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Back in May I dropped in to say hi to my old friend Trevor Berryman. I first met Trevor in 1998, when he hired me as his Executive Chef at Xango.

We made some real magic there. We got recognition as the best Latino restaurant of 2000, and added a star to our Toronto Life listing. We made a lot of people happy with great food with great ambience.

I worked with Trevor again in 2005, when I took the reins at The Laurentian Room. What a thrill it was to read Joanne Kates giving the food a big thumbs-up. I’ve since left the Laurentian, but stay in touch with Trevor, doing an event here and there.

That afternoon, Trevor had an idea.

He wanted to do something Latino again. He asked me to design an authentic Latino menu for when he reopens after Labour Day. Smart guy; he shuts down the restaurant and takes the summer off.

Authentic Latino is really exciting for me.

Here’s a taste of some of that excitement.

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Cachapitas con queso fresco y albahaca

Corn pancakes made w/ fresh corn, panela [cane sugar], cheese & basil
Venezuela
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Guacamole y pico de gallo con tortillitas
Avocado, red onion, jalapeño, garlic, tomato, coriander & lime juice
Mexico
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Ensadala Tropical
Mango, papaya, avocado, greens & citrus vinaigrette
The Caribbean
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Hongos con pimentos y sardo
Pickled wild mushrooms, roasted sweet peppers and sardo cheese
Argentina
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Vieira con achiote y salsita de aguacate
Annatto-dusted sea scallops w/ avocado, cucumber & apple salsa
From Sabrosito’s personal repertoire
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Jamon Serrano, pan tostado y dulce de higos
Spanish ham w/ croutons & fig chutney
Barcelona, Spain
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Ensalada de jicama y palmitos
Jicama & hearts of palm salad w/ red onion vinaigrette
Central America
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Chorizo de España con olivas y piñolas
Spanish chorizo, olives, fresh herbs & pine nuts
Asturias region of Spain
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Everything from everywhere tasting so good, it’s truly one world.

Yours in good food,
Carlos

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*Spanish for: "Mmm. Wow. That's good!"