Category Archive: stories

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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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed here are my own. My Uncle Kiki (or Sal Camarillo as he’s known on Facebook) was one of my idols when I was growing up.  He had this mysterious air about him and the whispers of adults spoke of  the army, Brown Berets and other things […]

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The Sound of Music

December 12, 2011 by Gina Ruiz - in stories

This post has nothing to do with food and everything to do with Doña Lupe’s Kitchen. It’s about The Sound of Music. You know, that movie with Julie Andrews as a singing nun who falls in love, gets married to a guy with a ton of singing kids and then escapes from Nazi Germany?  That […]

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The Nacimiento

December 12, 2011 by Gina Ruiz - in stories

During the Christmas season, there was lots of hustle and bustle at the creaky old house on Goodwin Avenue.  All of us loved the season, but my very religious grandparents loved it most of all.  For us kids, it meant presents; good food; a break from school; getting to live at that house for the […]

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In Praise of Sinigang

December 12, 2011 by Gina Ruiz - in soup, stories

Mmmmm….. Sinigang. What’s that you say?  Sinigang?  What is that? Sinigang is a traditional Filipino tamarind-based soup that my grandchildren’s other Grandmother,  Annabel makes.  The base is made of tamarind, fish sauce, meat and tomatoes with vegetables and sometimes peppers added.  The first time I had it, I fell in love with it.  The flavor […]

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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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