This is how I learned about Pilar coming to town, which is exciting in itself. I got a call from Andrew Gardner, my old friend from my days at Xango, whoâ€™s now part of the management team at Reds Bistro. He and Reds Chef Michael Steh, invited me to come and talk to them about […]
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Cherry Lovers Take Note Last week I was walking through Chinatown and saw some cherries. In January? Later in the day in Kensington, I saw more. And today, at my neighbourhood fruit stall in Bloor West Village, I saw them again. They came in from CuricÃ³, a region close to Santiago, the capital. I decided […]
I got very excite to be invited back to the 2nd annual Pan-American Food Festival!! This year the organizers decided to add a competition to showcase one of the most traditional dishes, that truly is representive of the Hispanic culture the tamal, with the “Totalmente Tamales battle” I was representing Venezuela with the Hallaca, which […]
Posted in Food on August 8th, 2014 Comments Off on 2nd Annual Pan-American Food Festival!
The press party took place at Valdez Resto on July 21 with PAFF’s director Daniel Garcia-Herreros and the Culinary Director Mary Luz Mejia introducing the program for this year’s festival, celebrating the food, and featuring International chefs, vendors market, cooking- demos, art, films and local Latino chefs. With my good friend and PAFF’s culinary director […]
One of my favorite things to eat after arepas are empanadas. A small pastry pocket stuffed with whatever we may think of: meat, fish, pork, vegetables and the list goes on. Empanadas are made all over the Latin world, but with different and sometimes unique techniques and recipes. For example, in Venezuela and Colombia, empanadas […]
Nothing is sweeter than realizing a dream, and another one is coming right up. Thanks to the visionary Mary Luz Mejia and her partner Mario Stojanac of Sizzling Communications, an evening of Latino cuisine is set to blow your mind. We all decided to call it OLA, which stands for Of Latin America. And in […]
The earliest record of the avocados existence was an archaeological dig in Peru that uncovered avocado pits buried with a mummy in the eighth century BCE. One theory was that the avocado was believed to have aphrodisiac qualities valuable to this culture even in the afterlife. As the story goes, in more recent history, when […]