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It’s Not All Sunshine & Beaches for LGBTQ+ in the Dominican Republic

LGBTQ+ Pisqueya

LGBTQ+ Pride Month is observed in June around the world, celebrated in both the United States and the Dominican Republic in the forms of parades, marches, and festivals. It’s a time of fun, recognition, and self-expression. This year for Pride Month, we would like to shed light on the injustices people of the LGBTQ+ community face in the Dominican Republic, along with the progress the country has made over time. We stand with the LGBTQ+ community because everyone should be entitled to the same rights regardless of who they love. We must come together to fight against the violation of […]

Spice Up Your Life With These 5 Hot Sauce Games!

Spicy Games

Think you’re a true hot sauce lover? Put it to the test with these fiery games! Your best bet is to play with hot sauces you absolutely love. You can grab all our Pisqueya sauces here. Bring on the flavor and heat, it’s time to get saucy! 1. Hot Sauce Roulette: Just by the name, you know what to expect – kind of. This is a game of spicy chance. Instead of filling up all the shot glasses on the wheel with alcohol, add hot sauce to half of the glasses. You know how we love adding our own twist, […]

Spanish Phrases & Words to Know in the Kitchen & at the Dinner Table

Buen provecho with Pisqueya

We spend a good amount of time either in the kitchen, eating, or both! April 23rd is Spanish Language Day and today we want to introduce some words and phrases you may not know but are bound to use in the kitchen and at the dinner table. Latinx are all over the globe and the number of Spanish speaking countries hits the double digits – not to mention, Spanish is one of the top languages spoken around the world. Latin culture is made up of many subcultures and they differ in various ways, from how we say certain things to […]

6 Latinas We’re Celebrating This Women’s History Month

Women's Pisqueya

Let’s face it, it’s hard to just choose a handful of inspiring women when there’s an abundance of women who have done and are doing great things! Women’s History Month, observed in March in the United States, is meant to celebrate the wonderful things women have contributed to this country throughout history, and this month we want to make sure we’re acknowledging the amazing Latina-Americans who have been incredibly influential pioneers and idols. From artists to astronauts, here are 6 Latinas you should know about! Dolores Huerta At 90 years old, Dolores Huerta is a living civil rights icon, still […]

What is Latinx and what does it mean?

LatinX Pisqueya

Latinx (lah-teen-ex) is a non-binary term used in place of Latina/Latino or Hispanic. While it does not grammatically fit within classical Spanish, it is a term that has been used since 2004 to be inclusive of all genders and gender non-conforming people, and does not have the masculine bias of “Latinos” for plural. As well, the term “Hispanic” often erases indigenous and African populations because of its association with Spanish heritage, and ignores the implications of colonization. For example, Maritza, the founder of Pisqueya, uses Latina to describe herself, but some people do not identify as women or men, and […]

4 Dominican Urban Legends Of Dark Creatures That Go Bump In The Night

La Ciguapa

Most of us grew up spooked by folktales our parents shared with us as young children, whether it was to keep us from being naughty or just for good ol’ fun. Folklore involving monsters and mythical creatures have been a vibrant part of cultures all around the world — some completely different, and others very similar with just a few twists. Here are four urban legends of monsters that scared us as children, and will scare you now: 1. La Ciguapa This mythical creature is one of the most common in Domincan legends. The Ciguapa is described as a succubus […]

6 Icons You Probably Didn’t Know Were Dominican

While many in the US may not know much about Dominican culture, the island has been contributing to global entertainment, sport, fashion and music for a long time. Latinx populations across the Caribbean and Central and South America have a varied genetic makeup because of the heavy integration of races and ethnicities throughout history, starting with the Spaniards’ colonization in 1492. However, ingrained racism and colorism has erased many Afro-Latinx people from history. Most Dominicans actually have European, African, and Indigenous ancestry, and our diversity makes our island vibrant. There are many Dominicans who have dominated and accomplished great things […]

The Dominican Republic: A Brief History

Pisqueya DR Map

From its rich history and physical beauty to its food and music, the Dominican Republic stimulates all of the senses. Together, these trademarks shape the distinct culture that has developed over centuries. Despite this, the country and culture are unfamiliar in many parts of the United States. Many Americans don’t know what the Caribbean island is or what it means to be Dominican. Because of this, Pisqueya wants to shed light on our paradise and share its spirit and lifestyle with the rest of the world. Our Motivation: Growing up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in NYC, within […]