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New ‘Crossmass’ tree puts the religion back in Christmas trees!
van down by the river Show this Post
12-17-2013, 11:47 PM #16
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(12-17-2013, 11:00 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  
(12-17-2013, 10:42 PM)van down by the river Wrote:  
(12-17-2013, 12:00 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  that pic of the christmas tree cross makes me think KKK..

Probably looks better on fire too. Religion aside...it's just too tacky and if I'm gonna go Christmas tacky I'd rather decorate a palm tree and when I put a sheet doen underneath I'm gonna fill it with sand along with a heat lamp to warm my feet. Ahhhh...Christmas at the beach. We had Christmas in Puerto Rico a couple of years ago AND it was great.

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i love going for a swim at the beach christmas morning, or Christmas Eve. its so hot here at christmas.. i fekking hate it.. i wish it snowed..

In PR Christmas Eve is bigger than Christmas Day with many people going out caroling. I was fortunate to be a part of a caroling group with my wife's sister and many nieces and nephews and a few cousins. I couldn't quite sing in Spanish..but luckily I was in charge of the coquito...a homemade eggnog like drink made with their island's 150-190 proof moonshine. We paid to have friends make up two five gallon buckets and then bottled it up in quart bottles. You take this around with you and a whole mess of plastic cups a bit bigger than Nyquil cups. I passed filled cups out all over the small town area of Aguadilla as we drunkenly meandered from block to block with hundreds of others. There were some of the tackiest Christmas decorations I'd ever seen AND I LOVED IT. It was a slap in the face and seemed to mock all the anally neat decorated homes back home just south of Seattle. My mother (Queen Mum) would have fainted and needed hospitalization if she had been there. We wienied out by 3am...but I was up at 7:30...hoped on my Kmart bike...hit the panederia for some PR coffee and flan...then down to the beach to help my friend open his ragtag beach bar and he gave me a quadruple shot of Don Q Anejo rum for Christmas that I sipped while sitting alone in waist deep water watching the gulls dive for breakfast. ahhhhh...the best Christmas since my son was little. Not much can beat the twinkle in little kids eyes Christmas morning. With the cold rainy Christmas's we have here...Christmas in PR was a real treat.

orgazmo3.gif..but writing this post has my eyes tearing up...DAMN...wish I was there now.
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12-17-2013, 11:57 PM #17
White Ribbon call me
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(12-17-2013, 11:47 PM)van down by the river Wrote:  orgazmo3.gif..but writing this post has my eyes tearing up...DAMN...wish I was there now.
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why , was your friend doing something to you in the water to make your eyes water? lucky you had a drink.. rofl.gifrofl.gif rofl.gif
12-18-2013, 12:51 AM #18
Softy Incognito Anonymous
 
(12-17-2013, 11:47 PM)van down by the river Wrote:  
(12-17-2013, 11:00 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  
(12-17-2013, 10:42 PM)van down by the river Wrote:  
(12-17-2013, 12:00 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  that pic of the christmas tree cross makes me think KKK..

Probably looks better on fire too. Religion aside...it's just too tacky and if I'm gonna go Christmas tacky I'd rather decorate a palm tree and when I put a sheet doen underneath I'm gonna fill it with sand along with a heat lamp to warm my feet. Ahhhh...Christmas at the beach. We had Christmas in Puerto Rico a couple of years ago AND it was great.

killwithfire.gif

cheers.gif

i love going for a swim at the beach christmas morning, or Christmas Eve. its so hot here at christmas.. i fekking hate it.. i wish it snowed..

