Mexican Culture is…

EXTRA profiles members of Chicago’s Mexican community

 

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Laura Neira

Age: 48
Where do you live?: Northwest Chicago, formerly from Monterrey, NL Mexico

Tell EXTRA a little bit about yourself.

Rococo Sugar; It is a concept of pastry “all color and all taste” using our popular culture as a patron. My products are made with high quality ingredients, made with 100 percent homemade recipes. They are custom and there is a range of flavor combinations.

How do you try to include your Mexican heritage in what you do?

“The Lupitas, the little devils, Don Pepe, The Coloreteadas, The Head of Cotton girls, skeletons, oldies, chinelos, The Fridas and Diegos, wrestlers, and Chupacabras. The artisan cakes are filled with color characters I’ve created to share a bit of our Mexican popular culture.

As a Mexican-American or Mexican living in Chicago, what about your heritage gives you the most pride?

I feel very proud to come from a country full of tradition, color and history. No way I could tell you one thing. I am proud to be Mexican; I love my country and my people, my customs, cuisine. I admire the craftsman and my country people. I even appreciate the air we breathe in Mexico. I really miss my land.

How do you celebrate Mexican Independence day?

I celebrate Independence Day with an intimate dinner at home in the company of my two children and some close friends. I always cook, and provide dessert, fresh water, good tequila or mescal. We eat on a table full of color and atmosphere with ranchera music. Yes, sir!

Where can readers go to find out more about your baking?

ROCOCO SUGAR
“Popular culture with sweetness”
Laura Neira
Chef-owner / Cake-artist
773-799-1845
orders@azucarrococo.com
www.facebook.com/azucarrococo
www.instagram.com/azucarrococo_lauraneira

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