Ungovernable, devastating, heartbreaking, environmental disaster.

These are just a few of the words that turned up after I did a quick Google search on Haiti ahead of my trip several months ago. In search of positive travel stories highlighting what was once known as “The Pearl of the Caribbean”, I was extremely disappointed (though hardly surprised) to only find negative articles detailing the catastrophic earthquake of 2010 paired with horrific tales of violence, extreme poverty and tragedy. While I am a romantic, I won’t kid myself and insult your intelligence by attempting to romanticize the living conditions that exist for majority of Haitians living in Port au Prince and its surrounding areas (where most of the damage from the earthquake occurred). Though it certainly doesn’t incite any wanderlust, there is merit to some of those articles and still a desperate need for every honest missionary and NGO that will work to provide resources and opportunities amidst all the turmoil.

But is it fair to judge an entire nation on one city’s misfortune? Don’t violence, poverty, and tragedy exist just about everywhere in the world? How accurate would it be to market the entire United States globally based solely on the after effects of Hurricane Katrina? read more


International Cooking : Puerto Rico [Part 3 - Las Últimas Recetas]

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I know that all the Puerto Ricans already know what the dishes are in Spanish and everything, but I just put description so everyone can be on the same page 

1. Jibarito Sandwich: this is a sandwich where plantain replaces the bread, and its usually made with a cut of beef but I made it kind of like a BLT with cheese and mayo-ketchup

2. Polenta  : this is cornmeal cooked as a savory dish and other times as a sweeter dish (funche). Often times its cooked and then fried, but I left as is, and molded it as a side dish.

3. Alcapurrias : I heard this is like a beach food, along with bacalaitos. It’s grated yautía blanca (or malanga) and plantain, made into a mix, filled with meat and fried. To me…I could be wrong..it tasted just like fried pasteles 😅😅

4. Ponque (Bizcocho Puertorriqueño) : this is kind of like the American pound cake, soaked with a brandy sugar syrup and frosted. I tried my best to do you guys’ flag lol. Hope it looks decent enough 😅😅.

5. Arroz con Pollo  : chicken and rice, estilo puertorriqueño (puerto rican style)

6. Coquito : it’s like an eggnog with puerto rican rum ( I used brown because I prefer it, but people use white too) I know this is probably coming out because Christmas soon reach 😁

7. Arroz Mamposteao : this is simliar to a Guyanese cook up, it’s like a mixed rice with all kinds of wonderfulness. Mine had cut up plantain, chicken chorizo, turkey bacon, onions, sweet green and red peppers, and black beans. 😍 

8. Pastelitos de Guayaba, Polvorones or Mantecaditos, and Quesitos : pastelitos de guayaba are a pastry made with a very light and flaky puff pastry dough and filled with guava paste. Mantecaditos are like shortbread cookies. & Quesitos are little pastries made with cream cheese and sometimes also has fruits like pineapple or guava.

9. Papa Rellena : Potato boiled enough to make into kind of a dough to stuff with meat and fry. Unfortunately I rolled it in too much cornstarch and there were bits of white even after frying. 😒

Me encanta comida puertorriqueño. Todas las comidas eran tan sabrosas y maravillosas. I’m sad to finish but then again..I still make a bunch of stuff still soo..it’s all good 😎. .

The next country..or rather countries I’m doing are Ayiti & República Dominicana. Also does anyone want me do anything specific?

Muchísimas Gracias 😘😘😘

🙏 She asked me to photograph her. As I clicked into mycamera, she grew timid, placed her hands on her lips as if she was grasping for air. I wasn’t expecting that reaction from a woman of her age. It goes to show that there’s a little girl in all of us. Nevertheless, she is an ageless beauty. — ©Photo by Zazou #FBF #lunionsuite #haitianwoman #haiti #art #haiti #ayiticherie #Zazou #Ayiti #Haitian

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International Cooking Series

Beautiful Hispaniola : Ayiti & La Republica Dominicana - Part 1

1. Los Tres Golpes 🇩🇴

2. Kremas 🇭🇹

3. Chimichurri/Chimi Dominicano con Batata Frita 🇩🇴

4. Poisson Gros Sel avec Diri ak Pwa 🇭🇹

5.Moro de Guandules/Arroz con Gandules y Albóndigas con Tostones 🇩🇴

6. Salad Betrav avec Poule en Sauce 🇭🇹

7. Croquetas y Pastelitos 🇩🇴 

8. Accra 🇭🇹 

9. Morir Soñando 🇩🇴

10. Sancocho 🇩🇴

This is so sad…let’s help them out…
By @naturalhairdoescare “The NY Natural Hair community is among many today who are mourning the loss of this family. The family of Myriam Labrun, 37, Marcus Jeanty, 14, Marcel Jeanty, 9, Kayla Jeanty, 8 and Moise Yolande, 68, has set up a gofundme account for the funeral expenses. I know how compassionate you all are. Please give as you are able. Go to the link to donate and to read the news account of their passing late Saturday night on the Southern State Parkway. Please repost & share. http://www.gofundme.com/dhyelc
#naturalhairdoescare” via @PhotoRepost_app #haiti #ayiti #teamhaiti #teamayiti #haitiansbelike #human #yoga #instagram #igers #humanitarian #love #me #AyitiCherie #ayibobo #sakpasse #wearethevillage #community

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Happy Haitian Flag Day: Tag A Friend: Flag day The Haitian flag is a symbol of pride for many Haitians. Some flaunt the flag, tattoo it on their bodies but may not be aware of its history or the full meaning behind the symbol. Come now, Haiti History 101 pupils, how many of these did you know?

10. The woman who sew it together was Catherine Flon.

9. It was sewn together on May 18, 1803 in the city of Archaie [come on, you can say it: Ar-kai-yeah]. “Pour le Drapeau” (For the Flag), Haiti’s national anthem was written 100 years later by Justin Lhérisson with music by Nicolas Geffrard. No, not that one; another Nicolas Geffrard.

8. Historians have maintained that the former slaves of Haiti shredded out the white of the flag so that the blue and red could come together, symbolizing the unity of the mulatto class of Haiti with the “full-blooded” blacks. - Read on Lunionsuite.com #Lunionsuite #Haitianflagday #Haiti #Haitian #AyitiCherie #Haitians #Haitianpride #TeamHaiti

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