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Are you a Haitian living abroad? Didn’t get those oh-so-important cooking lessons from Mom and Grandma (even Dad - LOVE when Haitian men can cook!) Here are some places where you can learn to cook Haitian food. Understand that there are regional differences, so these will not be identical. Most importantly have fun and enjoy!

These are just a few and I hope a good start for those in need. Please share your finds!

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I love Tap Taps! People all over the world decorate their trucks and buses, but ours are truly unique: the metal work, the scenes, representations of God, idols, vices, and things pleasing to the Haitian heart and eye. They say so much about who were are - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful.The Tap Tap is truly something to be proud of. It is not simply art or transportation, but a testament to the wondrous intangible within us.

Planet Money did a piece exploring the purpose and imagery of the Tap Tap. It’s a short listen. Find it here.

Photos from here.

Hibiscus tea.

Hibiscus, rose kayenn in Kreyòl, is Haiti’s “unofficial” national flower. In Haiti, Hibiscus is often used to treat inflammation, diaherra, and hematomas.  It is antibacterial, antispasmodic, and anti-hypertensive by nature. More info on its uses and health benefits from here.

The hibiscus is both beautiful and useful - a perfect reflection of the Haitian aesthetic. #ayisthetic

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