LET’S EAT Charles Street!

 On Saturday May 14th, the 300 block of N. Charles Street will be closed to traffic for Let’s Eat Charles Street, a family event that features local restaurants, retailers, kids activities, live music, belly dancing and more!  From 12noon until 5PM enjoy the beautiful architecture with the iconic Washington Monument as a backdrop.  Admission is FREE but food and drink prices will vary. 

Participating Vendors include:

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Laz Alonso on Being Latino & Black in Hollywood

Laz, who says that being both Cuban and black has helped him get more roles in his career, says he’s proud to be black and proud to be Latino. “I have a Cuban influence from my ethnicity, so I feel 100 percent Cuban and 100 percent Black and nobody can take that away from me,” he says. “For me, playing an African American role is playing myself and playing a Latino role — I’m playing myself,” he explains.  (Latina.com)READ MORE

5 International Breakfast in Bed Ideas

A great way of contributing to a fabulous start to someone’s morning can begin in bed, breakfast in bed that is.  Food for many people is their way of escape so preparing a breakfast featuring foods from somewhere abroad  will tantalize your special person whether parent or spouse.

Here is a listing of decadent and healthy breakfast recipes from around the World.

Watch In Spanish Chef Bonilla’s lesson on how to Cook for a Woman.  Guess What? He is making Breakfast.

Chef Kate’s Sausage Artichoke Orecchiette Recipe

Kate Ferrara Homes grew up in coastal Connecticut; in an Italian- Irish family with parents who loved to get the kids involved in the kitchen and expose them to all sorts of dining experiences. The Ferrara family loved to eat, and between the summertime spreads of peasant bread, gazpacho soup, summer sausage and smoked mozzarella, to the Sunday afternoon southern Italian feasts at her grandparents’ house, they were never for want of fun food extravaganzas.  With her enthusiam for Italian cooking she brings this recipe to you. CLICK TO SEE RECIPE

Nicaragua: Baho Recipe

If there is one thing that I learned about the Nicaraguan culinary scene, plantains are a rich part of the culture. In my case I was served thinly sliced plantain chips often but with a little digging I found a Nicaragua standby recipe which called for a sweeter, thicker slice and softer texture in preparation.

Photo and Recipe from Nicatour.net

Ingredients

  • 2 kg of beef ( cecina )
  • 2 kg of yuca
  • 6 ripe platano
  • 3 green platano
  • 3 kg leave of platano
  • 2 cup of bitter orange juice
  • 4 garlic clove
  • ¼ kg of onion
  • ½ kg of tomato
  • 4 green pepper (chiltomas)
  •  ½ kg of salt
  • ½ cabbage chile vinegar

Preparation

Cut the meat in 3 cm wide streeps, add 1 kg of salt and lay it behind the sun during 1 day.  – Wash well the meat to get off the salt and put the meet in a saucepan with the bitter orange juice , garlic, onion and pepper then wait une more day. – Put in the bottom of a big saucepan some wood or metal strips and cover the suocepan wall with the leaves, be carafull about no holes are keeping between the leaves. – Put into the yuca, green platano, ripe platano, the meat, salt and pepper. Put leaves to plug the soucepan to cook all with steam. All will be ready in 2 hours and half. – While the meat are cooking make the cabbadge, onion and tomato ensalade.

Note: If the water finish before 3 hours, add a little more to prevent the vegetable get burn. After 3 hours open the saucepan ad taste if the vegetable are well done (the platano get a red color). Put the meat and the vegetable in a dish with the ensalade on top.

History of Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Tuesday, May 5 in 2020, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Cinco de Mayo History

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception. Instead, it commemorates a single battle. In 1861, Benito Juárez—a lawyer and member of the indigenous Zapotec tribe—was elected president of Mexico. At the time, the country was in financial ruin after years of internal strife, and the new president was forced to default on debt payments to European governments.

In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz, Mexico, demanding repayment. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew their forces.

France, however, ruled by Napoleon III, decided to use the opportunity to carve an empire out of Mexican territory. Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large force of troops and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat.

Books for Mom

Some moms appreciate a good cookbook especially one that combines celebrating their culture or exploring a new one.  Some moms simply just want to curl up with a good book.  Here are a few picks.

For the New Mom:

Poems for Benjamin captures the new mom’s journey.  In the words of author Rose Hester Lavenburg, ” I was inspired to write the book when I saw all the wondrous possibilities in my newborn son which could be expressed in words. The poems “Patches” and “First Day Home” make references to the time-honored tradition in my (and I’m sure many others’) family of creating clothes and blankets for the newborn child.”

For the Mom Who Loves Tea:

Take your pick because Elizabeth Knight has a number of great books on Tea and the most fabulous tea you may ever taste called Friendship Blend.  I strongly suggest you purchase the tea too.  Tea and the City is a guide to tea houses and places to shop for tea in New York.  Also Check out  the books, Celtic Tea with Friends and Tea with Friends.

Cookbook Suggestions

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