chem Eng BS (she/her)

What is your favorite dish from your culture?

Chile Rellenos :)

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What is one food that always makes you think of your family and Latinx culture?

Chile Rellenos, Its such a labor of love and every-time I eat one I think of my mom. While Im in graduate school and being so far from my family, I have a couple of restaurants I will go to if Im missing home. It feels like being in my parents dining room when I sit with my mom and dad to eat with them. I love how food can make you feel close to the ones you love.

What is the most famous dish from your country of cultural heritage?

I suppose tacos but in my opinion the most famous dish should be enchiladas.

Sunita Lavin, BS Computer Engineering, MS Electrical Engineering, MBA (she/her)

What is your favorite dish from the Latinx culture and why?

Elote because it’s a very flavorful snack

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Monick – Civil Engineering (she/her)

What is your favorite dish from your culture and why?

Tres Leches, it’s a dessert we enjoy for special occasions like birthdays. So delicious!

What is one food that always makes you think of your family and Latinx culture?

Chilaquiles

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What is the most famous dish from your country of cultural heritage?

Enchiladas :)

Yisarai Valbuena Sanchez BSME (she/her)

What is your favorite dish from your culture and why?

Empanadas de carne y papa 

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What is one food that always makes you think of your family and Latinx culture?

Arepas, casi cada domingo desayunábamos con arepas, huevo y chocolate.

What is the most famous dish from your country of cultural heritage?

Bandeja paisa o ajiaco

Lennis Perez MS Chemical Engineering (she/her/ella)

What is your favorite dish from your culture and why?

Platanos maduros con queso – I love the mixture of sweetness with the saltiness of the cheese. Especially when they are freshly baked or fried and the cheese just melts on top of it

What is one food that always makes you think of your family and Latinx culture?

Arepas – they are a staple in Venezuela and Colombia and so hard to resist. 

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Arepas, casi cada domingo desayunábamos con arepas, huevo y chocolate.

What is the most famous dish from your country of cultural heritage?

Pabellon Venezolano – It is a very filling dish with white rice, fried sweet plantains (maduros), shredded beef seasoned with bell peppers and onions (or sofrito) and black beans (or caraotas as we call them in Venezuela).


We hope you have enjoyed our food series this week.

And if you are interested in joining the SWE Latinos Affinity Group, visit our website

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