In PR Christmas Eve is bigger than Christmas Day with many people going out caroling. I was fortunate to be a part of a caroling group with my wife's sister and many nieces and nephews and a few cousins. I couldn't quite sing in Spanish..but luckily I was in charge of the coquito...a homemade eggnog like drink made with their island's 150-190 proof moonshine. We paid to have friends make up two five gallon buckets and then bottled it up in quart bottles. You take this around with you and a whole mess of plastic cups a bit bigger than Nyquil cups. I passed filled cups out all over the small town area of Aguadilla as we drunkenly meandered from block to block with hundreds of others. There were some of the tackiest Christmas decorations I'd ever seen AND I LOVED IT. It was a slap in the face and seemed to mock all the anally neat decorated homes back home just south of Seattle. My mother (Queen Mum) would have fainted and needed hospitalization if she had been there. We wienied out by 3am...but I was up at 7:30...hoped on my Kmart bike...hit the panederia for some PR coffee and flan...then down to the beach to help my friend open his ragtag beach bar and he gave me a quadruple shot of Don Q Anejo rum for Christmas that I sipped while sitting alone in waist deep water watching the gulls dive for breakfast. ahhhhh...the best Christmas since my son was little. Not much can beat the twinkle in little kids eyes Christmas morning. With the cold rainy Christmas's we have here...Christmas in PR was a real treat.

orgazmo3.gif..but writing this post has my eyes tearing up...DAMN...wish I was there now.
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Yeah,,,and head down to the Black Eagle restaurant on the beach,,,

Rincon,,,Surf and Turf,,,turn at the little sign and follow the fence to the

restaurant and beach,,,pick out a big lobster/giant crayfish,,,lambrusco,,,

and Pina Colata,,,made with the Don Q,,,don't ask for Barcardi,,,something

about the unions labor,,,but the Barcardi plantation is beautiful,,,lots of cane sugar,,,

which they feed to the beef around there,,,interesting taste on the beef...

(:X
van down by the river Show this Post
12-18-2013, 01:37 AM #19
van down by the river Incognito Anonymous
 
(12-18-2013, 12:51 AM)Softy Wrote:  
(12-17-2013, 11:47 PM)van down by the river Wrote:  
(12-17-2013, 11:00 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  
(12-17-2013, 10:42 PM)van down by the river Wrote:  
(12-17-2013, 12:00 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  that pic of the christmas tree cross makes me think KKK..

Probably looks better on fire too. Religion aside...it's just too tacky and if I'm gonna go Christmas tacky I'd rather decorate a palm tree and when I put a sheet doen underneath I'm gonna fill it with sand along with a heat lamp to warm my feet. Ahhhh...Christmas at the beach. We had Christmas in Puerto Rico a couple of years ago AND it was great.

killwithfire.gif

cheers.gif

i love going for a swim at the beach christmas morning, or Christmas Eve. its so hot here at christmas.. i fekking hate it.. i wish it snowed..

In PR Christmas Eve is bigger than Christmas Day with many people going out caroling. I was fortunate to be a part of a caroling group with my wife's sister and many nieces and nephews and a few cousins. I couldn't quite sing in Spanish..but luckily I was in charge of the coquito...a homemade eggnog like drink made with their island's 150-190 proof moonshine. We paid to have friends make up two five gallon buckets and then bottled it up in quart bottles. You take this around with you and a whole mess of plastic cups a bit bigger than Nyquil cups. I passed filled cups out all over the small town area of Aguadilla as we drunkenly meandered from block to block with hundreds of others. There were some of the tackiest Christmas decorations I'd ever seen AND I LOVED IT. It was a slap in the face and seemed to mock all the anally neat decorated homes back home just south of Seattle. My mother (Queen Mum) would have fainted and needed hospitalization if she had been there. We wienied out by 3am...but I was up at 7:30...hoped on my Kmart bike...hit the panederia for some PR coffee and flan...then down to the beach to help my friend open his ragtag beach bar and he gave me a quadruple shot of Don Q Anejo rum for Christmas that I sipped while sitting alone in waist deep water watching the gulls dive for breakfast. ahhhhh...the best Christmas since my son was little. Not much can beat the twinkle in little kids eyes Christmas morning. With the cold rainy Christmas's we have here...Christmas in PR was a real treat.

orgazmo3.gif..but writing this post has my eyes tearing up...DAMN...wish I was there now.
chuckle.gif

Yeah,,,and head down to the Black Eagle restaurant on the beach,,,

Rincon,,,Surf and Turf,,,turn at the little sign and follow the fence to the

restaurant and beach,,,pick out a big lobster/giant crayfish,,,lambrusco,,,

and Pina Colata,,,made with the Don Q,,,don't ask for Barcardi,,,something

about the unions labor,,,but the Barcardi plantation is beautiful,,,lots of cane sugar,,,

which they feed to the beef around there,,,interesting taste on the beef...

