Tara Villanueva

Sep 16, 11 Tara Villanueva

City you live in:
Columbia Heights – Washington, D.C., but I will always be a Jersey girl. ;)


Favorite Latin food you can’t live without:
I love food to an entirely different level! Tostones with olive oil and garlic being number one! Close seconds would be:
Mole (from Oaxaca, Mexico)
Bolivian-style empanadas
Argentine Dulce de Leche
My sister’s flan cheesecake
Puerto Rican pasteles (especially during Christmas time)
Helado de Coco on the beach!
…And I can cook a mean pollo fricase. ;)

What is your Latina contradiction?
I have many, possibly because I’m technically half-Latina. I am not fluent in Spanish, hence why I speak mostly Spanglish. Oh, and I despise lipstick!! Sorry, Mom.

When you think of Latin culture, what are the first words you think of?
The best food, music, and most beautiful women!

What is your ethnicity? Or where is your family from?
I am a loud and proud BORICUA!! My mother was born in El Viejo San Juan and her parents are from Carolina and Islote, Puerto Rico. My father was born in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii along with his mother. His father was from Manila, Philippines.

Latina? American? Both?
I’m 100% American with Latin and API blood.

Favorite Latin artist or music?
Salsa hands down! I am a musician and appreciate good music. Whoever does not like salsa does not know what they’re missing. I can’t name a favorite artist, so I’ll name my favorite salsa songs.
“Pedro Navaja” by Ruben Blades – how I learned to dance salsa from my sisters
“No Hay Nadie Como Ella” by Marc Anthony – how I began to learn Spanish
“Desnudate Mujer” by Frankie Ruiz – a nostalgic song bringing me back to when I first fell in love with salsa.

I can listen to salsa at any time of any day and be satisfied. I don’t feel that way with any other type of music. The percussion’s polyrhythm is incredible, the horn sections are powerful, the bass is so rhythmic, and the lyrics are usually romantic. Well, unless I’m listening to La India who says exactly what us women are usually thinking!!

Salsa sums up everything a Puerto Rican is – flavorful, loving, beautiful, and addicting – stemming from bomba y plena – the roots of Puerto Rican music. I can go on and on.

iPhone or BlackBerry?
iPhone – I’m an Apple person.

How do you describe your style?
I’m a flirty but boyish, practical-mom with flairs of my culture.

I own tons of Jerseys sporting my Philadelphia sports teams, jeggings anytime of the year, and lots of chunky jewelry. For shoes I prefer flip-flops, UGGs, stilettos, or ballet flats. I love huge multi-purpose bags to use as diaper bags, purses, laptop bags, or easy overnight travel bags.

I’m short and curvy and after years of searching I shop at these stores to find styles that work for me. Each store I go to for different things, depending on what works for me. At times I will splurge when I can to treat myself and with those I’ll usually splurge on nice jewelry or a good pair of shoes.
Lucky Jeans
Forever 21
Ann Taylor Loft
MAC cosmetics

Favorite local stores in D.C.: Frugalista, Brown Eyed Susie, Shake Your Booty

[ethnicity]Puerto Rican[/ethnicity]
[name]Tara Villanueva[/name]
[description]Salsa sums up everything a Puerto Rican is – flavorful, loving, beautiful, and addicting.[/description]



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