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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: Easy Latin Drink Recipes for Summer!
By Bren Herrera | 06/24/2010 - 18:00

Summer is here, and last week I gave you a precursor to kick off the season with three easy Latin recipes! I hope you've tried at least uno!


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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: Easy Latin Recipes for Summer
By Bren Herrera | 06/15/2010 - 15:32

Summer is just one week away and the first thing that comes to mind for most of us is pool parties, cookouts and vacations. The last thing on our minds is usually what we’re going to cook; especially if we’re spending so much time outdoors and away from our casa. The thought of having to come up with light, fresh and enticing meals during super hot days can completely take the fun and sexy away from engaging in the kitchen.


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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: Why Pop Culture is Hooked on Paletas
By Bren Herrera | 06/08/2010 - 08:00

I recently found a "What's In" insert in an American fashion magazine where the paleta was lauded as the new Mexican gourmet fruit bar to indulge in this summer. Hardly gourmet, let me put you on to something if you don't already know: This is old news to us Latinas, especially if you grew up in a traditional Latin home! (How many of you had paletas right after jumping sprinklers or playing jacks?)


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Taste Testing: "Viva la Vida"
By Diana Delatorre | 05/31/2010 - 10:00

Viva La Vida is not just a nifty Coldplay tune, it's also a fairly useful cookbook. Colombian chef Rafael Palomino's sophomore effort, Viva la Vida: Festive Recipes for Entertaining Latin Style, offers easy to follow recipes for entertaining—Latin style.  The brain behind Sonora restaurant, Chef Palomino's dishes takes his reader on a culinary roadtrip of Latin American flavors and traditions using a basic and accessible approach.


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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: Girl Meets Grill
By Bren Herrera | 05/26/2010 - 17:15

When it comes to making flan and using the pressure cooker to make mean, savory meals, I have it mastered. But, I have to admit, there are still a few cooking methods that have me stumped. I used to think grilling was one of them. For the longest, it was almost another language to me. You know how we, as women, think: That’s for the guys to handle—turning on the gas, lighting up the fire, brushing the food, shuffling hot charcoal, etc. 


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Girl Meets Grill
By Bren Herrera | 05/26/2010 - 16:29

Memorial Day weekend kicks off grilling season! But if you don’t have a huge backyard (or a park nearby!) that gives you open space for firing up a monster grill, don't worry. Our food columnist Bren Herrera has the tools and tips you’ll need to get started right in your home.


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Gourmet Latino Festival
By Verky Arcos | 05/21/2010 - 14:38

Gastronomy has become the new craze in the US within the past several years, and food & wine festivals have been popping up everywhere on the map. So it's surprising that as much of a "foodie" culture that we are, there has never been a legit prominent festival of celebrating Latin cuisine. I mean, what better way to celebrate and showcase Latin culture than by way of food, drinks and music? 


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Rick Bayless to Prepare Modern Mexican Feast for White House State Dinner
By Mariela Rosario | 05/19/2010 - 17:00

Yes, we have the menu! Renowned Chicago Chef Rick Bayless has been tapped by the First family to prepare the meal for the administration's second official state dinner. The White House will host Mexican President Felipe Calderon and first lady Margarita Zavala, so Chef Bayless, known for his superb Mexican dishes and a favorite of the Obamas, was a logical choice.


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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: Red Snapper Escoviche
By Bren Herrera | 05/18/2010 - 08:00

I’ve always loved red snapper, especially at Thai restaurants. Haven’t had it in a while, but it’s the one thing I love to order every other visit. Cuban and Latin Americans eat pargo any kind of way, but I don’t remember my mother ever really making it. Short of recently seeing it prepared in avocado in a Cuban cookbook, I had kind of “back-burnered” it from my top culinary choices.


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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: Why you should get to know Sofrito
By Bren Herrera | 05/11/2010 - 08:00

If you don’t walk away from this food column learning anything, please take in all the wonderful things about sofrito! It’ll end every argument you may have regarding the basic flavoring methods for Latin cuisine!

Growing up, there were two things my mother reiterated: “Stay out of the kitchen when I’m cooking beans in the pressure cooker, and don’t forget to make the sofrito!”


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