La Embelequera Cooks

GiGi Rodriguez
Essays and recipes from a girl who likes a little mess.
Created 03 Mar 2021
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  • Mamá, Borinquen me llama
    14 Sep 2021 • 9 min read
    I was sitting in the back of my mom’s car on the way home one afternoon when she taught me a song: ¡"Mamá! ¡Borinquen me llama! ¡Este país no es el mío! Borinquen es pura flama, ¡y aquí me muero de fr...
  • Getting Hygge-y With It
    10 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 3 0
    “It’s amazing” my partner commented shortly after we both bit into our respective potato pesto and cheese buns on a sunny morning in Copenhagen a couple weeks ago. “The bun?” I replied, not realizing ...
  • "If you didn't come to party, don't bother knockin' on my door"
    13 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    I think a lot about the Prince song “1999,” a definitive bop1 whose lyrics are bordering nihilism in a way you wouldn’t guess by just listening to the tune (“Yeah, everybody's got a bomb/We could all ...
  • Culinary Conquistadores
    08 Jun 2021 • 9 min read • 5 0
    The tension of the “Cultural Diversity Day” is probably familiar to anyone who has ever been a minority student at a small, private school. Almost always with the obligation of bringing in a treat as ...
  • What exactly is an embelequera?
    11 May 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    In Puerto Rican slang, an embeleco roughly translates to a complication, usually an unnecessary one. An embelequero/a (x?) is somebody who engages in emeblecos. It’s also one of my childhood nicknames...
  • Don't Yuck My Yum
    13 Apr 2021 • 7 min read
    You may have heard of BJ Novak’s new food concept called Chain. In current form, it’s an Instagram-only popup where there are periodic “hype drops” of recreations of famous dishes popularized by popul...
  • Is this cringe?
    09 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    I am an incredibly self-conscious person. On my worst nights my mind is an Oscars “for your consideration” reel of all my nominees for cringiest moments with a female lead. No one but me thinks about ...
  • Essays and recipes from a girl who likes a little mess.
    03 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read
    Welcome to La Embelequera Cooks by me, GiGi Rodriguez. I'm an avid home cook that loves trying new recipes, experimenting in the kitchen, and reflecting on the ways food affects our daily life and cul...
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