Basic Terminology of Puerto Rican Cuisine
Purloined and Edited by Don Jibaro
Rican Cuisine demands that we make sure not to embarrass
ourselves in front or our guests. Consequently we will try to be the
BEST possible cooks we can be... full of experience and class. Well,
we at JIBAROS, have finally purloined a collection of terms that
will give you enough enlightenment to make your guests believe that
you know what you're doing!. Study it well and dish it out with
authority. Good Luck....!!!
DOUBLE TONGUE DEPT
Spanish: Speak or Not To Speak
By Don Jibaro
As a Hispanic (or Latino parent), ¿Am I frustrated,
checkmated, forlorn, discontented, discouraged,
embittered, flummoxed, irked, resentful, stonewalled,
stymied, thwarted and ungratified because my children
won't learn Spanish? No! Let me explain... I once I had
a visitor who brought along his daughter so he could. ►READ
LET MY PEOPLE GO TO
Puerto Rican Exodus
by Don Jíbaro
have found that most of my pals of the R&R youth years
are still doing well... in Florida. Although many Puerto
Rican rather have the island's landscape beauty, others
feel the economy there is detrimental for the kind of
lifestyle they want. College grads, policemen, teachers,
artists and a slew of other professionals are seeking
Florida. WHAT happened? Is the local economy THAT bad?
Where's the money gone?
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YOU KNOW You're
Puerto Rican IF. . .
It gives us the "good" pride... but, have you measured up
lately to see if you walk the walk? Let's see...
epresent? It gives us the "good" pride... but, have you
measured up lately to see if you walk the walk? Let's see...
You have been spanked with "chancletas"
You know your mom is sneaking up on you cause you can hear
her "chancletas" flapping on the linoleum floor.
Your mother yells at the top of her lungs to summon you to
dinner and you only live in a one bedroom apartment.
You have ever called linoleum floor a "rug"
You can get to your house blindfolded by the smell of the "chuletas"
You say "Vamo' pa' encima" instead of "Let's get started"
You get scared whenever someone mentions "el CUUUCO"!!!
You remember every Christmas those
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The Boricua Black Eye?
by Don Jíbaro Barbanegra
he Black Eye Syndrome is simple.... Say, you have an uncle who's in jail
for burglary, that's a "black eye" to the family. You have a sister who
wears red and works the street corners... that's a "black eye" to the
family. If any of the above is caught on T.V., Radio or Newspapers... that's
a BIG "black eye" to the family. If they're on the Internet, that's a HUGE
"black eye". Get the idea?"
READ THE BLACK EYE
GIMME SOME O' DAT LOVE DEPT.
What Is Love?
We make mistakes we make us HURT
inside; pain that we cause ourselves by not knowing how
to LOVE one another. YES, not knowing. You might say,
"Nonsense", but what I might not know in practice, I do
know in theory. Love is the gracious (unmerited to
others) self-giving of ourselves as unselfish human
care. NO debate needed. Love is not sex, friendship, nor
displays of affection... love is giving without
expecting anything in return... and that's not easy, not
for you, me or anybody. That's what makes it so volatile
and fragile. We expect, we don't get, we get mad and
hold grudges because of it. We all have failed to be
patient and kind; we all have become jealous, conceited
and proud to the point of being ill-mannered, selfish,
irritable, and often-times curse at each other.
Why Hate Phonies?
by Don Jibaro
• Pho·ny/fōnē/ Adjective: Not genuine; fraudulent.Noun:
A fraudulent person or thing. • Synonyms: adjective. phoney
- false - spurious - sham - counterfeit - bogus -- noun.-
fake - sham - forgery
Many Puerto Ricans who are born
outside of Puerto Rico get a real thrill when they finally
get to visit the island for the first time. It's like
"seeing the bride that you've been betrothed to all your
Boricuanism in USAricans
By Irene F. Vázquez
the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, I realized how other
cultures can identify with it. A group of people can
immigrate to another country and still bring their culture
with them, bring up the next generation, their kids to be
like them… loving the food, the language and marrying into
their own race.
Now, those who’ve seen the movie, know that the parents
seemed to overdo their culture by ignoring the ways of the
land that they live in or looking at the other ethnic groups
in a negative way. The heroine of the movie seemed to look
into the American way of life wistfully rather than into her
Greek’s family’s. Yet, she recognized and understood the
traditions … she spoke the language and ate the food. She
knew the folkloric ways that identified them. She marries a
non-Greek who embraces her culture, seeing the uniqueness of
it and makes it his own.
by Raquel M. Vázquez — February 2011
Don Jibaro's Note:
eldest daughter Raquel, a student of the University Of Maryland,
is a very independent person... She's a leader, not a follower;
a strong-willed gal that earns peer respect by who she is; not
by what she appears to be. She has always maintained a certain
degree of admiration for me because she likes our intellectual
exchange. What she wrote below, however, blew my mind to Alpha
Centauri, because how she expressed things I never knew existed.
I am deeply honored to receive this form of mesmerizing
accolade... it's like a Grand Birthday Gift. READ Ode
Basic Terminology of Puerto Rican Cuisine
Purloined and Edited by Don Jibaro
Rican Cuisine demands that we make sure not to
embarrass ourselves in front or our guests. Consequently we
will try to be the BEST possible cooks we can be... full of
experience and class. Well, we at JIBAROS, have finally
purloined a collection of terms that will give you enough
enlightenment to make your guests believe that you know what
you're doing!. Study it well and dish it out with authority.
