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Old 01-17-2019, 09:37 AM   #1
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What cooking means when things go bad..

My parents lived in Puerto Rico when I was in college, and my dad's company flew me down there whenever I wanted, and paid for all my expenses. I tried my best to speak Spanish, and the locals were very kind to me for trying... they all spoke English, and helped me with my crappy Spanish. They never looked down on me. They always corrected me with a smile. They appreciated me for trying.

I had some really, really good experiences in Puerto Rico. Met some amazing people, and had some amazing experiences.

My parents lived there for three years, and learned 20 essential words of Spanish. Puerto Ricans are "Americans," so they should speak "American."

Needless to say, my family, other than me, blamed Puerto Ricans for the hell they went through after Hurricane Maria, a Cat 4 hurricane. They were not alone, as we all saw.

Here is a TEDtalk about that Hurricane, and just how important food is when recovering from a disaster.

Chef Jose Andres really gets into the depths of why food is so important when we have our backs up against a wall.



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Old 01-17-2019, 10:09 AM   #2
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My parents lived in Puerto Rico when I was in college, and my dad's company flew me down there whenever I wanted, and paid for all my expenses. I tried my best to speak Spanish, and the locals were very kind to me for trying... they all spoke English, and helped me with my crappy Spanish. They never looked down on me. They always corrected me with a smile. They appreciated me for trying.

I had some really, really good experiences in Puerto Rico. Met some amazing people, and had some amazing experiences.

My parents lived there for three years, and learned 20 essential words of Spanish. Puerto Ricans are "Americans," so they should speak "American."

Needless to say, my family, other than me, blamed Puerto Ricans for the hell they went through after Hurricane Maria, a Cat 4 hurricane. They were not alone, as we all saw.

Here is a TEDtalk about that Hurricane, and just how important food is when recovering from a disaster.

Chef Jose Andres really gets into the depths of why food is so important when we have our backs up against a wall.



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Thanks, Case.

I learned Spanish sitting on subway cars, reading the Spanish adverts side by side with the English ones with the same font and graphics. You could almost teach an ape 2 languages that way, with the drudge of taking a train everyday as an escape.

Btw, no se apoye contra la puerta.

Yeah, Puerto Rico is still a disaster and a lot of people don't realize it. Haiti as well. I work with guys from those countries, and their stories are horrifying at times.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:09 AM   #3
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I've been married to a Latina for 33 years and I still can't speak Spanish.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:17 AM   #4
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Chef Andres is quite an amazing man. He also fed people during the wildfires in California and has opened a pop-up to feed federal workers furloughed by the government shutdown.

Chef José Andrés will serve free meals daily to furloughed federal workers in Washington
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/15/us/ch...shutdown-trnd/
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Here's another inspirational story:



Another article about these amazing people:

https://www.cnn.com/2017/09/28/us/cn...ief/index.html
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