Take a bite out of this traditional Cuban Feast

How’s that for a Christmas Eve meal? Celebrating holidays with a bite of Cuban fare is my favorite family tradition. Tonight’s menu included my abuela’s famous black beans and rice, homemade pulled pork, fresh avocado salad, garlic yucca, sweet plantains coated with brown sugar, roasted chicken, and a platter of lime wedges.

Food like this will always keep me coming home for the holidays.

Happy Holidays from hot and humid Miami, Florida

Loyal readers, fellow bloggers, and travelers across the world – Happy Holidays to you and yours! I’m enjoying a little escape from the snowy streets of Denver, Colorado for a few weeks of sweet Floridian sunshine. My Christmas festivities involve a traditional Cuban noche buena feast, served beneath tall palm trees on my parents’ warm patio – I hope everyone is enjoying lots of warmth and family cheer where ever this holiday finds you.

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Happy Holidays from The Morning Fresh!

Happy Holidays, readers! I’m down in Miami, enjoying a warm winter vacation complete with ripe avocados from my backyard, sunbathing on the patio with my greyhound mutt, Rusty, and snacking on all the homemade goodies my beautiful mother creates. I wish everyone a wonderful holiday filled with celebrations, food and love.

This Christmas, may we give more than we receive, may we count our infinite blessings and may we all relish in the gracious company that surrounds us. As I get older, the holidays become less focused on gifts and money; the meaning of the holiday season has transformed into a collection of family memories, spreading cheer and drinking lots of beer with my relatives.

As this year draws to a close, reflect on your successes and mistakes from 2010 as you prepare for a brand new year. Upcoming posts will feature my new years resolutions, as well as plans for enormous progress with The Morning Fresh, including a serious refocusing on the art of climbing. Expect weekly videos from Tally Rock Gym, daily climbing photos and an overhaul of the site’s design. 2011 is going to be a big year, folks!

Merry Christmas, everyone!