Mabani Hernandez

Sep 26, 11 Mabani Hernandez

City you live in:
We just moved to Columbus, Georgia (My husband is Military so we move every few years)- before moving here we lived in Hawaii for 9 years.

I speak all three depending on who I am talking to. I learned Spanish first, and then when we moved to the States I was taught English in school, but even then Spanish was the main language spoken at home. I use spanglish a lot with my sisters, it’s like our sister thing jajaja. Many people are surprised when they hear me speak Spanish since my English is so proficient and my accent isn’t as heavy as most native Spanish speakers.

Favorite Latin food you can’t live without:
I can’t pick just one. I LOVE frituras (alcapurias, pastelillos, empanadillas, bacalaitos, sorullitos, & my list can go on!). I also lovepernil, sandwiches cubanos (which I can’t resist ordering if I happen to find it on a menu), and pan de agua and pan sobao.

What is your Latina contradiction?
That I can’t dance to save my life! Most people associate latinos as great dancers, and when I say I can’t dance, they don’t believe me.

When you think of Latin culture, what are the first words you think of?
Family, food, music, and happiness -all of them together. In my family we are very happy, crazy, and loud people. When we are together there’s usually A LOT of loud talking, some kind of music playing, and lots of yummy food.

What is your ethnicity? Or where is your family from?
We are fromArecibo, Puerto Rico. My mami is originally from Lares, but moved to Arecibo in her teens. My dad joined the Army when I was around 5 or 6, but we lived in PR for a few years after. We were lucky enough to grow up between our island & Europe.

Latina? American? Both?
Both. I am a Latina who’s an American citizen and has been lucky enough to be shaped by both cultures. I am extremely proud of my Puerto Rican roots and my upbringing stateside.

Favorite Latin artist or music?
I grew up listening to nothing but music in Spanish, so it’s what I love. My favorites are Shakira, La Secta, Cultura Profetica, Victor Manuel, Pit Bull y casi todos los regguetoneros.

iPhone or BlackBerry?
iPhone all the way! I’ve never owned a Blackberry. I got my first iPhone a little over a year ago, and honestly I don’t know what I would do now without it!

How do you describe your style?
I’m hoping I look somewhat fashionable & I follow my own tune! jajaja I tend to go through phases depending on my moods. My friends think I have a bit of rockerita/serferita style. I’m pretty laid back when out & about running errands(although my make-up is always done & my fedora is always on lol), but when the occasion calls for a nice dress and heels, I am on it!

What’s your favorite Latin restaurant?
Here in the States I actually haven’t found many Latin restaurants that are good or authentic. I did find one in Savannah, GA called Rancho Alegre, great Cuban food! In Germany there was this Spanish restaurant that I loved so much but I can’t remember the name to save my life.

[ethnicity]Puerto Rican[/ethnicity]
[name]Mabani Hernandez[/name]
[description]I grew up listening to nothing but music in Spanish, so it’s what I love.[/description]

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