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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 […]

Rainbow Trout Tasting, Chayote Salsa On the Side

Stop by Snapper’s Fish Market on Sunday [April 18] between 1:30 and 4:30. 263 Durie Street, two blocks west of Runnymede, just north of Bloor I’m cooking up Laurie’s rainbow trout and serving it with chayote salsa. Recipes to go. Celebrate local food with this gorgeous Ontario fish, and come and say hola to Laurie […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Miracle Kitchen In High Park

My cool good friend Jane Hayes [aka Garden Jane] introduced me to this exciting thing that’s been going on in High Park, just a couple of blocks from my house. For the last 11 years, what Jane and some of her cohorts did was to establish The Children’s Garden, a program that provides kids and […]


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 […]

Sabor of California festival at Summerhill’s LCBO

Join me on July 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Summerhill LCBO for the “Sabor de California” festival. I am going to celebrate with a class to showcase the Mexican influences on the regional flavours of California cuisine. Our foodie-road trip and what we’re making….. First stop: Gilroy, the garlic capital of the […]

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