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2016 New Orleans Trip Report – Part 2

New Orleans Trip Report

Decatur Street from the Washington Artillery Park & Moonwalk

I have a secret weapon when it comes to recommendations for great New Orleans eats.  A high school classmate went to LSU, fell in love with the city, and decided to stay in the greater NOLA area.  He keeps a Facebook page chronicling his lunch outings: the New Orleans Lunch Journal.  When I asked Beto for lunch suggestions, the first place on his list was Cochon Butcher.  It was the first place we visited the minute we dropped our bags in our downtown hotel.

Mid-Day Eats

Coming straight from Puerto Rico and being greeted by a traditional vejigante mask in this renowned butchery, deli and sandwich shop? Priceless! Read More…

2016 New Orleans Trip Report – Part 1

New Orleans Trip Report

Latrobe Park on Decatur and Ursulines

I didn’t realize how much I missed New Orleans until I footed my way through St. Charles Avenue for the first time in almost eight years.  Literally footed – I ran my first marathon two weeks ago.  From Lee Circle up to Calhoun Street and back downtown, my eyes were peeled for old landmarks from my college years in the late nineties. My ears open for the sounds of the bands and DJs, and for those spectators that dotted the first half of the race course.   My mind raced to all those times I took the streetcar from Audubon down through Carondelet and back. To all the nooks and crannies I didn’t take the chance to know back then.  That longing to get reacquainted with the city grew stronger as we made our way into the French Quarter through Decatur Street.  The tree lined Esplanade miles through the Marigny and City Park up to Mid City were dotted with regret for not exploring as much as I should have.  And the Lakefront portion made me grateful for a sunny, mild day that could have not gone any better, throbbing right knee notwithstanding.

New Orleans Trip Report

St. Charles Avenue streetcar at ‘my’ stop

The race recap portion of this show is over. On to the first part of this New Orleans trip report, the love letter to my college town and to the great food that enjoyed over five beautiful days.  I knew the city would be packed between the race (over 25,000 runners) and other conventions and events.  The minute we booked our airfare in December I made most of our meal reservations.  If traveling to New Orleans for an event, it’s always better to reserve and then modify reservations than try to walk in to the more popular restaurants. Read More…

Great Food Reads: The Cuban Table #CookbookAffair #Giveaway


Cookbook Affair Giveaway Series

It’s time for a giveaway!  I am joining dear friends from the culinary blogosphere to celebrate February and Valentine’s Day with the #CookbookAffair giveaway’s series.  Fourteen days, fourteen cookbooks, fourteen great blogs to get to know better!  We have picked some great books to gift lucky readers, and some of the ladies have added extra swag you should check out.  Today we’re into our fourth day of prizes.

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GF360˚ Top 5 Posts of 2014

top five posts 2014

Un año que viene y otro que se va…

I love putting together the now traditional GF360˚ top 5 new posts of each year.  For starters, it reinforces the kind of writing and experiences I want to continue having and sharing with all of you.  There is a lesson learned for each of these posts.

Drumroll please!  GF360˚ Top 5 posts of 2014 are… Read More…

Puerto Rican Christmas Recipe Roundup

Puerto Rico

I think I have quizzed you on this important fact.  What country celebrates the longest holiday season?

If you answered anything other than a rousing “Puerto Rico!”, click here for my original tutorial on Puerto Rican Christmas.  One sentence summary?  Puerto Rican Christmas stretches from the day after Thanksgiving to mid January.  That gives you plenty of time to enjoy the delicacies of the season, cleanse your palate from the overdose of lechón, arroz con gandules, and coconut sweets, and then do it all over again before it is time for la Calle San Sebastián.

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French Friday with Dorie: Desserts with a French Accent

dorie greenspan smithsonian

I will be upfront: I made the bonne idee for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie selection, Beatrix’s Red Kuri soup.  Instead of making soup with red kuri squash, I used the suggested cubed butternut squash and chestnuts substitution. I didn’t care much for the soup.  In hindsight, it could have used a punch of spice because otherwise, it felt like pumpkin-peanut butter soup.  I wish I had tried the real thing, though.

But I did have a wonderful, true French Friday with Dorie Greenspan last week.

We spent almost a week in DC, taking in all the history, culture and great food we were able to handle.  One of the highlights of our visit was coinciding with a Baking Chez Moi event sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates – Desserts with a French Accent.  Joe Yonan, food and travel editor for the Washington Post, interviewed Dorie for about an hour.  Having listened to her keynote address at last year’s IFBC and some her most recent podcast interviews (thanks to Betsy and Teresa), I was especially happy when the following the following tidbits surfaced during the talk: Read More…

Great Food Reads: Make It Ahead

Make It Ahead by Ina Garten

I have kept a tradition with two neighbor families of making potluck dinners every other month for over two years now.  E has been friends with most of them them for almost two decades now – which is scary but comforting at the same time.  Even though we have learned to split responsibilities and dishes for these gatherings, the hosting family often ends up working on a dish or two while we are all hanging out or playing with the girls.  That’s why we try to cook as many items as we can beforehand – to be able to enjoy each other’s company more those Sunday afternoons.  I’m very excited to have received a copy of Ina Garten’s newest tome, Make It Ahead.  It will definitely be put to use for our neighbor dinners, and beyond that. Read More…

