Lucia Ballas-Traynor

I was born and raised in Chile until I moved to New York when I was 11 years old. My family went back to Chile but I stayed behind after marrying a very supportive Gringo of Irish descent. We have two beautiful children (a boy and a girl, ages 14 and 16 respectively). I am  proud of my Latin culture and roots and work hard at retaining and passing on my heritage and traditions to my kids. I love all types of food, spending time with my familia, music, diversity and constant discovery. I feel fortunate to be able to take the best of my two cultures and create my own!

I know I'm Latina when...

I love, when I celebrate and when I feel pain!

Lucia's Latest Posts

5 Things you might not know about Puerto Rico

My familia and I recently spent five amazing days in Puerto Rico. This time, we stayed with friends who grew up on the Island which was a totally different experience! Here are 5 things that we learned and experienced about Puerto Rico that I didn't know!

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Easy "create-your-own" omelette the whole familia will love

My family loves when I make meals that can be adapted to fit their individual tastes.  These dishes are usually easy to make, affordable and fun.  This "made-to-order" food can be made with quesadillas, tacos and pizza. Take a look at my make-your-own pizza recipe.

This week I tried this custom-made approach with omelette and it was a hit!

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13 Latin songs your friends will LOVE!


Every summer I create a playlist that includes the best Latin and American hits that my familia and friends--a blend of Latinos and Gringos--can enjoy while barbequing, hanging at the beach or at our house. Before recommending them to my friends I make sure that the Latin songs are popular with my gringo audience--in other words that they've been gringo approved and tested.

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13 Things teens say that drive Latina moms crazy

I am not sure if these things that my teenage daughter says hit a nerve because I am more of a traditional Latina when it comes to how kids should speak to their parents or if it's a result of how different the parent-child dynamic is from when I was growing up!! I am proud of having raised an independent-thinking, assertive young woman but at times I think perhaps "se me ha pasado la mano." (I've gone too far!)

My parents would have spanked me (and that's putting it lightly) if I had said or done half of these things:

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6 Heartbreaking movies that every Latina should watch

I don't know if it's because as a Latina I grew up watching novelas or because movies that focus on other people's suffering, put my life's ups and downs into perspective. But once in a while I feel the need to watch a movie that rips my heart out! So if you are in the mood for a good cry, here are six movies that I highly recommend.

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