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A Toast To Your Family Traditions This Holiday

Puerto Rican Family celebrates holiday over traditional meal

It’s so wild that only a few generations ago, my family had never lived anywhere other than Puerto Rico. Though Puerto Ricans are American citizens, moving to a small town in Massachusetts was a huge adjustment for them. My mother would tell me how she never celebrated birthdays, Thanksgiving or Christmas until she moved to the US and had kids of her own. I can’t imagine a holiday season without my family traditions, silly antics, and a shot of coquito. 

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One of my major influences during the season is the way we meticulously prepare our holiday meals. It’s a beautiful fusion of classic American dishes paired with our Puerto Rican staples. All season long, we swap pasteles, roast pernil, and grind down coconut just to have a taste of the island. We infuse a tremendous wealth of flavors in every dish we make. 

I was inspired to create the video below by the holiday meals I shared with my family. I toast to your family and mine this wonderful holiday season: Arriba, Abajo y Tiempo para disfrutarlo.

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Lo Boutillette

With deep ties to music and the arts, Lo is constantly inspired by her Latin Americana roots and the spontaneity of New York City. When she isn’t planning and perfecting her productions you’ll find her tending to her rose garden with her dog Bella.

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