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Simple Banana Bread Recipe with Walnuts & Chocolate Chips

Simple Banana Bread Recipe with Walnuts & Chocolate Chips

Banana bread is one of my favorite breads, muffins, you name it. Not only is it a classic, but you could pretty much enjoy it anytime of the day. Recently I discovered an easy banana bread recipe and I just had to share it with […]

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney

Located in the heart of Downtown Disney, you and your Valentine can escape to a quiet environment where you could enjoy an exquisite 3 course dinner at Catal Restaurant. Without a doubt you’ll spark up some magic in this Mediterranean style restaurant, which will also […]

Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria Located in Downtown Disney is Expanding their Patio

Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria Located in Downtown Disney is Expanding their Patio

Patina Restaurant Group is excited to announce renovation plans for Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria located in Downtown Disney to refresh the aesthetics of the restaurant and enhance the overall guest experience. Naples is undergoing refurbishments that will feature an expanded patio with a brand new […]

Chicken Lasagne for Christmas Eve Dinner

Chicken Lasagne for Christmas Eve Dinner

This post was sponsored. All opinions and thoughts are my own. Every year the since we were kids, our family would gather for Christmas Eve.  In our Mexican culture, that’s officially our Christmas celebration.  Just like any other family special events and holidays, there is […]

Green Chicken Chalupas with Herdez Salsa Verde + Win a Trip to Mexico

Green Chicken Chalupas with Herdez Salsa Verde + Win a Trip to Mexico

Growing up as a child, our parents would always reminded us to be proud of our Mexican culture and cherish our traditions, food was no exception. In our household, holiday gatherings were never small and preparing the family meal was an all team effort. Food […]

The 5 best creepy treats at Halloween-themed Knott’s Berry Farm

The 5 best creepy treats at Halloween-themed Knott’s Berry Farm

Craving a spooky treat at the scariest theme park on earth? From black burgers, worm funnel cakes, and seasonal churros there’s a few monster treats that await eaters who enter Knott’s Scary Farm and Camp Spooky. Not to fear, there’s nothing gruesome here; just tummy-filling […]

Attn: SoCal Foodies! Valle Wine & Food Festival Invites You To Its First Annual Celebration

Attn: SoCal Foodies! Valle Wine & Food Festival Invites You To Its First Annual Celebration

If you’re a foodie, a wine lover and enjoy traveling, you’ll be excited to learn that there will be the first wine and food event of its kind in the world’s hippest and magical travel destination, Valle de Guadalupe!  On Sunday, October 22nd, Valle Wine […]

A Lust for Life at the Santa Barbara Bowl

A Lust for Life at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Photo Credit and Rights to Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and @AFisherphoto It was a long anticipated Friday, as most Friday’s are. The heat wave from this month had almost drained all of my energy. Yet, my excitement to enjoy an amazing weekend visiting Santa Barbara […]

Pacifico Dance Company Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with Mexican History, Myth and Folklore

Pacifico Dance Company Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with Mexican History, Myth and Folklore

You know it’s a Mexican fiesta when there’s folklorico dancers and Mariachi’s involved.  If you’re a big fan of folklorico, Mexican art and music, then you’ll love the Pacifico Dance Company. The group is led by an amazing Latina, Adriana Astorga-Gainey who is a highly […]

How to Store Leftover Champagne After Opening Bottle

How to Store Leftover Champagne After Opening Bottle

Welcome to a celebration of a long love affair. If you love life with a passion, you will love Champagne and other sparkling wines, as I do. Every time I drink Champagne I am asked what am I celebrating? I say, life.  But who says […]


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What I Discovered From 23andMe – DNA Genetic Testing

What I Discovered From 23andMe – DNA Genetic Testing

I know it’s been a while, but this past Valentine’s Day instead of getting more kitchen tools, gadgets or flowers, I asked the boyfriend for 23andMe, a personalized genetic service that helps you understand what your 23 pairs of chromosomes – your DNA.

The DNA genetic test gives information on everything from how much DNA you share with our Neanderthal ancestors, but also to your family, your ancestry, your traits to even how much caffeine you like to consume.  The service offers two options, the Ancestry Service or the Health + Ancestry Service.  So it all depends on how deep you want to know more about yourself or family.

Why I Took The Test

I’ve been interested in 23andMe ever since I watched a YouTube ad featuring many random people who took the test and discovered they were something more than what they thought they were.  It made me think, where do my ancestors come from?  I was born in Mexico, so I know I am Mexican, my parents are Mexican, my grandparents are Mexican, but that’s where it ends.  I know nothing more beyond that.

