About Us

Hey y’all, thanks for visiting us!  We’re Juan, Anjelica and Edgar, better known as Los Metiches online.  As you can tell, we’re from the Great State of Texas.  Life is good here, bueno that is if you don’t mind HOT weather almost all year round and a lot of humidity to go along with it.  Even though we didn’t meet until we were adults – and through my sister at that (there’s a story there too, if you have an extra minute) – Anjelica and I are first generation Mexican-Americans.  Bilingual Bicultural Millennials, technically speaking, if you will.  Our families are both from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where we each spent a lot of our summers growing up.  Anjie’s family is from Bocas.  Mine is from Cerritos.  We want Edgar to grow up appreciating his culture, language and identity as a Mexican-American, a Latino, and a loving and compassionate human being.  Juan of Words is a snapshot into our life.  Welcome.

Contact us via email at juanofwords@gmail.com.


About Juan

My name is Juan Alanis.  Well, actually my full name is San Juan Martin Alanis Maldonado Turrubiartez Torres.  Wow!  That’s a mouthful I know.  What can I say?  I was born on the day of St. John the Baptist, and well in my family (there are nine of us all together thank you very much) that meant I was stuck with his name too.  It’s not so bad.  I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas in a little town called McCook, about an hour away from the U.S.-Mexico border.  Since I was a kid, I have always loved to write.  Only it took a lot help and guidance from others to help me realize the true power of the written word.  I believe everyone has a story, and I love telling my own through pictures, words and video.  It’s an honor to be able to write for you.  ¡Gracias! 


About Anjelica

Anjelica is a visual artist by nature and a general creative overall.  Whether it’s repurposing, recycling, or reimagining a concept, project or idea, Anjelica brings a unique edge to everything she does.  She’s participated and served as a curator in various art exhibits here in Texas.  Even though she doesn’t like to admit it, she is also the mastermind behind a lot of the creative conceptualizations for Juan of Words.  Her contributions to the blog include arts and crafts, DIY projects, lifestyle features and beautiful imagery, among various others.  She also has her own blog at CraftyThrifter.com.

About Edgar

Your typical muchacho, Edgar makes our life (and blog) complete.  He’s talented and inspired and really takes after his mother on thinking outside of the box.  When he’s not giving us material to work with on a daily basis, he’s making us laugh or haciendonos repelar.  

He’s a great kid!





Blog Elevated 2014: Juan Alanis and Anjelica Cazares, affectionately known as Los Metiches online, to serve as 2014 Blog Elevated Mentors

MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal: Lopez Negrete’s Juan Alanis Named Top 100 Social Media Power Influencer 

AdLatina: Juan Alanis: “Especialmente en la comunidad hispana, el móvil es el rey”

Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers Houston 2014 

The Latin Kitchen: Juan of Words, Texas Flavor

PR Day 2013: Return On InfluenceA Blogger’s View Of Blogger Outreach For PR Agencies

Hispanic PR Wire: Hispanicize 2013 Unveils Massive Schedule of Latino and Multicultural Blogger Sessions

Our Tiempo: EJO Talks About Not Being Latino Enough

Houston blogger Juan Alanis to speak at Social Media Breakfast – #SMBHOU

Austin Advertising Federation Hispanic Marketing Symposium: Blogging With Cultura, Juan of Words

Mamiverse: Juan of Words 

Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers Houston 2o13 

Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Awards – Spanish Language Newspapers 

Ford Motor Company: Bloguero Tejano, Juan Alanis

Hispanic Trending: The Social Revolución: El Recap

SXSWi – The Social Revolución

New Latina: Latino Blogger Spotlight: Juan Alanis of JuanofWords.com

Houston Press: Masters of Cyberspace, First Houston Web Awards

Feature Friday: Juan of Words Talks LATISM’11 – “It’s A Family Affair!”  

