Latino Food

Latin American Traditions: Altars And Dia De La Muertos

October 4, 2019Read More

Halloween in America is vastly different from Dia De La Meurtos In Latino Countries. While both focus on themes that encompass death, they have vastly different purposes. In the United States Halloween has taken on a secular commercialized nature. It features costumes but looks at death in almost brash jestful way, making caricatures of scary costumes and celebrating the holiday with movies that are designed to scare you, all from the safety of a theater or couch.

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Dia Del La Muertos follows lays down a sharp contrast to the playfulness and commercialism of this type of Halloween. First it starts the day after Halloween. It is not about fun, parties, scary movies, or a playful view of death. It focuses on a more spiritual aim. The goal is to honor deceased love ones. It is a sacred holiday that is about family and celebrating their lives.

There are many traditions surrounding this holiday. One tradition that is prominent is the use of altars to honor loved ones. The altar is a good symbol of the true purpose of this holiday. The altar is an offering place where family and friends make offerings to honor deceased relatives. You most often see these at the graveside or in homes.

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Altars:

Families construct altars at home and at gravesites to honor those that have passed. This can include a myriad of things like

  • Sweets
  • Photos
  • Symbolic items
  • Flowers
  • Bread
  • Candles
  • Tamales
  • Dolls
  • Assorted Toys

These can be very elaborate but it represents how different Dia De La Muertos is from American Halloween. The focus is on honoring and celebrating the departed. The altars are not necessarily designed to be sad. They are there to celebrate life in a tasteful way. Different Latin American or South American countries have different traditions that they do for this somber yet peaceful holiday. Regardless, you will see alters at many of them.

 


References

Day of the Dead altars: What’s on a traditional version. (2016, October 3). Retrieved from https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/holidays/day-of-the-dead/2016/10/03/day-of-the-dead-dia-de-los-muertos-altars/91511520/

Day of the Dead. (2001, October 28). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead

Latin Restaurant Specialty: Chicharron

September 27, 2019Read More

One great thing about El Sabroson Latin Restaurant In Williamsburg is you can enjoy Latin food specialties from throughout Central and South America. Today’s Latin Food feature..Chicharron.

Chicharron

The Chicharron, which is offered on the El Sabroson restaurant menu combines deep fried pork rinds, with a multitude of seasonings, vegetables, flavors  and spices. Our Chicharron at El Sabroson adds onion and bell peppers to ground pork.

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The Origin Of Chicharron

This highly popular Latin American Food has its origins in Spain. Like all foods, it is made in different ways throughout Central And South America. For example In Peru you might find it as an appetizer on your local menu being served with relish and yuca. In Bolivia you will see it served with salsa. All the variations are similar, combining fried meat with seasonings. Each little spin brings out new flavors and textures in this popular Latino dish.

Come Enjoy This Latin Treat At El Sabroson Restaurant In Williamsburg, Va.

Come try the Chicharron at El Sabroson in Williamsburg. All the dishes on the El Sabroson menu make up a rich tapestry of dishes that fuse elements of Spanish food, Tex-Mex, Central American Cuisine and South American dining.

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Sources


About Chicharron
In-text: (“About Chicharron”)
Your Bibliography: “About Chicharron”. Ifood.Tv, 2019, https://ifood.tv/spanish/chicharron/about.

 Chicharrón
In-text: (“Chicharr√≥n”)
Your Bibliography: “Chicharr√≥n”. En.Wikipedia.Org, 2019, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicharr√≥n.