Just mention the word “Caribbean” and people tend to take a deep breath, gently relax their shoulders and a small smile starts to creep across their face. Maybe it’s the music. Maybe it’s the island breeze. But it’s definitely the people. And great people, make great food.
Want some proof? Just take a bite of the classic Afro-Puerto Rican dish, Mofongo. Pronounced moh-faung-oh, Mofongo isn’t just fun to say, it is also incredibly satisfying to eat. Unripened plantains (or those “big funny bananas” you see in the grocery sometimes) are the main ingredient. They are mashed, sautéed and blended with garlic. It is generally served one of two ways: as small balls served as a side dish, or formed in a cup or ramekin and stuffed full of shredded meat, most typically roasted pork. As amazing, fresh seafood is all-too easy to find in the Caribbean, more sophisticated seafood versions of the dish have made their way to local Carribbean hotspots - and into the hearts of both locals and visitors alike.