Obviously there’s so much history in our Mexican culture, especially when the Spaniards conquered and eventually overtook the society of Aztecs and Mayans. In fact, if we look into Mexico’s history, the country was first populated with Mesoamericans over 13,000 years ago before being conquered and colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century. One of the important aspects of Mesoamerican civilizations was their development of a form of writing, so that Mexico’s written history stretches back hundreds of years before the arrival of the Spaniards in 1519.

Wikipedia mentions the following:

From 1521, the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire incorporated the region into the Spanish Empire, with New Spain its colonial era name and Mexico City the center of colonial rule. It was built on the ruins of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan and became the capital of New Spain. During the colonial era, Mexico’s long-established Mesoamerican civilizations mixed with European culture. Perhaps nothing better represents this hybrid background than Mexico’s languages: the country is both the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world and home to the largest number of Native American language speakers in North America. For three centuries Mexico was part of the Spanish Empire, whose legacy is a country with a Spanish-speaking, Catholic and largely Western culture.

So I know that majority of our ancestry would come from Spain, but what if there was more that I didn’t know?  What if I also carry other types of European genes?

The Results Are In

So after the boyfriend ordered the kit from 23andme, it arrived pretty quickly.  You basically spit in a tube and mail it back to the lab in a pre-paid package. Once they received my sample and they analyze it, my genetic reports were available in my online account. They notified me by email that they were ready.  I do have to say that it did take a while before I was notified, about 8 weeks.

So the moment of truth, what are the results?

So as you can see, I have over five generations of Native American, Iberian and what a surprise, North African.  The Native American and Iberian makes sense, since that explains the history of the Mexican culture, but definitely surprised by African ancestry.

The results also explain the breakdown of 51% East Asian & Native American.  What you won’t see is the breakdown of the type of Native American one is.  So if you think you’re Northern Native American vs Central or South, this DNA report will not tell you that.

As for the 40% European side, the report will breakdown the potential regions.  For me, it turns out that I am more than a Spaniard (31.9% to be exact).  I’m also 2.3% Northwestern European and 1.1% Ashkenazi Jewish.

Now for the surprising part, the 3.4% Sub-Saharan African result. Who knew?!  It doesn’t really indicate where from Africa, but it was a result I wasn’t expecting.  What an amazing surprise!  I’m not a history geek, but I’m sure there’s some type of connection with the Spaniards.  Those nomads traveled everywhere!

This experience has made me wonder of my ancestors journey and history, how they all connected once upon a time.  If only there was a time capsule where you could travel back into time and see how it all started.  In the meantime, 23andme gave me a little peek of that history and to me, it’s all beautiful.

If you’re curious about your DNA like I was, here’s where you can order yours: 23andme.com.

Make sure to share your results with me!  The best friend already did hers and it’s amazing to see how close we really are. Now it’s the boyfriends turn!  I’m going to order one for his birthday. Shhhh….


All Time Favorites

Fresh Blueberries and Chia Seed Pudding

Fresh Blueberries and Chia Seed Pudding

I love chia seeds, but I’ve only tried it in my lemonade or water.  When I first heard about this chia seed pudding, I knew had to try it.  After all, chia seeds are known to be a mini powerhouse packing more calcium than milk, more […]

Creamy Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe

Creamy Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe

This week for my February Sweetness featured recipe I thought I would try a Valentine creation, a creamy liqueur infused strawberry tiramisu.  That’s right, its liqueur infused, so you know it’s going to be good.  Tell me this wouldn’t make the perfect dessert to serve your […]

Toyota Celebrates the Love Owners Have for their Cars with the ‘Book of Names’

Toyota Celebrates the Love Owners Have for their Cars with the ‘Book of Names’

Do you have a special name for your car? Toyota wants to make your car’s name official by celebrating your loyalty and sharing the love you have for your car. My Toyota Story Growing up, my dad always owned a Toyota.  For years he owned […]

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with a Homemade Cookie Crust

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with a Homemade Cookie Crust

With Valentine’s in the month of February, there’s no way I could just feature one dessert. Which is why I plan to share dessert recipes every week this whole month!  I think I’ll call it, February Sweetness Month….starting with a delicious creamy, Dulce de Leche […]

Easy Slow Cooker Pozole Rojo de Puerco Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Pozole Rojo de Puerco Recipe

Pozole is a hearty rich Mexican stew, that originated in the state of Jalisco, Mexico and is traditionally prepared during special occasions or holidays. The main ingredient is hominy-dried white or yellow corn kernels that have been boiled and soaked in slake lime to remove […]