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Empanadas! Any One?

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 […]

Luminato 2010

It looked like it was going to rain, and it did, briefly, but mostly it was a perfect summer day. It was also Father’s Day. College Street was having its Italian Food Fest, and The Distillery had a Food and Spirits event on to, so we had a lot of competition in getting the foodies […]

Latino goes Local with SlowFood

Cava’s Chris McDonald has invited me to join him to cook a special Latino dinner for Slow Food Toronto’s culinary series, and I’m excited. This will be the first time working with Chris, his Cava partner Doug Penfold and Carlos Rodriguez from Hart House. It will be the second time working with Marina Quierolo, owner […]

Pan-Latino: A New Season of Classes

After a much needed holiday, I’m back in business. Last week I started the 2010 Pan-Latino cooking series at IQliving and at the LCBO. Happy to report the two first classes were sold out. It’s great to see how much interest has grown in Latin cuisine, not just in Toronto, but all over Canada as […]

Sabrosito at the Bricks works Picnic

This year’s event was all about ‘world cuisine’ using local and organic products. It was an honor for me and my crew, to have been invited to the picnic, thanks to the event organizers decision to recognize cultural and ethnic groups from around the world that make Toronto home. Connecting the global palate using foods […]

Cachapas at St. Andrew’s Farmers Market

I team up with Eduardo Lee and Marc Lukacs, owners of Arepa Cafe to do a chacapa testing at St. Andrew’s Farmers Market to promote the opening of the restaurant that will be located at 490 Queen Street West. With Eduardo Lee Cachapas, which are made with fresh corn, salt, pepper, butter and top up […]

One City, One Great Long Table

Luminato was so great this year, I’m still thinking about it, even thought we wrapped it up over a month and a half ago. The first year, at the Distillery, was fantastic, but the organizers topped their best efforts this year. We had a little bottleneck situation with ticket sales, but luckily, organizers sorted that […]

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