Category Archive: stories

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. It’s the holiday season and we’re excited in my home. Southern California won’t have a white Christmas, but the spirit of the holidays is here. To get in the mood, we light Glade® Winter Collection scented candles. I was […]

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Pasta, Animated via Droid

November 11, 2014 by Gina Ruiz - in stories

Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Program which gives me free access to mobile technology and other benefits.  The opinions expressed here are my own, as is the cursing and the Spanglish. I am, as always myself. #VZWBuzz I am amazed at the functionality of phones now. Seriously. Tomorrow I turn […]

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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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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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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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I was born straddling two cultures, so it’s no wonder that I’m pretty comfortable absorbing all the culture around me in my city.  My mother, a Mexican Catholic married a WASP whose family ties harkened back to Ireland and Holland.  By age three, my parents had divorced and I was mostly raised by very loving, […]

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Game Day!

December 12, 2013 by Gina Ruiz - in stories, Travel

“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Game day dawned bright and sunny. Unseasonably warm for Northern California in November, it was perfection for Ellie and I.  I woke first and stumbled over to the in-room coffee maker before starting to get ready.  Two women who […]

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When I was a little girl, one of the big joys of my life was watching Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) with the men in my family. I’d happily run over to our little black and white television and fiddle with the antenna wrapped in foil to get the UHF channel that ran Mexican T.V. The […]

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A Son Who Inspires

August 8, 2013 by Gina Ruiz - in stories

It is strange how the years flip things upside down and topsy-turvy. It seems like just a week or so ago that I was bringing my tiny, preemie baby son home from the hospital.  I was fascinated by him.  This marvel that I had somehow created without knowing anything about the world myself was now […]

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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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