The Multi Cultural Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera plays Santana Lopez in the television hit show, Glee. She stated in an interview that she is half Puerto Rican, a quarter German, and a quarter African American.

According to an interview in Portrait Magazine, the star says Mexican is favorite food and Hagen Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Learn about this year’s tall dark and handsome guest star on Glee,the Multi Cultural John Stamos.

Plus EXCLUSIVE Harry Shum Interview

National Cholesterol Education Month: Top 5 Foods to Lower Your Cholesterol Level Featured

Most of us do not know our cholesterol levels. September marks National Cholesterol Education month so if you don’t know your blood cholesterol level, now is a perfect time to find out and take the necessary steps to lower it. Cholesterol is a fatty chemical which is an important part of the outer lining (membrane) of cells in the body. It can be found mainly in foods that come from animals.

What you eat and how quickly your body makes bad cholesterol, “LDL”, (which are Lipoproteins that are a combination of lipids (fats) and proteins) determines your blood cholesterol level. Our bodies make all the cholesterol it needs, and it is not necessary to take in any additional cholesterol from the foods you eat. If you have high cholesterol, you may be at risk for heart disease.

There are many factors that affect your blood cholesterol level including, your age and sex, your weight, heredity, what you eat, physical activity/exercise, alcohol and stress.

The following are the top 5 foods that can help to lower your cholesterol level: READ MORE

Meat Market: What is Sweetbread?

Sweetbreads or ris are culinary names for the thymus (throat, gullet, or neck sweetbread) and the pancreas (heart, stomach, or belly sweetbread), especially of the calf (ris de veau) andlamb (ris d’agneau) (although beef and pork sweetbreads are also eaten).

The “heart” sweetbreads are more spherical in shape, and surrounded symmetrically by the “throat” sweetbreads, which are more cylindrical in shape.

One common preparation of sweetbreads involves soaking in salt water, then poaching in milk, after which the outer membrane is removed. Once dried and chilled, they are often breaded andfried. They are also used for stuffing or in pâtés. They are grilled in many Latin American cuisines, such as in the Argentine asado, and served in bread in Turkish cuisine.

The word “sweetbread” is first attested in the 16th century, but the logic behind the name is unclear. Sweet” is perhaps used since the thymus is sweet and rich tasting, as opposed tosavory tasting muscle flesh. “Bread” may come from brede ‘roasted meat’.

New York Vendy Awards

The battle to be named the City’s top sidewalk chef is on. Competing for hungry New Yorkers every day, these road warriors work long hours in cramped conditions; many are immigrants passionately re-creating specialties from home.

Click Here For Listing of Vendy Winners

See Video From this Year’s New York Vendy’s with a few Philadelphia guest trucks.

The Multi Cultural Cast of Hawaii Five-0

Photo by MARIO PEREZ – © 2010 CBS BROADCASTING INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

(Featured above O’Loughlin and Caan)

Instead of going back to Cali, we are going back to Hawaii, Five-0 that is. A new generation gets a glance at the island of Oahu culture, babes in bikinis and an action packed hour.  Everyone knew it would be hard to do a remake of the Classic Hawaii Five-0 but the show opened not only with a strong start but with the classic theme song and similar visual opener images.  What is new about the show a different group of actors taking on familiar roles.  Let’s learn a little about the multi-cultural cast.

Scott Caan is the son of famous actor James Caan.  James Caan is most famous for playing one of the Italian brothers in the Godfather but his real heritage story is of Jewish refugees from Germany.  MCCN is not able to confirm Scott Caan’s maternal heritage yet.

Photo by Steve Granitz – © WireImage.com – Image courtesy WireImage.comDaniel Dae Kim is a familiar face to ABC viewer of the hit series Lost.  The actor was born in Pusan South Korea.  He was reared in Pennsylvania.

Alex O’LoughlinThe Australian actor was born in August 1976. Alex started out his film career in 2004, when he starred in The Oyster Farmer as Jack Flange.  Random Fact- Considered for the role as the next James Bond at the same time that Daniel Craig was a contender.
Grace Park is a familiar face to Battle Star Gallatica fans.  Although born in Los Angeles, Park was reared in Canada since 22 months of age.  She speaks french but grew up speaking English and Korean in the family home.

Bon Anniversaire, Feliz Aniversario, Salgar detán Mubarak, Kekkonkinen bi omedeto, Happy Anniversary!

This week, the Multi Cultural Cooking Network is excited to celebrate its first anniversary! What an exciting year its been for MCCN to have the opportunity to bring you exciting news, history and information on food and culture, recipes and restaurant reviews, festivals and travel, film and foodie reviews and so much more—all from a global perspective.

MCCN first started as a blog and quickly grew to an expansive website featuring celebrity food coverage,  and original cooking shows such as Mediterranean Medley, our very first cooking show to appear on the site, to the Asian Express and more recently Make Yourself Comfortable-American Style. Our audience has grown tremendously, with fans from the United States to the Caribbean, and Canada and steadily growing in other regions of the world such as Africa, Asia and Europe. READ MORE

Fashion Coming From Historic Harlem

From fashion for males to female, designers display their work  on Friday September 17th.  Studio Museum of Harlem was packed with people highly anticipating a look at Spring 2011.

Actress Tasha Smith poses with Designer Niiamar Felder.

Fashion by Designer Niiamar Felder

Click Here to See Video from the Fashion Show