Eat Like A Grown Up – Dining Out Ep 1

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Are you on the go quite a bit?  Do you find yourself having to eat out or eat on the run?  I totally relate.  A few years ago, I was working for MTV Networks and the company had me on the road for three months and I still managed to lose weight.   I was living out of my suitcase and in a different hotel every week.

When we dine out, we often make excuses.   I said we.  That includes me.   More than likely something healthy exists on a menu.  Usually, it doesn’t fit with our unhealthy cravings.  Each week, I will try to pick a restaurant and point out your low cal/low point food and drink options.

What’s in Store MCCN and Beyond?

Multi-Cultural Cooking Network has covered a wide variety of topics over the years.   As we embark on our 10th year, we want to find ways to streamline and improve.   So over the course of the next year, much of our entertainment focus on culture will shift to a new blog called Colorstream Media.   On the blog, you will find the world of media in color.    And then the new blog called Being Cultured expands from the concept of Being Cultured as a Eurocentric concept.   Being Cultured focuses on Etiquette, fashion, educating about different cultures, theatre and some film among the subjects.

So at times, we will reblog from those sites in moderation so you know where to find those topics.   At Multi-Cultural Cooking Network, we want to focus on Food.    What categories keep and hope to bring back?  We will keep food history, recipes, and healthy living.   We will shift from reviewing restaurants to spotlight on restaurants.   Travel topics will be narrowed down to the food scene.   Travel, in general, will move to Being Cultured.   We plan to bring back our original programming videos.   We plan to go back covering festival and maybe even asking celebs about their favorite foods while on the red carpet.

We believe you will enjoy the changes and the two new blogs.

Like our blog, you can find a Facebook presence for Being Cultured and Colorstream Media. 

Van Nuys, CA: South African Cuisine at Springbok Bar & Grill

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Springbok Bar brings the tastes of South Africa to Van Nuys, CA.  This restaurant is a diamond in the rough.  It is unassuming and near by the Woodley Lake Golf Course.  My dining companion and I had no idea what to expect.   But when I opened the menu, way too many things looked great.

You may think the menu does jump all over the place with style of cuisine and you will notice a heavy amount of Indian cuisine on the menu.   That is in part because South Africa has a large Indian population and the food of India has been embraced in South Africa as if it were it’s own.

Well, I enjoyed South African style samosas.  The were large and packed with flavor.  And I also enjoyed my fish and chips.   Both had a delight salad of arugula, diced tomato and drizzled with it seemed a mustard dill dressing.   Everything was delish.    Check out this spot.17952724_10154788537041865_1360519580176186704_n

 

On many days they have live entertainment from comedy to trivia to jazz and they often showing a variety of sports giants screens.

MCCN Interview with La Nina del Mezcal interview

Interview from 3rd Annual Taste of Mexico:

Dave Miller: How did you get into doing Mezcal?

Cecilia:  Well um, kind of a long story but just to put it short… It was a trip that I took to Oaxaca about four or five years ago and the it was the first time I was there taking in the culture, taking in the people and the taste of Mezcal.  It occurred to me that people in Mexico were not appreciating it as they should so I started going back to Oaxaca and learning about Mezcal.  It is very extensive.  And then I started writing about it.  And that’s how the blog started and people started calling me la nina del Mezcal.  (Watch Interview for more)

 

NBA Star Ray Allen to Open 1st Organic Fast-Food Restaurant on East Coast

Two-time NBA champion Ray Allen and his wife Shannon Allen, are in the process of opening a chain of organic fast food restaurants. The name of the fast food chain is “Grown” and their first one will be located in Miami, FL.  READ MORE

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Tavern on the Green’s ‘new’ chef Jeremiah Tower puts tourist Mecca back on track.

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Legendary California chef Jeremiah Tower has taken over the kitchen at Tavern on the Green, which wants to be more than a place you take your grandma.

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There’s a fresh cook at Tavern on the Green — and he’s 72.

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Van Nuys, CA: Review of Salsa & Beer

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With more than one location to prove it’s popularity is Salsa & Beer.  Person after person has told me that they love this place.  Every time that I have tried to go there have been long lines.  On an usually rainy day, the parking lot was full but I finally got the chance to go and I was underwhelmed.  I am not saying by any means that the food was bad but considering the long lines and all the talk, I thought this is going to be great.  Soup from Salsa and Beer

I started with a soup and just to be authentic I ordered a horchata.  Both were good.  Tthe soup was full of vegetable.  The price list is very reasonable.  If I recall most items don’t exceed $15 bucks and there are lots of specials.  My friend has been there several times and he suggested that we his regular, the shrimp chimichanga.  Note, a chimichanga is something that I would never order.  With all fairness.  My experience was okay.  If some asked to me to go again then I would say, “alright.”  I would just order something that looks desirable to me and maybe I will be more pleased.

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