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Mango Toasted Coconut Flan For Family, Friends, And All Things Good!

Mango Toasted Coconut Flan For Family, Friends, And All Things Good!











I have this thing with mangos, I usually eat them plain, and when I do, I imagine myself somewhere tropical, relaxing and happy…. paradise basically.  That visual leads me to think about all things good. I realize I surround myself with people who are positive and are making a difference in life, however big or small. I am extremely fortunate to know soooo many people who keep my bubble extraordinary with inspiration. In honor of all my family and friends who bring all things good to the table, I’d like to salute you with my latest creation: Mango Toasted Coconut Flan, it is the perfect dessert to celebrate any and all positivity. Allow me to give a few of my loved ones a shout out! For all of you I forgot to mention… please forgive me, for my feeble little brain is tired from a big load of work this week, but I love you all anyway.

  • My Mom: For taking up a new artistic endeavor and who is creating cool embroidery hoops that I am currently trying to hang all over my house. I admire that she is constantly evolving her expressive eye. Love you Mom, you’ll always be my hero.
  • My friend Ana: For bringing the Latina/o community together for your new #WeAllGrow summit. What you do for the Latina blogging world can never be repaid! Can’t wait to join in on all the fun in February 2015!
  •  My friend Tonantzin: For giving birth to a beautiful baby girl… what a gift! *tears of happiness*
  • My Brilla: So proud of all the music you make. It is difficult to put into words how much you mean to me. In the simplest form… you are my shining light.
  • My cousin Sara: For getting accepted to UC San Diego! You go girl.
  • My foodie bff Ericka: Who continues to prosper and works for some of the largest brands in the market. I’m very proud of you, and applaud your drive. Love you friend, and I love the facelift you gave Nibbles and Feasts.
  •  My other friend Erika: For launching the innovative artisan fruit sauce called Not Ketchup. Who does that?!  So awesome.
  • My Friend Melissa: For bringing Hungry Food Love into the world of video and who is doing amazing at it. Get em Tiger!
  • My Friend Ruby: For expanding her blog into a family affair with GUBlife… All your talents are being recognized!
  • My cousin Gabbi: You are my sweetest… I see you like my little brother, and your calm gentle spirit is a key to my happiness.  I love you Gabbi.
  • My friend Dara: For jumping into a prestigious new job…. as a head honcho. She’s the boss! L.A. misses you, and so do I.
  • My friend A-dre: For leaving her job after 10 years, and heading towards a better direction in her career.  I couldn’t be happier for you!
  • My Uncle Ron: Thank you for cutting my hair like David Bowie when I was 8 years old…. for building up my self confidence, and introducing me to original thinking at a tender age.  I could walk on the moon when I’m with you.
  • My new friend Mille: For planting some deep roots and buying a new home. Hooray!
  • My lovely friend Ji-young: For starting her new successful clothing company percée, and still maintaining her job as a lawyer.  You’re a rock star Miss Moon.
  • My friend Sara: For moving back to Texas where you are happiest. I miss you Purple Hair.
  • My primo Amp-Dog: Who has found the light at the end of the tunnel and is now in love.
  • My buddies Stephen and Art: Congrats on finding the perfect loop to monetizing Latino Foodie, and doing it WELL.  Your voices are paving the way to the top.
  • My beautiful Kathy: a.k.a. Crafty Chica for continuously working hard and being a badass in everything you touch.  I love all the happiness and glitter you bring!
  • My friend Maya: For being the hottest Latina on Vine.  Work it…. Yass!
  •  My bratty friend Jeshua (whom I absolutely adore, please don’t tell him I said that): For conquering all the angles of the arts.
  • My dear friends Ford and Lacey:  Congrats on the purchase of your new home.  Can’t wait to come swimming!
  • My friend Louise: For always having the best attitude.  Your beauty transcends inward, outward and through your breathtaking work.  Stay strong pretty lady.
  • My chola friend Denise: For doing exactly what you want, and only producing quality work.  PearMama is ROCKING!  I only have admiration for you sista!
  •  My pretty boo Monique: For starting a cool new automotive blog Motor Chicas, never talking bad about ANYONE, and only bringing your best to our friendship.  I’m lucky to have you and Carlos in my life.
  • My cousin Janine: For being one of the kindest persons I’ve ever met. Your genuine spirit is celebrated within me.  I am grateful to have you in my life. Oh, and thanks for always helping us with our dorky videos.
  • My friend Maura: For being the Google + guru, the queen of The Other Side Of The Tortilla, and making Latina Mom.Me one of the best sites on the web.
  •  My sister-in-law Sonia: For working hard for the last 30 years and deciding to taking the summer off to be with her kids.
  •  My cousin Justine: Who is about to go explore Europe for the first time.  I know my Uncle Robert wouldn’t want it any other way.  Bring back all your stories.
  •   My cherished friend Kristen: For always being there when I need her most. Thank you for being my adopted sister, and for coming up with the greatest retirement plan ever. <3
  •  My friend Carmen: Who has made a business out of her fitness life style. You’re looking amazing.
  •  My friend Christy: Who is about to marry the love of her life.  We are saving the date!
  •  My friend Tracie: Geez Trace!  Congrats on your 8th wedding anniversary. You have a beautiful Pham fam!
  •  My friend Lisa: Who’s jewelry is some of the coolest I’ve ever seen.  I need more!
  •  My beloved Grandpa Sando: Who just turned 90! I’m lucky to still have him just the way he is,  beautiful and grouchy.
  •  My friends Mario and Isela: Who just adopted a teenage boy.  Your hearts are pure gold.  Cheers to expanding your family!
  • My twin cousins Jayleen and Darleen: Congrats on the new additions to the family. You are both amazing Moms!
  • Carlos and Marina: Congrats on getting engaged, you two are the perfect pair. Amor por vida!
  •  My Auntie Rosie: Congrats on joining into the social media world.  I love that it allows me to stay close to you, when we can’t be near. Love you Tia!
  •  My friend Rachel: For her healthy recovery and who is thriving with The Art Muse once again.  I never doubted for a moment that you wouldn’t be back on your feet running at full speed. You’re a princess warrior!
  • My sister Erikah: You have raised two wonderful children.  You’re an amazing Mother!  Thank you for always caring for our father.  I appreciate it.
  •  My friend Lisa: Who’s new blog, Atypical Familia, is flourishing.  You’re nothing but inspiration and strength.
  •  My friend Denisse: For all the giving work she does with The Orphaned Earring. You’re our earth angel.
  •  My friend Eddie: For being a great teacher to the local kids in our neighborhood, and putting on the coolest radio show on the weekends. You’re a wealth of knowledge… Thanks for sharing it.
  •  My Brother Rich: On finding new love, and keeping everybody smiling with your corny jokes. Love you brother.
  • My beloved Dodgers:  For kicking ass, and going to the world series this year (fingers crossed!). #itfdb You boys make me so happy.
  •  My friend Tony: For continued success in cinematography.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, thank you for sharing your eye with us!  Miss you.
  •  My friend Andrea: Congrats on moving to a better job, having the cutest new pants ever, and making jumping on a bed look like the happiest place to be.
  •  My friend Lucy: Who’s jamming in the photography world.  Girl…. I love all the new work your doing….especially the videos!
  •  My friend Manny:  Who is about to reunite with his wife. You deserve it all. Did I mention you’re the baddest engineer in EAST LOS?
  •  My sister Serena: For having such a beautiful baby boy, ruling the tennis court, and landing the job of her dreams.  I am so proud of you and only wish you the best always.
  •  My little friend Joaquin: Congrats on graduating from pre-school and adopting his new best friend Captain.
  • Chuckers, Maria, and Kat: Thank you for being the best Nino’s / cousin to my boy.  My little family loves your little family soooo much.
  • My favorite ratita Natalia: For her great new social media gig… working from home!  Beautiful things come to beautiful people.  You’re precious, and I’m always hungry when I read Comiendo En LA.
  • My friend Average Betty:  Congrats on your gorgeous baby Betty, the new house, and still being the boss in the video world!!!! Kisses and hugs, hope to see you soon.
  • My friend Dorothy:  For having a shockingly delicious drool-worthy blog, and for winning all that cheese!!! I wanna come over. 🙂
  • My Tia Joelanda: For having strength and a positive outlook during a difficult time.
  • My friend Caryn: For having her movie reviews appear on the cover page of Fandango. You’re on fire.
  • My friend Lil: For having a YOLO attitude, and living it to the fullest.
  • My cousin Yvette and Tia Big G: Congrats on your beautiful new home, you deserve it.  I’m coming over for a few days, so make room for me. 🙂  Love you guys.
  • My friend Lala: For being so driven, smart and a super cutie Latina Geek.
  • My friend Don: For being one of the smartest minds in social media, and always believing in my insanity.  Viva Idaho Potatoes!
  • My friend Adrian: For teaching my son so many valuable life tools.  We appreciate your patience. Now come over soon. 🙂
  • My friends Sage and Sonny: Congrats on making the best Fish and Chips in LA! You’ve got one Red Hot Bus on your hands.
  • My sassy friend Yolanda:  For being one of the best bloggers with an insanely thriving career.  Girl, we need to take a new selfie together, we’re due!
  • My friend Cheryl: For your selfless ongoing help for others during trying times, and guiding them to better paths.
  • My dearest friend Mari: Thank you for always giving me the best advice over the past 28 years.  You are beyond treasured to me, and I know I can always turn to you, as you can turn to me.  Love you Miss Mari.
  • My friend Yvonne: For always inspiring me with all the great work you do with Moms LA…(and all the running too!)
  • My friend Vianney: Congrats on your upcoming book.  I wish you much success.  Will you ever make me a thirsty margarita off Sweet Life?
  • My Uncle George: For always having the best interest of our family in your heart.  Big love!
  • My beautiful son Max: For knowing how to read all the words expected of him for Kindergarten prior to entering his class, and for being the most loving well mannered boy I could ever ask for.  Your boundless spirit lightens my everyday. Momma loves you Maxie.
  • My viejo Mando: For always being my solid oak tree, the BEST Dad and partner, having the greenest of thumbs, and bringing such a huge creative force into our home. I love you Ugly Bear… you surround us in love.


Ingredients for mango toasted coconut flan:

  • 1 – cup mango puree (about 2 large mangos)
  • 1/2 – cup sugar
  • 5 – large eggs
  • 6 – ounces cream cheese
  • 1 – tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 – can sweetened condensed milk (14oz.)
  • 1 – can evaporated milk
  • 3/4 – cup cajeta
  • 3/4 – cup shredded sweetened coconut (toasted)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. First peel and cut mango away from the bone. Place mango flesh in a blender, and blend until smooth.
  3. Then pour mango puree through a sieve and collect the smooth mango puree…. this should make 1 cup.
  4. Pour mango puree back into the blender, along with sugar, eggs, cream cheese, vanilla extract, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk. Blend for a minute or until completely combined.
  5. Spray a bundt pan with a non stick baking spray, then fill the bottom with cajeta.
  6. Next pour the liquid mixture into the sprayed bundt pan.
  7. Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil and place inside a large pyrex baking dish. Pour hot water into the pyrex baking dish to fill up half way.
  8. Then place the baking dish into the oven and bake for 1 hour.
  9. Once out of the oven, remove from water bath and uncover. Gently sprinkle the toasted coconut over the top and allow to cool. Let the flan rest for two hours then invert onto a plate. Slowly lift pan up away from plate.
  10. Place flan in the fridge overnight.
  11. ENJOY!!!!!!

No compensation was received for this post. I was provided with a few mangos from The National Mango Board to aid this recipe. The recipe and opinions are my own.

Bionico (Mexican Fruit Salad)

Bionico (Mexican Fruit Salad)

“Stop acting like a hungry little monkey”, those words came spilling out of my mouth faster than I could catch them.  I didn’t say it in a mean way,  I just said it as a matter of fact.  You see my friend Karla was over and I had just come from buying a bunch of fruit to curb this Bionico craving that had been hankering at the back of my tongue for the last couple of days. When I mentioned in passing I was going to start working on a dish of bionico, she turned into a hyper, nagging, relentless little infected blister.  Saying to me every other minute “Are you going to make that bionico?”, “What time are you going to make the bionico?”, “How much bionico are you going to make?”,  “Can I take some home?”  I felt like her energy turned into a nervous twitch and if she could scratch the side of her ribcage and make ooooh and ahhhh sounds she would.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand the power of the bionico, but she was acting straight out grubby. I started to feel uneasy and wanted to protect and hover over my now sacred bionico…. thats when I just blurted it out,  “Stop acting like a hungry little monkey.” Her eyes grew wide, I don’t know if she was embarrassed or if she was just stunned by the reality of my words. It was too late, the truth was on the table.  I tried to glaze over what had just happened by abruptly shifting gears with a long,  sincere explanation of how September is National Organics Month, and Whole Foods Market is celebrating with an abundance of fresh, organic grapes in stores all month long.  This eased the blow, then I whipped up a big bowl of  bionico and forced myself to share half with her.

Ingredients for Bionico: 

1 1/2- cups organic red grapes (sliced in half)

1/2 – cup organic green grapes (sliced in half)

2 – sliced bananas

1 1/2 – cups peeled and chopped mango

1 1/2 – cups watermelon (cubed)

1 – cup green apple (cubed)

1 – cup pineapple (cubed)

1 – cup strawberries (sliced)

1/2 – cup sugar

3/4 – cup sour cream

1/2 – cup raisins

1/2 – cup chopped almonds

Mix all fruit in a big bowl.

Then in a small bowl mix sugar, and sour cream together until smooth. Then pour over mixed fruit and mix well.

Serve in a serving bowl and sprinkle with raisins and almonds. Enjoy!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market, but the recipe and opinions are my own. 

Latino Foodie create a tasting menu sparked by Nestle!

Latino Foodie create a tasting menu sparked by Nestle!

As a rule of thumb, I surround myself with nice people. I like it better when these nice people become friends and love to eat and cook, just like me.  Sunday night my man and I headed out to an evening of eating a tasting menu inspired by Nestle hosted by Latino Foodie blog. Pamela of LatinaWineBlogger provided pairing wines…. Oh what a wonderful evening we had…..

Here is a look at the menu:

First Flight– Beef Sliders seasoned with Maggi seasoning with caramelized onions, stuffed with bleu cheese & bacon, dressed in a creamy jalapeno cilantro sauce. Served with garlic hasselback potatoes. Wine pairing: 2009 Aspaldi Rioja Cosecha. Rioja, Spain

Second Flight– Three cheese baked peruvian tallarin verde made with Carnation evaporated milk and Nestle’s Media crema. Wine Pairing: 2010 Pisano Torrontes Rio de Los Pajaros. Progreso, Uruguay

Third Flight– Sinfully spicy and nutty Abuelita Chocolate Chicken Mole Taco.         Wine Pairing: 2008 Flichman Malbec Tupungato. Mendoza, Argentina

Fourth Flight– Chile Verde seasoned with Maggi seasoning and stuffed into a pasilla pepper covered in a sweet cream (La Lechera) of corn sauce. Wine Pairing: 2o1o Chateau Los Boldos Chardonnay Cuvee Tradition. Rapel Valley, Chile

Fifth Flight– Red Hot Velvet Cake. Wine Pairing: Sant Orsola Brachetto d Acqui, Italy

All photos taken by: Mando Lopez

And many chocolate snacks…. sooooo yummy. If your mind is racing wondering how you are going to get your hands around some RED HOT VELVET CAKE…. Just click HERE and it will take you straight to Latino Foodie recipe.

A few pictures from the evening:



From L to R: Stephen Chavez and Art Rodriguez of LatinoFoodie.  Javier Cabral of The Glutster. Nicole Presley of Presley’s Pantry. Norma Vega. Pamela of Latina Wine Blogger.

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. I am simply blogging this event to celebrate Latino Foodie and their inspired Nestle tasting menu! CHEERS!