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Historia de Afro Puertorriqueños

While Puerto Ricans are unapologetic in their pride, some tend to downplay their African ancestry. The truth is, Puerto Rico as we know it wouldn’t exist without the cultural influences of African tribes. The racialization of Puerto Rico as a Latin American/Caribbean archipelago and of Puerto Ricans as non-white should not deny the specificity of Afro-Puerto Rican difference.   The Africans that came to Puerto Rico overcame many obstacles and particularly after the Spanish-American War, their descendents helped shape the political institutions of the island. Their contributions to the music, art, language, and heritage became the foundation of Puerto Rican culture. Afrodescendientes boricuas is one such community, who are, at best – forgotten or ignored – and at worst – exoticized, feared, or even hated.   “Afro-Puerto Ricans have to look at themselves through the context of being Puerto Rican, because we are not straight up African.” Some African slaves spoke “Bozal” Spanish, a mixture of Portuguese, Spanish, and the language spoken in the Congo. The African influence in the Spanish spoken in the island can …

Wear Red Day – Friday, February 1st

Wear Red Day is here… Go Red with us! Do you know what you’re wearing on this year’s Wear Red Day? Show  off your favorite Red outfit, your cute Red shoes, stunning Red lipstick, or even your whole office showing off their Go Red spirit to help bring awareness to the number 1 killer of women – heart disease and stroke. Together we can save the lives of women we love by preventing heart disease and stroke. It’s a concept we can all get behind AND it’s also the theme of this year’s Go Red For Women Conference. Learn practical tips from local experts and survivors how you can reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Heart disease takes the life of every 1 in 3 women, in fact 41 women will lose their lives TODAY, due to heart disease and stroke.

Welcome To The Narcotech Factory

Buenos Tardes Mi Gente!! Bienvenido, today I will be continuing talking about what has inspired me as an artist and where I will interview other artists, art students, and people involved in the art & entertainment world and who are community activist in the coming months. I am always touched and empowered by the stories of artists and powerful people in the art world and I wanted to use this opportunity to get to know what inspires others. I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores, Iris Toro, Bobbito Ross & El Vis Katari . Today, I want to introduce you to The Narcotechs.     In January 2016 a new movement was born as underground group MPIRE (artists Dax and Arc) joined forces with up and coming producer/MC, Doza The Drumdealer. These two Latino entities formed the NARCOTECHS in an attempt to revive the Latin hip hop sound in …

El Vis Katari Graphic Designer💻 & Revolutionary✊🏾

Buenos Dias Mi Gente!!   Bienvenido, today I will be talking about what has inspired me as an artist and where I will interview other artists, art students, and people involved in the art & entertainment world and who are community activist in the coming months. I am always touched and empowered by the stories of artists and powerful people in the art world and I wanted to use this opportunity to get to know what inspires others. Please Meet El Vis Katari: I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores, Iris Toro & Bobbito Ross. Today, I want to introduce you to mi hermano y amigo, El Vis Katari.   Elvis Katari, known for his revolutionary and sometimes controversial, public speaking was born and raised in NYC. Elvis constantly saw a divide between Borikuas in the Diaspora and Borikuas on the island. He saw a need for unification and …

🇵🇷Jess Designs Jewelry🇵🇷

Buenos Dias Mi Gente!! Bienvenido, today I will be talking about what has inspired me as an artist and where I will interview other artists, art students, and people involved in the art & entertainment  world and who are community activist in the coming months. I am always touched and empowered by the stories of artists and powerful people in the art world and I wanted to use this opportunity to get to know what inspires others. I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo & Iris Toro. Today, I want to introduce you to Jess Flores. Please Meet Jessica Flores: First and foremost, I respect the privacy of my friends as many of them may prefer to be anonymize. Let me introduce her to you my friends. Jess Flores, was born in New York raised in Chicago and reborn in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She is a Chicago-based jewelry artist that focuses …

Narcotechs Apparel Coming Soon

The inspiration for the brand was centered around Doza’s innovational view of Unity Of All Latinos Worldwide.   20% of all sales will go to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.   Instagram is the best way to contact Doza, he will be taking orders for the clothing line starting March 1, 2019. Contact: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dozathedrumdealer/?hl=en  

Bobbito Ross Pa’lante, Siempre Pa’lante!!

Buen Dia Mi Gente!! “Pa’lante, Siempre Pa’lante” which means “Forward, Always Forward!” – Bobbito Ross Bienvenido, today I will be talking about what has inspired me as an artist and where I will interview other artists, art students, and people involved in the art & entertainment  world and who are community activist in the coming months. I am always touched and empowered by the stories of artists and powerful people in the art world and I wanted to use this opportunity to get to know what inspires others. I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores & Iris Toro. Today, I want to introduce you to mi hermano y amigo, Bobbito Ross. Bobbito Ross, also known as, Layzor Ghunnzz is an artist from Jamaica Queens, New York that brings an unique blend of culture, creativity, and spontaneity to his work. Ross, who goes by an English surname, actually is of …

Doza The Drumdealer aka Illy Colón Entrepreneur

Buen Dia Mi Gente!!         Bienvenido, today I will be talking about what has inspired me as an artist and where I will interview other artists, art students, and people involved in the art & entertainment world and who are community activist in the coming months. I am always touched and empowered by the stories of artists and powerful people in the art world and I wanted to use this opportunity to get to know what inspires others. Please Meet Doza The Drumdealer aka Illy Colón: I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores, Iris Toro, Bobbito Ross & El Vis Katari. Today, I want to introduce you to mi hermano y amigo fellow Taino, Doza The Drum Dealer aka Illy Colon.         Doza the Drum Dealer is a Brooklyn born producer/songwriter. His musical style isn’t limited to one genre in fact it can …

