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Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza
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.


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Table Talk: Liga Masiva Cafe
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.


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Jump Start Your Day: Quick & Easy Breakfast Ideas
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.


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Taste Testing: Latin Lover Lite
By Diana Delatorre | 02/12/2009 - 14:11

Latin Lover Lite by Chef LaLa

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.


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First Traces of Chocolate Found in Ancient Ruins on US/Mexico Border
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.


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Taste Testing: Mexicocina
By Diana Delatorre | 02/02/2009 - 17:00

Mexicocina: The Spirit and Style of the Mexican Kitchen
by Betsy McNair (Author), Melba Levick (Photographer)
$24.95 at amazon.com


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Mexican Chefs Make the Biggest Cheesecake Ever!
By Mariela Rosario | 01/27/2009 - 14:40

Chefs in Mexico recently completed the largest cheesecake ever made, setting a world record in the process.

Chef Miguel Angel Quezada, along with 50 other cooks, spent nearly 60 hours making the world's largest cheesecake. The cake took almost a ton of cream cheese to make, and weighed in at almost two tons!

Carlos Martinez of Guinness World Records officially declared the cheesecake
the world's largest at an event sponsored by Kraft Foods
(maker of Philadelphia cream cheese) in Mexico City.


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Daisy Martinez Debuting New Cooking Show on the Food Network
By Mariela Rosario | 01/09/2009 - 16:15

Daisy Martinez, cookbook author and chef, will soon be serving up some more Latin flavor for the Food Network. Produced by Rachel Ray, Viva Daisy will premier this Saturday at 9:30AM and run for six weeks; the show is the Food Networks second so far to focus on Latino foods, in addition to Ingrid Hoffman's Simply Delicioso.


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Cilantro 101: Doreen Schools Us On the Cornerstone of Latin Herbs
By Mariela Rosario | 01/09/2009 - 14:00

Doreen Colondres is back to share some wisdom on the all important cilantro, a cornerstone for many Latin American recipes!


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New Year's Resolution for 2009? Eat More McDonald's!
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/06/2009 - 16:58

Listen up, fast food junkies. Turns out you don’t have to feel guilty each time you sneak off to Mickey D’s, even if you have resolved to eat healthier and lose weight!

Nutritionist Claudia Gonzalez, author of Gordito Doesn’t Mean Healthy: What Every Latina Mother Needs to Know to Raise Happy and Healthy Kids, says homemade meals aren’t automatically better than those dished out at fast food restaurants. In fact, it could make you gain more weight. “It all depends on what you choose so look at the options and make healthy selections,” she says.


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