By Diana Delatorre | 09/25/2009 - 15:00
Justice Sonia Sotomayor's appointment to the Supreme Court got me thinking about all the strong Latina role models I know. One of these women, Chef Michelle Bernstein, is the brain behind two of my favorite restaurants in my hometown of Miami, Michy's and Sra. Martinez. You have to love a beautiful dancer who willingly hangs up her ballet shoes and tutu in favor of an apron and the hustle and bustle of a commercial kitchen. At least, I do!
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 09/16/2009 - 14:50
Actress Jennifer Aniston hopes to put her celebrity to good use and open a Mexican restaurant in New York City one day. What are her qualifications, you ask? She “loves Mexican food,” Aniston told Conan O’Brien during a visit to his show Tuesday night. According to the actress, New York is lacking in the good Mexican food department—sorta. “New York needs a Mexican,” Aniston began before catching herself and continuing, “New York City needs a good…well, they’ve got a couple great ones, but you know. ” Not really, but OK!
By Mariela Rosario | 08/20/2009 - 10:57
Nikai, owner of the Bow Wow deli, never dreamed she'd open up a restaurant just for dogs when she moved to Mexico City with her chef husband six year ago, but after adopting an African greyhound with a sensitive stomach she became passionate about canine cuisine.
“It’s the same thing as when you have your first baby; you become very sensitive to food,” says Nikai. After baking her pooch a personalized birthday cake, orders started rolling in from her friends who wanted to spoil their best friends as well. The rest, as they say, is history!
By Diana Delatorre | 05/01/2009 - 10:15
New Orleans is a city bounded by bayous, countless canals and the mighty Mississippi so it's no wonder that Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook highlights the bounty of these waters. Truly a melting pot, the people of New Orleans are descended from French, Canadian, Spanish, Haitian, Native American, Italian and African peoples and this fusion is best exemplified by the city's marvelous music and food.
By Verky Arcos | 04/07/2009 - 16:10
This past weekend I attended the 2nd annual Puerto Rican food festival, Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza, at Escabrón Beach in San Juan. As I headed down to La Isla del Encanto I began to think about the food that reminded me of my family, childhood and roots. I came to the conclusion that I've been bombarded with so many different dishes, fusions and cooking techniques, that I’ve sort of ignored and neglected the food that I grew up loving.
By Verky Arcos | 03/24/2009 - 14:20
Cafe, or cafe con leche; either way it’s a delicious treat that I have known since I was a niña. Recently, I tasted—and really enjoyed—a new coffee named Liga Masiva. Waking up a bit groggy from a long night of running around NYC hot spots in Louboutin heels while keeping a firm grip on a tall cocktail at all times, I found myself in dire need of my morning cup of Joe.
By Dorkys Ramos | 03/17/2009 - 17:20
You keep hearing breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but who can cook when you’re already short on time? Well you should know that eating breakfast not only revs up your metabolism, it also keeps you from reaching for those powdered donuts later on. Here are six quick and easy ways to jump-start your day:
1. Whip up a yummy smoothie with bananas, orange juice and low-fat milk or yogurt. If you keep frozen fruit chunks in your freezer, you’ll save time and can forgo the ice.
By Diana Delatorre | 02/12/2009 - 14:11
Low on funds? Is making this Valentine's Day special proving especially difficult? Then I have some good news! You don't need a lot of money to show your beloved that you care. What you need is Latin Lover Lite by Chef LaLa. Trained as a nutritionist, Chef LaLa's book aims to keep all of the flavor of traditional Latin food while eliminating the fat.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2009 - 17:30
Scientists recently found traces of chocolate residue on ancient jars in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The discovery marks the earliest known presence of cacao north of Mexico. "It is the first known cacao north of the Mexican border in the United States, and as far as I know the only known cacao in the United States before contact," Patricia Crown of the University of New Mexico told LiveScience, referring to the time before Native Americans interacted with European settlers.