Dosai Masala, Indian Comfort Food

Pronounced “dough-sigh” This is one of my favorite meals, a true comfort food. It is not hard to make, just takes planning to soak ahead. Dosai Masala, Indian Comfort Food   Print Prep time 26 hours Cook time 40 mins Total time 26 hours 40 mins   Lentil Rice Pankcakes with Potato…

Miami Does It Different

I moved to Miami 2 1/2 months ago and I’m still settling in. In many ways I still don’t feel like I’m really here. Mostly this is because I am only just starting to connect with the community. I have been working freelance (graphic design) in Fort Lauderdale. The office is small,…

The Expat Persona

Recently, I was contacted by HiFX and asked to contribute to their expat tip campaign. Even though technically, I am no longer an expat, I still feel like one and it caused me to think about what exactly is the “expat persona”, ie., what are the qualities in a person that cause…

Food as an Expression of Love

The 14th was Valentine’s Day, when lovers old and new celebrated their love. Many celebrations included a special meal prepared by one lover for another. As an avid home cook, I subscribe to numerous cooking magazines and each one featured sumptuous recipes to woo with on Valentine’s Day. (I, on the other…

5 Healthful Ways to Stretch Your Food Budget

Times are tough for many and food often is one of the higher costs in ones budget. So it is to be expected when one needs to economize, the food budget is the easiest ones to adjust. Only problem is that how most people stretch their budget is by buying poorer quality,…

The Teetering Stove

I recently had an experience here in Miami that reminded me so much of my life in the Dominican Republic that I simply have to share. As I have written about in previous posts, moving to Miami has been an adventure for many reasons but one in particular is that the house…

Coconut Crazy

Above: Coconut tree in my backyard from which we have harvested fresh coconut. I have to remind myself daily that I’m not living in the Caribbean because so much of my life now in North Miami echos back to when I lived in Santo Domingo. Sure, the infrastructure is way better —…

Driving while Blindfolded

The holidays are happily behind us. It is not that I dislike the holidays. I enjoy them a great deal normally, but they are a frustrating delay when one has just moved and is in need of making money quickly. Everything gets put off until after the holidays — “Let’s just talk…

Upside Down & Backwards — Lessons Learned from the Third World

Above: Decorative gate in the Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo. Living in the Third World taught me so much, it shaped me into the woman I am today. I have mentioned numerous times in posts before that I believe every one living in the Developed World should spend at least 3 months living…

InterNations, Connecting Global Minds

Recently, Amor y Sabor was added to the InterNations community of expatriate blogs for the Dominican Republic. If you are not familiar with InterNations, I encourage you to become so, especially if you are interested in other cultures, and as a reader of this blog it is safe to say you are….

Three Gluten-Free

Above: Gluten-Free Pancakes When it comes to food trends, I consider myself a moderate. I grew up with a food radical, my mother, who, god bless her, was in eternal search for dietary nirvana, willing to abandon one way of eating for another if she read of some health benefits in the…

tigeres

i walked with you through the garden of uncertainty where the weeping willows sway, where the sun stays trapped in twilight — we interlocked. we waited while the armies marched, while the sirens sang, and the waves threatened to crush the rocks. we waited until the fog sliced; till the sun showed…

Labor before Birth

I now have direct experience with the aftermath of a disaster, whether natural or man-made, what people face in these situations. Mine is a bit of both. The mold is the natural part which damaged my home and made me ill. The man-made part was the mold removal workers who piled my…

The Fairness Myth

Recent events that have happened in my life have caused me to reflect on what I call the fairness myth in American culture. Americans live in a country where you can sue for almost anything, even ridiculous things like your coffee being too hot or your airline seat not being comfortable because…

When God Takes Away…

Above: Mold removal company truck in front of the apartment. The first day there were four of them. The last two weeks have been in upheaval and have resulted in a dramatic conclusion. But although the changes have manifested just recently, they have in fact been months, perhaps years in the making….

The Disney Antidote

Walt Disney cartoons and comics was a part of my childhood. My father had dreamed of being an animator for Disney in the 1940’s but never made it. Instead, he passed on his love of Disney but by the 1950’s, the rich, time-intensive cell animation gave way to simpler styes and the…