Arroz con coco was one my favorite desserts growing up, and it always takes me home. Its particular flavor and color comes from panela, an unprocessed brown sugar made from evaporated sugar cane juice, that is very popular in Central and South America, where it’s featured in many dishes and drinks.
Note: Mercedes is participating in the Seed Food & Wine Festival, taking place in Miami and Miami Beach Nov. 2 through Nov. 6, 2016. The premier plant-based food and wine festival in the country, SFWF celebrates delicious plant-based foods, fine wine, craft beer and spirits, lifestyle products and companies, all while raising awareness about conscious and sustainable living. Seed will gather some of the most talented speakers, chefs, celebrities, athletes and authors to savor a week of food, cocktails, parties, seminars and events, including a Grand Tasting, the nation’s first Plant-Based Burger Battle and SEED Summit, a gathering of bloggers, influencers and content creators.