Tomorrow I leave for Puerto Rico (PR). I have mixed feelings about going to PR. On the one hand, I look forward to visiting my family whom I haven't seen in two years. On the other hand, I'm confronted with two challenges: speaking Spanish with an American accent and finding local foods to eat. Talk about a Crunchy Challenge, Puerto-Rican Style!
All kidding aside, I'm actually quite optimistic about eating local foods in Puerto Rico. My grandmother Celia has chickens in her backyard (mmm...she makes the best egg sandwiches) and several trees that yield mangoes, avocados, and limes. There's also vendors on just about every street corner who sell quenepa (a fruit I've only had in PR), coconuts, papas rellenos, and other tasty treats. Really, the more I think about eating locally-produced, Puerto-Rican food, the more upbeat I am about meeting this Crunchy Challenge. If only I didn't sound like a gringa when I speak Spanish!!
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