Triplevibes Radio – Doza The Drumdealer Radio Interview

Bienvenidos Mi Gente!! I will be talking about what has inspired me as an artist and where I will interview other artists, art students, and people involved in the art & entertainment world and who are community activist in the coming months. I am always touched and empowered by the stories of artists and powerful people in the art world and I wanted to use this opportunity to get to know what inspires others. I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores, Iris Toro & Bobbito Ross. Today’s topic of discussion, I’d love to take you & introduce you to mi Boriken hermano y closest amigo who is from Brooklyn, NY & is a talented singer – songwriter – clothing line designer, Doza The Drumdealer aka Illy Colon & The Narcotechs and take you behind the scenes of the music. Welcome To The League     Doza, was a guest …

Señor Joe Torres

“It’s been a long day without you, my friend And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again We’ve come a long way from where we began Oh I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again When I see you again.” – Wiz Khalifa Anyone who knew Senor Joe Torres knows of his generosity, work ethic, humility and selflessness but above all his love and dedication to us his family. Whatever he was involved in, he made sure that it was done the right way. He never cut corners, and always made sure others were happy. He continued this even as he lay in bed in ICU.  This gofundme campaign was setup to help pay for the funeral costs and other expenses brought on by the death of Joe A Torres, 56, who passed away on 1/13/2019 after a short battle with an aggressive cancer.    Joe Torres was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and a loyal friend. He leaves behind the love of his life, Frances and …

Bobbito Ross

Buen Dia Mi Gente!! Bienvenido, today I will be talking about what has inspired me as an artist and where I will interview other artists, art students, and people involved in the art & entertainment  world and who are community activist in the coming months. I am always touched and empowered by the stories of artists and powerful people in the art world and I wanted to use this opportunity to get to know what inspires others. I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores & Iris Toro. Today, I want to introduce you to mi hermano y amigo, Bobbito Ross. Bobbito Ross aka Layzor Ghunnzz is a Boriken from Jamaica, Queens. He was introduced to art while growing up in NYC, through cartoons and Graffiti. He is heavily influenced by those seeking equality for all human beings such as Roberto Clemente, The Young Lords, Black Panthers etc. This short …

Young Lords Club

Buenos Tardes Mi Gente!! Bienvenido, today I will be talking about what has inspired me as an artist and where I will interview other artists, art students, and people involved in the art & entertainment  world and who are community activist in the coming months. I am always touched and empowered by the stories of artists and powerful people in the art world and I wanted to use this opportunity to get to know what inspires others. I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friend and fellow Boricua, Ponce Solo. Today, I want to introduce you to Iris Toro.   Please Meet Iris Toro: First and foremost, I respect the privacy of my friends as many of them may prefer to be anonymize. Let me introduce her to you my friends. Iris Toro, was born in Brooklyn and reborn in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. She is a Nuevo York-based artist that focuses her talents and her endeavors …

“We Are Still Here!” Indigenous Peoples March Is Heading to D.C. this Friday

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MARCH IN WASHINGTON, DC WILL OCCUR ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019 (DAY BEFORE THE WOMEN’S’ MARCH ON WASHINGTON) 8AM GATHERING LOCATION: BUILDING OF INTERIOR AFFAIRS 1849 C STREET NW, WASHINGTON, DC 9 AM PRAYER 10AM MARCH ROUTE: EAST ON C STREET NW , SOUTH ON 18TH ST NW CROSSING OVER ON CONSTITUTION AVE NW TO JFK HOCKEY FIELD (NATIONAL MALL) 11AM – 5PM RALLY LOCATION: 1964 INDEPENDENCE AVE SW, WASHINGTON, DC 20227 WEAR COMFORTABLE AND WARM CLOTHING BRING BLANKETS/CHAIRS FOR RALLY PORTION AND COMFORTABILITY REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE RAIN/SNOW OR SHINE NO CANCELLATIONS THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MARCH IN WASHINGTON DC IS A GRASSROOT EFFORT COMPRISED OF DOZENS OF INDEPENDENT COORDINATORS AT THE STATE AND TRIBAL LEVEL. THE EFFORT IS HELMED BY A COALITION OF ORGANIZATIONS, TRIBAL COUNCILS, ACTIVISTS, INFLUENCERS, MEDIA AND YOUTH LEADERS COMMITTEE TO MAKE SURE THIS MARCH IS A SUCCESS. THE PROGRAM ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019 WILL FEATURE VOICES FROM ALL INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND NATIONS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THE INJUSTICES AFFECTING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. ALSO TO BE FEATURING CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS OF …

Indigenous Peoples’ Day 1.18.19

Bienvenidos Mi Gente!! About this event on January 18, 2019 we are uniting Indigenous peoples across the world to stand together to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women and children. Indigenous peoples from North and South America, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean are a target of genocide. “We march because we refuse to be silent!” “We march because we will not be forgotten!” “We march because our time is NOW!” Gathering in Washington, DC on this historic day will be influencers, trailblazers, leaders, media, artists, celebrities, and people that want to make a difference and believe that Indigenous rights are human and environmental rights. January 18, 2019 will be an epic and historic convening with united voices on a major platform which will be monumental and impactful and most importantly governments will be forced to listen and take notice that we as Indigenous people will not be ignored and that we are still here. “Does anyone here know why we celebrate the Indigenous People’s Day?” “Who knows who Christopher Columbus was?” Anybody?! …

