Review of Parrot Club in Puerto Rico

Multi Cultural Cooking Network Fan on FB  Cynthia Lowe shares this review and photo of the Parrot Club in   ~A Nuevo Latino Bistro & Bar* Old San Juan. Vianda Nachos con Ropa Vieja ~ Latino style stewed beef, monterey jack cheese, aguacate, sour cream y salsa fresca ~fried plaintan chips! Deeeee-lishhhh

Review of Crest Cafe in San Diego

Breakfast is THE most important meal of the day, or so I hear…so shouldn’t it be scrumptious? If you agree, head on over to Crest Cafe, an urban and hip delectable eatery in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, California.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by a cheery waitress who seated us instantly. Although the restaurant is quite modest with close-quarters seating, the food selection and taste were rather large.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by a cheery waitress who seated us instantly. Although the restaurant is quite modest with close-quarters seating, the food selection and taste were rather large.

While perusing the menu, my hubby and I enjoyed a generous Mimosa and a fresh fruit bowl. I had a difficult time making a decision between the Creme Brulee French Toast and the Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes. I decided on the French Toast and added a side of bacon while my hubby chose the AppleCinnamon French Toast and sausage. The Creme Brulee French Toast was cooked to perfection! It came adorned with freshly sliced strawberries and a Creme Brulee sauce. The dish was hearty and delicious. I did not get that distinct Creme Brulee flavor I was hoping for, but it was delectable. The tasty side of the thick-sliced bacon was plenty to share! Even though I really enjoyed the French Toast, I do believe my hubby enjoyed his Apple Cinnamon French Toast more! Of course I tried a piece and was surprised by the unexpected bold flavor. It was a cinnamon ooey gooey experience with large amounts of sliced apples atop the french toast slices. My hubby really enjoyed it and said he would recommend it to everyone!

Despite the fact that our bill was roughly $50, the portion sizes and taste made it well worth it. I would highly encourage you to visit Crest Cafe and give this surprisingly yummy and mellow restaurant a try.

Where: 425 Robinson Ave
(between 4th Ave & 5th Ave)
San Diego, CA 92103

Parking: They offer validated parking for the lot on 4th Avenue in the middle of Robinson and University Avenues.

Telephone: (619) 295-2510
Website: http://www.crestcafe.net

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Raising Adventurous Eaters

Children are imitators and love to do what mommy and daddy do; so why not teach your children to be adventurous eaters? Some children are very picky eaters and often times will grow out of that, but for those that are not so picky here are some tips to opening up a whole new world to their taste buds.

1. Add international spices and flavors to some of their favorite foods.

As a child I loved all foods however if my mom gave me a choice I would loudly proclaim HAMBURGERS. If it was up to me I would eat hamburgers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and like me most kids have their favorite foods. For the one dish lover try adding a different condiment. Instead of ketchup on a hamburger try barbeque sauce or use different types of cheeses instead of yellow cheese. Make sure you also make their favorite just in case they don’t like the new dish. Be mindful not to use spicy condiments or anything mildly hot, take small steps not giant leaps on this journey.

2. Cook together.,

Children love spending time with mom and dad, and before they realize that cooking is work they actually enjoy it. Use this time to bond with your children and introduce them to new foods. Break out the cook book, let them wear little aprons, allow them to get their hands dirty in the flour or cracking eggs, whatever the dish let them be a part in creating it. When everything is finished make a big deal out of it, name the dish after the child, take pictures and hang it on the fridge or post on your social media site. They will be more open minded to trying new dishes when they see how excited you are.

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5 Great Things to Do in South Africa

Tavaris Peele is a world traveler, Multi Cultural Cooking Network fan at FBsharing with us five great things to do while visiting South Africa.

Table Mountain in South Africa

Table Mountain in South Africa – photo by Tavaris Peele

1. Table Mountain- is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa.

2. Robben Island- Since the end of the 17th century, Robben Island has been used for the isolation of mainly political prisoners. The Dutch settlers were the first to use Robben Island as a prison. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there. The photo below is of one of Nelson Mandela’s cellmates telling us about Robben Island.

3. Camp’s Bay Beach-Camps Bay beach is Cape Town’s answer to St Tropez and one of the many Camps Bay attractions. It offers spectacular views of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles and its fine white sand is packed with beautiful people, especially over weekends and during holidays. Camps Bay’s long stretch of beach is perfect for sunbathing and its open flatness means that team activities like Frisbee and social beach volleyball can also be enjoyed by the more active visitors.

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4. Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope-Cape Point is a promontory at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula, which is a mountainous and scenic landform that runs north-south for about thirty kilometres at the extreme southwestern tip of the African continent in the Republic of South Africa.

Cape_Point

5. Safari in Kruger National Park.

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Bonus Tip! Make sure you eat at Nelson’s Eye Restaurant in Cape Town. It is a steakhouse, open since the 1960’s. http://www.nelsons-eye.co.za/menu_light.htm

Baboons

 

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Traditional Cocktails of the Belmont Stakes

he Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the Triple Crownheld every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Therace occurs five weeks after the Kentucky Derby, and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. (This year the Belmont Stakes will be Saturday, June 6.)

The Belmont Breeze and the White Carnation are traditional libations featured at the race. So place your bets, take a seat in front of the tube, and feel like you’re at the track by sipping on one of these delicious cocktails. For the White Carnation I used Square Oneorganic vodka and Milky Way Dairy Farm light cream from just down the road in Starr, S.C. For the Belmont Breeze, I skipped the 7 up and sugary mixers and instead made my own simple syrup and used freshly squeezed juices. I think that the Belmont Breeze would also benefit from some mint from the garden.

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