Unwrap for a Reward


Longtime readers may recall Ropa Vieja, Cuba’s signature dish, requires considerable prep work (i.e., time) to impart its succulence.  This is a common theme in Cuban cuisine, which rewards culinary effort with a trip straight to vibrant tropical shores.  Certainly, getting to the shrimp and the plantains which make up today’s entrees, Camarones Enchilados and… Continue reading Unwrap for a Reward

Great, Now They’ll Never Leave


A real danger when serving party guests arancini, rice rolled with crab, lemon juice and sour cream, then fried.  One bite brings addiction and an obsession with getting more.  Just like that. Arancini are something like hush puppies, except lighter and much more flavorful, thanks to the lemon juice and the wonderful crab distributed generously… Continue reading Great, Now They’ll Never Leave

This Calls for a Celebration


Of course it does.  How could anything called Feel-Good Chicken Soup inspire anything besides joy?  The dish featured this time has much more than a positive name to recommend it.  It tastes great, which, in turn, makes tasters happy.  Sure enough, it all adds up in the end. Not only does the concoction produce contentment,… Continue reading This Calls for a Celebration

Streets of East L.A.


Chances are, if you send someone out for tacos in L.A., you never will get your food.  Sure, the initial purchase will be made, but something will happen between then and when the meal is supposed to arrive.  Too much temptation.  Those aromas intoxicate, causing one to lose all other thoughts. It’s likely the buyer… Continue reading Streets of East L.A.

Just East of Flagstaff


After the best night you’ve had in years, eased to sleep by the train’s gentle swaying, you and your traveling companion dress and make your way to the dining car.  After the steward seats you and hands you menus, you survey the options.  Everything tempts, reinforcing how hungry you are. French Toast is a renowned… Continue reading Just East of Flagstaff