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Lola Tells it Like It Is, Do You Have a Family Member Like Lola?

Disclosure:This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Being Latino and Oscar Mayer. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I love Oscar Mayer, we always buy this brand at home because we all like it’s fresh taste.  Oscar Mayer, Deli Fresh meats are tender and thinly sliced, packed and sealed at the peak of freshness perfect for making the most delicious sandwiches.

Speaking for Oscar Mayer I am just loving their new ads featuring Lola. Have you seen them? I think that everyone has someone in their familia that “tells it like it is” just like Lola.  In my familia that person was my abuela. She was a tough lady and she loved us all very much but she was never a doting sweet abuelita. She made that saying “quien te quiere te aporrea” come to life.  Now I’m not saying there where any chancletazos involved, which is a good thing because my abuela didn’t wear chancletas and a taconazo can leave a nasty bruise, but she would say the darnest things.  I have shared once before my little secret …. I could not heat up una tortilla without burning it until after I turned 30.  I actually set a kitchen on fire once.  Thankfully those years are behind me and now I can say I am on my way to master the art of cooking but back when my abuela was around I couldn’t cook to save my life.  My family, specially my parents, encouraged me and tried to smile and eat my food when I experimented in the kitchen but my abuela would not hold back “mejor dedicate a estudiar mija” (you should stick to studying, honey) she would say.


Back in the day I thought she was just being mean but now I am thankful that she was always honest and if it wasn’t for her I would not have continued trying to conquer the kitchen and I would not cook the way I cook today.  I always got it straight from her and I know she loved me dearly and she was a great example of strength.

Watch this ad from Oscar Mayer and see how Lola always tells it like it is.

Abuelas who tell it like it is are the best kind! Follow Lola on Facebook and see what she’ll say next HERE.

Did you have someone in your family like Lola?

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages. Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting . When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. Michele

    Actually no one in my family ever was the type to “tell it like it is”. I have had a few friends like that, and truthfully I never appreciated what they had to say. Your grandmother, unlike my friends, was actually more encouraging and loving!!
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  2. Hollywoodhiccups

    I’m glad that you were finally able to stop burning a tortilla, I’ve never seen these commercials honestly; but they’re pretty funny from the video I saw.
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  3. Sharon Phillips

    I’ve burnt a couple tortilla’s in my day. Just recently as a matter of fact. It was so crunch it was horrible. Usually I do pretty good. My great aunt was very influential on me learning my way around the kitchen.

  4. MzBaker

    I love tortillas and honestly I have burned a few lol it takes time for some stuff sometimes :)

  5. agatapokutycka

    I think most of us will have someone like this. I actually enjoy the strait up conversation and I need to hear sometimes how it really is :-)
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  6. Chubskulit Rose

    I hated cooking when I was younger but when I got married, I learned to like and finally loved it! We call our grandma Lola in the Philippines.
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  7. Jhady

    We love Oscar Mayer too and usually buy their hotdogs. Lola is also a Filipino word for grandma. I have not seen their new ad but I watched the video you posted and I love it.
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