Leti’s Carrot 🥕 Cake Recipe

Bienvenidos Mí Genté!! Today I want to share my Carrot 🥕 Cake 🧁 recipe with y’all. Haven’t post anything about baking in awhile so I figured since I was in a baking mood I’d share this with you. Baking gives me a kind of relaxing feeling, I just turn my music 🎶 up and start doing my thing in the kitchen. Food is made different ways but I prefer to make mine with love ❤️. When you cook or bake with love the food just tastes better than if you just cook because you’re hungry or you have to. So, I started with the cake 🍰 mix and mixed everything together as directed but with my own added twist to it. It’s good to follow the directions 🧭 but you can always add your own spin on it. Recipe Calls For: 3 Eggs 🥚 1 1/4 Water 💦 HOT 1/4 Vegetable 🌽 Oil My Spin: 2 TBS Cinnamon or Cinnamon Sugar 1/3 Cup Vanilla Extract Icing: Whipped Butter Créame Cake 🍰 Or Cupcakes: Whether you’re …

Nuevo Ano 2019

feliz año nuevo 2019!! Bienvenido Mi Gente, It’s that time of the year again! New year is knocking on the door with just a couple of hours left before we enter 2019. The New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new calendar year. It falls on January 1, and is the day on which the year count of the specific calendar used is incremented. New Year, new resolutions and a fresh new start. Every year we pledged to learn something new, then why not start it from today.   “Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and auld lang syne?” If you’re like most people, you probably aren’t totally sure what you’re singing about when you join in for the group rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.” What do these words mean? “Auld Lang Syne” was originally a Scottish poem that was later set to music. The phrase “auld lang syne” translates literally to “old long since” in English and means something akin to “times gone …

Anuel – Dallas TX – Nov.9th

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Anuel AA

Meet Anuel AA. Bryant Myers. Larry Over. Almighty. Unless you live on the island or closely follow the Puerto Rican rap scene, chances are you may not recognize the names of this new wave of trapstars. One name that’s garnered visibility over the rest is Anuel AA, whose digital popularity extends further than Puerto Rico. His videos on YouTube have reached upwards of 20 million views, while features on tracks like De La Ghetto’s sex jam “La Ocasión” have racked up nearly 200 million hits. You may not have heard his name, but the numbers don’t lie. Anuel’s popularity and fame have earned him a net worth of $3 million.   Anuel AA, the viral Latin trap artist who was infamously arrested in 2016 on gun charges, is reportedly back in federal prison. In June 2017, the Puerto Rican rapper was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, after police found on April 3, 2016, he was arrested after leaving a nightclub called Tabaco & Ron Lounge San Juan, located in Santurce, Puerto Rico along with two companions, when the police stopped the vehicle in …

Welcome To Post 200…Well Make that 201

Holy crap, I’ve published 200 articles!! I’ve been writing for 2 years and have finally reached 200 post… well technically my video post Bebe – Anuel AA x Ozuna was post 200 and this is technically post #201. Lol I don’t profess to be a blogging wizard or any kind of expert in the field. What I can say is that I have experienced a lot more of life and blogging and how the two have become intertwined in being apart of who I am right now. I am excited, honored and in awe that this is my 200th blog post. Today’s post is dedicated to you: all of my amazing supporters who have followed my journey here. From faithful readers who have been with me since the beginning to those who are reading this blog for the first time, from those of you who have shared beautiful comments to quiet readers whom I have yet to learn are reading my articles, today I celebrate you and how much your support has had a positive …

How I Stay Healthy

A lot of factors play a role in staying healthy. In turn, good health can decrease your risk of developing certain conditions. These include heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and injuries. Learn what you can do to maintain your health. I am amazed by how many people I meet who are in poor health. Wander around in a crowd at an event or in a shopping mall and people just don’t look good. Worse, talk to people and listen to their long list of ailments. People are out of shape, weigh too much, and have little energy. In this blog I’m going to share with you how I stay healthy. 1) Eat properly Obesity is a huge issue in this country, pun intended.  Over two thirds of Americans are overweight and 36% are obese!  Further 32% of children and adolescents are overweight.  This is unbelievable.  As recently as a generation ago you would rarely see obese people.  For sure, some of this is hereditary.  But most of the issues are due to poor diet and …

50 Facts About Me

I think I ended up convincing myself that no one in their right mind would care to read about random things having to do with me. Recently, I re-visited the idea and I must have convinced myself (somehow) that someone may, indeed care to read random facts about me because well, I ended up writing a list of fifty. I figured if nothing else, it may help you get to know me a little more beyond just my lifesyle and beauty posts! I really want to build a relationship with my readers and that includes getting to know each other, right!? I am Puerto Rican and Mexican. Half and half, so I get the best of both worlds. I love Starbucks….my fav is Carmel Macchiato I’m a total believer of “a place for everything, and everything in it’s place”. Knowing my room isn’t clean/picked up annoys me to no end Although I don’t do it as much as I’d like, I adore traveling-everything about it! Packing, staying in hotels, seeing new places…more traveling, please! I …

50 Tonos

Today, I’m going to take you down a dark rabbit hole. Are you ready? I hope so. Have you ever thought of your deepest darkest fantasy? Or, maybe something you want to explore but are to afraid to ask for what you want? Sometimes, I’m sure you think that what you like or want is depraved or even off the wall crazy. Sometimes, you have to step back and do an overview of your wants and needs and then try to slowly introduce them. Have you ever thought of what it might be like to hear your partner say,”yes Master, no Master, or Permission to speak Master?” Or, if you’re a woman you’ve fantasized about being called Mistress. We all have our dark……you’re not alone. Most of you know the movie 50 Shades of Grey it is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM). The tension between Ana and Christian eventually comes to a head after Ana asks Christian to punish her in order to …

Puerto Rican Mofongo Turkey Stuffing

Prep15min Total35min Ingredients8 Servings 8 8 Ingredients 12 ozs of bacon cut into fine pieces Save $ Frying oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 green plantains 4 mashed garlic cloves 1/4 cup green pepper 1/4 cup red pepper Salt and pepper to taste In a pan, stirfry the bacon in oil until crunchy, stirring it constantly to prevent over burning. Remove from heat and cook the onions in the same oil. 2 Peel the plantains and them into one-inch pieces. Fry until soft on all sides. Mash them with the garlic and place them in a bowl. Season and mix with the onions and bacon until unifom, add peppers and stuff turkey. 3 If you choose to serve as a side, keep warm until ready to serve. The onions and oil will keep it moist and prevent it from over drying.

