Posted in Uncategorized on December 24th, 2006 Comments Off on On the hunt for pan de jamon, hallacas and ronsito.
Yesterday I spoke to my sister Adriana in Venezuela. I miss my family so much this year that Iâ€™m dreaming about the last time we spent Christmas together. We had a grand Christmas dinner and I was in heaven. My mother and sister made 300 hallacas for family and friends. The fillings depend on whoâ€™s […]
Posted in Food on January 1st, 2013 Comments Off on 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 […]
Posted in Catering, Food, Latino, News on December 5th, 2011 Comments Off on 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 […]
Posted in Cooking classes, Food, Roots on December 14th, 2009 1 Comment »
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, […]
Posted in Food, Media, Recipes on March 3rd, 2009 Comments Off on Toronto’s Charcutiers
For the last four weeks I have been going around town talking to chefs to see who is making charcuterie in-house and tasting some incredible stuff. It got me thinking. Who started this charcuterie frenzy? If memory serves, we have to go back to 1998-99, my Xango days. I just moved here from Ottawa, and […]
Posted in Coming up, Food, Latino, News on October 31st, 2008 Comments Off on An unlikely integration of Latin influence on film
Like food, peliculas are an entrance into understanding a culture. Naturally, as part of how I celebrate Latino culture through food, I’m excited about today’s opening of the 6th annual Toronto International Latin Film Festival, at the Royal Theater on College Street. With films showing the diaspora of the Spanish language, the festival reveals an […]
Posted in Events, Fundraising, News on June 11th, 2008 Comments Off on Running, Fetching, Gathering, Clearing
Celebrating my 10th year of involvement with Toronto Taste for Second Harvest, I teamed up with a great entrepreneurial team — Esther Benaim and Maggie McKeown of Great Cooks on Eight. We had a great time putting out stuffed dates with blue cheese and wrap with prosciutto di parma and catching up with fellow chefs […]