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Cuban “One of the best parts about Miami is all the Cuban cuisine that we get to have. No matter where you go in Miami, you’ll always find a nice little restaurant that’s owned by some family, that has an authentic Cuban restaurant. Don’t ever go to La Carreta. That’s chain and that’s not real. Another thing I like about Cuban cuisine, is that sometimes, it’s unique but we have different names of calling our own dishes. So, it’s the same dish, in a way, but just called differently and with different colors so , we, the Latin community, we have a lot of the same ways to prepare things with our own different touches.”
American "Being an American in Miami is kind of weird because I tell people I’m American and their first question is ‘No, where’s your family from?’ and the answer is always America but no one ever believes it and it’s also weird for me because I’ve been in Miami like 10 years so even though I’m pure American, there’s a lot of like Hispanic influences on me and my mannerisms and the things I do. So for me, it’s kind of like the best of both worlds but for my family, they don’t really understand it because they’re not as immersed in the Hispanic culture.”
Puerto Rican "I think what makes being Puerto Rican so special, especially in this community is because of my grandmother. She’s lived with me most of, or actually, my entire life, and she definitely brings the culture of Puerto Rico every single day, with the food that she makes and the special sayings that she has like “bendito” and “nena.” It really makes me feel more a part of the Puerto Rican culture.”
Irish-Uruguayan “The majority of my physical traits are taken over by my really strong Hispanic background. The main giveaway for my Irish descent is the red, orange facial hair I can grow if I don’t shave for a long time but I haven’t been able to grow out my beard because of my job. I don’t usually tell people that I’m Irish because of my last name and I look Hispanic. Most people don’t believe me anyway, but I assure you I am Irish. Partially, at least.”
Venezuelan "I moved to Miami during high school. I’ve lived in a lot of different places and for right now, Miami is where I see myself staying for work and everything. I’m not a fan of the Miami accent, but it crept it’s way into my vernacular. When I lived in London, my accent was really neutral and my English was great. Not that it’s not good now but the Miami accent has definitely changed the way I talk a bit. It grew on me. But yeah, I like it here and I’ve been able to start my career here so I’ll probably be in Miami for a while."
Spanish “When comparing Miami to Spain, or Florida in general, it’s just, Miami, you see, is kind of like a sea, it doesn’t stop and is constantly on the move and there’s traffic left and right but when you go over there [Spain], it’s kind of small and the amount of people that you get to interact with, like, you get to notice it more because it’s a smaller town and it’s just slower paced over there and all the food is fresh. The markets are fresh compared to what you see here with all the large grocery stores. One of the first things I ever noticed, is that they never had gallons of milk. Everything was a carton of milk that was unrefrigerated. They never had, like what we have, large gallons of milk that are refrigerated. And, the whole city kind of turns down after lunch. So everyday at one, all the stores close and everyone is kind of in their own homes sleeping for about an hour, hour and a half. But here in Miami, when do you ever think about anybody sleeping during the day besides Kindergarten nap times? But it’s just amazing to see the differences between both of those.”
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