“We’re home!” exclaimed Keller as we both stretched from our seats to get our first glimpse of Cuba from the plane. His declaration was marked by a big bear hug and a hand grip. I can feel Keller’s excitement at seeing his grandfather’s country for the first time. I certainly felt it myself, as did … Continue reading “We’re home!”
Vaca frita (fried cow) is a traditional Cuban dish. Made of shredded beef, vaca frita is marinated overnight in lime and garlic, and pan fried with thinly sliced onions until the beef is crispy. My ex-husband would go back and forth on whether vaca frita was his favorite Cuban dish or ropa vieja (old clothes), … Continue reading The comfort of food and friends
Whenever someone asks for a restaurant recommendation in downtown D.C., I often refer folks to one of José Andrés’ restaurants. Whether it’s Zaytinya, Jaleo or Oyamel, the food is always exceptional. What sets his restaurants apart from the other amazing ones in town is José himself, his convictions and his philanthropic heart. It’s why I was more than happy to pony up the $150 for Dine-n-Dash, a benefit for Andrés’ World Central Kitchen. The nonprofit organization through its chef network has been key in feeding Puerto Ricans as they continue to recover from Hurricane Maria, and more recently the people in Hawaii and Guatemala in the wake of their respective natural disasters. Continue reading Fast Food on the Run
The Food Network would have you believe that they invented the celebrity chef, but, in reality, we’ve had chefs reach superstar status for decades. What I believe is new is the celebrity chef with a social conscience. Enter José Andrés who in the 25 years since opening his Spanish tapas restaurant, Jaleo, has emerged as … Continue reading 30 Restaurants in 4 hours? Challenge Accepted!
Perhaps no other food captures the essence of Spanish culture better than tapas. Small enough for a person to make a meal out of two to three dishes, tapas are meant to be shared, evident of the social and generous nature of Spaniards. Tapas originated in the Andalusia region of Spain in the nineteenth century … Continue reading A Talent for Tapas