The moment when you return home – AfriCaribe Dance Recital

Sarah Maria dancing Bomba at AfriCaribe’s recital

Last night was a night that I felt was a “Homecoming” night for me and I kept thinking of the song by Ruben Blades “Todos Vuelven”. Last night when I first heard the sounds of Bomba music as I walked to La casita de Don Pedro on Division Street, I felt the coming home feeling.

I remember as a child in elementary school how I would practice dancing to bomba music and how many of the kids I grew up with wanted to be Conga players. I was very happy to see AfriCaribe and other groups fostering this beautiful and expressive art form. Last night more then ever I felt very proud to be from Puerto Rico.


Nelly’s Restaurant and Victor the Chef – 40 years of excellence

Chef Victor of Nellie’s Restaurant in Humboldt Park

Yesterday Lorena and my family celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary at Nellie’s Restaurant on Division Street in Humboldt Park. I could not feel prouder than celebrating my wife the love of my life at Nellie’s. Chef Victor’s shared the experience of his life with me and I realize that I have a lot in common with this man who owns a house in the Villa Palmera’s neighborhood of Santurce, Puerto Rico where I grew up. This made it so much more special. I feel extremely blessed to be married to a Latin American family an proud that Nellie’s restaurant upholds the Puerto Rican culture to its highest level in Humboldt Park.

By the way Victor makes the best omelets!