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Totalmente Tamales Battle @PAFF!

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 […]

La Parranda Navideña, Venezuelan Style!

On Sunday, November 25th I was invited to the *Fundaciôn Alma Llanera [The soul prairies Fundation] to their the annual *Parranda Navideña [Christmas bazar] Venezuelan party at the Japanese Culture Center. I wanted to go to this event for years, but I couldn’t make it, so this was my first time going to event, which […]

Mmmm… Hallacas for the Holidays!

I was very excited when Toronto Life Magazine ask me to produce a dish for their special 2011 Holiday dinner ‘Outsourced’ section. I said to myself,  ‘ Finally, I get the change to showcase our Venezuelan traditional Christmas dish’, the Hallaca. This is the first time a South America Christmas dish is been featured on […]

In the Americas and all around the world, what we all have in common, is that our great-grand parents made sure that those typical or classical dishes for Christmas were passed on throughout generations. Case in point is the Hallaca, which is made through Central and South America and has many manes like Tamal, Hayaca, […]


From culinary events, charity and private parties. At the Romero House event in honor of GG Michaelle Jean Fruits of the world With Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and fellow chefs With AGO chefs Anne Yarymowich , Carlos Hernandez[center] Torito’s owner Veronica Laudes [right] at Second Harvest, Toronto Taste charity event With 500 chefs at the […]

Not Just for Before or Afters Anymore: Who Loves SHERRY?

I have been stewing over this post and then putting aside and then picking it back up for a couple of months now. Wouldn’t you know it: just as I get ready to post, the Globe does a piece on sherries. And then my friend Tammy tells me yesterday that the Vintages site is featuring […]

Going National About a Humble Venezuelano Dish

I got an email from Michelle Eliot in Vancouver. She’s the associate producer of Sounds Like Canada on CBC Radio One. They were producing a summer series about a teen chef prodigy named Neil Flambé (their answer to Harry Potter, she said). They were looking for some veteran chefs to interview them about the dish […]

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