New Orleans Cafe Beignet

Thank you to Margaret Adams for sharing you photos and few words about Cafe Beignet in New Orleans.


Native New Yorker, Margaret Adams recently enjoyed a trip to New Orleans during Mardi Gras.   She sampled the local popular dessert, the beignet. In her opinion the drinks were priced moderately.   She described all the food as “fresh tasting and good.” If you never had a beignet but you have the popular fried powdered sugar confection found in New York Italian pizzerias called the zeppola then you will find it similar. The restaurant featured live music.


Wellness Resources for Afro-Cubans


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Former Multi-Cultural Cooking Network contributing writer Amberly Ellis caught the attention of for the amazing work she and Alexey Rodriguez provide in the wellness space specifically for Afro-Cubans.

Their monthly signature Afro-Vegan cooking workshop, though predominantly run by an Afro-Cuban instructor, is powered by both groups on the island and across the larger diaspora. The cooking workshops, which take place in the couple’s apartment, are small in scale but bring in a handful of Regla residents, Cubans from other areas and those visiting the island.  READ MORE


Honduran Style Tamales

The Tamal is a pre-Hispanic food and ritual, which has endured throughout history in South and Central America despite the various influences and incursions from other cuisines. This dish is made of masa, which is steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper, which is discarded before eating. Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned. Tamales are generally wrapped in corn husks or plantain leaves; recently aluminum foil also made its way to the Honduran cuisine (as seen here).

Honduran Tamales are easy to make but time consuming. Add the spice ingredients to suit your taste. When you cook your meat cook it with some of the cilantro and cumin to add more flavor to it.

Hen Tamales are made with corn dough seasoned previously, are filled with chicken and potatoes; are then wrapped in banana leaves is sewn for a few minutes. You can serve it with a dollop of cream and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in the area of ​​western El Salvador. Enjoy this exquisite chicken tamale.



  • 4 pounds of corn
  • 4 hens
  • 2 pounds potatoes
  • 2 pounds green beans
  • 2 pounds Loroco (aromatic flower in bud)
  • 2 pounds tomatoes
  • 3 onions large
  • 5 green chilies
  • Herbs (mint, parsley, celery, etc)
  • 2 bags of relaxation (mix of species)
  • Oil 2 bottles (like some of the lard, can be 2 pounds)
  • 8 oz chicken broth
  • 2 bulbs of garlic
  • Achiote to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Hard eggs (optional)
  • Butter Cheese  (optional)
  • 2 dozen young leaves of bananas without cuts

(Recipe for 85 beautiful tamales)

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to Deliver


Screen Shot 2020-02-24 at 12.13.56 PMThe doughnut chain has announced a new delivery service for the entire U.S., but there’s one catch.

Customers ordering delivery must be within 10 miles of one of Krispy Kreme’s 350 locations.

Orders can be placed on the Krispy Kreme app or website. There is a $5 fee for delivery.  READ MORE

Remembering B. Smith, A Cultural Icon

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Often unfairly called the black Martha Stewart, B. Smith was a legend in her own right.   Smith embodied  glamour affluence, poise, grace and Afrocentrism.  B. Smith rocked natural hair before it was popular in the main stream.  She was always different but yet the same.  She spoke to many black people who thought that’s exactly me.   We drink wine.  We are cultured.  Conversely she showed others a broader or image of the African-American.

In the mid–1960s, Smith began her career in modeling; participating in the Ebony Fashion Fair[ and later signing with Wilhelmina Models agency. Smith was the first African-American model to be featured on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine in 1976.[11]

Smith made two appearances on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, once as a model for Queen Sara’s wedding dress and once giving a tour of her restaurant, B. Smith, and making raspberry custard with Fred…

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Bananas Foster, A New Orleans Original Dessert Recipe


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Bananas Foster is an American dessert that originated in New Orleans made with cooked bananas served in a butter, brown sugar and rum sauce.

In 1951, with ever an eye for publicity and the promotion of his city, Owen Brennan challenged his chef Paul Blangé to create a dish featuring the fruit.  The dramatic, flambéed result is now the most-ordered item on Brennan’s menu; it is not unusual for guests who have dined elsewhere to arrive just for a dessert of Bananas Foster.

The dish was named for Richard Foster, a friend of Owen Brennan and the chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission, on which Brennan served.  See the Original Recipe from Brennans.

The New Orleans dessert of bananas Foster inspired this riff on a classic banana cream pie. It features a layer of rum-spiked sautéed bananas under the traditional pudding filling, plus a brown sugar-mascarpone cream topping.  See Recipe


 A staple at the French Quarter’s legendary Brennan’s restaurant since 1951, bananas Foster is New Orleans in dessert form: bananas, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla ice cream, and rum, set afire for both taste and spectacle.

Bananas Foster at Stanley’s Restaurant, New Orleans.   Bananas Foster is a popular dessert for tourist to try and a number of restaurants offer it.


Staten Island NY Eats: The Hop Shoppe


The Hop Shoppe is a Stapleton gastropub where Staten Islanders get their taste of beers, custom and classic cocktails and a flavor packed menu.  They also deliver and cater.


Staten Island local, Nataki Hewling recently grubbed on their eats and called spot to our attention. She said:


The Hop shoppe was the restaurant for our school fundraiser this weekend ironically. So a percentage of what I spent goes to our school. Yayy! The food is good there. Go check it out. They had a great option for my very allergic Jordan that was delicious, steak tacos. My fav thing on their menu is the general Tsos cauliflower. The kids like the place and the food. I never go there really unless it’s after hours for a drink and maybe appetizer.

Address372 Van Duzer St, Staten Island, NY 10304

Phone(718) 448-3400



Taste and See: Taste of Mexico 2020


The 2020 Taste of Mexico appeals to all five senses with cuisine and libations from each of the 32 Mexican states, and three music stages, comedy pavilion, live art, Spirits Awards, contests y mas!

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MCCN has attended the event repeatedly over the years and it is worth checking out.  See Video our past coverage: