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More Than Rice and Beans

More Than Rice and Beans

By Coqui the Chef

More Than Rice and Beans is a Spanglish mother-son podcast that is on a quest to share stories from the most inspiring, creative, and impactful Latinxs. In each episode, Tania and Miguel chat with artists, entrepreneurs, writers, entertainers, and more. Subscribe to More Than Rice and Beans on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts to access all the episodes.
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More Than Rice and BeansDec 08, 2022

Meet Our Cousin Charlene Rodriguez Gomez, This is More Than Family Gossip

Meet Our Cousin Charlene Rodriguez Gomez, This is More Than Family Gossip

What's better than two family members on this podcast? Of course, three family members!

In our 4th episode, we are joined by our cousin, Charlene Rodriguez Gomez. However, this is more than just family gossip—Charlene is a determined Latina fighting for opportunities for Puerto Ricans in her career. Listen as this trio discusses the challenges facing the people of Puerto Rico, offers financial tips and solutions, and reveals what is really happening in Puerto Rico. Moreover, Charlene gives us new insight into the family and shares her favorite foods and traditions.


  • A look at Charlene’s career with the federal sector in Puerto Rico.
  • A discussion of some of the unique challenges people in Puerto Rico are facing.
  • How Charlene’s own experience as a Latina inspired her career path into government work.
  • Career advice for people from marginalized communities interested in a role like hers.
  • A dive into family food and traditions and more…

About the guest:

Charlene Rodriguez Gomez works with the federal sector in Puerto Rico. Her work has helped to bring vital assistance to areas of Puerto Rico that experience persistent poverty and economic distress. She lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is Tania’s cousin!

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Public Service:

May 18, 202340:54
Meet Jacqueline Vazquez, A Strong Latina Achieving Success in the Event Industry
May 04, 202349:52
Meet Wendy Ramirez, Reclaiming Spanish Without Shame (Spanish Sin Pena)
Apr 20, 202353:58
Meet Melissa DuPrey, Afro-Latina Creating Meaningful Connections
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New Season, New Guests!

New Season, New Guests!

We are back for season number cuatro!

We’ve had three incredible seasons introducing you to Latinx people who are genuinely changing the world through their passions, skills, and talents. And we are so excited to continue this journey with our new season, premiering April 6, 2023.

New episodes will drop every other Thursday!

Apr 04, 202301:32
Got Sofrito for Your Soul?! Meet George Torres

Got Sofrito for Your Soul?! Meet George Torres

George Torres is the guy who knows everyone. He’s a master at connecting people, sharing stories, and building community in digital spaces. 

On this final episode of season 3, Tania and Miguel chat with the award-winning Sofrito for Your Soul founder about the importance of storytelling, how to connect with your culture and traditions in modern ways, the changes and challenges brought by social media, and of course, food!



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· Mi Abuelita podcast episode:

· Coquito Making Class:

Episode 8 Glossary:

o Sancocho: Puerto Rican beef stew, also known as sancocho is a blend of tender beef, soft root vegetables, and bold flavorful broth!

o Sofrito: Spanish sauce that consists of tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, and peppers. Sofrito, which means “to lightly fry,” forms the aromatic flavor base for a range of Spanish recipes.

o Patacones sandwiches: a sandwich with tostones instead of bread.

o Jibarito Sandwiches: an authentic Puerto Rican sandwich made from flattened, fried green plantains instead of bread. This version uses flank steak and is complemented by Swiss cheese, tomato, onion, and a garlic-flavored mayonnaise

Dec 22, 202243:44
The Miami Voice of Food & Culture Meet Carlos Frias
Dec 08, 202256:24
Uplifting Latino Arts in the Heart of the Bronx Meet Flaco Navaja
Nov 24, 202254:08
Building the Bronx of the Future, One Business at a Time Meet the Ramirez Bros
Nov 10, 202201:03:32
Embracing His Father's Mambo Legacy Meet Tito Puente Jr
Oct 27, 202258:43
Meet Creator of Kiki Koki and Disney Artist Ed Rodriguez
Oct 13, 202245:13
Salsa Music in the Netherlands Meet Composer Jan Reijnders
Sep 29, 202238:14
Meet Brooklyn's Legendary Toy Sculptor Dave Cortes
Sep 15, 202244:60
Where Did Mo-fon-go? Meet Manolo Lopez
Sep 01, 202244:31
Season 3 Trailer

Season 3 Trailer

Season 3 airs on Sept 1, 2022, and this season, we’ve got some of the most influential and inspiring creators, writers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and musicians in the Latin community. Be the first to listen, subscribe to our podcast!

Aug 22, 202201:52
A Taste of Chile
Jun 02, 202216:47
A Taste of Puerto Rico
May 19, 202228:30
The Bronx Is Not Burning, It's Thriving!
May 05, 202235:06
Our Voice is Who We Are
Apr 21, 202242:39
Diversity Inclusion Through Food
Apr 07, 202220:18
Clowns and Mompreneurs
Mar 24, 202221:37
Tania’s Reality TV Experience on “What Not to Wear”
Mar 10, 202226:22
The Best Meals We’ve Ever Eaten
Feb 24, 202220:28
Hey Gringo!
Aug 04, 202124:03
A Proud Mami
Jun 18, 202113:12
Mi Abuelita
Jun 02, 202104:24
Latinx Life Remedies
May 19, 202120:56
Our Love and Hate Relationship with Food
Apr 29, 202113:27