3 Most Popular Caribbean Foods and Drinks

Dutch Caribbean cuisine is a complex cuisine because of its very diverse history. The island’s cuisine was influenced by various people, with Spanish being the first to visit the country. Creole dishes or Pelau dish – which is a unique combination of rice, meat, and peas are made using many ingredients with Spanish origins. The different types of roots and vegetables used in the cuisine were brought by African slaves. Even India and China had a significant impact on the island’s cuisine. The cuisine is a reflection of the great mix of cultures existing on the island. One of the most famous dishes in the country is Funchi, a porridge made out of maize flour. Balck cake (bolo pretu) is one of the most popular sweet dishes.

Tutu

One of the most famous dishes. Tutu is traditionally eaten in Curacao, Bonaire, and Aruba. The dish’s main ingredients include cornmeal, butter, garlic, black-eyed peas, nutmeg, onions, and coconut milk. The ingredients are mixed with a lele until the dish becomes thicker and has a stiff consistency. Tutu is actually eaten as a side dish along with cheese or codfish.

Funchi

It is one of the easiest to make dishes from the Caribbean. It’s prepared with only three ingredients – cornmeal, salt, and butter. It’s like a porridge. To make this dish – cornmeal is cooked in boiling water. It is stirred continuously to make sure there are no lumps. The texture of the final dish is thick and stiff. Once cooked, butter is added to the dish. Funchi can be served with multiple ingredients – and it’s generally eaten as an accompaniment to soups and stews. It is sometimes even sliced and eaten as fries.

Orange Curaçao

Orange Curacao is originated from the namesake island. The original version of the drink was flavored with Laraha oranges. The original recipe makes for a colorless and clear drink. The coloring was added later on for decorative purposes. However, many times there are different ingredients mixed with the oranges to create different flavor profiles.

Dana Haim and Jaron Gilinsky Moved Into an Airstream In 2020

When the family first considered leaving their San Francisco apartment to move into a 25-foot Airstream trailer, they wondered if they could handle the situation regarding the world’s current events. The thought of abandoning their cozy and safe home in the middle of the social justice movement may seem like a crazy idea. Their apartment for the last four years in the Inner Sunset neighborhood felt like more than just a rental unit to them. It was a part of their family. It was the first home for their two young boys, the place of their first laughs, steps, and first words were etched into their memories.

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Dana Haim and Jaron Gilinsky Moved Into an Airstream In 2020

Pencil-market growth charts, spaghetti sauce splatters on the white walls, and purple paint bots told the stories of their first years as being parents. How could they give up a place like this at a time when their home is also their shelter, the only truly safe space?

Before The Airstream

As a couple, they have always been lovers of the nomadic lifestyle. They grew up in Miami, Florida in immigrant families from South Africa (Jaron) and Colombia (Dana). In their twenties, they reconnected while coincidentally living in the Middle East, and have since lived together in Miami, Brooklyn, and San Francisco. Dana focused on arts and design and quickly became a textile designer, founding her eponymous line of home goods. Her spouse, Jaron, started his career as a filmmaker and video journalist before founding Storyhunter. While living in Tel Aviv, the family spent as much time as possible camping in the Galilee, the Sinai desert, or near their favorite wadi on the Dead Sea.

Dana Haim, Jaron Gilinsky, and their 2 children
Dana Haim and Jaron Gilinsky Moved Into an Airstream In 2020

Airstream, Their New Home

They share that they have learned that they don’t need a lot of things in their life. Organization and minimalism are critical and important to surviving the day in a tiny space with 4 people. If there is no 4G or 5G signal, they cannot get any work done or Facetime with friends. If there is no power or propane or power, they have no heat. If there is no water, they don’t shower. They are fixing batteries, learning their way around tongue jacks, stabilizer jacks, inverters, converters, propane filling stations, and dump stations. They are gaining self-reliance.

Today, the family is dreaming, plotting, and they are where they need to be, in their Airstream home.