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Malanga. In any form. Frituras, fried in thin strips, puree', crema de malanga. Jeez. I am now going to have to go get some malanga. Finding good malanga is an iffy thing in Naples, but it must be done. :)
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Dear Sra. Luza: I wish you a very Happy Birthday. May you continue to enjoy your children and grandchildren for many more years to come. Que dios la bendiga. Mercy Arrate Naples, FL
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All the stories are touching, but this one especially, because I am also US born (1966), and kept hearing about "when we go back" for the 1st 10 years of my life. It was scary, because I also heard about what horrible things happened to people in Cuba if they didn't agree with the government. My dad also is gone now, he died in 1995. I remember he asked me once, m'ija, how old are you now, like 26? And I said no papi, I'm 28, to which he replied, cono, que vieja tu estas. He sat there look wistful and teared up, and I asked him, Papi, que te pasa? His answer was that he had just realized that he had now lived in this country for more years than he had lived in his own, and that he would have never thought it possible. This was 18 years ago, and I still can't think about that moment without crying.
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I'm an excellent cook and gardener, but kind of on the fence about cleaning and organizing. The bane of my existence are the "rooms" that I forget exist, which are my garage and my lanai (screened in back porch). It NEVER occurs to me to clean these at all. Both are tiled, which brings me to an unrelated topic, which is, "why do Cubans feel we have to tile garages?". LOL
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I LOOOOVE rice. I even love the sticky tasteless white rice you get at asian restaurants. Yes, I wash my rice until the water runs clear, but only if I'm making white rice. If I'm making arroz amarillo or moros, then really, why wash it? Also, different types of rice for different things. Jasmine for white rice, and anything else going into the rice cooker. Converted rice for moros or arroz con "fill in the blank" cooked on a pot on the stove, and then there's valencia rice, which is for paella, or rice "a la chorrerra", or arroz con leche. Sadly, I'm diabetic, so I have to limit my carb intake, so I only eat rice about once a week, and then I SAVOR it. Yes, your cousin is cute.
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Okay, so I'm like, only 2 hours from Miami, and we have a few places to get pastelitos here in Naples, including PUBLIX for crying out loud, but I am SO excited to have found a big box of frozen Cuban pastelitos at Costco. They included carne, guayaba and queso. I think that brand was "Mayeya". It's like they've finally acknowledged that we're not all Mexican! And no, sadly I did not buy them, fearing that I would eat them. :(
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Congratulations! May you (and we) enjoy many more years of the adventures of Marta!
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Actually, we're refugees from Miami. We live in Naples, where there is also a big (but small compared to Miami) Cuban community. There is a bakery, and Publix carries pastelitos, which is how we know we've arrived!
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I'm with you sister - the heat drives me insane. I live in SW Florida, which is HOT, and HUMID, and MUGGY, and MISERABLE almost half the year. Now, God has seen fit to add HOT FLASHES to the mix. I have a RUST stain on my underwire bra - how GROSS is that?
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My Pedro Pan connection is Monsignor Brian Walsh. He was the head of the Pedro Pan operation. I worked at Catholic Hospice in Miami in the mid-90's, and he was the Chairman of the Board. I'm not religious, but there was something special about him. He exuded peace. It was an honor to work for him. I'm a US born Cuban American, married to a Cuban whose dad died a political prisoner, and the mother and grandmother of more proud Cuban Americans. EVERYBODY speaks Spanish, including the babies, who are just now starting to talk, mostly in Spanglish. I have sometimes wondered if I would have been able to make the difficult decision to send my daughter to a foreign country without knowing if I'd ever see her again. I hope that I would - but am ever so glad that I never had to.
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Jul 26, 2010