Hole In The Tongue Dept. Part 2
English! ...Oh the pangs of it. The more I learn about
phonetics and grammar, the more ignorant I feel. WHY? Simply
put the rules change and nobody tells you about them...
This is an example of the New Age Facebook English:
LOL — Laughing Out Loud -or- Lots of Love
,!!!! — talk to the hand
S2R — Send To Receive
WWJD — What Would Jesus Do?
WWSD — What Would Satan Do?
*$ — Starbucks
F2F — Face-to-Face
LMHO — Laughing My Head Off
So... To be understood in the USA of the
21st century, you gotta "kill" the words as you
pronounce them. Today's lingo is not what we boomers
learned in school.
The Puerto Rican Jesus
Is Jesus Christ really part of the Puerto Rican Culture
or is He just an Icon at Easter and Christmas?
always said that a Boricua born in the North Pole is NOT an
Esquimo... he's still a Boricua. The place of birth only makes
you a citizen of that place, nothing more and nothing less. I'm
proud of Jesus... whether He had been born in Puerto Rico or the
North Pole. ...but God wanted Him in Israel. Me? I was born in
60 years ago in San Juan but was raised in Bayamón, when Bayamón
was little, not the Metropolis that it is today. No, Clark Kent
doesn't live there.
to see enlarged
Photo Journal Here◄
The Empty Bed
Brokenhearted Translation by Don Jibaro
years ago I was playing my guitar at home. I came upon
this old tango my Dad used to quote... La Cama Vacía"
(The Empty Bed). I remembered the lyrics and went on to
sing it as I played. Half way through the song I began
to weep. I didn't stop playing, and my singing became a
cry of sadness. . The sadness lies in the fallacy of
"friendship" and the fact that the words of the
song are so true... so moving that you can't avoid
"living" the story. DJ
There's nothing as sad someone dying alone on a
hospital bed —DJ -
ANGEL SANTIAGO sez: "It is written as "decima
espinela", which have its origin in Andalucia during the
16th century and came to the new world shortly after. It
is the basis for our "seis" and "aguinaldo" (which uses
the "decima" and "decimilla" respectively), but is also
found in the music and literature of most latin american
countries, Canary Islands and the south west of the US.
The "decima" came to the new world around the end of the
16th century and have been in used in Puerto Rican "seis"
since the 17th century making it part of the real Puerto
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“Live in such a way that no one blames the rest of us
nor finds fault with our work.” --(2 Corinthians 6:3)
By Don Jibaro
We were at the market last week and I heard a toddler
crying very loud on he next aisle. I left my son with the cart and went to
see... Well, there was a lady comparing the price of two items AND a 3 or 4
year old boy kicking the shopping cart and screaming "I want that toy, I
want that toy NOW !!!
Quintessential American Problem
by Andrés Mata
Don Jibaros's.Note: Andrés Mata is only 18 and the son of
my Spiritual Advisor, Alex... He's also smarter than your 5
yr.old and many 55 yr. olds. He has a gift of discernment
and a keen eye to spot idiocy in human behavior. That is why
I asked him to write for JIBAROS.COM about that which he
A land where you can have a population of nearly 80%
Hispanics or Latinos live in a portion of a city called
Korea Town; essentially, a melting pot of different
cultures, something America takes pride in. But let’s
dissect it further: what draws all these different cultures
together to this land? The so called “American Dream”. I
would not know what the appeal is, seeing that my family and
I have been in America for generations; But also take heed
the well known saying: “The grass is greener on the other
side.” What is causing America to rot from the inside?
DON JIBARO'S DAUGHTER DEPT.
Trip to Cuba
(Update by Don Jíbaro)
When my daughter Frances told me that she was going to be
part of a Missionary Trip to Cuba, I though of the sinister
dangers and urban legends that has turned Cuba into the "don't go there"
place. The case of the Cuban people is a most impacting one... as we
have all seen and read what goes on there... how the arrogant pride of
the affluent Executive leadership keep the populace virtually in squalor
poverty.Enter Frances' Team from the Light and Life church of Downey,
California & Hawaii's
First Puerto Ricans
by Daniel M. Lopez
Puerto Rican Book: "The Photographs of Jack
The Puerto Rican Diaspora (book)
Migrating and building communities in the U.S.A. From Hawai'i in
1900 to New England—the Puerto Rican diaspora grows in the
States...more than in Puerto Rico itself.
Les is a freelance writer, covering New York-Puerto
Rico-Cuba style salsa/mambo music, and the sport of
Analysis of the Conga Drum
by Don Jibaro
The conga is a tall, narrow, single-headed Cuban drum of
African origin, probably derived from the Congolese
Makuta drums or Sikulu drums commonly played in Mbanza
A person who plays conga is called a "conguero".
Although ultimately derived from African drums made from
hollowed logs, the Cuban conga is staved, like a barrel.
These drums were probably made from salvaged barrels
originally. They were used both in Afro-Caribbean...
religious music and as the principal instrument in
Congas are now very common in Latin music, including
salsa music, as well as many other forms of American
Don Jibaro's Interview
by Les Rivera
One of his quotes from jibaros.com reads: “A Puerto Rican
shall not be boring.” so,
to describe Don Jibaro as anything less than riveting would be
an understatement of his own philosophy. Don Jibaro is the
owner/operator of some of the world’s busiest Puerto Rican
websites, Over the years, Orlando (his real name) has also left
a legacy of volunteer work in the Los Angeles community.
"Jibaro Haste El Hueso"