(:X

Ahhh...Rincon. Have only stayed once for 4 days during our trip in 2008 at The Villa Cofresi on the beach. We had the second floor corner room that faced the water. We loved the little bar despite gettin piss drunk on their coconut concoction and Medalla beer every night. chuckle.gif
Every morning would find me in the water regardless of the level of hangover I had. It always helped along with 2 or 3 cups of strong PR coffee and then a couple of ice cold Medalla beers to wash it em down. We only ate at little bars or would stop to get roadside pinchos (meat on a stick) with a chunk of pan agua (water bread). This past visit we were lucky to have our nephew Angelo drive us to a back jungle off road surfing spot that a lot of Americans have come around to settle in as kinda like expats even though PR is a part of the US. All ages of people and families too. Topless bathing isn't technically allowed in PR...but half of the women/girls were just walkin around topless and relaxed like they were on a Sunday stroll. For the most part police don't bother them as they do a pretty good job of policing themselves and don't get to many rowdies around to spoil the fun. We spent 3 hrs there that day enjoying the days menu of beer empanadas and weed which is on the days menu everyday. As it got later in the day...they started up a big fire and I could have stayed even longer. Wouldn't you know it? My wife had figured I'd had enough of tanned breasts of all shapes and sizes glistening in the flickering fire flames for one day. She told my nephew he was gonna get a beatin if he took me there without her. chuckle.gif
van down by the river Show this Post
12-18-2013, 01:42 AM #20
van down by the river Incognito Anonymous
 
(12-17-2013, 11:57 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  
(12-17-2013, 11:47 PM)van down by the river Wrote:  orgazmo3.gif..but writing this post has my eyes tearing up...DAMN...wish I was there now.
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why , was your friend doing something to you in the water to make your eyes water? lucky you had a drink.. rofl.gifrofl.gif rofl.gif


To much teeth or just the right amount...I can'ts remembers.37.gifcheers.gif
12-18-2013, 04:02 AM #21
White Ribbon call me
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I didn't know Puerto Rico was part of the US. As a territory like guam?? My brother is an international coffee judge has been to PR a few times judging coffee, Loved it.

ive been making this red kidney bean dish from PR, forget what its called, something ginto? Its so delicious.
12-18-2013, 04:04 AM #22
White Ribbon call me
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Galo pinto is that dish. My bro said they make it with chicken in PR.
12-18-2013, 04:09 AM #23
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Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is expensive, but IMO some of the best in the world. Pretty heavy in the caffeine dept too. stoned.gif

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12-18-2013, 04:17 AM #24
Softy Incognito Anonymous
 
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Re..._Rico.html

At times great surfing,,,I don't surf,,,but fun watching

them all,,,gets a little crowded...

(:X
12-18-2013, 04:27 AM #25
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I really miss Florida this time of year. chuckle.gif
Never been to Jamaica, but others loved it.

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12-18-2013, 09:17 AM #26
Softy Incognito Anonymous
 
(12-18-2013, 04:02 AM)the white ribbon Wrote:  I didn't know Puerto Rico was part of the US. As a territory like guam?? My brother is an international coffee judge has been to PR a few times judging coffee, Loved it.

ive been making this red kidney bean dish from PR, forget what its called, something ginto? Its so delicious.

