Meet the family

My family is large. HUGE, which is a requirement for any good, self-respecting Latin family. We, Hispanics/Latinos, don’t differentiate between immediate  and extended family. Are you kidding? We don’t even have to share the same bloodline! It’s not unusual to have ‘Tias y Tios’ (aunts and uncles) everywhere. The lady at the school cafeteria line, a parent’s childhood friend, basically anyone you see on a regular basis becomes part of your family. 

My mom has 10 siblings, there’s a 20 year+ gap between the eldest and youngest. Her siblings had an average of 3 kids each, some of their kids have aunts who are younger than them. And when they all come together in one space, it really is an experience. The Hubbz was fascinated by how many conversations go on at once and people don’t have to be standing next to each other to be part of it. 

Mami y Papi

 

My aunt Linda was explaining all the family idiosyncrasies to The Hubbz. All about the age difference between them, why my youngest aunt said ‘she didn’t know her oldest brother’. Linda and Lidia explained that the older siblings (my mom is as close to the middle as you can get) generally speak to each other in English, but the younger lot prefers Spanish. There were stories about my grandfather who passed away when I was 7, stories about me growing up, stories about my grandmother’s antics–she’s a real pistol, that one. Stories about life and family, the young and the old. 

From left: Mami, Linda, Bubbles, Marcelina

 

Who knows what the Uncles were talking about, but they were gabbing it up. 

 

Just like my mom’s family, there’s a nice age gap between myself and my siblings. My sister Magali is 5 years older, while my brother Almet is 15 years younger than me! He was only 7 when I moved to Houston, so he grew up and I didn’t witness much of it. 

 

My sis has 3 girls: Kamaris, Karina and Katherine and 2 grandkids. That’s Anthony, giving me the angry face in the picture. Isn’t he sweet?  The next picture is my brother Almet and his wife Vicki, they’re still newlyweds. 

And these are my 2 youngest nieces, Katherine (blue top) and Karina. Top Model material, both of them. If there’s a camera within a 2 mile radius, they’ll be ready for it. 

 

This is just part of what I consider my immediate family. On this visit I only saw 2 of my cousins when my mom threw a breakfast filled with Panamanian goodies. That was fun, made me think of Sunday dinners. Now you’ve met some of my peeps. My loved ones in far away lands. A piece of my heart. 

Speaking of Sunday dinners. We ate A LOT of really good fun in Panama. Lots of it. All kinds of it. Check out the foodstream, it will make you hungry, I promise. I will post about specific dishes as I recreate them, but for now, a picture really is better than 1,000 words. 

 

Tortillas y chicharron!
Anamaris

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16 thoughts on “Meet the family

  1. LIZETTE MARROQUIN says:

    HI ANAMARIAS,

    THIS IS LIZ @ CHAMPION, I WORK W/YOUR HUSBAND LINDSAY. I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT LINDSAY IS A LUCKY MAN TO HAVE A WIFE LIKE YOU. YOUR WEBSITE IS AWESOME AND YOUR FOOD IS SPECTACULAR! DELICIOUS! YOU GO GURL! KEEP IT UP CHICA! YOUR DOING GREAT!! I THOUGHT I SEEN IT ALL, BUT I WAS WRONG. YOUR FOOD LOOKS AMAZING!

    LIZARD

  2. marcelina says:

    Hi Anamaris:

    It was great seeing you after so many years. You are just as sweet as I remember you as a little girl. Nice meeting Lindsay as well, and looking forward to seeing you both soon. Love your website, and the food is incredible. Keep up the good work.
    It is always a treat for me to meet with all the “FAMILIA” when I visit the city. I love them all, and Love you too.
    Marcelina

  3. Dorothy says:

    Thanks for sharing the pics of Panama & family. It brings back fond memories of my visit there. It’s funny that no one is smiling while eating those delicious corn fritters in that last picture. If my memory serves me correctly, I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear!

  4. ann eason says:

    They are All so Beutiful.. My fav. Pic is all the sisters AUNTS ..Is your Mom in the Blue dress? If so LOVE it.. It looks to me like LIFE is GOOD in Panama for the Panamena!!!! I hope someday to meet them all…. Thank them for YOU!

  5. Nikki says:

    You have such a beautiful family! You and Lindsay look like you had a wonderful time! Keep the pictures coming!

  6. Hi Anamaris;

    The pictures are all great, but I loved the shot of Mami, Linda, Bubbles, Marcelina.

    What is being said by those women could only be imagined by us men… …it is a wonderful family photo!

  7. It looks like love to me.

    I have 9 siblings and nearly 40 nieces and nephews. I’ll be visiting the hometown this summer. It’s always a whirlwind.

  8. Sheri says:

    Great pictures of your family. What fun you had! Lindsay has gone on and on about what a wonderful family you have and how beautiful Panama is.

  9. Margaret says:

    Anamaris, I’m loving your blog – the food, the photos, the family info – all the things I love. AND my favorite dessert is cheesecake. I’m anxious to try your recipe.
    Here’s mine. Given to us by an Italian neighbor years ago, it has become a family classic. It’s creamier than most cheesecakes, and has a nice tangy topping. I go heavy on the vanilla, and my favorite topping is a drizzling of chilled dark sweet cherries. You can buy them (pitted!) in the canned fruit section of the grocery store.
    Margaret, SC cousin of Lindsay and Sheri

    CHEESECAKE
    3 8-0z. pkgs. cream cheese
    4 egg whites
    1 cup sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    TOPPING
    3 cups sour cream
    3 tbsp. sugar
    3/4 tsp. vanilla
    CRUST
    About 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
    margarine/softened butter

    Have cream cheese and egg whites at room temperature. Butter a spring-form pan and dust with cracker crumbs. Beat egg whites stiff and set aside. Beat cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Gently fold in whites. Bake 25 minutes at 350. Cool about half an hour. Blend topping ingredients and spread over cake in pan. Return to oven 5 minutes at 425. Chill in pan overnight.

    • Thanks, Margaret. This recipe sounds great, I was going to try it yesterday, unfortunately, I spent most of the day sleeping… There’s always next weekend.

  10. To all–I’m glad you guys can pick up on all the love and fun happening in on all those moments. We had a wonderful, too short, visit. Can’t wait to be back.

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