6. Respect The Dishes

Like every other Latino nationality, Puerto Rican’s take pride in their dishes, and with good reason. Puerto Rican cuisine is flavorful and sacred. That being said, don’t disrespect the pernil, question mofongo, speak ill of the gandules in the rice (don’t dare call them raisins) and you’d better participate in the pastele making process – even if its just cutting the string to tie them – a duty often delegated to beginners. And for God’s sake don’t try to impress her by attempting to cook a traditional Boricua dish on your state of the art induction countertop cooker. There’s just too much riding on that cooking coil and it’s not worth the gamble if you don’t know what you’re doing.

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