Á mi Mexico…… con amor

Heart-Mexico

Tenía que decir ‘Hasta Luego’ en una manera romántica porque es lo menos que mereces como mi primer amor adulta. Ya sabes que yo tuve una aventura apasionada con Cuba antes y sí, yo todavía lo amo pero contigo era algo diferente….. algo madura. (No te pongas celoso…)

Desde el día bendito cuando llegúe a Torreón y fui directamente al Black Bull para un ‘whiskeeeeeey’ y pasarla bien con mi nuevos amigos, sentío que la fiesta de amor continuará.
El sabor de las gorditas de la calle, nadie puede robar desde mi estomago/corazón y hay momentos perdidos cuando se que la única respuesta es una gordita de carne asada con queso y salsa roja…… (Los sueños están hechos de este!!) De yo, mis nalgas y mis dieta diario….. GRACIAS POR TODO!!

Autobuses de México….. qué puedo decir de ustedes? gracias por el entrenamiento para ser mochilera! Desde Oaxaca, México D.F, Playa del Carmen, Guanajuato, Veracruz y los pueblitos entre ellos, ellos me han tratado como reina (aparte de un incidente con un pollero pero…. Jajaja), debido á tus servicios, puedo hablar de México como más que turista. De la morena que siempre va corriendo para un camión al Norte…. GRACIAS!!

México, la gente que tiene son joyas, joyas reales. Desde los jarochos hasta los norteños, ellos me cuidaban como amiga, hermana y mas… 😉 (No así, portarte bien!!). A todo mis amigos Mexicanos, desde mi alma, gracias por todo y espero que un día pronto voy a regresar pa tomar un brandy con ustedes de nuevo. Gracias al equipo ‘SANTOS LAGUNA’ para mi primer campeonato y desfile de ganadores en Calle Independencia, llevo un poco de blanco y verde para ustedes siempre.

Finalmente, a ti, México, la tierra que me ha convertido a una mujer parrandera que canta canciones de Mariachis en la madrugada, donde Tacostao era mi príncipe azul, donde mis trenzas eran famoso, donde oré con una niña huérfana en las calles que cuidar de ella como han cuidado de mí, donde tenía que ir downtown para ir de compras para El Día de Independencia’, cuando fui al club de salsa en Veracruz que era una locura preciosa, cuando compré Pan Guayaba como loca en Guanajuato pa ‘Día de los Muertos’ en Cervantino y miles más de dóndes y cuándos.
Próximo yo voy a Colombia para seguir mis viajes, solo quería que te entiendes la importancia que tienes en mi vida aunque nosotros estamos separados.

❤ NUNCA te olvides de mi, porque como mi carta de ID, has dejado tu huella en mi corazón pa siempre…..<3
De tu reggaetonera preciosa,

Aic3la

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Plantain or Plátano…..

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Plantain or Plátano?

As the title suggests, even though language separates them immensely there is no denying that Latinos and Afro Caribbean people have a lot of things in common.
Discovered or re-discovered as’The New World’ in 1492, this area of the world is famous for its care-free lifestyle, its tropical climate and welcoming people to name but a few, however there are many similarities that people many not have been exposed to making these neighbours, almost flatmates.

Historical
On that infamous wrong turn (Originally bound for Asia!), Christopher Columbus amongst others, introduced European Colonizers to the Caribbean and South America as a new land waiting to be governed. From the brutal slave trade connecting West Africa to the islands and mainland to the Spanish Encomienda system in Cuba, from the start Latinos and Caribbeans have shared memories of imperialism at its worst. It is well known that countries such as Cuba and Brazil had a vast number of slaves brought over to work on various plantations but there were also prominent numbers of African slaves taken other colonies in Ecuador, Mexico and Peru for the similar purposes, in turn creating pockets of African culture in these countries The Amerindians, the Aztecs and other native groups were forced into a system of slavery in order to make the region profitable and from this we see one of the earliest similarities between the cultures.

Geographical
When someone says they are going to the Caribbean, the most common assumption would draw to islands such as Jamaica, St Lucia or Trinidad however the Caribbean diaspora goes as far as the Mexico across Central America and down into the South American continent. There are 30 Modern-Day islands territories including Cuba and the Dominican Republic making them a part of the physiological structure of the Caribbean however regions such as the UNESCO protected Garifuna culture and the Mosquito coast of Central America to Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina of Colombia can’t be denied to influence of the Caribbean Sea upon their lands. The fact that in 2009 Peru officially apologized to Afro- Peruvians for the devastation caused by slavery across history shows that African presence definitely made a huge impact on their country and culture and in many parts is still alive today. We can also see the that geography plays little part in the cultures of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana who are all run by foreign department regardless of being on the South American Continent. Therefore the Caribbean is not just a chain of islands; the most accurate definition has to include multiple Hispanic countries as well.

