Latin American cuisine is as diverse as the countries and continents from which it originates. Whether it’s a Peruvian ceviche freshly harvested from the Pacific Ocean or hearty corn tortillas created from corn cultivated by the Aztecs, Latin American food is incredibly diverse & delicious. Originallly, much of it would now be called “local food” created from ingredients farmed nearby. More recently, Latin American cuisine has been influenced by European, African, Asian as well Caribbean traditions. One of the more popular influences has been the introduction of cured meats, primarily from Spain. Spanish charcuterie was inspired by the French version and continues today along with celebrated Charcuterie Masters & contests around the world. Examples of Spanish charcuterie include Chorizo, Butifarra, Jamon Iberico, Morcilla, Fuet, Jamon Serrano, and other varieties of ham & sausage. A little bit of trivia – Jamon Iberico was previously banned in the United States and it was illegal to import it from Spain (this ban was eventually lifted). The reason for the ban was due to agricultural and health concerns, including an outbreak of African Swine fever. Furthermore, it is still illegal [Read more…] about Travel, Food & (how to avoid a) $10,000 Fine
Charcuterie may be a word of French origin yet it’s a very popular international food with cross cultural usage and influences. The word charcuterie is derived from the French words “char” (flesh) plus “cuite” (cooked). Charcuterie is believed to have originated in France during the 15th century due to rules prohibiting the sale of uncooked pork. Subsequently French tradesmen developed techniques to preserve meats ranging from salting, brining, fermenting & smoking, as well as cooking. Charcuterie specialists created an entirely new food form and subsequently developed it into a version of culinary art. Nowadays, charcuterie includes anything ranging from sausage, bacon, ham, headcheese, terrines, pate, etc. The extent and diversity of charcuterie is truly incredible and has extended across cultures. [Read more…] about NYC Deals – Charcuterie Masters Food Competition Event
With a fan base comparable to an almost cultlike following, Dessert Goals returns to New York City this spring. According to the website, sessions are currently scheduled to take place on March 17 and 18th as well as March 24 and 25th 2018 (See their website dessertgoals.com for additional information and updates). If you really want to go, [Read more…] about Sweet Event – Dessert Goals Returning to NYC 2018
I recently stopped by the Vera Bradley store in Soho NYC at 411 W Broadway. I’ve never been in a Vera Bradley store before but it really was an experience – a very enjoyable one! The colors are so vibrant & cheerful. The staff is so friendly. It’s a very happy place. Curious, I googled the brand and discovered an interesting history behind the brand. Personally, the travel accessories were my favorites, especially their makeup bags with clear panels so you can find things quickly. I also liked the Stylist Necklace Sets. Beyond that, it’s a matter of preference.
Recently, we were invited to an open house at 520 West 28th street in West Chelsea & it was nothing less than breathtaking. Brilliant & cutting edge interior design by Jennifer Post was one of the highlights of the tour. Combined with Zaha Hadid’s incredible architectural design and open views of the Highline below, the condominium residencies offer the latest in high-end luxury amenities — including an IMAX theater, robot valet service, a community of galleries and more.
Get ready for one of the (literally) hottest events in April as High River Sauces 5th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo returns to Brooklyn NY. Featuring 45 Hot Sauce vendors from throughout the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South American and England along with some great sponsors, this event is not to be missed. Some of the things you may find : Eating Challenges, Craft Beers, Spicy Food & Amazing Mix-Drinks including Stoli & Murphs Bloody Mary’s “The Bloody Mary Mix-Down.” Bartenders from the United States are slated to compete in this National Championship with the Best Bloody Mary winner going home with $2500.