Sofrito for your Soul: Tesoro On The Web: Juan of Words



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31 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Dude, I love your witt and style!! I always joke about the “words” my parents used when we were young. “Aplacate” that ment “behave” but I went out and go a license plate and “pues, me Aplace” then when I had to wait….it was “Aguardate”…so I jumped en un cajon…LOL….si I can so relate to your HUMOR!!! Keep up the great work!

  2. Juan had an awsum time at the movie premier. The meet-up is a really good idea.
    I’m a die hard Farmville Player,I noticed they have started a live chat and a directory to start your own meet and greet here in our local areas..Channelview and Baytown haveing the most players. No-one has done one thou.I find it amazing how many gamers do not speak english..I had to have my 16yr old put a translator on my user,its a social game so we must chat if you wanna play well. Everyones into the Theory of why FV is taking over the gaming world…maybe we should do a piece on it…and you can set up a gamers greet for Spanish speaking players.I dont speak Spanish. I also wondered how many local Spanish (only)speaking Hispanic players their really are. This game is HUGE in Mexico…have many players their…and many more sending me friend requests

  3. You forgot to mention the alias we gave you, Dahlin’: Shakespeare! You write better than he ever did and keep it up.

  4. Hola Juan. Me facina la idea de que los ninos puedan participar en la historia que van a leer. Estoy segura que mis ninos disfrutaran de este libro.

  5. Hi Juan – just found your blog while researching other bloggers writing about thrift store shopping. You have a really nice style of writing and since my husband and I just started to learn spanish this winter your blog will be great to read!

  6. I really enjoy reading your blog (my mom especially) I am a Chicago resident who grew up in CERRITOS and Texas as well. Nice to hear from another paisano.

  7. My husband’s family is also from Cerritos (mine from Cuernavaca, Morelos)! Found you over at the Latism Blog! I’ll be reading from now on. Thanks!

  8. So I’m new to your page. I must say I am very glad to see that some of us do not forget our roots and embrace what our family has gone thru to better our future. Your writing is amazing! Looking forward to continue to read your blog

  9. Do you make or know where to get figurines for Dia de la Muertos. I would like to paint them myself. What would you use paint. Thanks.

  10. Hi.congrats on your blog y todo. My husband is Mexican and legal too, thanks to Reagan. So sad about Jenni riveria.
    Maria and juvenal in oregon

  11. I love this! I’m also from Houston Tx. Parents from Rio Grand Valley but moved up to the big apple to live my dreams. Congrats. cant wait to read more of you blog..

  12. now i now why i love u so!!!! ur my distant cousin! im TORRES too! ok so ur… Alanis Maldonado Turrubiartez Torres. and my first last name is TORRES. im torres sanabria… and thats it! but stillllllll we’re like FAMILIA!!!!

    orale! to my mexican long lost cousin!!!

  13. hey tio juan great job on your blogs i see your fans like our crazy family stories lol well te quiero mucho tio

    1. hey mija, thank you so much! you’re comment is hands down my official favorite now. can’t wait till you decide to share some of your writing on here too!

  14. Great blog, found it when reading the Houston Chronicle some time ago. Being born and raised in H-town, but now in LA, I find myself reading the Chronicle to feel close to home. I read your article on Salma Hayek today, very proud for her. Being a Latino Actor myself, we are constantly battling the forces of Hollywood, to get recognition for our work. But it almost always falls on deaf ears. Slowly we are making a difference. Have you heard of the blog “ChicanafromChicago”? She writes about all things Latino Media, another talented Latino blogger!

  15. Hello!

    I’m working with Latina Magazine and for our social media issue, February, we’re reaching out collecting images from Latina bloggers all across the web. We’d love to include you! We’d need at least three images from your site, a blog photo of yourself, a blog logo (If you have) and extra art from your blog, food, fashion etc. or more photos of you for the third photo.
    Deadline is Tuesday, Nov.5

    We’d love to get this images ASAP so please reply as soon as you can.

    Thank you!

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