by Jordan Parry
¡Ojo! Mother’s Day, or Día de la Madre, is quickly approaching. This year, it will be celebrated on Sunday, May 8. If you’ve dropped the ball so far, no fear! ShareLingo has your back with some great ideas for showing your mother that la quieres mucho.
1. Make her a special postre with a Latin American flair.
If two and a half years living in different Latin American countries taught me anything, it’s that Latinos definitely have a sweet tooth! South-of-the-border desserts are some of the best in the world. Show your mom you appreciate her with a homemade tres leches cake, or maybe some Peruvian picarones, or, for the culinary-challenged among us (myself included!), a simple flan can be an easy-but-delicious way to show off your skills as a cocinero.
Tres leches cake is a very rich dessert made from three types of milk: whole milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk. You might think this cake will end up soggy from all the extra liquid, but you couldn’t be more wrong! The three milks work together to make the cake perfectly delicious. Find a recipe here.
Picarones are a Peruvian delicacy made from the fried dough of sweet potatoes smothered in a mouthwatering syrupy glaze. Be careful, these doughnut-like treats are very addicting! And here’s a tip: they are best served finger-burning hot. Here’s the recipe.
Flan is an easy-to-make dessert that is very popular in all Latin American countries. If you’ve never had it, the texture is the most surprising part: it’s a custard, and the texture is about halfway between a pudding and a cheesecake (in my opinion). Click here for the recipe.
2. Serenade her with some sweet baladas.
Check out YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Apple Music, or your favorite music streaming service for some inspiración. There is tons of great música out there that you can listen to with your mom. Some great artists to get you started? Luis Fonsi, Enrique Iglesias, Romeo Santos (formerly of the bachata boy band Aventura, whose music is also fabulous), Reik, Alejandro Sanz, Jesse y Joy, Sin Bandera, and my personal favorite, the Spanish sweetheart, Pablo Alborán (#sigh) (#marrymeplease).
Comment below if you’ve got any favorite crooners I’ve neglected to mention here. We’re always looking for great Spanish-language music!
3. Come (with the whole family!) for a day at the museo and a potluck picnic.
ShareLingo is celebrating Mother’s Day together! The Saturday before Mother’s Day (May 7), we are having a bilingual museum scavenger hunt.
Come to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (bring a sack lunch), and be ready to do a scavenger hunt inside the amazing exhibitions the museum has to offer. You will connect with different cultures, and it will be a great opportunity to make new friends.
We have tons of tickets to give away! So feel free to invite your friends and family to join in for this super divertido event!
Call us at 303-835-7399 to register! We will see you May 7th at 9:45 am in the main entrance to the museum!
4. Teach her to bailar a little salsa, bachata, or tango.
There are tons of ways to get your groove on in Denver! There’s a Meetup group for beginners-only salsa dancing, and Salsa Central has salsa and bachata lessons every Wednesday night. Check out Yelp for some of the best dance class recommendations. If you’re embarrassed by your two left feet, YouTube has tons of tutorials that you can do from your own living room!
5. Give her some special flores with a sweet meaning.
The exotic national flowers of several Latin American countries often have their own special message, according to the language of flowers. Try mixing and matching to create your own unique message for Mom:
No matter how you choose to celebrate, all of us at ShareLingo wish you a very happy Mother’s Day! ¡Un abrazo fuerte!
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