Chef Marcela Valladolid Makes Mexican Food Easy for Everyone!
By Mariela Rosario | 03/18/2010 - 18:00

Gorgeous Chef Marcela Valladolid is the Food Network's latest cooking star! With a new show entitled Mexican Made Easy, and a fantastic cookbook, Fresh Mexico out in book stores now, the fashion-plate, chef, mother and TV personality is at the top of the world. We chatted with Marcela about how she got into the business of cooking and how she keeps it sexy and sabroso in the kitchen.

How did you get into cooking? What made you decide to become a chef?

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Taste Testing: Tapas, A Taste of Spain in America
By Diana Delatorre | 02/05/2010 - 17:07

The Book

Early in his career, chef Jose Andres trained at the legendary El Bulli under none other than the famed Ferran Adria. Hearing the announcement that El Bulli will close for the next two years, I felt wistful for a taste of Spain and a bit depressed that I may never have the chance to eat at one of the world's best restaurants. Luckily, I found just the remedy with Andres's Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America.

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Jose Garces Named Food Network's Next Iron Chef
By Mariela Rosario | 11/23/2009 - 15:00

Jose Garces joined the ranks of celebrated chefs such as Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, and Michael Symon last night when he beat out Jehangir Mehta to be crowned the Food Network's Next Iron Chef.

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Taste Testing: Cuisine à Latina
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!

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Jennifer Aniston Hopes to Open a Mexican Restaurant in NYC
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!

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VIDEO: Mexico City Opens First Doggy Cafe
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!  

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Taste Testing: Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook
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.

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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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