I’m breaking all the “Meatless Monday” rules today and offering up a gluten-free and Paleo plate of meat.
In celebration of me starting Spanish classes this past Thursday at Fluent City in Manhattan, I’ve decided to combine Caribbean, Mexican and Spanish flavors into one dish!
Let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with plantains, avocado and carnitas, right?
I spent 10 years learning French. Oui, oui, c’est vrais. (Yes, yes, that’s right).
Then I met Lu. Not only is he the love of my life and a tall glass of water, he is Hispanic. I’ve mentioned that before – his mother is Colombian, his father is Dominican and he was born in Puerto Rico. He lived there until he was about nine years old and then he moved to the beautiful state of New Jersey.
How we met is a story for another blog post. Long story short, his brother got married at Trump National Golf Club, where I used to work. The bride introduced us months later.
Since becoming closer with Lu and his family, I’ve obviously gone to Puerto Rico a couple of times to visit his family (the sisters and mother still live there, but his brother lives in Hoboken, NJ).
During these visits, everyone speaks in Spanish. Everyone. Luckily, they also speak English, but when they’re all together, they’re obviously going to speak in their language – the language they can express themselves in most aptly.
I always feel bad when everyone’s having a conversation in Spanish and I walk up and they have to stop and switch to English. I feel bad because I feel disrespectful. Why shouldn’t I learn Spanish? If I want to spend time with Lu’s family and really show my love for him and his background, the thing to do is learn the language.
Plus, I’m a nerd. I love learning. I was always a strong student and find it exciting to learn something totally new. It’s tough to come by that post-college. Luckily, my adventures in the kitchen and starting a company teach me something new every day.
All I have to say is, Lu, this better be the real deal, ya know what I mean? ;-)
Enter Fluent City. They offer reasonably priced group language classes for adults on weeknights after work. They offer French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hebrew and Japanese classes in New York City (Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn), Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Actually, I took one of their courses in French in Brooklyn (to refresh my knowledge) last year and had a wonderful experience.
The class is right in Times Square on Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm. So, if you’re trying to @ me on Twitter or Instagram during those hours, I won’t be responsive!
My first class was so much fun! The instructor breaks everything down in an easy and approachable manner. His name is Joan (with an accent mark on the o).
The instructor’s native tongue is Spanish, but he was born in Miami so he doesn’t have an accent, which helps with he’s translating.
After the class, I came home and told Lu everything I learned! He was very impressed, I think. We even woke up the next morning and I said, “Buenos dias!” (need that accent mark on the i!) He said some other stuff too, but I had no idea what it meant. We haven’t gotten that far in my class just yet.
Overall, it was an awesome first class – I learned the alphabet and pronunciation and although I struggled a bit with my French “accent” getting in the way, I think I’ll have it down by the end of the 10-week course.
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For more information on Fluent City, visit their website. If you live in any of the cities they serve, I highly recommend their classes. PLUS, Fluent City is offering Inspiralized readers 15% off adult language classes! Check out all upcoming class schedules at Fluentcity.com and select the class that works best for your schedule.
Use the discount code INSPIRALIZED14 during checkout (be sure to click “apply promo code” to make sure the discount sticks!). Act fast – offer ends April 21, 2014!
Now, for the recipe. Well, it goes without saying that this should have your mouth watering from start to finish and after! Make sure to check out this tutorial on spiralizing plantains before you tackle the recipe.
Note: Although Fluent City compensated me for this Spanish Level 1 course, all opinions are my own.