Arroz Con Gandules (rice with pigeon peas) is Puerto Rico’s national dish. It is a combination of rice, pigeon peas, and pork and has become very popular throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Arroz con gandules can contain any type of meat – even NO meat for the vegetarians out there! Some examples of types of meat you could use are pork, ham, turkey, bacon or chorizo.Continue Reading
Nothing to do on the weekend right before Valentine’s Day? Check this out mi gente! The American Legion Borinquen Post 508 is hosting their annual Valentines Salsa Dance on Saturday, February 12, 2011 in West Covina! Support this non-profit organization for Hispanic Veterans. Details below..
Annual Valentines Salsa Dance
El Sonero Phil Robinson y
La Sonora BorinqueÃ±a
Saturday, February 12th
7:00 PM to about ~12:30 AM
American Legion Post 790
330 N Azusa
West Covina, CA
Tickets: $25 (Dinner NOT Included)
For More Information and to Purchase Tickets:
Steve Lopez (626) 919-5553
John Garcia (909) 633-9812
Benny Garcia (714) 357-3864
*Update 01/25/2011 – The concert has been postponed to Thursday March 10, 2011. Read official statement below
To our valued customers, the January 27th concert for El Gran Combo has been postponed. Due to an unanticipated matter involving a key member of the band preventing travel from being timely confirmed, we will be bringing you this wonderful and iconic band from Puerto Rico on March 10th. All tickets sold will be honored on March 10th. Additional information may be obtained tomorrow on the Conga Room website (www.congaroom.com) or by calling the Box Office. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at the show on March 10th.
El Gran Combo will be performing LIVE in concert at The Conga Room in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, January 27th! If you purchase your tickets ONLINE you can get $5 off thanks to JC, here is the info!
COMING TO THE CONGA ROOM L.A LIVE AND ON THEIR LAST WEST COAST TOUR AFTER 50 YEARS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY…
THE UNIVERSITY OF SALSA
EL GRAN COMBO DE PUERTO RICO
ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011
FOR INFO AND TICKET PURCHASE CONTACT:
JC (818) 736-7748
OR EMAIL JC@CONGAROOM.COM
* AND USE MY SPECIAL PROMO CODE ( JC ) IN CAP LETTERS WHEN YOU PURCHASE ON LINE WWW.CONGAROOM.COM AND GET OFF $5.00 DOLLARS ON EVERY TICKET YOU BUY
Big thanks to JC for the info and discount!
Happy New Year from CaliRicans.com! In the days approaching New Years Eve I linked to a New Year traditions article that pointed out the tradition of wearing yellow underwear for good luck for the new year in Puerto Rico. While this is a popular tradition in Puerto Rico (and other Spanish speaking countries), it isn’t the only one. Read on about more New Year’s traditions in Puerto Rico…
One popular tradition in Puerto Rico is cleaning the inside and outside of the home before the New Year arrives. It is believed that the condition that you welcome the new year will be the condition that will prevail in the new year. This is why many people also choose to wear new clothing to receive the new year with new things. People also throw buckets of water out of their window or balcony to clean out the old year and others believe it also drives away evil spirits or demons and scares away bad luck.
Another popular tradition that originates from Spain is to eat 12 grapes during the last 12 seconds of the ending year. Each time the clock chimes you eat a grape and must finish all grapes by midnight! It is said that if you finish eating all of the grapes you will have good luck for the rest of the year. There are some variations to this tradition though. Some say that you have to say the name of each month as each grape is consumed, and slipping or dropping a grape forecasts bad luck for that particular month. Others say a wish before eating each grape and if successful each wish will be granted throughout the year.
Then, of course, there is the yellow underwear tradition. The tradition is that yellow will bring luck, wealth and happiness in the New Year. For this tradition you have to buy yellow underwear, wait until midnight, and when midnight strikes you must run to a place to change from your old underwear to your yellow underwear. It is believed that your luck will change as well. Why yellow? Yellow is the color most closely associated with gold and money. To be lucky the underwear must be new, and for it to be extra lucky I heard it should be worn inside out. Another way for your yellow underwear to be super lucky is if you received it as a gift.
If wealth, happiness and luck isn’t your thing, you can always wear red underwear (for passion, love, romance), pink underwear (for love), white underwear (for health, fertility, peace) or green underwear (for luck).
Unfortunately this folklore only applies to female underwear. I was asked what do men wear? Well, some don’t have a problem with this tradition…
But for those who don’t want to strictly follow the tradition, yellow boxers or briefs should be fine. Some people even choose to wear their new yellow underwear before midnight strikes to avoid the mad dash to the restroom at midnight for the underwear change!
During the New Year’s celebrations in Puerto Rico you also hear people blasting their car horns, boat whistles, ringing church bells and beating drums to drive away evil spirits and demons. Some people also throw sugar around the outside of their home to attract good luck and ward off bad luck. Fireworks have always been a huge tradition but they have since been outlawed.
And last but not least, Puerto Ricans cannot welcome the New Year without traditional Puerto Rican food like asopao and arroz con gandules! Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!
Banco Popular de Puerto Rico paid tribute to the legendary El Gran Combo in 2010! If you missed it, check out this footage for the DVD or purchase the DVD yourself at IslaOnline!