Pumpkin Arroz con Leche

  15 min Total 30 min Ingredients 12 Servings 4 12 Ingredients 3 1/2 cups whole milk 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground 2 cloves 1 cinnamon stick 1 cup Arborio rice 7.5 ozs pumpkin puree 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup packed brown sugar Orange zest for garnish Pepitas for garnish 1 In a heavy saucepan, combine milk, salt, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon over medium heat. Bring to a slow simmer. 2 Add rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Let simmer, stirring occasionally until rice is tender; approximately 20 minutes. 3 Uncover and fold in pumpkin puree, sugar and vanilla until completely combined. Cook for 5 more minutes. Cover and remove from heat. Discard cinnamon sticks and cloves. Let cool. 4 To serve, garnish with orange zest and pepitas.  

Puerto Rican Coquito Cheesecake

  Prep 15 min Total 1 hr 15 min Ingredients 17 Servings 8 17 Ingredients For the coquito: 12 oz coconut milk 8.5 oz coconut cream 12 oz evaporated milk 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 cinnamon sticks 1 cup white rum (optional) For the cheesecake: 1 1/2 cups Graham crackers, ground 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour 1/2 cup condensed milk 1 cup coquito drink 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground clove 1/2 cup sugar For the coquito: In a blender, process all ingredients. You can make an alcohol-free version without rum. 2 For the cheesecake: Preheat oven to 350°F. 3 Combine ground Graham crackers with softened butter. Pour into a spring-loaded 7-inch mold and press firmly into the bottom to create the crust. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool. 4 In a blender, combine cream cheese, flour, condensed milk, coquito drink, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and sugar. 5 Pour into the mold and bake for 45 …

Puerto Rican Pastelon Lasagna

  Prep 30 min Total 1 hr 15 min Ingredients 12 Servings 6 12 Ingredients 6 ripe maduro 1/3 cup vegetable oil + 2 teaspoons 2 lbs ground meat 1 teaspoon dry oregano 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder (or to taste) Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons sofrito 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 seasoning package 1/3 cup green olives stuffed with pepper 1 cup quesillo or grated mozzarella cheese (optional) 4 slightly beaten eggs   Peel the bananas and slice them length-wise. 2 Heat up 1/3 cup oil in a pan and fry the bananas until they’re golden brown. Drain them on a paper towel and set aside. 3 In another pan, heat a tablespoon of oil and fry the meat until it changes color. Season with the oregano, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. 4 In another pan, use the extra tablespoon oil to fry the sofrito with the tomato paste, the seasoning, and olives. Add the cooked meat and finish cooking. Fix the seasoning if you think it’s necessary. Set aside. 5 Preheat the oven …

Pastelillos de Guayaba

INGREDIENTES 5 oz. de queso blanco ECONO 5 oz. de pasta de guayaba ECONO 1 pqte. de hojaldre para empanadas ½ taza de nueces tostadas PROCEDIMIENTO ¡Convierte tu cocina en una fábrica de sabor para tu familia! Aprende a preparar unos ricos Pastelillos de Guayaba y ¡disfruta el proceso! Calienta el horno a 400 �? F. Con un cortador de galletas redondo de 1¾ de diámetro, corta cuatro círculos en cada ronda de hojaldre (48 rondas). Divide los círculos que cortaste, equitativamente entre las bandejas de hornear forradas con papel de pergamino. Deja una pulgada de espacio entre cada ronda. Hornea hasta que estén ligeramente dorados y soplados (alrededor de 8 minutos). Con la parte de atrás de una cuchara pequeña, presiona hacia abajo los centros de los pasteles calientes (para hacer hendiduras). Coloca una pieza de queso blanco y de la pasta de guayaba, en cada hendidura. Hornea hasta que la guayaba y el queso estén suaves y derretidos, (alrededor de 8 minutos). Transfiere los pastelitos a la rejilla para enfriar. Deja reposar hasta …

2017 Turkey Day Outfits

Quick confession: I’ve been dreaming about turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce for awhile now. Thanksgiving is about kicking off the holiday season with family, friends and of course, delicious food. But whether you’re traveling or hosting the holiday at home, you’ll want to be cozy and warm for the big day. This outfit is not only stylish but unbelievably easy to style. Instead of playing it safe with your basic oversized sweater, try something with unusual proportions layered over distressed denim and striking heels or ankle boots. Pair with some eye-catching hoops and large clutch. No matter what your Thanksgiving plans are this year, the key to the perfect ensemble is pairing pieces that work together to form cute AND comfy outfits. No one wants to be fidgeting with too-tight pants as they collapse onto the couch to sleep off the Thanksgiving feast. But then again, sweatpants and tees aren’t exactly the most flattering option to sport at the holiday get together. Instead, consider wearing one of these cute and comfy outfits to feel good …

Tarta de yogur, parecida al cheese cake 🍰🇵🇷

The story is that a long time ago on a small and enchanted little island, Guava met Cream Cheese. Guava noticed Cream Cheese first and was very taken with how smooth and understated he was, although Guava had heard that Cream Cheese could be a little sour on occasion. Suddenly Cream Cheese looked up and their eyes met. Cream Cheese couldn’t help but notice Guava because of her bright red dress. He walked across the room toward her with a smooth and seamless strut. Cream Cheese took Guava’s hand and introduced himself. She gave him a sweet smile. From then on Guava and Cream Cheese were inseparable. They were the perfect pair of sweet with a touch of sour, and they lived happily ever after. Ingredientes 150 gr. de galletas 60 gr. de mantequilla 3 yogures griegos sin azúcar 1 lata de leche condensada mermelada de fresas Un postre rápido y fácil de hacer, pues requiere pocos ingredientes, a la vez que económicos. Os lo recomendamos para aquellos que no seáis grandes amigos del queso …

