Easy Vegan Guava & Cheese Pastries | Pastelitos de Guayaba y Queso

Hello everyone and FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!

I’m so excited to take on 2018 and show you guys the content I’ve been coming up with! Get ready for a year full of outfit guides, beauty tips and make up looks that’ll keep you glowing harding than Cardi B in 2017!

All of this finessing makes me super hungry and I’ve been missing Miami like crazy lately. Mainly because NYC has been colder than a freezer and I…just…can’t.

I was inspired to whip up my favorite Cuban treat, pastelitos de guayaba y queso (guava and cheese pastries) and after perusing Pinterest I discovered Jamie from A Sassy Spoon! She’s a food blogger from Miami with Cuban roots and delicious Latino inspired recipes that I’m dying to try out! Her Pastelito de Guayaba + Queso recipe was really simple to follow, and she linked a video of another amazing Cubana blogger Marta Darby  demonstrating the process. There was no reason not to do it at this point!

Vegan Pastelitos de Guayaba y Queso | Vegan Guava & Cheese Pastries

I figured I could change a few things to make this treat vegan. Yup, that’s right, I’m trying to do the vegan thing. I’m lactose intolerant and all the Netflix food documentaries I’ve seen about the American meat industry has made me say “Why not?”. I don’t think I’ll be missing out on much since most of my friends are already vegan and they seem to be making things work. Like mi amiga Colombiana Jessica who runs Vegan Turned On, a food blog that shows how easy it is to veganize typical Latino dishes, like this Arroz con Pollo recipe that i’m definitely trying out this week 😋

Vegan Pastelitos de Guayaba y Queso | Vegan Guava & Cheese Pastries

Substituting the cream cheese and egg wash for “cream cheese” style spread and maple syrup was a crazy experiment, but the end result was AMAZING! The puff pastry was chewy rather than flaky on top and the vegan cream cheese was the perfect replacement. Next time, I would add a thinner wash of maple syrup and stuff more “cream cheese”!


Guava Paste cut into 18 thin rectangular slices

Daiya Vegan Cream Cheese Style Spread

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry (CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS IS VEGAN?!)

Maple Syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. After thawing the puff pastry for 40 minutes, fold out one of the sheets on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  3. You’re going to be making 9 pastries in total, so place 2 slices of guava paste for each 1/3 of a 1/3 fold. If you’re confused by this, check out Marta Darby’s video on how to assemble Here.
  4. Put a spoonful of “cream cheese” on top of the guava paste.
  5. Place the other pastry sheet on top and cut into 9 squares. Cut 3 small lines into each square.
  6. Wash a thin layer of maple syrup on top.
  7. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and then buen provecho! You just got breakfast, snacks and dessert all in one recipe!

If you try out the recipe, don’t forget to tag me @TheMelDez so I can check out your creations!

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OOTD: Summer Nights in the City

Hola mis amores!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer thus far. The chilly nights and brisk mornings are starting to return to the city and I can’t wait for Fall! But before we give up our sleeveless shirts for some sweater dresses and tights, I’d like to share with you some outfit ideas that’ll be sure to impress while keeping you cool and collected this Summer.

1 PM at The Highline Park:

A Summer Date in Chelsea
Walking along the Highline Park.
A Summer Date in Chelsea
Don’t forget your sunglasses!
A Summer Date in Chelsea
A light and breezy outfit for a hot and humid day.

When I go out with my boyfriend Eddie for a day of exploring and bar hopping in Chelsea, I like to be cute and comfortable. I paired peach shorts with a detailed white crochet bodysuit from Express and to keep the look a bit modest (because even if I try, these girls can’t be tamed 😉 I added an old denim tie-front crop top to layer on top of the bodysuit. And obviously, chanclas are my go to shoe choice in the Summer.

The exact outfit I wore has pieces that I bought YEARS ago, but I found similar pieces for you to try out: Peach Shorts , White Bodysuit, Denim tie-front crop top.


7PM at Studio Square:

A Summer Date in Chelsea
A seat at the Highline Park.
A Summer Date in Chelsea
Exploring the old cobblestone roads and new storefronts in the Meatpacking District.

As the sun sets and the night cools down, Eddie and I like to go back home to Queens and hit up Studio Square in Astoria. I went for a classy yet sexy vibe with a white sleeveless peplum top and classic dark blue jeans. The red velvet heels matched my mani/pedi, which pushed the outfit to another level!

Here are some similar pieces you can use to recreate this look: White Peplum Top, Dark Blue Gap Denim, Red Velvet Heels .

Make sure to check out my Instagram @TheMelDez to see daily outfit posts and new content by me 🙂

Hasta luego mis amores!


Have A Drink: Peachy Rosé Sangria


The BBQ grills are firing up, parks are being filled with hammocks and tents, and the sound of reggae hits are filling the air. Summer has arrived and we are more than eager to fulfill our Vitamin D deficit by soaking up all that the warm weather has to offer.

I think the most important things we need to remember to bring with us on hot sunny days are:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. A cold drink

Los parques están llenos de hamacas y parrillas de barbacoa, y el sonido de los éxitos de reggae están llenando el aire. El verano ha llegado y estamos más que dispuestos a cumplir con nuestro déficit de vitamina D absorbiendo todo lo que el Verano tiene para ofrecer.

Creo que las cosas más importantes que necesitamos recordar para los días calurosos son:

  1. Protector solar
  2. Una bebida fría


A week before the Fourth of July, I had just bought my first Rosé of the season when I passed by my local fruit and vegetable store. Looking at the beautiful rainbow of ripe fruit, just waiting for me to take them home, an idea crossed my mind to create a sangria. And not just any sangria, but a Rosé sangria! I felt so fancy with just the thought of it, so I grabbed a few juicy selections and went off to concoct what happened to be the most delicious and prettiest sangria this side of the Hudson.

The super simple recipe is:

1 cup of diced peaches

1/2 cup of diced strawberries

1/2 of diced raspberries

1/2 cup of sugar

1 bottle of Rosé (I recommend to use a dry variety)

Dice up the fruit and mix the strawberries with the sugar in a large container. Leave the syrupy mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then add the peaches, raspberries and wine. Leave in fridge for 3 hours. What comes out will be a deliciously sweet sangria, and you can enjoy the fruit as an alcoholic fruit salad 😉

Una semana antes del 4 de julio, acababa de comprar mi primer Rosé de la temporada cuando pasé por mi tienda local de frutas y verduras. Mirando el hermoso arco iris de frutas maduras, esperando que me las llevara a casa, una idea cruzó mi mente para crear una sangría. Y no sólo cualquier sangría, sino una sangría con vino Rosé! Me sentí tan elegante con sólo pensar en ello, así que cogí unas selecciones jugosas y invente la sangría más deliciosa y más bonita este lado del Hudson.

La receta súper simple es:

1 taza de duraznos cortados en cuadritos

1/2 taza de fresas en cubitos

1/2 de frambuesas en cubitos

1/2 taza de azúcar

1 botella de vino Rosé (recomiendo usar una variedad seca)

Corte la fruta y mezcle las fresas con el azúcar en un recipiente grande. Deja la mezcla melosa en la nevera para 30 minutos. A continuación, añadir los duraznos, frambuesas y el vino. Deja en la nevera para 3 horas. Lo que sale será una sangría deliciosamente dulce, y se puede disfrutar de la fruta como una ensalada de frutas alcohólicas;) 


Let me know if you tried this out and how you liked it, and don’t forget to take pics and tag me on Instagram @themeldez !

Déjame saber si has probado esto y cómo te ha gustado, y no te olvides de tomar fotos y me etiqueta en Instagram @themeldez!