Musical
The 90’s created a rebellious musical movement around the Caribbean and Latin America. From the influence of the USA and the desire to create their own identity music genres of Dancehall and Reggaeton were created. Infamous for their sexually charged lyrics and infamous dances such as the ‘Dutty Wine’ and ‘El Perréo’ the two genres have gained a lot of enemies, blaming them for social problems such as increased peer pressure, drug use and glorifying vigilante behaviour. Another theme up for debate is the degrading of women, many of the songs talk about infidelity, domestic violence and promiscuity as a common theme which has caused protests all over the region. This being said we can’t deny the percentage of female liberation these genres have inspired. In a society very much controlled by Catholism, Latin American women found comfort in women such as Ivy Queen and the late Jenni Riviera who spoke about current issues affecting young Latinas as well as giving them power in a ‘macho’ society. Though very different culturally, Grammy Winning Jamaican vocalist ‘Lady Saw’ did the same for young women of Jamaica, being the first women to rap within a male dominated genre and even gave brought the importance of safe sex to a very conservative island. However we interpret the controversial genres there is a prominent common ground in both culture’s approach to rebellion and equal rights.

Gastronomical
Food is one of the biggest evidences of cultural assimilation that can be found in both cultures. There is no doubt that if you visit any Latin American or Caribbean you will be offered a meal that includes the staple diet of ‘rice and peas’ or ‘Arroz con Frijoles’. Whether it is the economic popularity of the dish or the caloric benefits the two have cemented themselves into the cultures. The tropical climate has also made way for a number of snacks to be made in a similar way. The ‘baleada’ or the ‘Arepa’ are easily compared to the ‘Fried Dumpling’ or ‘Pattie’ due to their easy preparation and wide range of variations. However the most popular connection between the two diets has to be the ‘Plantain’ or ‘El Plátano’. This starchy banana can be boiled, mashed, fried, roasted or chipped, you will find a bunch on almost every Latino and Caribbean shopping lists. At any stage of maturation you will find a recipe including this staple food from the abundant plantain chips to the tasty chapo juice containing blended plantains.
These are just a few examples of how the two cultures have come to be almost identical although linguistically they could not be further apart so next time you pick up a plantain just think of you are holding they key to the assimilation of Latin American and Caribbean culture.

(This Article is based on my own personal opinion and research do not wish to offend anyone, just putting some food for thought out there….)

Let me know what you think!
xoxo

Global Food Cravings……

Hey so as i sit here enjoying every crunch of my crisps i thought i would do a quick blog about foods i miss from the countries i have been to and what i miss when i leave the UK….

UK: it has to be Walker’s Cheese and Onion Crisps and Heinz Salad Cream (My extreme addiction to salad cream led me to take 4 bottles to Cuba with me on my study abroad, they last 10 months!!!)

 

  

 

 

Cuba: The avocados and guavas were sooo fresh and tasty. Also the man 2 blocks from made house who made what could be the best and freshest churros in the world.

     

 

Jamaica: Jack Fruit and Sugar Apples…… AMAZIIIIINNNNGGGGG In generally crave anything from Jamaica as its in my heritage and we even though eat the traditional dishes in England, there is just something about eating home food in your home country that makes it taste so much better!!

    

 

U.S.A : Well most things you can buy here in the UK but nothing is like Aunt Annie’s Cinnamon Pretzel with a Strawberry Lemonade to wash it down or a ‘Love It’ size cup of French Vanilla and Cookie Dough Ice Cream, Cookies, Fudge, Caramel and chocolate sauce.

 

Mexico: My undying love for Gorditas especially carne asado con queso or a burrito con salsa valentina (Any one know where i can get Salsa Valentina in London?) OMG mole chicken with real chocolate sauce with rice or chicken pozole is the best winter warmer!!! Bombas or tortilla with melted cheese and salsa are a good party dish as well. Although i could eat most Mexican food without a problem!!

    

 

Greece: I fell in love with tzatziki sauce when i went there 6 years ago and i still but it thanks to Tesco!!!

 

Catalunya, Spain: There is a Seafood Paella call Fideua that i have when i spend my summers in Spain !! It is made with little noodles cooked with seafood. Anyways i love that too!!

 

After all that i think i’m going to go a bit mad then maybe find a gym because the thoughts alone must have given em a few calories!!!

Next place i’m off to is Honduras and i’m already excited about the food there!! Any recommendations are welcome…..