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The Jibarito Stop offers new take on namesake sandwich | abc7chicago.com

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Review: Taino’s Caribbean Fusion brings taste of Puerto Rico to Tulsa – Tulsa World: Foodreview

Chef Ismael Ortiz said he grew up on his mother’s cooking, mostly Puerto Rican and a blend of other Caribbean cuisines.

Ortiz was born in Puerto Rico and spent much of his childhood in Miami, Florida.

“We always ate at home,” Ortiz said. “It was a real treat for us kids to get to go to McDonald’s. That was OK. I loved my mother’s cooking.”

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How Puerto Rico’s Chefs Are Surviving the Island’s Economic Crisis | MUNCHIES

Long associated with deep-fried tostones and roadside lechón, Puerto Rican cuisine has undergone a transformation in the last decade. Having previously depended on imported fruits and vegetables (which is still the norm in big supermarkets there), younger chefs are now rediscovering the produce that the island has to offer, dealing directly with local farmers. Chefs like José Santaella, José Enrique, and more have earned international acclaim by focusing on using local produce and stepping away from traditional preparations while still being respectful of the island’s culinary history.

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Cravings: Casual meals – El Rincon Criollo offers a taste of Puerto Rico to go

Glance down Windlake Ave. from W. Lincoln Ave.; the low-slung building would be easy to overlook if it weren't for the mural in brilliant colors across the front.

A palm tree, blue sky, the American and Puerto Rican flags, a Spanish fortress — it looks like San Juan. El Rincon Criollo, the lettering says. The Creole Kitchen.

In other words, Puerto Rican food found here. Cuisines don't stand still, though; they change to fit the time and place.

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The Birth of the Piña Colada — Hungry History — Food & Culinary History

One of the world’s most favorite mixed drinks, the piña colada, was born in Puerto Rico, but the identity of the bartender who first mixed up the iconic rum-based cocktail remains a point of contention. The Caribe Hilton, one of the premier luxury hotels in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, claims the piña colada was first served up in its Beachcombers Bar in 1954 by bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marrero. Asked by hotel management to create a signature drink that captured the flavors of the island, Marrero reportedly spent three months experimenting with hundreds of combinations before perfecting his sweet, frothy concoction of rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice. After tasting one of the hotel’s piña coladas, Hollywood legend Joan Crawford reportedly declared it was “better than slapping Bette Davis in the face.” According to the Caribe Hilton, Marrero mixed up and served his creation at the hotel for 35 years until his retirement in 1989.

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