Happy French Friday Birthday Dorie! – Cannelés

Baking Chez Moi

Today is a very special French Friday for our FFwD group.  First, we couldn’t be more excited about the release of Dorie Greenspan’s newest tome, Baking Chez Moi.  Imagine the beautiful section on desserts at the end of Around My French Table and super size it.  Or that AMFT and Baking from My Home to Yours had a baby.  Or… yes, you get it.  Wonderful recipes with easy to follow directions, and the stories about the people and places that inspired them.    Read More…

Great Food Reads: French Roots

French Roots cookbook review

Can you miss something you never had? That’s one of the many questions that French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries and the Beautiful Food Along the Way posed while I read it.  French Roots is a joint effort by husband and wife team Jean-Pierre Moullé and Denise Lurton Moullé.  Jean-Pierre Moullé is best known for his tenure as executive chef at Chez Panisse.  Denise Lurton Moullé was a French wine importer and tastemaker, following her wine-making family footsteps.  Read More…

Buen Diente Features Adriana’s Kitchen

Salmon Rillettes - Picture courtesy of BuenDiente.com

Salmon Rillettes – Picture courtesy of BuenDiente.com

Back in September 2013, I had the chance to Dorie Greenspan.  Between conversations, she signed my copy of Around My French Table with the following inscription:


Her hope is alive and kicking.  A few weeks ago we hosted at home our friends Nelson Torres and Ismael Martinez from Buen Diente along with fellow food blogger Myriam Ocasio from Puerto Rico Eats, and food entrepreneurs Paulina Salach and Gustavo Antonetti from Spoon Food Tours and Puerto Rico Restaurant Week.  The overall theme of the dinner was my cooking journey and influences, especially those recipes featured in the blog.

We started the evening with Gougeres de Queso del Pais, followed by my take on New Orleans barbecue shrimp.  The main dish was one of my favorite recipes from Around My French Table, the Short Ribs in Braised in Red Wine and Port. To cap our meal, my sister made my paternal grandmother’s signature dessert, bienmesabe.  I can best describe a bienmesabe as a coconut cream layered dessert – sort of a Caribbean tiramisu. Our evening was beautifully recapped by Nelson here.

Photo Courtesy of Buendiente.com

Thanks again to our friends at Buen Diente for this wonderful feature and here’s to future gatherings!

The High Food Holiday: Saborea Puerto Rico 2014

Looking for more Saborea 2014 coverage?  Click here for my Saturday recap and here for Sunday’s liveblog.

April and May are my “big” food months.  No offense to the traditional Thanksgiving-Christmas-Reyes trifecta, but when I think of the best months to celebrate Puerto Rican cuisine, spring time takes the cake.

Saborea Puerto Rico

Some of the awesome local chefs featured in Saborea Puerto Rico 2014, with Clarissa Jimenez, president of the PRHTA and the Secretary of Tourismo Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort. (Photo credit: PRHTA)

Next weekend, the island’s premiere gastronomic event, Saborea Puerto Rico, will take place.  This culinary extravaganza is presented by the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association (PRHTA) and it celebrates its seventh year.  Saborea Puerto Rico 2014 is a weekend-long feast of food and beverages that showcases the local hospitality industry while raising money for the PRHTA educational programs and scholarship fund.

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Food Blogger Cookbook Swap – Sugarbaby

Sugarbaby by Gesine Bullock-Prado

Sometimes your blogging friends have the coolest ideas… Read More…

GF360° Top 5 Posts of 2013

GF360° Top 5 Posts of 2013

I am a statistics nerd… putting together this recap of the most viewed posts of 2013 was fun and eye-opening.  Puerto Rican flavors, both and and out of my kitchen, keep bringing friends, family and the curious into Great Food 360°!  Without further ado, here are GF360­° Top 5 Posts of 2013.

Gracias, gracias, gracias!

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The (Yellow Brick) Road to IFBC 2013

Downtown Seattle

Seattle skyline. Photograph courtesy of Rafael Alcalá. All rights reserved.

On September 19th, I will arrive to the Emerald City to see the wizards… the wonderful wizards of food preparation, writing, photography, marketing and internet savvy. The 2013 edition of the International Food Bloggers Conference will take place in Seattle, Washington from September 20 through the 22nd. Three hundred and twenty bloggers will gather to learn, network, and taste their way through some of the city’s great food.  A steel flying house will take me there, perfectly timed to celebrate my third year of blogging.

Seattle will be the host city to IFBC 2013, and I couldn’t be more excited to get there with E.  The Pacific Northwest has been in my radar for visiting for a few years now.  The culture, the food, the wineries, and the legendary music scene draw us to this area.  We won’t need green-tinted glasses  to appreciate Seattle’s charms. Read More…

Setting the Table

The enjoyment of great food depends on how a meal is presented almost as much as it how it is cooked.  It doesn’t matter if a dish is prepared over the course of a whole afternoon or comes from a takeout container, it will taste better if it is eaten on the dining room table, using real plates and flatware set on top of some placemats or a tablecloth.  I don’t feel the same way eating my morning cereal if I lug the bowl upstairs in front of the computer as I do if I eat it sitting on the dining room table or the kitchen bar.   Read More…