Sandra Castro

Jan 10, 11 Sandra Castro

City you live in:
I currently reside in Chicago. I was born and raised here and still feel like it’s the perfect combination of big city life and midwest charm.

English/Spanish/ Spanglish:
I read, write and speak English/Spanish fluently. I also have a knowledge of French, Italian and Portuguese. I have friends from many parts of the world, so I embrace every opportunity to learn a few words/phrases in different languages; some of which are German, Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek, Russian, Polish, Amharic (Ethiopian) and Japanese.

Favorite Latin food you can’t live without:
I love Platano Frito (Maduros). Sometimes, I’ll make Platano al Horno; plantain baked with Guava paste and cheese. It’s a traditional Colombian treat full of sweet, savory & caramelized goodness!

What is your Latina contradiction?
Even though I’m Latina, I prefer to cook and eat Asian cuisine like Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese.

When you think of Latin culture what are the first words you think of?
Rich, Lively, Deep-Rooted, Diverse, Influential, Inspiring, Underestimated and Undervalued.

What is your ethnicity? Or where is your family from?
I am Colombian-American. My parents are both from Bogota, Colombia but they met in Evanston, IL. in the late 60’s at a banquet hosted by a Colombian organization.

Latina? American? Both?
I am an Americana with Latina sensibilities.

Favorite Latin artist or music?
Music is my world so it’s tough to say what my “favorite” artist or genre is. Here’s a short Latin list: Sonora Dinamita(Cumbia), Lisandro Mesa(Cumbia-Vallenato), Bebe (Pop), Ojos De Brujo(Flamenco Hip Hop), Supermerca2(Cumbia), Cafe Tacuba (Rock/Pop), Oro Solido(Merengue), Soda Stereo (Rock), Aventura(Bachata), Benny More (Son, Guaracha), Fania (Salsa)—ok I think that’s a good start :)

iPhone or BlackBerry?
G1, baby! Google Android technology is the wave of the future.

How do you describe your style?
My style fluctuates with my mood and type of activity. On a day to day basis, I am a jeans and sweater/t-shirt kind of woman. When I go out on the town, I tend to steer away from trendy fashion and put together a look that is sophisticated but uniquely me. I own a lot of vintage dresses and jewelry and I tend to combine the old with the new. Accessories like earrings, purses and belts play an important part in creating my style.

[description]Even though I’m Latina, I prefer to eat Asian cuisine[/description]

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