Category: Misc

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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Tren Urbano (Urban Train)

The Tren Urbano (Eng­lish: Urban Train), is a 10.7-mile (17.2 km) ful­ly auto­mat­ed rapid tran­sit that serves the met­ro­pol­i­tan area of San Juan in Puer­to Rico, and has stops in the munic­i­pal­i­ties of San Juan, Bayamón and Guayn­abo. It is elec­tri­fied by third rail at 750 V DC. The Tren Urbano con­sists of 16 sta­tions along a sin­gle line. The Tren Urbano com­ple­ments oth­er forms of pub­lic trans­porta­tion on the island such as the pub­lic bus sys­tem, taxis, water fer­ries and shut­tles. The entire mass trans­porta­tion sys­tem has been dubbed the “Alter­na­ti­va de Trans­porte Inte­gra­do” (Inte­grat­ed Trans­porta­tion Alter­na­tive) or “ATI”. Tren...

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Crate Product Labels

Col­or­ful paper labels have been used to iden­ti­fy prod­ucts since the ear­ly 1880s. Intro­duced to Amer­i­ca by Euro­pean artists, this print­ing process became known as lith­o­g­ra­phy, the first com­mer­cial art. Orchard own­ers used this new con­cept of lith­o­g­ra­phy to bring atten­tion to their fruit. In the 1950’s, the devel­op­ment of pre-print­ed card­board box­es caused wood­en crates with paper labels to be a thing of the...

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Female Sterilization

There are a num­ber of exam­ples in post Civ­il War Amer­i­ca of eugenic pro­grams but none as effec­tive and wide­spread as the mass female ster­il­iza­tion in Puer­to Rico. Begin­ning in the years fol­low­ing WW I, a pro­gram was ini­ti­at­ed by the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment, the med­ical com­mu­ni­ty and the local gov­ern­ment of Puer­to Rico, to name a few, which result­ed in the unprece­dent­ed ster­il­iza­tion of 1⁄3 of the female pop­u­la­tion by 1965, and the con­tin­ued use of ster­il­iza­tion on a broad scale by Puer­to Rican women as a form of birth con­trol READ FULL STORY...

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San Juan Coat of Arms

San Juan, from San Juan Bautista “Saint John the Bap­tist ”) is the cap­i­tal and largest munic­i­pal­i­ty in Puer­to Rico. San Juan was found­ed by Span­ish colonists in 1521, who called it Ciu­dad de Puer­to Rico (“Rich Port City”). Sev­er­al his­tor­i­cal build­ings are locat­ed in San Juan; among the most notable are the city’s for­mer defen­sive forts, Fort San Felipe del Mor­ro and Fort San Cristo­bál, and La For­t­aleza, the old­est exec­u­tive man­sion in con­tin­u­ous use in the Amer­i­c­as.). Today, San Juan serves as one of Puer­to Rico’s most impor­tant sea­ports, and is the island’s man­u­fac­tur­ing, finan­cial, cul­tur­al, and...

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