Amanda Cargill Food Content Director, Latina Media Ventures, LLC
Amanda Cargill is the Food Content Director at Latina Media Ventures, where she oversees food- and spirits-related features in Latina Magazine and on Latina.com and TheLatinKitchen.com. She has traveled extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Her work and travel have cultivated her palate and fostered a love of food and the stories it tells. She is also a former professional dancer who writes arts and entertainment reviews for domestic and international publications. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from UCLA.
Follow her on Twitter at @amandasi and on Instagram at @amandasi1.
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Food worlds collided last night when renowned chef Jacques Pépin sat down for a chat with infamously outspoken Anthony Bourdain at New York City's 92nd Street Y. Most would expect the two to have little in common, but Pépin and Bourdain complement each other like bacon and eggs; they completed each other’s sentences and toasted their respective wine glass and beer bottle.
The Dominican Republic is well-known for its beautiful beaches. It's also well-known for its all-inclusive resorts, which can make it a challenge to find a more authentic Caribbean experience. Enter Puerto Plata, a spectacular region on the DR's northern coast that boasts all of the island's beauty without the hordes of tourists.
Here's where to eat, stroll, stay and play in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic:
Sack lunches. If you've got kids and they're in school, you know how hard it is to pack a healthy lunch that won't end up in the garbage can. (And by this point - nearly a month into the new school year - you may have run out of "creative" ideas for inspiring their tastebuds.)
But there are ways to swap the boring fruits and veggies you love (but they trade) for fun, healthy foods your kids will actually eat. Here are 7 ideas for delicious and nutritious school lunches.
Love food? Love Birch Box? If you answered yes to both you're in for a treat: Try the World, a gourmet food subscription box, is launching a delivery box featuring foods from Spain on September 1.
Renowned chef Jamie Bissonnette hand-picked the products in the box, which include seven gourmet foods and a few extra goodies (like travel and culture tips, recipes, and more). Among the seven items are floral jams, paprika, citrus crumb cakes,fresh tomato sauce, and turron.
Wacko for waffles? You're not alone. The crispy-on-the-outside, warm-and-fluffy-on-the-inside treat is so beloved that it has its own national food holiday... and it's today! In honor of National Waffle Day, we've gathered our favorite waffle recipes with Latino flair. You're welcome!
Today is a day for nostalgia. It's National Lemonade Day, which makes us think of childhood summers spent selling the sweet stuff at makeshift lemonade. If we were lucky, we went home with a bag full of nickels. If we were unlucky, we went home with a lot of lemonade. (Win-win situation, honestly.)
In honor of this fabulous foodie holiday, we're giving lemonade a makeover. Click through for five grown-up lemonade recipes that are guaranteed to make you smile:
When the mercury soars, most reach for cool paletas and icy drinks. But here's a different approach: eat something spicy. Yes, you read that right. While it seems counterintuitive to spice up your food on a hot day, research shows that going picante actually cools you down.
Vacationing is hard work. Honestly, sometimes all the napping and reading and poolside sunbathing leaves me so tired I can barely lift my pinky to sip my tea. This is why hotel restaurants are having a moment. Following a long, exhausting day at the beach, a two-minute commute from your suite to the hotel mezzanine is the best you can do. That doesn't mean, however, that you should have to settle for a bland, lackluster meal.
Think lobster is only eaten by rich people who live in Boston, summer on Cape Cod, and pronounce the sweet meat "lobsta?" Think again. Lobster isn't only for the yacht club and caviar set. Freshly caught lobsters are available throughout summer in almost every seafood shop, and making it at home is easier than you imagine. Bonus: making lobster at home is cheaper than ordering it at your neighborhood restaurant, and serving it at your next dinner party will seriously impress your friends.
Three cheers for summer! Three more cheers for summer picnics! Today is International Picnic Day, so pack up your blanket, put on your shades, and head out to the beach, park, or backyard pool for some dining al fresco.
To make it easier, whip up one or all of these perfect picnic recipes. From refreshing aguas frescas to veggie faves to fresh, easy salads to sweet desserts, we've got you covered!
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