Grand Opening Video of Eva’s Longoria Parker’s Beso Restaurant

Were are celebrating Latin/Hispanic Heritage Month and there is no better way to do it than with a party.  MCCN takes you back a year with the help of   Visit her Hollywood spot when your in town:

Flan Recipe

 It is an ultimate comfort dessert in multiple Latin cultures.  This goes out to all the flan lovers out there.   

 Prep Time: :20flan2inch

Cook Time: 1 hour


  • 1 cup and 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 13 oz cans evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. You will need 6 ramekins or other specialty flan cook ware and a large baking pan to put them in.Pour 1 cup sugar in warm pan over medium heat. Constantly stir sugar until is browns and becomes caramel. Quickly pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of caramel in each ramekin, tilting it to swirl the caramel around the sides. Reheat caramel if it starts to harden.

In a mixer or with a whisk, blend the eggs together. Mix in the milks then slowly mix in the 1/2 cup of sugar, then the vanilla. Blend smooth after each ingredient is added.

Pour custard into caramel lined ramekins. Place ramekins in a large glass or ceramic baking dish and fill with about 1-2 inches of hot water. Bake for 45 minutes in the water bath and check with a knife just to the side of the center. If knife comes out clean, it’s ready.

Remove and let cool. Let each ramekin cool in refrigerator for 1 hour. Invert each ramekin onto a small plate, the caramel sauce will flow over the custard.

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Restaurant Owner Realizes the American Dream

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As an entrepeneur, I love this story.  This is much more than a review.  When a person goes from dish washer to owner of two successful Mexican restaurants, it should make us all say, “Si se Puede!”  Find out the story behind Tequila’s restaurants in Van Nuys, CA and Burbank.- Crysal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor

Two of the more popular choices for Mexican food in Los Angeles tends to be El Torito and Acapulco’s; however, Tequila’s owner, Tony Castillo takes a page from these restaurants and opening Tequila’s restaurant in Van Nuys in 2000.  Tequila’s became such as success that he opened another location on Magnolia Blvd in Burbank.  Castillo began as a disher washer working in the Mexican restaurant industry then worked his way up ownership  of two restaurants.  Isn’t that the American dream? Castillo is passionate and proud of the food served in his restaurant.  You may even see the owner serving if he is short staffed.  That seemed to be case when, I went.  The staff is friendly but the service extremely slow.

Read link below for more:–Soul-Food-Restaurant-Examiner~y2009m6d28-Tequilas-Restaurant-There-are-More-Reasons-to-Visit-than-Tequila

Best Soul Food…I mean Southern Cuisine Restaurants

by Crystal A. Johnson-letter from the editor

There is the old expression, “If it looks like a duck, it is probably a duck.”  That’s what “Southern Cuisine” looks like to me.  Collard greens, cornbread, catfish and sweet potato pie are soul food in my book but I understand those foods have a common ground which extends beyond the borders of a soul food heritage.  Gone are the days of say it loud, “I’m soul food and I’m proud.” People say the term Southern Cuisine is all inclusive.  We do not want to alienate anyone. Mexican food restaurant in the title would not stop me from entering El Torito and neither would Chinese food in a title.  Read my popular Los Angeles Examiner article on Southern Cuisine Vs. Soul food.  It begs the question of whether soul food has a bad connotation to it. 

With respect to the restaurants listed below, I shall reveal some of the best “Southern Cuisine spots.”  If your restaurant isn’t listed, invite me to check it out.  If you think you know a better place for Southern Cuisine, email MCCN  at  Look out for a people’s choice list of Southern Cuisine spots on the upcoming official website.

Ms Peaches-North Hollywood, California

Why did it make the list? 

  • The owner’s  healthy preparation and consideration to serve  healthier food to customers when it comes to Southern Cuisine.
  • Desserts- All bets are off! You want fabulous desserts like grandma use to make.  Look no further (Click on Article below)



Ms. Peaches brings southern cuisine to the heart of North Hollywood

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Connell Moss owner of Ms. Peaches

Mary Helen’s Southern Cuisine-Hampton, Virginia

Why?  This is the south, like it or not, pig feet and chittlins(yes, I spelled like it is said rather than correctly)  are on the menu.  And the pig feet is good, really good.  The collard greens… Oh yes, why go on about it when I written about it. Click below:–Soul-Food-Restaurant-Examiner~y2009m7d15-East-Coast-Pit-Stops-In-Search-of-ComfortFood-in-Virginia

Red Springs Cafe- Baltimore, Maryland

Why?  The food is darn good.  When people make me try something that I don’t normally like and it is good then I am impressed.  Great coconut cake.  I don’t like coconut anything normally.  Read more:–Soul-Food-Restaurant-Examiner~y2009m7d28-East-Coast-PItstops-Seeking-ComfortFood-in-Baltimore-Part-II

Sylvia’s- Harlem, New York

Although I have never written a review on this classic well known spot, the memory of the flavorful experience of smothered fried chicken lingers.

The History of Meatballs

by Crystal A. Johnson

Ignorance is not bliss for me when it comes to food. My first inclination in writing this article was to title it as, The History of Italian Meatballs but a quick Wikepedia lesson informed me that the meatball has vast interpretations globally from India to Indonesia.  I really encourage you to click on the link to Wikepedia if to see the listing of countries associated with meatballs.


There are many kinds of meatball recipes using different kinds of meats and spices. While some meatballs are mostly made of meat and ingredients to cement the ball, others may include other ingredients. How one makes meatballs depends as much on one’s cultural background as on individual taste. There are even “meatless” meatballs to satisfy vegetarian palates.

Italian Meatball Recipe


SERVES 10 Ingredients


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl by hand.
  2. Use your bare hands for best results.
  3. Roll meatballs to about the size of a golf ball.
  4. Drop raw meatballs into large (I use a stock pot) pot of sauce.
  5. (I have an incredible sauce recipe {#92096} I use for my meatballs).
  6.  Simmer for about 3 hours.

On the Red Carpet: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

A couple of days ago MCCN posted a written review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs based on the popular story book.  In the posting we suggestedplaces in Los Angeles area which serve meatballs.  No matter where you are in the world this is an opportunity for a great family outing of Spaghetti & Meatball dinner and a movie. If we didn’t convince you the first time around to see this film then maybe what the celebs have to say about meatballs and the film will do it:

Potato Latke Recipe



  • 2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil



  1. Place the potatoes in a cheesecloth and wring, extracting as much moisture as possible.
  2. In a medium bowl stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour and salt together.
  3. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels. Serve hot!

*Often served with Applesauce.

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