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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This summer is hot, sticky and filled with music.  The Hollywood Bowl has a great line-up for August/September and I’m looking forward to beautiful nights under the stars to listen and forget for a time, just how hot and humid it is.   August/September Shows Smooth Summer Jazz  The Hollywood Bowl proudly presents its summer […]

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I am building a brand for a chef I know. Michelin-starred Italian chef, Gianfranco Minuz knows that brand-building and social media are important. He’s writing a book that will include his vast wealth of recipes, techniques and stories but knows that the road to publishing, let alone selling a cookbook is difficult to say the least. […]

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The Beautiful Game

July 7, 2014 by Gina Ruiz - in Sports

They call it the beautiful game. And so it is. Beauty, art, movement, dance, acrobatics, contortionism, aerial jumps…poetry in motion. I can’t tell you when the first time I saw a soccer game, or as we call it, futbol, but I can tell you this, it has been in my blood probably from those first […]

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The Storyteller

May 5, 2014 by Gina Ruiz - in stories

My grandfather, Papa Chava, had an amazing life.  It was a difficult one sure, but he lived through incredible times and had many stories to tell.  Maybe it was from him that I learned my storytelling/writing skills.  Maybe not, but I remember sitting on his lap as a child listening wide-eyed to the stories he […]

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The Hollywood Bowl.  Those three words resonate in the hearts of most Angelenos and when they are said, bring to mind picnics with friends, good wine, warm summer nights under the stars, glorious music and fireworks.  The Bowl is a summer ritual for so many of us. Like many of us natives, I grew up […]

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The video was created by New Zealand’s Stoneleigh Wine, who shows how nature can appear in the most unexpected places, bringing a ‘Wonder of Nature’ to inner city Auckland through an event with a suspended garden, a soundscape inspired by the sounds of the vineyards. Stoneleigh prides itself of utilizing sustainable organic materials for all their […]

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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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