Archive for the ‘food’ Category

Puerto Rico: In search of roast pork

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Where to Find the Best Roast Pork in Puerto Rico
Crispy, tender, salty, smoky lechón asado—whole pig roasted slowly on a spit—is a holiday specialty on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Here’s where to find the ultimate places to indulge

Then there is the charcoal vs. gas debate. Many purists say that to find the best lechoneras, you should look for the smoke, which means they are cooking with charcoal. “When you cook with gas, the residue of the gas lingers on the meat,” said Junior Rivera, proprietor of Lechonera Angelito’s Place in Trujillo Alto, a laid-back town southwest of the capital. “Charcoal is natural wood and is always going to give a better flavor.” Yet some veterans, such as the Lopezes of El Paso, use propane. “It’s faster, more efficient, cleaner and more economical,” said Ms. Lopez, who believes seasoning is more important than fuel.

I drool just thinking of it.

Venezuela: Happy Halloween! Hugo Chavez M&Ms

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The M&Ms w Chavez image the cyanide pills. Savage capitalism. #F*ckThat I believe that coffee thing but this

How appropriate that, in keeping with a country doomed by the ghoulish chavista policies, someone came up with Hugo Chavez M&Ms in time for Halloween. Jaime Bayly had them,

Bayly says they are made in the USA, and calls it “a triumph of capitalism”. I find it vomitive.

As I understand it, Mars Corp. will personalize M&Ms, so apparently it doesn’t matter whose picture you send them as long as they get paid.

On the other hand, a bunch of dictator-themed M&Ms would be perfect for a house of horrors. You could do a Pol-Pot, Stalin, Marx, North Korea Kims, Fidel Castro assortment for a Communist theme.

In Venezuela, only the well-connected chavistas will be able to afford them, though. Everybody else will be standing in line trying to scramble a day’s rations.

Woman does not live by bread alone,

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

she needs a little cream cheese on it!

My latest at Da Tech Guy Blog, A makeover for . . . cream cheese?

Fausta’s Puerto Rican Christmas menu

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

now up at Da Tech Guy’s blog, with links to recipes!

Mexico: Taxing the fat out of you

Friday, October 18th, 2013

As if inherently inflationary measures made people healthier, Mexico Tries Taxes to Combat Obesity
Congress’s lower house of Congress passed late Thursday a special tax on junk food that is seen as potentially the broadest of its kind, part of an ambitious Mexican government effort to contain runaway rates of obesity and diabetes
. It may come with unintended consequences,

Mexican industrial chamber Concamin estimates that processed food companies targeted by the new tax employ thousands of Mexicans and account for 4.1% of GDP. “We can’t allow last-minute taxes,” said Concamin president Francisco Funtanet, suggesting that companies might cut back on personnel and investment to absorb the tax hit.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Mexico contracted 0.74 percent in the second quarter of 2013 over the previous quarter.

What about improving the water supply so people can actually drink tap water and not get sick, and not have to rely on soft drinks or beer?

Colombia: Time to make the donuts!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

New franchisee IRCC Ltda. to open 25 Krispy Kreme stores,

Krispy Kreme to Open First South American Stores
Company Signs Deal for 25 Stores in Colombia

Have A Doughnut Day!

Venezuela’s ruined agricultural industry

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Closely following the steps of their Cuban idols, Chavismo has managed to ruin one of the leading agricultural producers in out hemisphere, which has taken a dive, along with the country’s industrial output.

U.S. Rice Farmers Cash In On Venezuelan Socialism
U.S. Exporters Benefit as Production Falls in Latin American Country

Overall, Venezuelan imports have quadrupled since Mr. Chávez took office, to $59.3 billion in 2012 from about $14.5 billion in 2000, according to Venezuela government figures and economists at Barclays PLC. Exports to Venezuela from the U.S. hit $12 billion in 2011, up 16% from the previous year, the latest U.S. government figures show.

That’s what happens when you move from a demand economy to a command economy.

Pisco, the next tequila?

Friday, August 16th, 2013

It’s not all elected dictatorships here at Fausta’s blog; there’s also spirits (the drinking kind).

Bartenders Look South for ‘Next New Thing’
Pisco, a Chilean Spirit, Comes to New York

The drink is created through distilled wine produced in Chile and Peru.

It’s also 40 proof.

And, in case you missed it, I was in Silvio Canto’s podcast talking about Chile and other US-Latin America issues with Silvio and Horacio Marull, international attorney & Honorary Consul of Chile in Dallas.

Argentina: I say tomato, you say tomahtoh

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

but either way, Cristina doesn’t want you to have any:

Argentines told not to eat tomatoes
Officials in Argentina ask consumers to eat fewer tomatoes because of an expected seasonal shortage of the crop.

The news comes as a further challenge to Argentine cooks who are still suffering from a flour shortage and higher bread prices that were triggered by one of the worst wheat harvests in Argentina’s history.

Much to my surprise, there is very little variety of produce in Buenos Aires, especially if you compare it to their neighbors to the north, so this is really hurting.

Mexico: Bugs – it’s what’s for dinner

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

A trend I can’t get excited over: ant eggs, maguey worms, and grasshoppers,

Insects colonize Mexican menus with turn to ancestral dishes
Country has world’s largest variety of edible insects, and now even high-end restaurants are serving them

Rodriguez and the other bug mongers of San Juan offer their wares as “pre-Hispanic” foods, a nod to the Aztecs, Mixtecs and other civilizations that flourished for millennia here on diets rich in grubs, grasshoppers and other edible invertebrates.

I embrace my Spanish roots – bring me steak, eggs, bacon and sausages!