The way my Abuela made it ...

Sabor Latino 2014 (2)

What Latino food or ingredient do you have a difficult time finding in Rhode Island or New England, and what dish do you miss the way it was prepared in your home country? What do you do to satisfy that hunger for your favorite foods?

We leave our countries behind, but retain many of our customs. We miss many things: old friends, family that stayed behind, our musica, and our traditional dishes.
In her oral history interview, Doña Fefa told us what she did when she first came to Rhode Island and could not find the foods she loved: “I remember when we would drive to New Haven in our blue station wagon to buy platános, yuca, café Dominicano and other food for the Hispanic people who lived in Providence in the 1950s and '60s.”

You can always do what she did, or you can also try to plant a garden, although it’s very difficult to grow our favorite tropical or Central American foods in this New England weather.
Times have changed since the early days when Doña Fefa and her family arrived, but it’s still difficult to find all our favorite Latin-American foods.

What Latino food or ingredient do you have a difficult time finding in Rhode Island or New England, and what dish do you miss the way it was prepared in your home country? What do you do to satisfy that hunger for your favorite foods?

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Marta V. Martínez



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