Diversity in Fusion
- By: Kaelyn Kelly-Colon
There are so many different cultures in the world, all with incredibly diverse types of cuisines. There's no way that we could eat every meal from every culture that exists. Luckily, fusion cuisine is one of the only ways that we can get close to accomplishing that, and it is everywhere. From Appleton, Wisconsin all the way across the country, the United States of America is in a love affair with fusion food. In particular, the flavor of the minute is Latin fusion cuisine - and that's no small thing in this competitive food market, especially for Latino food!
The concept of fusion food is simple, but offers a lot of exciting flavor combinations and possibilities. Latin or Latino is such a huge word, used to reference all peoples of all Spanish speaking countries. So what exactly do Chile, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, etc. all have in common when it comes to food and tradition? Well, the answer might surprise you... it's not as much as you'd think! In fact, the myth that Latin culture is a monolith is just that, a myth. We are all incredibly diverse, and sometimes even the ways that we speak Spanish are even vastly different in pronunciation and slang! Furthermore, any of these cultural traditions and norms can have subtle variations from region to region within the continent, island or country itself. This gives fusion the richest menu of potential flavor pairings, recipes and meals to choose from during the menu selection and each restaurant makes different decisions as to what it is they feel is important to include.
There are so many different ways to fuse because the combinations are absolutely endless. It's hard to imagine all of the ways that you can figure out how to accomplish this. Fine family dining thrives in a Latin fusion restaurant environment for this very fact. If your family is anything like mine, they are notoriously hard to please when it comes to dining out. We often spend a whole hour bickering and discussing which place to go to. It goes like this - I love spicy food and don't eat meat, my mom can't do spice, and my siblings don't really ever want anything that isn't macaroni and cheese and a good old fashioned burger. Well, Latin fusion has proven satisfying to all of us in a rare turn of events. There's often plenty of beef centric meals, spicy vegetarian options or pescatarian options (much of Spanish cuisine is centered on fish), and a lot of delicious mildly seasoned and spiced options. Although every dining establishment is different, we have never been disappointed or unable to find something for everyone, and at this point, we make a game to try a new fusion restaurant whenever we hear a new one has opened or is within driving distance! As you can imagine, this makes city daycations a real treat!
Latin fusion cuisine is something special, and a great way to get a sample of the best that Latin culture has to offer in new and exciting ways. This is the future of our cuisine and cultural food offerings. Witness the evolution of cuisine today!
There are so many different cultures in the world, all with incredibly diverse types of cuisines. There's no way that we could eat every meal from every culture that exists. Luckily, fusion cuisine is one of the only ways that we can get close to accomplishing that, and it is everywhere.
Kae Colon is a writer that specializes in Latin fusion restaurants and greatly enjoys her family's secret recipes that go back generations. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com