I’m working on my holiday menus and checking out some wine from Bordeaux What are you drinking for the holidays?

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Interested in a great night out at an economical price? Love the Disney Concert Hall and delicious food? One of the things I love about living so close to Downtown L.A. is the Friday night Get Your Phil packages. I can have an excellent three course meal at some of the best restaurants in town […]

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Anyone that knows me knows I’m a bookaholic/book addict/book obsessed nerd. In fact, that’s what my grown children call me affectionally, but nonetheless “Nerd” more often than “Mom.” I started writing about books over ten years ago, have been to multiple book conventions and have purged my collection more times than I can count. Let’s […]

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Drought in California

October 10, 2014 by Gina Ruiz - in stories, Travel

Disclosure: The California Farm Water Coalition invited me on the tour at their expense with the exception of our rental car (our choice). That tour inspired but did not influence me in this series of posts. Thoughts and opinions are my own. I’ve lived in California most of my life. I was born here and no […]

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Crea Futuro

October 10, 2014 by Gina Ruiz - in stories

One of the things I love about Latinos is that entrepreneurial spirit. Whether it be selling oranges or flowers on the roadside, opening up a restaurant, designing an app or working out of their backyard restoring old cars someone is always doing something to build a life for themselves without limits. I’m kinda sorta one […]

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. When I was growing up there weren’t all the Latin food stores there are now. In each Latino neighborhood you might find a small store that carried specialty products, but not much. If you really wanted great ingredients, […]

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It's okay to be a #chingona Photo courtesy of the #WWE

Growing up, I was definitely NOT empowered. I was shy and retiring (don’t laugh, it’s true!).  I was afraid to meet people or talk, so much so that my kindergarten teacher in the early ’60s told my mother she thought I was “retarded.” I overheard and was mortified and began talking in class so no […]

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. In this house a lot of cooking happens. Sometimes it’s me making jam and the family recipes I love to create or experiment with and sometimes it is Gianfranco Minuz, a Michelin-starred chef that graces my kitchen with […]

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Are you in the L.A. area and free Friday night? Love the Hollywood Bowl? How about a little soul? I’m giving away tickets in a quick turnaround giveaway. Entries close at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Drumroll…… tickets are to Gladys Knight & Cool and The Gang! The Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, has been R&B, soul, […]

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Mel’s Mini Mart

August 8, 2014 by Gina Ruiz - in News

Brought to us by the creative minds at OREO, “Mel’s Mini Mini Mart” tells the story of a sad little mini mart that no one ever wants to visit. Until one day, a family of four stops by and discovers a well-kept secret inside Mel’s.  The day this family discovered the shop, something that others […]

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DLK is a Los Angeles based blog written by Gina Ruiz. It is a narrative food blog that celebrates culture, family and tradition while occasionally meandering off to explore other foods and the City of Angels.
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