Monthly Archives: July 2012

Cucharamama – Maricel Presilla’s South American Shining Star

Cucharamama is not a large restaurant. Neither is Zafra, 2012 JBF Best Chef Atlantic winner Maricel Presilla‘s other restaurant located a block away in Hoboken, NJ, but her cooking packs a large punch of flavor – flavor that is well […]

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Sunday Photo – Chiles en Nogada – The Fruit

It’s the season for chiles en nogada, one of the signature dishes of Puebla, Mexico and no one does them better than Chef Liz Galicia at Puebla’s El Mural de los Poblanos. The dish consists of poblano chiles stuffed with […]

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Italy With My Son 2012 – Rome’s Roscioli

We took a taxi to Salumeria Roscioli, a small restaurant that during the day doubles as a store selling top notch foods. I had heard a lot about this restaurant with nearly everyone telling me this was a must visit […]

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Italy With My Son 2012: Rome is Pazzo

We awoke early and actually left the apartment by 6AM to get the 6:55 ferry out of Rio Marina. We were there for the sunrise. There were only a few cars and people on the ferry. A chocolate croissant was […]

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Sunday Photo – Dancing Ewe Farm Cacciatorini

I’ve become addicted to these supple, peppery aged pork links from the Salumeria at Dancing Ewe Farm. Just pork, salt and black pepper in natural casing are sweet, savory and spicy with a flavor that keeps me slicing more. I […]

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Italy With My Son 2012 – Farewell to Il Chiasso and Elba

Sunday evening, our last evening on Elba on this trip, we enjoyed another wonderful dinner at Il Chiasso, but this time the mood was bittersweet. We had had a wonderful visit and were sad to be moving on.
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Next:Sicily – Dinner at a Sicilian Grandmother’s House

The premise was to be a dinner in the home of a Sicilian grandmother. That means abbondanza and amore – plenty of food, cooked with love. As we ate the family style servings at the Kitchen Table of Next: […]

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Xoco – Rick Bayless Does it Again

He may not be Mexican or from Mexico, but Rick Bayless has devoted his life to studying Mexico, Mexicans and most especially, Mexican food. He has also parlayed this passion into a very nice career. His restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo […]

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Sunday Photo – Meat in the Gravy

In an Italian-American household in Brooklyn, NY, the Sunday maccheroni with “meat in the gravy” was sacred. Unfortunately, as we have grown older and away from our roots, the Sunday tradition has evolved into a rare event. It is, however, […]

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Eddie Huang, Francis Lam, Next and Sicily

Authenticity. How important is that to a restaurant and what does it really mean? A recent discussion between Eddie Huang and Francis Lam talked about that topic with Mr. Huang coming down hard on non-native chefs gaining accolades cooking cuisines […]

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