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003. el periodo especial: scarcity & famine

Updated: Jan 12

In this episode we sit down with Fryda's parents to talk about what the Periodo Especial was actually like.


Below is a list of links meant to be a visual companion to this episode, which was filled with references to objects, foods, franken-foods, and more!


05:10 - Libreta de Abastecimiento [Ration Booklet]


exterior of original libreta, 1962


interior of libreta, includes list of products, like oil and sugar


05:26 - Bodega Cubana [Cuban Store]


my happy and pretty store, a nearly empty bodega, 1991


line outside a bodega during the periodo especial


09:35 - Potaje de Chicharos ["chickpea" split pea soup]


potaje de chicharos


11:21 - Cerelac


nestle's cerelac product


12:15 - Cuban Bicycles


family on a bicicleta china, bicycle made in China


16:22 - Covered Wagon with Horse


no fuel meant returning to horse drawn carriages


18:28 - Coffee mixed with "chicharo" [split pea]


dark roast coffee, ground, mixed with split pea at 50%


18:34 - Picadillo de Cascara de Platano [Plantain Peel Ground "meat"]


ground "meat" made from plantain peel


18:50 - Bistec de Cascara de Toronja [Grapefruit Peel Steak]


"steak" from grapefruit rind


19:03 - Picadillo de Soya [Soy Ground "Beef"]


unseasoned picadillo de soya


19:48 - Picadillo [Cuban Ground Beef]


cuban picadillo with olives, rice, and platanitos maduros


21:37 - Cerelac Song by Punto y Coma


video of javier, singer of punto y coma, performing the "cerelac" song



22:56 - Bistec de Frasada de Piso [Mop Cloth "Steak"]


parody video of this meal


23:00 - Pizza with Condom Cheese


pizza de condon


28:42 - Neuropathy Epidemic


incidences of neuropathy by region of cuba, 1994


34:37 - Trinidad, Cuba


palacio cantero view of trinidad


35:57 - White Dress Mami wore to Hospital


actual white dress fryda's mami wore and ruined!

36:16 - Cuban Hospitals


tweet below showing modern cuban hospitals with images


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