Bacalaitos Puertorriqueños 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷

Como hacer bacalaitos Puertorriqueños https://youtu.be/db9C8JjSZTQ Ingredientes 1 libra de bacalao 1/4 pimientos rojos 1/4 cebolla cortada en pedacitos 1 mano de cilantro fresco 3 dientes de ajo fresco machacado 1 sobre de sazon con culantro y achiote 1 cucharadita de pimienta negra 3 tazas de harina de trigo sal al gusto o sazonador de sal 4 tazas de agua o agua dependiendo de como prefieras el bacalaito aceite para freir

Puerto Rican Guava Cheese Appetizer 🇵🇷

I tried this recipe and simply loved the flavor. The cheese and guava paste go very well together. For my guava and cheese recipe, I tend to use Extra Sharp Cheddar because it just gives this excellent flavor to my guava snack that makes you want to eat more and more! Now, let’s go check out these fabulous recipes, shall we?   5 minutes Ingredients ∙ Serves 20 Condiments 1 (22 ounce) can Guava paste Dairy 1(16 ounce) package Cheddar cheese, sharp Other 20Toothpicks Directions Skewer one cube of the guava paste and one cube of cheddar cheese on a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining guava paste and cheddar cheese cubes. Refrigerate until serving time.

Giving Tuesday 2017

What’s #GivingTuesday? Unlike the two big shopping days, #GivingTuesday is a day for charity. Rather than thinking about saving money on the best gifts possible, we think about giving money to the best cause possible. Rather than feeling the stress and chaos of the holidays, we feel the peace and joy that comes from contributing to a good cause. #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season: a reminder of the “reason for the season.” Black Friday. Cyber Monday…all great things in the realm of getting your holiday shopping completed. But you keep hearing about …

Black Friday Is Coming…

Bienvenido! Today, I want to talk about one of the most notorious shopping holidays of the year. After the turkey has been eaten, the football games have been watched and digestion is fully under way, millions of Americans turn to another holiday tradition: planning their Black Friday shopping spree. That’s right! It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and that means it’s time to shop. Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving in the United States — signals the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Although it’s not an official holiday, millions of employers give their employees the day off, and many people use that day to get a jump-start on their holiday shopping. In the 1950s, people began calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving, essentially giving themselves a four-day weekend. Since stores were open, as were most businesses, those playing hooky could also get a head start on their holiday shopping — as long as the boss didn’t see them. Rather than try to determine whose pay should be cut, and who was legitimately sick, …

In The Kitchen With Chrissy 🇵🇷

Arroz con Habichuela y Tostones 🤗Bienvenido!! Today, I want to share a recipe by my good friend Chrissy. This is an authentic easy to make quick delicious dinner. A little about Chrissy: “I’m from NJ but I was raised in Carolina PR because my parents are from there and I lived between Nj and Carolina PR until I moved to LA.” “I am a Puerto Rican Actress y Singer 🎭. In my free time I’m all about spending time in my kitchen, I love to cook 👩🏾‍🍳. It is actually one of my most favorite hobbies. Cooking is an art. The process of preparing a meal is creative, therapeutic and is a gift to those you share it with.” Below, I have written out everything you need to know and put on your grocery list to make these delicious recipes. I hope you will try them and that you enjoy them as much as we do making them and posting about them. Bien Provecho! Puerto Rican Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas) READY IN: 3hrs 15mins SERVES: 6 …

Adoptee

Hola y Bienvendio! Today, I’m going to talk about what it means to be an adoptee. What is an adoptee you maybe wonder? For those of you who don’t know what that means it’s an adopted son or daughter. A person who was adopted as a child. Most of you don’t know this about me but now you do. Here is my story. Many people around the world are adopted and or have adopted a child. I was adopted at a very young age. Matter of fact, I was adopted @ the age of 5yrs old. Many adopted people don’t know they’re adopted or they know and simply don’t care. Kinda like my brother who was adopted @ 9mo, he knows but refuses to admit it. Which, is perfectly fine because he is Chicano and looks white like my adoptive parents. I on the other hand being Puerto Rican and Mexican have a darker skin tone and don’t quite fit in with my all white family. When I was younger, I remember my first day …

Boricua Hair & The Products We Love 🇵🇷💇🏻‍♀️💇🏼‍♀️💇🏽‍♀️🇵🇷

Hola y Bienvenido! Today, I want to share with you Boricua hair and the products we use. Because hair is so entwined with our perception of beauty, it is the most easily manipulatable element of our physical self—one that best helps manifest also our internal self. This is perhaps why such a simple thing like hair matters to discussions of one’s personal identity. It’s been a serious issue for some Puerto Rican women whose confidence has been affected by society’s ideas of beauty. It’s been a powerful tool for others whose love for their hair grew hand in hand with the love for themselves. Some women like it and some women hate their hair. And some learned to love their hair and found in that transformation a freedom worth sharing. I interviewed two good friends of mine Jess and Chrissy, who are Puerto Rican. We talked about hair, about their personal stories, about loving their hair and about loving themselves. Here are their stories…and mine will be last. I’m going to start by sharing Jess’s …

🇵🇷@jessdesignsjewelry🇵🇷

Hola y Bienvenido!! Today, I wanted to show off my Puerto Rican Pride by showing ya’ll these amazing pieces made by a Boricua for Boricuas like you and me. I recently got these amazing pieces from @jessdesignsjewelry from Instagram. She, is a reputable jewelry designer and makes amazing and beautiful pieces. Currently, she is working on putting her website together but in the mean time the best way to get ahold of her and order these exact pieces as well as amazing others is to contact her directly through email: JessDesignsJewelry@gmail.com Custom handmade jewelry made with much love, long hours and dedication to the crafting of such beautiful creations. Please, go to Instagram to check out her other beautiful and stylish pieces!

