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Seafood Pho

December 10, 2014

I am fascinated with food because it reconnects me with many great childhood memories.  I believe my passion started when my grandma would take my youngest sister and I to the town of Humacao every Sunday.  On our way to visit her friends we would stop by several kiosks and on ‘special’ Sundays, we would stop and try new restaurants.  That is one of the legacies from grandma Bertha… my youngest sister Lucy and I are obsessed with food.  Lucy likes to cook the Puerto Rican food that we both grew up enjoying.  I love to eat in restaurants around the world and experience food in ways unknown from my childhood. Continue Reading…

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In Search for Cupcakes

November 19, 2014

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Cupcakes By: CamiCakes

Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? I do.

CamiCakes do cupcakes like no other. Their cupcakes are moist and incredibly delicious. My favorite is their red velvet with cream cheese frosting. And their lemon drop is my second choice. The citrus flavor is clean to the palate. Exhilarating! Continue Reading…

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Puerto Rican Pasteles

November 19, 2014
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There is a smell so incredible that it triggers many wonderful memories of my beautiful island: my sister Lucy’s pasteles.

Pasteles are a staple of our Puerto Rican (PR) cuisine. Simple in their ingredients but laborious to prepare, especially to those averse to cooking. Even though I have not participated in the assembly of pasteles in years, they are well worth the effort. For me, pasteles are the ultimate comfort food made of cassava or other mashed tuber vegetables stuffed with various fillings. The ingredients of our cherished Puerto Rican dish reflect the rich fusion of our culinary roots: chickpeas, olives and capers from Spain, bananas and plantains from Africa, as well as root vegetables from the Taino Indians. For Puerto Ricans that add ketchup as a topping, the more recent North American influence is also evident. Continue Reading…