Author Archives: Steve Randel



Steve Randel

Former amateur baseball scout in Latin America and current high school coach. International sports and current events journalist for 42 years.

THE HOLIDAYS ARE A GREAT TIME TO HAVE AN EMPANADA PARTY
in Hispanic Kitchen

THE HOLIDAYS ARE A GREAT TIME TO HAVE AN EMPANADA PARTY

Since Latinos have emerged as America’s fasting growing minority, celebrities in the field of professional sports, music and film have made their presence known. So have prominent lawyers, doctors and teachers. But the popularity of Hispanic cuisine is nothing new, whether it be food trucks, fast food chains or fine dining. Most “gringos” simply call it Mexican food, although that would be incorrect unless your...

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20 Dec 2019
IN N OUT BURGERS ARE ‘IN’ WITH LATINOS
in Hispanic Kitchen

IN N OUT BURGERS ARE ‘IN’ WITH LATINOS

Move over Whataburger, Jack in the Box, McDonald’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen and the rest of fast food chains that offer, gimmicks, toys and expanding menus. Gringos and Latinos seem to agree that In N Out Burgers, a no frills chain known simply for its juicy “Double-Doubles”, homemade fries and thick shakes is the number one food outlet in America. And Hispanics have taken the...

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24 Nov 2019
AFTER SELF DESCRIBED COUP, WHAT’S NEXT FOR EVO MORALES?
in Politics

AFTER SELF DESCRIBED COUP, WHAT’S NEXT FOR EVO MORALES?

Wealthy coca farmer turned leftest politician Evo Morales had been the face of Bolivia’s government for the past 14 years. During his first pair of stints as president of this poor mountainous republic, the charismatic Morales was considered somewhat of a folk hero, much like the status enjoyed by his late friend Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Indeed, Chavez helped prop up Morales with oil money...

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18 Nov 2019
POWER COUPLE J-LO AND A-ROD CREATE BUZZ WITH PENDING WEDDING PLANS
in Trending Personalities, Uncategorized

POWER COUPLE J-LO AND A-ROD CREATE BUZZ WITH PENDING WEDDING PLANS

There are dozens of folks worthy of recognition as we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Pope Francis is always in the news as he continues to tackle reform within the Catholic Church. The 82 year old Pontiff hasn’t been shy about engaging in political activities outside The Vatican either. The first Jesuit Pope, a native of Buenos Aires, remains focused on the crisis in...

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27 Sep 2019
VIOLATED BY A STRANGER, EL PASO STILL STRUGGLES TO MOVE ON
in Politics

VIOLATED BY A STRANGER, EL PASO STILL STRUGGLES TO MOVE ON

Benvenidos has always been an appropriate way to describe folks who live in El Paso. They are friendly, down to earth and welcoming. Like San Antonio, Houston and other Tex-Mex urban centers that dot the landscape, the population in El Paso is diverse while still retaining a unique hospitality usually found only in smaller towns. Families there have always felt safe, at least until an...

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01 Sep 2019
OUR RECIPE FOR CARNE GUISADA, A TEX-MEX FAVORITE
in Hispanic Kitchen

OUR RECIPE FOR CARNE GUISADA, A TEX-MEX FAVORITE

Although summer is fast approaching, the weather in many parts of the country is still unpredictable, including rain, record flooding and tornadoes. In other words, the season for backyard barbecues has yet to arrive. So why not prepare something in the kitchen with a Latino twist that will leave your family feeling warm and fuzzy inside? This is all about our recipe for Carne Guisada,...

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04 Jun 2019
NEW ERA LATINO STARS HAVE GREAT BLOODLINES
in Sports

NEW ERA LATINO STARS HAVE GREAT BLOODLINES

Latino dominance over the last two decades in Major League Baseball will be punctuated in 2019 when two Hispanic super stars will be inducted at Cooperstown in the same class. Legendary New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was elected to the Hall of Fame unanimously on his first year of eligibility, a feat never before accomplished. The son of a humble fisherman, Rivera’s next career...

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29 Apr 2019
CITIES AND TOWNS WHERE LATINOS “ASSIMILATE” IN MAINSTREAM AMERICA
in Politics

CITIES AND TOWNS WHERE LATINOS “ASSIMILATE” IN MAINSTREAM AMERICA

It’s been a tough couple of years for people of color in Donald Trump’s America, especially Latinos. For starters, the immediate discontinuation of the DACA program put “Dreamers” on the brink of deportation. Then came the Central American “caravans,” a pilgrimage of poverty that in prior times consisted primarily of young men looking for work. Now because of drug punks, gangs and violent crime, entire...

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09 Feb 2019
THERE’S NOTHING LIKE TAMALES TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS
in Hispanic Kitchen

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE TAMALES TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS

When you think about tradition during the fast-approaching holiday season, only one word comes to mind: Tamales. It’s been the typical item on the menu for decades in Latino households. And from Texas to California, tamales frequently appear as a side dish along with the turkey, ham and pumpkin pie. It’s a slice of Hispanic culture that has become a part of us, regardless of...

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26 Nov 2018
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