Puerto Rico The Long Road To Recovery 🇵🇷♥️🇵🇷

Hola y Bienvenido! Welcome back friends and family as I attempt to update you on Puerto Rico’s long road to recovery. I want people to understand just what really is happening for our friends and family on the isla de Puerto Rico. I feel like you need to know the severity of the aftermath Irma left behind. Yesterday, President Donald Trump was to visit Puerto Rico along with the U.S. Virgin Islands to view Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the territories first hand. This is good, because he needs to see the real devastation and crisis that is really happening over there on the isla because we are part of the US whether we want to be or not. And, I feel as the president he should help my isla de Puerto Rico. The governor said that Puerto Rico will host about 3,000 victims of Irma from the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean countries that suffered a direct hit from what was then a e Category 5 storm. Pictured below is a little girl …

Puerto Rico Strong Update On What My Isla Is Doing Now 🇵🇷♥️🇵🇷

Hola y Bienvenidos! I’d like to welcome you back today to update you on what is currently happening on my isla. Puerto Rico is truly made of strong people. We are survivors! SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Saddled with economic problems and its own damage from Hurricane Irma, Puerto Rico is taking thousands of refugees from the U.S. Virgin Islands whose homes were destroyed by the storm, with a cruise ship carrying up to 2,000 more which set sail for the U.S. territory on Wednesday. Government-led missions have also been evacuating people from the islands to Puerto Rico. Some 1,200 mostly American citizens, have been carried from Saint Martin and Saint Thomas in six C130 aircraft, and more than 50 patients have been airlifted to Puerto Rican hospitals, officials said. Visibly shaken residents from St. Martin and the Virgin Islands arrived on Tuesday on U.S. military aircraft, bringing tales of terrifying winds and a breakdown of law and order. FAJARDO, P.R. — Puerto Rico, dealt only a glancing blow by Hurricane Irma, has become an …

🇵🇷Update On Puerto Rico After Hurricane Irma 2017🇵🇷

Hola y Bienvenido! In the past few days following the horrific hurricane Irma not much light has been shed on my beloved isla of Puerto Rico. Today, I’d like to give everyone an update on what is happening post Irma. As Hurricane Irma loomed larger and larger in the first days of September, there was much media speculation about when and how it would “make landfall” in the United States. We were told initially that the storm “posed a major threat to the Caribbean and potentially to the United States in the next week.” Later we were informed that it was likely to “tear across the islands of the northern Caribbean and potentially slam into the US by the weekend or early that next week.” Then headlines announced: “Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands; expected to hit US next week.” The problem with all this storm coverage—which has dominated broadcast, print and digital reporting for the better part of two weeks—has been a stubborn lack of precision regarding what is the United States. Everywhere was Florida …

Wunderbrow Tutorial 101

Hola y Bienvenido! Today, I’m about to get up close and very personal something I don’t do much or should I say haven’t done much. I’m going to be showing you how to get the perfect brows by using Wunderbrow. I hope ya’ll enjoy this tutorial as much as I did making it for you. So, this is where I’m going to start lol. Remember when everyone wanted those ultra thin brows back in early 2000? Well, not so much anymore…. now everyone wants these thick lush sexy brows….or the natural thick brows we were all born with. Over the years of plucking and waxing sufficed to say as we get older our brows don’t grow as much anymore. If you know anything about me, it’s that I love a full brow, but I don’t like to actually do my brows….I mean seriously most of us are busy and don’t have the time. I’m sure, we’ve all seen the advertisements for Wunderbrow and like most of us we refuse to believe the hype so to …

How To Cut Your Period Short 101

Welcome Ladies to: How To Cut Your Period Short 101 So…..yea grab a seat and get comfy ladies, class is now in session figuratively speaking. I’m sure most of you already know how this is done, but for those of you who don’t you’re about to get schooled really quickly. Why would you want to stop your period for one day or maybe all together? There are lots of good reasons that any woman would consider it. Maybe it is your birthday tomorrow, or you are planning a special evening with your boyfriend, but you can’t enjoy yourself because you are experiencing bleeding and cramps? Maybe you suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and you want to reduce or eliminate your symptoms? There are even ways to consider how to stop your period, permanently. Every woman and therefore every period is different. Not all of the tips will work for every woman. Try a few and see what has the best effect on you. If you are experiencing pain or heavy bleeding, go and see a …

MCM Elegante Hotel, New Mexico

Welcome to the MCM Elegante! The hotel comes with 342 luxurious rooms, including 18 suites, you’ll enjoy a truly exceptional visit. Second visit to Albuquerque New Mexico, first time staying at this hotel. I really enjoyed my stay at the MCM Elegante Hotel, even if it was only for one night . The hotel staff was extremely friendly, they greeted you every time you passed one in the hallways! The rooms were very clean, perhaps even recently remodeled. Not really sure about that though since it was a first time experience. The room comes with a hot breakfast, but don’t forget your ticket for breakfast or you’ll end up having to go back to your room to get it. The hotel gives you two free drinks during happy hour at the lounge which is pretty awesome. The pool was clean and well heated and there is also a hot tub. I booked the King Mountain View Room for the evening, featuring Simmons Beautyrest Pillow Top Mattresses. Also includes 32 inch flat screen, bath and body …

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Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design into the present. Sometimes life gives you two options: losing yourself or losing someone else.  Regardless of the situation, don’t lose yourself.

