Jester'z matters: definitely enjoyed that description of your night with Jason Grey. I had a dream recently that Steve Carrel and Steve Martin hosted Studio C, and the cast included my old friend Ashley Waggoner and Alfonso, this member from our ward in Navarrete who is in his 40s and isn´t particularly funny, with guest star Tina Fey.
Also, thanks Mom, for the Jane Eyre. I remember that part, and I loved it! She really is an amazing role model!
Well this week I do have a cool story to tell. We had been contacting in La Estacion, the furthest part of our area last week, because the two people that we know there fell through. And this man Reynaldo came up, and said he´d seen us a couple times, and asked if we preached. We said yes, gave him a pamphlet and he joined us in a message with his neighbors. We were back in La Estacion, and our appointments fell through again, so we decided to go find him, and one of the members who was accompanying us was Alfonso (from the Studio C dream). We never leave with him, this was my 2nd time ever leaving with him, and guess what? He and Reynaldo are work chums! Coincidence? I think not! And Reynaldo had actually read the pamphlet and had questions! This is something that almost never happens. So I am super excited about Reynaldo.
So it´s been a long time since I´ve told you guys about Dominican things, so here we are with DOMINICAN FOOD.
Apart from rice and beans which I do eat frequently, there are some distinctly Dominican food creations out there. Pastalon is one of them. It´s basically a kind of casserole. My first pastalon was for la Noche Buena, Christmas Eve. It was mashed platano maduro, a layer of ground beef seasoned with your typical Dominican seasonings, and a layer of cheese on top, baked in the oven. I actually enjoyed it. Hna Marrero and I made a pastalon, and she used mashed potato, and that is even better. Yaroa is another casserole-like dish. The bottom layer is fried potato slices or mashed platano maduro. I like the potato better. There is a layer of shredded chicken, and ground beef, a layer of ketchup and mayo, and cheese on top. It´s basically McDonald´s casserole. I´ve had Asopao (not sure how to spell it), and that is a rice dish that is almost soupy, that has mystery meat in it. The rice part is awesome, the mystery meat, not my favorite. With avocado, it´s even better. Recently I had my first zapote batida. It´s a kind of fruit I had never heard of, and it was really good. Other juices they make here that I have tried: cherry (their cherries are nothing like ours), carrot and oatmeal (really good), oatmeal (really good), jagua (remember the gasoline juice? 2nd time wasn´t as bad), guanabana (AMAZING), guyaba (guava, also good), chinola (awesome), and orange and lime juices (don´t taste like they do in the US either).
Have a great week everyone! Love,