The Very Multi-Cultural American Olympic Gymnast- Kyla Ross

Wikipedia -Kyla Ross was born on October 24, 1996 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Jason and Kiana Ross. Her father is black and Japanese and her mother is Filipina and Puerto Rican. She has two younger siblings and attends Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, California.

2012 Olympic Team

Ross’s mother, Kiana, said that she was always very strong with a lot of energy, “She was born with muscles. We would go to the park and everybody would say ‘Whose baby is on top of that jungle gym?’ And I would say ‘Oh, that’s my baby. Don’t worry about her, she’s fine.'” Her father, Jason, added, “It would use all my effort to get her to sit in her car seat, and I’m a pretty big guy, a strong guy. When she was born, we were like, ‘Oh my God, she has triceps, she has quads hanging off her. What the heck’s going on?’ And she was just super strong. I mean, at an early age, she was able to walk across the monkey bars, just hanging herself.

Check the article- 10 Cool Things about Kyla Ross

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The Process of Making Mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico

Mezcal, or mescal, is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant (a form of agave, Agave americana) native to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl metl and ixcalli which mean ‘oven cooked agave.

The maguey grows in many parts of Mexico, though most mezcal is made in Oaxaca. There is a saying attributed to Oaxaca regarding the drink: “para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también” (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.) READ MORE

Dave Miller of Multi Cultural Cooking Network walks you the process of producing Mezcal at the Wahaka Distillery in Oaxaca Mexico.

Baltimore: Tea by Julia Faye

Going to tearooms is hard work, but somebody’s has to do it, and by George I take my job seriously. So, when I looked online and found a little tea spot located in a historic property called Stone Mansion, I was very intrigued. There happened to be a Christmas tea coming up—all the more intriguing. So I come upon the property of this quaint little spot and I’m greeted by Julia Faye Briggs, owner of the Tea by Julia Faye. She is friendly like your Auntie Julia who’s always trying to make sure your comfortable at her home. As she bustles around getting things ready for the Christmas tea,  I’m making myself comfortable amongst the various Victorian pieces, checking out the beautiful tea pots and other paraphenalia. Yes, this is going to be a good visit. READ MORE

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Foodtography: Olympic Cookie

Okay, expert cookie makers even though it is a bit too hot to think about baking, we found a little Olympic inspiration.  A friend of mine works at NBC affiliate where they brought an Olympic cookie to the station for opening day for the Olympics.  NBC is covering the Olympics. My friend posted this photo on Facebook.  I reposted on the Multi Cultural Cooking Network Fan Page at FB (Like Us).  One of our fans asked, “Where can I find a cookie cutter like that?”  We did some research,  on Amazon of course.  Click Here

Toronto Beer Festival

Toronto’s Festival of Beer is Canada’s largest celebration of our favourite malty libation!  Beer takes centre stage at the Festival, but live entertainment is an essential component that elevates the event from an average tasting to a world class festival.

The Festival Grilling Tent is the ultimate forum for grilling with our nation’s favourite golden beverage. Instructed by Chef Ted Reader & Friends, the audience is entertained while gaining great grilling tips as well as how to keep your grill in tip-top shape.

The grill is hot, the beer is cold, and there are prizes to be won so be sure to drop by the tent!

Where:  Toronto’s Festival of Beer moved to its new location in 2009 at Bandshell Park. Located at Exhibition Place, the park is easily accessible by both the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) and GO Transit. Constructed in 1936 and inspired by the Hollywood Bowl, Bandshell Park is the perfect location for the Festival.

Bandshell Park can be easily reached by TTC and GO Transit.


  • Friday, July 27 – 4:30-11pm
  • Saturday, July 28 – 1:30-8pm
  • Sunday, July 29 – 1:30-8pm

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A Look of Back at Olympic Games of the 2000’s- Beijing, Athens and Sydney

The Olympics are the ultimate expression of the world’s multi-culturalism.  Let’s take a look at the past summer olympics of Beijing, Athens and Sydney, Australia.

Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony




More than Fish and Chips on Olympic Menu in London 10,500 athletes and millions of fans during the Olympics may be a mammoth task but London 2012 is hoping to seize the opportunity to also improve the reputation of British cuisine.

Fish and chips, pie and mash or a full English breakfast are hardly top of the list for an athlete looking to make it to the finish line, let alone win a medal.

However, the London Games organizers are not planning to turn their backs on the national cuisine during their moment in the spotlight.

Indeed, they are convinced there is something in the British recipe book to please even the fussiest of eaters.

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UK Healthy Snacking & Eatwell Plate

British Nutrition Foundation-It is fine to snack – so long as you maintain a healthy balance of foods and keep yourself active. If you
feel hungry between meals, or you know it will be a while before you eat your next meal choose snacks that provide energy (preferably in the form of starchy carbohydrate), vitamins and minerals and not too much fat, sugar or salt.
You can use the eatwell plate as a quick, at-a-glance guide for choosing healthier snacks. The eatwell plate shows the types and proportions of foods that we need to eat to make up a varied and well balanced diet, so foods from the four main food groups make good choices for snacks. Try to make sure that that snacks you choose compliment other foods you eat during the day, i.e. choose a snack from a food group you may not have already had. For example if you had toast and fruit juice for breakfast, a yogurt would make a good morning snack. If you ate cereal and milk for breakfast, a banana would be a good morning snack choice.

Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta 
These foods contain plenty of starchy carbohydrate to provide the body with energy throughout the day. They are a good choice if you are particularly active, especially before or after sport. They are low in fat, and contain even more fibre and minerals if you choose wholegrain types.

Try these easy snack suggestions:

  • A plain or fruit scone (with low fat spread and jam)
  • A small bowl of wholegrain cereal with semi-skimmed milk
  • A small sandwich or slice of toast with banana and a little honey
  • A handful of rice crackers or a rice cake
  • Half a bagel with low-fat cheese spread
  • A hot cross bun or two slices of malt loaf with low fat spread


A Dream Deferred: Greek athlete expelled from Olympics for racist tweet

Greece‘s triple-jump champion was expelled from the Olympics after posting a tasteless tweet about Africans and the West Nile virus.

Hellenic Olympic Committee officials announced Voula Papachristou wouldn’t travel to London after she tweeted a joke about African immigrants. READ MORE

Despite the racist comment, I feel sorry for the almost would be Olympian.  You trained for the big dance of sports only to trip on your words.  For her, she may have to ponder the words of African American Poet Langston Hughes famous poem. -Crystal A. Johnson – Multi Cultural Cooking Network Editor.

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

LA Street Food Fest from a Vegetarian Perspective

In 2012 Veronica Herrera attended the LA Street Food Festival.  Her perspective is that of a vegetarian.   The annual festival takes place at the Rose Bowl, featuring LA’s Best Food Truck and street vendors.   Your ticket is a all access pass to a taste of LA.  Some portions are pretty small while others are an adequate style.  After all,  you get to linger and nibble all day.  Moreover, the LA Street Festival like MCCN is a taste of the world from Indonesia to Mexico to Southern Barbecue.    Expect frozen desserts, cupcakes, drinks and other items to choose from.

It is a great event.


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