Archive | 10:13 pm

What the Heck is/are Cuchifritos?

18 Nov

cuchi

Cuchifritos, often known as “Puerto Rican soul food” includes a variety of dishes including but not limited to morcilla (blood sausage), papas rellenas (fried potato balls stuffed with meat), platanos rellenos (stuffed plantains), chicharron (fried pork skin), and various other parts of the pig prepared in different ways. It derives its name from the word “cuchí” short for “cochino” or pig and “frito” which describes something that is fried. “Cuchifritos” may also be used to refer to restaurants that serve this type of food. Such establishments are fairly common in New York‘s Spanish Harlem, South Bronx, Brooklyn, and other primarily Latino neighborhoods throughout the country and in Latin America. They tend to make use of colorful external lighting and big flashy signs. They also serve juices and drinks pineapple juice, coconut juice and ajonjolí, a drink made from sesame seeds.

Thanks to my friend Cesar Gomez at the Sarasota/Manatee Latin Chamber of Commerce for finally providing the answer to this nagging question. It has been driving me nuts ever since I first heard a tune by Joe Cuba (“Tu Lo Sientes”). Check it out – it’s a groovy Latin number based on the Willie Bobo song “Fried Neckbones and Home Fries.” Seriously!  

cuchi2

Japanese Girl Inks Pro Baseball Contract

18 Nov

japan-knuckle

Spotted this story online this morning. We wish her great success!

TOKYO (AFP) – A 16-year-old schoolgirl with a mean knuckleball has been selected as the first woman ever to play alongside the men in Japanese professional baseball.

Eri Yoshida was drafted for a new independent league that will launch in April, drawing attention for a side-armed knuckler that her future manager Yoshihiro Nakata said was a marvel.

“I never dreamed of getting drafted,” Yoshida told reporters Monday, a day after she was selected to play for the Kobe 9 Cruise.

“I have only just been picked by the team and have not achieved anything,” she said. “I want to play as a pro eventually in a higher league.”

Yoshida, 155 centimetres (five feet) tall and weighing 52 kilograms (114 pounds), says she wants to follow in the footsteps of the great Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

A female professional baseball federation existed for a few years in the 1950s, but Yoshida will become Japan‘s first-ever woman to play alongside professional male players.