Yeah,,,territory,,,all I ever had there were black beans,,,

lots of Puerto Ricians speak English very well,,,and are from

New York,,,a lot of people in New York are from Puerto Rico,,,

the cigarettes are US in packs of ten,,,the US beers are six ounce cans,,,

guess cause of the shipping,,,had to drive to San Juan Airport to get

Chewing tabacco,,,lots of expresso,,,had to add water to make coffee,,,

truckers drink rum in the morning,,,and have the compete right of way

on the roads,,,it is the law,,,first day down there did not know this,,,

some roads are narrow,,,and they come right down the middle,,,

you better move,,,they don't...

(:X
van down by the river Show this Post
12-18-2013, 09:35 PM #27
van down by the river Incognito Anonymous
 
(12-18-2013, 04:02 AM)the white ribbon Wrote:  I didn't know Puerto Rico was part of the US. As a territory like guam?? My brother is an international coffee judge has been to PR a few times judging coffee, Loved it.

ive been making this red kidney bean dish from PR, forget what its called, something ginto? Its so delicious.

Yes...the US basically took it away from the Spanish towards the end of the war in 1898. Spain...after centuries of enslavement, torture and pretty much a raping, pillaging and plundering of the island and it's Taino populace "granted" them (thanks) independence. And really...it was only because Spain couldn't afford it anymore because of years of costly skirmishes on their "possessions" around the globe. Other countries had tried for years to take it but because of El Morro...their huge fort in San Juan...nobody was successful even when they tried to land troops in the south. Because of diseases...by the time they reached San Juan...half or more of their troops were sick and/or dead. When the US did this...they brought a secret weapon with them...limes. Because of their ability to fight cholera from the compounds with antioxidants and antibiotic properties...US troops were pretty much in full force by the time they marched to San Juan. With constant naval bombardment on the San Juan fort system and a full army attacking in the south and lacking funds and reinforcements from Spain...PR fell quickly. They did just last year vote in favor of statehood for the first time ever...but that is yet to be ratified by the US government. Maybe they will...maybe they won't. From my viewpoint and the people I know there...they should keep it just the way it is...a common wealth. Their government that's voted on by the island residents gets a load of money from us...but still gets to govern itself...with a "few" rules from WA DC. A long time joke told by Puerto Ricans said...why doesn't PR become a state? Because they already have New York (city). Although...traditionalists call them New Yoricans with many to most really not knowing anything about PR traditions, culture or the language. Even as a gringo living in the Seattle area...I know more about PR than many New Yoricans do.

Your brother is fortunate as PR would be a great place for judging coffee. If you really like coffee...ordering a little from there would be a great present anytime of the year for any "real" coffee lover that you know OR just for yourself. I've found that even some of their cheaper brands are better than our cheaper to medium priced coffee here in the Seattle area. For me...it says a lot as Seattle area coffee retailers have a huge market around the world. I guess coffee, technology and jets go hand in hand as there's a lot of all three exported out of here. We've driven past The Hacienda Monte Alto Plantation in a mountainous area in SW central PR a few times...but haven't stayed there. It's beautiful there and has been a long time coffee producer and at one time the coffee was famous throughout Europe when the Spanish were still able to bring it back there by the ship load.

Not sure of the dish you're talking about...but rice n beans is a huge staple in PR cuisine. A lot of the younger crowd I'm sorry to say have been Americanized with our version of fast food and unfortunately the many traditional dishes are not prepared by them anymore and only eaten because their mothers and grandmothers are still preparing them. Many of our younger nieces and female cousins are sometimes insulted when I laugh at them for not cooking anymore. In the many years we've been going there three different times we had friendly neighborhood cook offs with blind tastings AND I won twice. They'd make jokes that even though I was married to a female Puerto Rican...I must be gay to cook like that. These friendly competitions were only with females under 30 being as that's the crowd that seems to be losing their cooking abilities. It's great fun and just another reason (like they needed one) for crowds to get together to eat and drink. Well...I've done it again...blabbed and blabbed in a thread about a cross Christmas tree. Although...I guess it's not much of a derailment as Puerto Ricans are still very religious which was beaten into them by the ever so gracious Catholics over the centuries. Much like Mexico and many South American countries I could never understand why they would to this day embrace something that almost wiped out all their indigenous populations of those areas AND treated them like 2nd class citizens AT BEST with many being treated like animals for centuries by monsters promoting a loving (?) entity. That's another story.
I love it there and it's really cool to show up and not be treated like a tourist anymore. Pisio...a friend of my nephew says I'm more Boriqua than many Puerto Ricans that were born there are.
Geez...can't I just do a one or two sentence post?chuckle.gif
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van down by the river Show this Post
12-18-2013, 09:44 PM #28
van down by the river Incognito Anonymous
 
