Cooking with the locals on Curacao

Cooking with the locals on Curacao

By Eileen Ogintz If you want to get the true sense of Curacao, you’ve got to meet locals—local families to be specific. Try a cooking class with Krris Kierindongo. Kierindongo introduces us to his mom and aunt as they are busy chopping herbs, squeezing juice and...
The Amazing Cathedral of Thorns in Curacao

The Amazing Cathedral of Thorns in Curacao

By Eileen Ogintz Think a kind of maze made out of thorns—92 million in fact fashioned into blocks in which art has been inserted, creating an open-air gallery of sorts. “This is an ode to the free spirit,” explains artist Herman Van Bergen, who is Dutch but married to...
Herbal Remedies with a long history on Curacao

Herbal Remedies with a long history on Curacao

By Eileen Ogintz           Got pine needles? Brew them into a tea and they could help with Covid-19 respiratory symptoms. We learned this at an eclectic herb garden in the Caribbean. “It’s a very old herbal remedy used...
Bon Bini from Curacao, a gem in the Southern Caribbean

Bon Bini from Curacao, a gem in the Southern Caribbean

By Eileen Ogintz Bon Bini means welcome in Papiamentu, language of Curacao, a gem of an island with 150,000 people in the Southern Caribbean. Papiamentu emerged as the local language spoken everywhere in this area — from African languages, Spanish, Dutch,...