Floribbean cuisine is found in varying forms in Florida restaurants and in the homes of many Floridians throughout the state. The essence of what makes a particular dish “Floribbean” is similar to many other aspects of Floridian culture: that it is heavily influenced by visitors and immigrants from all over the world, but especially from the Caribbean (with notable influence from The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti), Australia, and the American Deep South. In the case of the Southern Florida region in particular, a subdivision called Latino-Floribbean or Hispano-Floribbean cuisine also takes Latino cuisine traits from such countries as Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic, adding further influences into the mix. To distinguish the Latino Caribbean style from the non-Latino Caribbean style, some employ the terms Afro-Floribbean cuisine and Indo-Floribbean cuisine, as the majority of the Caribbean islands are of either African or Indian heritage, which in turn were colonized by British, French, and Dutch settlers.-(Wikepedia) Visit MCCN’s Caribbean section: http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/regions/caribbean.html
Michelle Rodriguez and Zoe Saldana have more than a few things in common. Both women are American born. They are both Latina. Moreover, they are both of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. Currently, they are both stars of the hottest film at the box office, Avatar.
MCCN recently did a feature on Zoe Saldana called: Her Skin Doesn’t Make Her Blue, so let’s give Michelle, the woman or shall we say the “Girl”who fought her way to the top with her breakout independent film performance in Girlfight her just dues. Born in Texas, Michelle grew up moving from place to place including Texas, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and New Jersey.
Her official fan website describes Rodriguez as a cross of beauty and brawn. As far as social cause, Rodriguez is involved in an effort against illegal whaling:
See Article on Zoe Saldana: https://multiculturalcookingnetwork.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/zoe-saldana-her-color-doesnt-make-her-blue/
Traditional Dominican Republic food is very tasty and includes a diverse selection.
One of our best known meals, lovingly named “la bandera” (the flag) consists of white rice, beans, meat, vegetables and fritos verdes (green plantains or tostones).
The Dominican Sancocho is a cooking imitative of the Spanish cocido (stew), and each region of the country has its special way of preparing it.
In the hit film Avatar, Zoe Saldana is the color blue. No sooner than the film, premiered the world wanted to know more about the lead female warrior character in the James Cameron film. People are learning that the talented actress, Saldana is Afro-Latina. Born and reared in the United States until she was 10 years old, her multi-cultural heritage includes her father being of Domincan descent and her mother Puerto Rican. She lived in the Dominican Republic until age 17. Believe it or not, some parts of the world are not aware of the Afro Latino or the identity of the Latino image bearing Black skin too. It is great that Zoe’s success is shedding more light on culture. What is also exciting is seeing her land a role in the film Colombiana as the lead. It makes a strong statement about the star power she brings despite many Latin American countries still struggle with Black as Beautiful in their heirarchal scale. Saldana embraces her physical identity as Black and her culture as Latin. She never let Hollywood’s typical ideal leading lady concept be a hurdle for her. She has simply jumped over the hurdles.
What do Zoe and co-star Michelle Rodriguez have in common? Find out at: http://www.multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/component/k2/item/113-the-other-latina-star-of-avatar-michelle-rodriguez.html
Read Dinner and Movie Review for Avatar: http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/dinner-and-a-movie.html
- Puerco asado (Roasted pork)
- Pollo asado o al horno (Roasted chicken or Chicken cooked in the oven)
- Moros de guandules (a combination of rice and ‘peas’ – usually gungo peas)
- Ensalada Rusa (Russian salad – macedoine of potatoes and carrots, with peas and boiled eg bound with mayonnaise)
- Ensalada verde (Fresh green salad)
- Pasteles en Hojas (Tropical root vegetables cooked in banana or plantain leaves)
- Pan Telera (a very long, soft white bread with a crusty top)
- Dulces (Sweets – such as jellies, marshmallows, caramels)
- Galletitas dulces y biscochos (Biscuits and Cakes – like pastries filled with figs, Danish Butter Biscuits and others)
- Pudim Navideno (Some families might have a version of the European Christmas Pudding)
Other Christmas ‘treats’!
Fruits: Manzanas (Apples), uvas (grapes) and peras (pears) which in the Dominican Republic are fruits consumed just at Christmas time, as a kind of ‘delicacy’! We also love to eat frutas secas (nuts) at this time of the year, especially hazelnut (we call them ‘coquitos’ which literally means “small coconuts” :-D), walnuts (nueces), and almonds (almendras)!
Drinks: Typical Dominican Republic Christmas drinks include red wine, anis (‘Anis del Mono’ – ‘Monkey Aniseed’ – is the most popular!) and ponche de huevo (eggnog) and, of course, ‘rhum’ or ‘ron’ (rum). All these drinks have always been the first choices for most Dominican’s.
But of course, we cannot forget our delicious (at least for me!) non-alcoholic drink for Christmas time: ‘jengibre’ (ginger), which is an infusion made of ginger roots which sometimes also includes a delicious fruit we call ‘Jagua’ (this fruit – also called a ‘genipap’ or ‘marmalade box’ – is about the size of an orange, succulent and has a strong flavour similar to ginger, but is much sweeter).