If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you may recall that I’ve already bid adieu to my dream kitchen at least twice this year. I am starting to feel like Cher on her farewell tour because over the course of two consecutive weekends, I’ve had a return engagement at my kitchen to cook. … Continue reading An Assist in the Kitchen
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!
For many people, Earth Day is a day to reflect on our planet’s health by taking small steps to protect our environment locally—whether it’s renewing a commitment to recycle our waste, or starting a new habit such as composting or planting a seedling. For me, Earth Day—or rather the weeks that follow the observance—has been marked by joy over a small seedling plant that my children have brought home followed by crushing disappointment when the seedling fails to grow and dies, despite my best efforts. Continue reading It’s not easy being green
Growing up as a first generation American I was aware of how different my experience was from my peers at school. My parents’ immigrant status, their other worldliness extended to me. It made me stand apart from my classmates because my home life—the language we spoke, the pop culture we consumed and the food we … Continue reading Cuba de mis sueños
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
I am not sure how Cinco de Mayo came to be a big bar celebration akin to St. Patrick’s Day. Somehow a date commemorating the Mexican army’s unlikely defeat of Napoleon’s army in the Battle of Puebla is celebrated with rounds of margaritas and shots of tequila—a much better drink selection than the kitschy green … Continue reading Cinco de Mayo, Interrumpido