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For One Week, These L.A. Restaurants Are Donating Proceeds To Help Those Who Are Suffering In Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is still reeling after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island last month. People have publicly begged President Trump to deliver the aid necessary to help relief efforts. He responded with a short visit, where he threw paper towels into a crowd of people. Celebrities have been taking it upon themselves to get necessary aid to Puerto Rico, including Pitbull and Real Housewife Of New York Bethenny Frankel. Now, chefs and mixologists in Los Angeles are coming together for a week-long fundraising effort called LA Loves PR centered around food inspired by the Caribbean island.

Angelenos will have a chance to donate money to Puerto Rico while dining and sipping on some of the best food and drink in the city.

LA Loves PR has teamed up with Unidos Por Puerto Rico and more than 100 chefs and mixologists to raise money for Puerto Rican hurricane relief. According to the LA Loves PR website, more than 80 restaurants and bars will offer special menu items, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Unidos Por Puerto Rico, an initiative created by First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, to provide support and aid to those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

LA Loves PR happens Oct. 7-14. The week-long event is bringing an edible tour of Puerto Rico straight to Los Angeles.

“Many of us in the restaurant, bar and hotel industry have sought inspiration and solace in Puerto Rico’s jeweled beaches, emerald rainforests and warm people,” reads the LA Loves PR website. “We place our memories on our plates and in our glasses, as tribute to this important sisterland that we will not leave behind.”

Chefs are sharing their mouthwatering creations on social media to get the word out, and the photos look incredible. From delicious canoitas…

 To a pork pernil, yuca escabeche, mint mojo sandwich.

*licks phone screen*

Participating restaurants and bars are really going all out to raise as much money as possible.

You can follow LA Loves PR on Twitter to see all of the great food options you can buy for a good cause.

And, yes. There will be tacos with a Puerto Rican twist for those who just can’t go without tacos.

How can you say no to sofrito chicharrón tacos? You can’t.

Learn more about Unidos Por Puerto Rico here and you can learn more about LA Loves PR here.


READ: While People Pleaded For Trump To Send Relief To Puerto Rico, Pitbull Sent A Private Plane To Help Cancer Patients

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Give Your Thanksgiving A Little Something Special With These Easy Latino Recipes

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Give Your Thanksgiving A Little Something Special With These Easy Latino Recipes

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Friendsgiving is on its way, and that can only mean one thing: time to dust off your oven mitts and get to cooking. It’s that special time of year when you and your closest friends will get together and bring food that is somehow connected to your life and upbringing. In the spirit of Friendsgiving, here is a list of Latino dishes you might consider bringing to the potluck this year.

1. Queso Frito

This is fried cheese. Is anyone going to pass up some fried cheese? Didn’t think so. ?

2. Alcapurrias

Make sure you give yourself enough time to cook this delicious treat. You have a dough and filling to make, so don’t rush it. One thing is for sure, though. If you nail this recipe, you will definitely be a hit at the Friendsgiving celebration.

3. Yuca Frita

Yuca is a nice, hearty root that can be fried, broiled, or boiled depending on what you are looking for. It is the same root used to create alcapurria dough so it’s versatile. It is also delicious when paired with a little bit of garlic in olive oil.

4. Llapingacho

This dish is something that will definitely catch the party’s attention. It’s a simple recipe that consists of mashed potatoes and cheese sautéed like a pancake. Is someone drooling here or is that rain?

5. Arroz Chaufa

This Peruvian stir fry is more than just a dish, it’s a history lesson. Who knew that a side dish could educate people on Chinese influences on Peruvian cuisine?

6. Tequeños

How can anyone go wrong with Venezuelan cheese sticks? Take the cheese, wrap it in the dough, fry or bake, and boom. You got yourself another tasty cheesy option.

7. Pão De Queijo

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If cheese sticks are not your style, then why not try to make these scrumptious cheesy bread balls? They pair perfectly with just about anything.

8. Piloyes

There are few things that are truly universal for Latinos, and beans is definitely one of them. If you are looking to bring a touch of your Latinidad to the Friendsgiving dinner table, you should definitely peep this recipe. You can add your favorite meat, spices, and herbs to really make it your own.

9. Pastelitos De Carne

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For the person who can never have enough meat and bread, these are a perfect addition to the table. Plus, it appears you can totally make them vegan if you are into that sort of thing.

10. Bacalaítos

These codfish fritters might seem odd at first but they are definitely worth your time. It requires some time and patience since you have to cook the fish before adding it to the batter but it will certainly make mouths water.

11. Chiles Rellenos

This is great for the person who doesn’t want to do too much work but wants everyone to have a personalized experience with their meal. Everyone gets their own pepper and you rarely have to take any leftovers home. It’s a real win/win.

What are some of the dishes you take to Friendsgiving? Let us know in the comments below!


READ: 15 Latino Desserts You Should Totally Bring this Friendsgiving

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