Pepper pot is one of the most recognized and most popular Guyanese dishes. My dad is originally from Guyana and came to New York in the early 1980's before I was born. I didn't know much about Guyana until my dad started to make pepper pot for my younger sister and I (I was about 8 years old at the time). It is a stew that is mixed with different kinds of meats (beef, pork) and spices (cinnamon, hot pepper, clove) which gives it a spicy, Caribbean flavor. Pepper pot is usually made in a big pot and take hours to make but it is definitely worth the wait. It is so delicious! When I used to go to family gatherings with my father one of my family members would usually make a pot of pepper pot with rice. Then we would talk, laugh, and dance together. This gave me a sense of how things were like back in Guyana. It felt like home to me. Whenever I eat pepper pot I feel a special connection to my Guyanese roots. I think this is so special to me because I have never been to Guyana before and it makes me feel like I'm there. I can't wait to be able to make pepper pot one day for my family.