Welcome to the final blog and final episode of Bizarre Foods.* What a great choice for subject matter as well. Take one 240 pound, 47 year old, hypochondriacal Jewish New Yorker and drop him in a jungle for 48 hours and see if he doesn’t die. Continue reading: Survivor »
June, 2009 Archive
Why go to Puerto Rico: Well, because it’s the best secret hiding in plain sight in the Caribbean! …and due to massive migration to the US over the years, it is said there are more Puerto Ricans living in New York than in San Juan. Growing up in New York City, I long ago got a big taste of Puerto Rico’s culture and cuisine but not the full flavor of the island’s diversity. I wanted to visit the “real” Puerto Rico – and believe me, this Caribbean island is no West Side Story. Steeped in an amalgam of complex influences, the cuisine clearly reflects the island’s history: from original Taino native tribes to its Spanish occupation and subsequent influx of African slaves, to its current status as a Commonwealth of the United States. Nothing reveals the history of Puerto Rico more than the impact it has had on the cuisine. Spanish, African, and native Taino influences can be tasted in nearly every traditional Puerto Rican dish. Sound intriguing? I thought so.
Nicaragua is a nation of rebuilding, where people and cultures constantly reinvent and re-imagine themselves to overcome the hardships and disasters that shaped this country. No one I have ever met says “Hey honey, its vacation time, lets go to Nicaragua!” but the facts are just this: They should. Nicaragua is called “the land of lakes and volcanoes” for its stunning geography, but the people and the food are what I love most, and on the Caribbean side of the country are some of the most beautiful islands you will ever see, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to see them. Fly into Bluefields and then on to Corn Island and you will be amazed. While I was there I also took in a pro baseball game in Managua between Managua and Grenada. I also attended a night time Ortega rally but I digress … here are some other fun things to do while you are in Nicaragua. Continue reading: Nicaragua »