Doll Face

We as a human race need to stop trying to make ourselves what we see on tv. Just because the tv says you’ll be beautiful if you look a certain way please don’t believe the hype! You’re beautiful just the way you are. If, you continue to try to be of the world you will only lead yourself to self destruction and pain. Please, be beautiful be who God made you to be! If, God wanted us all to look the same don’t you think he would of designed us that way?

🇲🇽Cinco de Mayo🇲🇽

Bienvenido! Do, you know what Cinco de Mayo stands for or better yet what it represents? Most Americans use this Mexican holiday to drink get wasted and eat Mexican food. But, to be quit frank they have no earthly idea what it means to our Mexican heritage. I’m going to give you a quick history lesson for those of you who have no idea.  So, grab a seat and maybe a cerveza and prepare to have you mind blown. During the French-Mexican War (1861-1867), an outnumbered Mexican army defeats a powerful invading French force at the small town of Puebla de Los Angeles. The retreat of the French troops at the Battle of Puebla represented a great moral victory for the people of Mexico, symbolizing the country’s ability to defend its sovereignty against a powerful foreign nation. Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo Though not a major strategic victory in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s victory at Puebla galvanized Mexican resistance, and six years later France withdrew. Later that same year, Austrian …

Coqui

Coquis reproduce year-round in Puerto Rico, but breeding activity is concentrated in the wet season. This species utilizes internal fertilization and like other eleutherodactylids, the fertilized eggs undergo direct development, rather than passing through a free-living larval (tadpole) stage, which means the parents don’t have to lay their eggs on water, as it happens with other amphibians. The “tadpole” stage occurs entirely within a terrestrial egg, rather than as a free-living larval stage, and adult features form directly, sometimes bypassing the stages normally present in tadpole ontogeny (Hung and Elinson 1996, Hanken et al. 1997). Thus, a tiny but fully functional froglet hatches directly from the egg. Coquis deposit 4-6 clutches of about 28 eggs each (range 16-41) per year, with a development period of 17-26 days. Males guard the eggs to keep them from drying out and remain in the nest for a few days after they emerge. The coquí is a very popular creature throughout the island and enlivens the evenings with its timid ko-kee from which it get its name. The coquies …

Visita Rio Grande, PR

Bienvenido! Welcome back on our tour through Puerto Rico! Today, I’d love to show you Rio Grande Puerto Rico. I’m going to try not to bore you to much with the whole history trip but I must say the history of Rio Grande is pretty awesome! Well, it’s an awesome place to visit! Rio Grande is pronounced (REE-o GRAHN-de) Ready or not here we go……Río Grande was founded on July 16, 1840, by Desiderio and Quilimaco Escobar, with the approbation of governor Miguel López. It was named after the Río Grande and is located where the Río Grande and the Río Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit) join. The Río Grande flag consists of two horizontal stripes of equal size united by a white triangle placed on the side of the mast. On the white triangle is a Puerto Rican parrot. The town was named after the great river that bathe its lands, Río Grande. Río Grande is located in the Northern Coastal Valley, only 30 minutes from San Juan. North of Las Piedras, Naguabo and Ceiba; …

Carolina PR

Bienvenido a Carolina Carolina is pronounced (kah-ro-LEE-nah) I’d love to take you on a quick trip to Carolina also known as “La Tierra de Gigantes” (land of giants), in honor of one of its inhabitants: Don Felipe Birriel, who was the tallest man in Puerto Rican history, with an unconfirmed height of 2.413 meters or seven feet eleven inches (7′ 11″). Grab a seat and grab something to sip on as I take you through the history of one of my fav spots in Puerto Rico. Carolina is also known as “El Pueblo de los Tumba Brazos” (arm hackers town), because in old days, it is said that people resolved their conflicts with a duel. Lorenzo Vizcarrondo founded Carolina in 1857. The city’s original name was Trujillo Bajo. It took on a new name when Don Gaspar Martínez, the person who donated the land to establish the municipality, requested that the town be called Carolina in honor of his daughter Carolina de San Juan. Carolina, town, northeastern Puerto Rico. Part of metropolitan San Juan, it …

La Parrilla Restaurant, Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Bienvenido! I’d like to introduce you to one of the most delicious restaurants in Luquillo PR. La Parrilla, is I’d have to say one of the best spots to get fresh caught seafood and very friendly service! When you walk into this restaurant you’re greeted very warmly and by large salt water fish tanks filled with the largest lobsters you’ve ever seen. Jajajajaja! They say everything’s bigger in TX, nah they haven’t been to Luquillo! The La Parrilla has the best and the biggest lobsters every seen, service is outstanding and I certainly can see why its rated one of the best in the Rio Grande area. Its a must go to and revisit restaurant for sure. This place was highly recommend to me. It’s located in a strip mall of small kiosks shops. I have nothing but amazing things to say about this place. The restaurant seems pricey, but mainly because the portion is huge, their seafood fresh, and other dishes delicious too. I told my waiter the lobster dish I want, how big …

Visit Carabali Rainforest Adventure Park

This, is probably going to be one of my shortest blogs ever….but trust me you’ll like it. Short and sweet and to the point, lol. Do, you like to go ATV riding? Well, if you do then this will be worth checking out! Carabalí Rainforest Adventure Park is the largest theme Park in Puerto Rico where you can do Horseback Riding, Mountain Bike, ATV/Fourtrack, and more… Located between the lush foothills of El Yunque National Rainforest and the crystal waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Carabalí Rainforest Adventure Park is an action-packed ranch and a favorite adventure destination in Puerto Rico. I must say that I had a spectacular time in Luquillo! Upon arrival, riders were given a ten-minute introduction on how to operate the vehicle, including safety instructions and will be provided with helmets as a safety precaution. Trust me, you will feel safe and secure, whether you are an experienced rider or a first timer. For, me I was a first timer and it was awesome! You can be sure of an exciting trip. …

Bloody Rum Punch

I’m sure by now, you’ve noticed that we love our rum in PR! Here, is another specialty drink from us to you for your drinking pleasure. Enjoy! 1 small bottle dry red wine 1 bottle Don Q Cristal 6 oz. simple syrup 6 oz. fresh lime juice 2 limes 2 oranges Mix one bottle of Don Q Cristal, red wine, simple syrup and lime juice together in a punch bowl. Slice the fruit into thin wheels and add to the mixture, then stir using two bar spoons, mashing up some of the pulp as you stir. Refrigerate for two hours and serve.

