Puerto Rico News: May 2, 2018

Here's my roundup of Puerto Rican news stories for the week of May 2, 2018:

  • Bon Appetit magazine published not one but TWO articles about Puerto Rican chefs doing wonders with our cuisine:
    • This profile of Wanda Otero, the founder of Vaca Negra, left me so impressed and so hungry. Wanda, microbiologist by training, has created the first collection of aged Puerto Rican cheeses in her hometown of Hatillo. Her cheeses carry the names of towns and farms where these kind little cows live: Capaez, Ausubal, Monserrate, Montebello y Cabachuelas (like the Cabachuelas of Morovis). You can buy her products here.
    • Von Díaz published "Coconuts and Collards" a cookbook that blends Puerto Rican culinary traditions with those of the American South, where she lives. I know what you're thinking...fried stuff! But no...apparently in her cookbook Von shows you how to make Puerto Rican dishes with less fat. (Is it magic!?) In her own words: "I found that I could keep the soul of my people’s food without keeping all the fat. " I'm intrigued...
  • In the world of music, Despacito killed it at the Latin Billboard Awards (which compensates a teeny tiny bit for them having left both the Grammys and VMAs empty-handed) and the Puerto Rican group IFÉ played a Tiny Desk Concert. Their music left me dazed and hipnotized (those drums!). I've been these mini-concerts recorded in an NPR studio in Washington, DC for years. If you liked IFÉ's, I suggest you check out Miramar singing the boleros composed by Sylvia Rexach. So good!
  • En el mundo de la música, Despacito arrazó en los Latin Billboard Awards, (lo que compensa un chililililín por haberlos dejado sin na' en los Grammys y VMAs) y el grupo Boricua ÌFÉ tocó un Tiny Desk Concert. Quedé como hipnotizada luego de escuchar su música (¡esos tambores!). Llevo años estos siguiendo estos mini-conciertos acústicos grabados en un estudio de NPR en Washington, DC. Son lo máximo. Si te gustó el de ÌFÉ , chequéate a Miramar cantando los boleros de Sylvia Rexach. ¡Para pelos!.
  • This week several projects were launched that aim to bring more context and in-depth analysis to the situation in Puerto Rico post-María. The anthropologist Yarimar Bonilla won the prestigious Carnegie Grant to write a book about the hurricane's impact and just yesterday NPR and PBS released a one-hour documentary titled "Blackout in Puerto Rico." I thought it was a clear, impartial and fair look at what's going on. I think you'll like it!
  • Governor Ricky Roselló was a guest on Trevor Noah's show. He talked about a lot of stuff, but fast forward to the end if you want to see that part that made me laugh: Trevor Noah's attempt at pronouncing Roselló. #FAIL