Category: Misc

History Of Salsa

Salsa is definitely one of the most romantic dances out there. It’s a dance of seduction and passion, characterized by very sensual movements and a lot of hip action. It’s also a terrific dance for beginners. It’s a great choice if you want to start learning Latin American Dances. It’s easy to learn, it’s fun, and it doesn’t involve too much technique. Basically, it can be learnt by anyone. If you can walk, you can definitely learn how to dance Salsa. In this article we’re going to take a brief tour through the history of Salsa. The history of this Latin-American dance is not easily defined. We can say it’s a fusion of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances that has evolved significantly over time. Some say it originated in Cuba, other say Puerto Rico. We’ll probably never know. What we do know for sure is that it’s very popular all around the world and still remains one of the main dances in both Cuba and Puerto Rico. What about the word “Salsa”? That’s an interesting question. The word means “sauce” in Spanish language. In 1930s when Cuban composer Ignacio Pinerio wrote the song Echale Salsita, this word became a popular nickname for many dances of Latin American origins, including rhumba, cha cha, mambo, danzon, merengue, guaracha, and others. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We could say that many of...

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Free Entertainment in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has one main export: music. Puerto Ricans are raised on music and dance. It is no wonder, then, that finding free open-air concerts is easy, provided you know where to look. Old San Juan There are several free concerts during the week in the Old City. On Paseo de la Princesa, bands and artists perform on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-afternoon til 5-6 pm. The short street between the Old City’s southern facing fortifications is a farmer’s market, festival, and street fair all in one. At the center of the activity is a stage which hosts various...

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How to Make Homemade Salsa

Store bought salsa can never compete with the taste of homemade salsa, and because salsa is so easy to make you can always make a whole lot and store it for later use (or give it to family and friends as gifts). For the sake of this article to we are going to make enough salsa for 8 pints. You Will Need: * Tomatoes (the amount will depend on how much salsa you want to make but 15 pounds will make 8 pints of salsa) * 500ml Vinegar or lemon juice (you will use vinegar if you are using salsa seasoning mix and lemon juice if you are making your own seasoning) * Ball salsa mix or your own seasoning * A big pot to sterilize the jars in * Canning jars (pint size jars work best for salsa) * Metal lids with gum binder * Metal bands or rings to secure the lids * 2 or 3 large spoons * A pot for the tomatoes Step 1 You will need to remove the tomato skins first. A quick and easy way of doing this is to put your tomatoes in a pot and cover them with boiling water for about 1 minute. The skins will slide right off! Step 2 Cut your peeled tomatoes in half and remove the excess water and seeds by squeezing each halve and...

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10 Reasons To Dance Salsa

  By now, the Salsa craze seems to have hit every city, with clubs and dance studios popping everywhere. Popular television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars have sparked interest in an entirely new audience that, otherwise, would never have taken any kind of partner dance class. It just proves that we all have a dancer within waiting to come out. “What if I have absolutely zero dance experience?” you may be asking. Then Salsa is perfect for you. People of all ages and backgrounds, male and female, are taking classes to learn to dance Salsa. And mastering Salsa dance steps is not as difficult as you may think. The important thing to remember when dancing Salsa is that it’s not just steps, it is a feeling. The word “Salsa,” the Spanish word for sauce, was originally used to convey the hot and spicy “feelings” behind the movements. Nowadays, the word “Salsa” is recognized and widely accepted as the actual form of dance. People learn to dance for many different reasons. Some take dance classes with serious intentions of mastering the art form. Others take dance classes to stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Still others may join a class for fun or as a way to connect with others. Whatever your reason for learning to dance, you will...

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The Best of Puerto Rican Food

Puerto Rican food is a mixture of African, Taino, and Spanish influences. They have their own take on creole food, which they call cocina criolla. This cooking style is not only popular with locals; tourists also frequent Puerto Rico to experience authentic creole dishes, as well. The country of Puerto Rico has different types of dishes that have become part of the locals’ daily diet. One is called pastelon de carne, which is a pie made of meat such as ham and/or pork. You can buy these at restaurants and shops lining the streets, and some creative cooks have even placed a Puerto Rican flag on top of it as décor. Another favorite is carne frita con cebolla, which is made up of beef and onions. Then there’s chicken with rice, or Arroz con pollo, which is quite popular, as well as other chicken dishes like sour chicken or broiled chicken. A Spanish-inspired omelet with potatoes and onions is called the Tortilla Espanola. Puerto Rican meals are also known for its extensive use of beef tongue, brains, and kidneys. Interestingly, daily Puerto Rico dining normally includes appetizers. Some appetizers that are favorites of locals are empanadillas or turnovers with crab or lobster filling, and bacalaitos or crispy fritters made with cod. They also serve soup like sopon de pescado, which is fish soup, and sopon de pollo con arroz,...

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