(12-18-2013, 04:04 AM)the white ribbon Wrote:  Galo pinto is that dish. My bro said they make it with chicken in PR.

Yes...Gallo pinto. Served probably most anywhere they speak Spanish. PR has it's own variation and I'm sure you can't go wrong with anyone's recipe. If you like rice, beans and chicken...you're in.
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Anonymous Kritter Show this Post
12-18-2013, 09:57 PM #29
Anonymous Kritter Incognito Anonymous
 
(12-18-2013, 09:17 AM)Softy Wrote:  
(12-18-2013, 04:02 AM)the white ribbon Wrote:  I didn't know Puerto Rico was part of the US. As a territory like guam?? My brother is an international coffee judge has been to PR a few times judging coffee, Loved it.

ive been making this red kidney bean dish from PR, forget what its called, something ginto? Its so delicious.

Yeah,,,territory,,,all I ever had there were black beans,,,

lots of Puerto Ricians speak English very well,,,and are from

New York,,,a lot of people in New York are from Puerto Rico,,,

the cigarettes are US in packs of ten,,,the US beers are six ounce cans,,,

guess cause of the shipping,,,had to drive to San Juan Airport to get

Chewing tabacco,,,lots of expresso,,,had to add water to make coffee,,,

truckers drink rum in the morning,,,and have the compete right of way

on the roads,,,it is the law,,,first day down there did not know this,,,

some roads are narrow,,,and they come right down the middle,,,

you better move,,,they don't...

(:X

Puerto Ricans are among the worst drivers in the world. Everyone expects the other guy to get out of the way. When "lucky" enough to be a passenger instead of driver...you can see BRAND NEW cars with scrapes and/or dents that still have a temp license. I've heard quite a few people mention the little bottles/cans of beer. One reason I've heard the most is that if you don't drink the beer fast enough...if not in an air conditioned area...it gets warm fast. But really...for me...I just get a bottle/can cover AND then do not mess around when drinkin a beer. It's hot and I have no problem with getting through a 12 ouncer before it hits a boiling point.chuckle.gif
I think it's funny when we've went out and see the girls drinking their beer with a straw.

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van down by the river Show this Post
12-18-2013, 11:14 PM #30
van down by the river Incognito Anonymous
 
(12-18-2013, 04:09 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is expensive, but IMO some of the best in the world. Pretty heavy in the caffeine dept too. stoned.gif

Mmmmm...When we did a Caribbean cruise in 2002...we made a day stop in Jamaica and purchased 5 lbs to bring back. I can't remember what we paid for it...but it was nothing compared to the prices we found out about here upon our return. I joked that I should have bought 50 lbs and had it shipped up here. I like it better than the Kona varieties we've had over the years. Prices for that even here on the west coast are ridiculous and they gouge you most places in Hawaii too. We found it in a Kauai Kmart for almost half the price of most anywhere else...especially the tourist hotspots. Trader Joes is a good place for those two coffees...but still a little pricey for my everyday coffee tastes. Luckily...we're able to get PR coffee shipped up from my sister-in-law cheaper than ordering coffee online. I get to feel like a big shot drinking exotic coffee without the exotic coffee prices.
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