Pusser’s Painkiller

This another one of my fav’s from the island! If, you love mixed drinks then this one is sure to please. 2-4 oz. Pusser’s Dark Rum 4 oz. pineapple juice 1 oz. cream of coconut 1 oz. orange juice nutmeg Using 2 to 4 oz. of Pusser’s dark rum depending on your desired cocktail strength, combine all ingredients in an ice-filled glass and garnish with fresh nutmeg to taste.

Caliche Cali Coco

Straight outta Puerto Rico. If, you love the taste of coconut then you’ll absolutely love this tasty island drink. 2 oz. Caliche Rum 1 oz. Don Q Coco Rum 1 oz. coconut water 1/4 oz. agave nectar dry coconut flakes Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, then garnish with coconut flakes to taste.

Bienvenido a Flamenco Beach, Culebra, PR

We live in a beautiful world created by a master hand, we can find majesty in many corners of the world.  There are places, that seem to have been sprinkled with special qualities unfound anywhere else on the planet; the tiny island of Culebra is one of those places.  To those that know Culebra, it’s a secret they both love and hate to share.  Culebra offers the solitude and tranquility of a place that even though is not far, certainly feels like a world away. Culebra is located 27 km (17 miles) east of Puerto Rico and 19 km (12 miles) west to Saint Thomas, its dimensions are about 11 km (7 miles) long and 5 km (3.5 miles) wide. Its total area including surrounding Cays is 7,000 acres. This small island is known as “Isla Chiquita” (small island) and “Ultima Virgen” (last virgin). Culebra was founded on October 27, 1880 by Cayetano Escudero. Culebra original names were “Isla Pasaje” and “Isla de San Idelfonso” in honor of Bishop San Idelfonso de la Culebra. Cayetano Escudero was the …

El Morro: Explore a 400 Year Old Fort

Bienvenido! I’d like to invite you to take another trip with me down history lane if you will. Last year as most of you are aware I visited home in August. Sometimes, you don’t really realize the importance of something until you go there and experience it for yourself so you can share it with others. This evening, I want to share with you a little about the El Morro and the important part it played in OSJ. As, I take you through the history of the El Morro I have posted pics that I took myself or had taken of me. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did putting it together for your viewing pleasure. In 1493, Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon in Spanish) “discovered” Puerto Rico and claimed it for Spain. A little known fact is that Columbus called the whole island San Juan, in honor of Saint John the Baptist. Puerto Rico (puerto = “port” and rico = “rich”) was the name given to what is known today as the …

Castillo de San Cristobal

Go Back in Time 225 Years at Fort San Cristobal Bienvenido! I’d like to share a lil bit of our rich Puerto Rican heritage with you. As, most of you know Puerto Rico is known for our beautiful people, gorgeous beaches, and oh so tasty food. But, do you know the real history behind our country? Allow me, if you will to take you back in time way before we were considered part of the US Territory. Fort San Cristobal is often considered the other fort in Old San Juan. For reasons that I can’t fathom, people flock to El Morro and rarely visit Fort San Cristobal. Maybe, because they think it’s just one huge fort. But they don’t know what they’re missing – I think it is a definitely worth a visit! Some of you are probably still a little confused and maybe wondering what the El Morro is…..this mi amigos will be a later post. Lets slip a little deeper into the past that makes up our history. Puerto Rico is the easternmost …

Welcome To La Perla Puerto Rico

Bienvenidos! Welcome to the Pearl, also known as La Perla Puerto Rico. I know what you’re thinking….La Perla isn’t somewhere you want to visit. Most people think of it as just a poor barrio that used to be known for drug dealing. Most tourist are afraid to walk around OSJ because of the proximity of La Perla. Some feel it is like being afraid to wander around New York’s Lower East Side because the area contains public housing projects. There are neighborhoods like this on many islands….and many tourists would be afraid to enter those, too, I imagine. You will not accidentally enter the area….it looks quite different than the rest of OSJ. I’m so sick and tired of hearing people trash the name of La Perla Puerto Rico. To be very blunt if you’re scared go to church! Or, better yet if you’re that scared stay home on the comfort of your couch! Puerto Rico, isn’t for everyone. People, are so fearful of what they don’t know. Most people think that just because one …

2017 New You Leave It In 2016

New year. New goals. It’s a new year, which means it’s a chance for society to be better. A “new us,” if you will. So let’s band together as a species and make it our collective resolution to stop doing all of the following dumb shit that plagued us throughout last year. New Year’s resolutions can be super contrived, popularized with the idea that a new year is the perfect time to make a fresh start. It’s understandable why one would think that, but that’s a lot of pressure for one person. Maybe that’s why so many people fail at their resolutions by the end of January. You won’t get anywhere in life if you constantly stay the same. Challenge yourself to make some real changes in your life for the better. Quit the negative and embrace the positive. But whether you think that New Year’s resolutions are pointless or not, one thing is certain: There’s always room for improvement, and there are probably things that you did in 2016 that you should probably stop …