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  • Canby Asparagus Farm's Casa de Tamales sign in Milwaukie
    The Deep Southeast, part 2: ¡comida riquísima!
    Milwaukie has no shortage of Mexican food, but the options can be overwhelming to an outsider. You might scoff, thinking of Jim Gaffigan's take on Mexican food, content that it's all the same and probably a safe bet no matter where you go....
  • Periwinkle Foundation
    Friends of Periwinkle fundraiser at Saint Arnold Brewing
    Serious illnesses can strike at any time. Even the youngest among us can become inflicted with cancer or some other life- threatening illness, challenging families in ways that go far beyond the time spend undergoing treatment. One organization...
  • Do not grill avocados, but vote for your favorite chef
    Do not grill avocados, but vote for your favorite chef
    As America Online is conducting a survey for America's favorite chef, I realize that some chefs, and those who think of themselves as up-and-coming chefs and food writers, are searching for ideas. Because of that I realize they will come up...
  • Tamales at Pearl spices up the weekend
    Tamale Festival at Pearl spices up the weekend
    The chill of winter is coming around again this weekend in San Antonio and if you are looking for a warm way to spend a Saturday, try the "Tamale Festival".This year will be the third annual event for Tamales Holiday Festival that began...
  • Dinner in El Salvador
    A food fiesta from El Salvador in Los Angeles
    The ever-expanding diversity of the population in Los Angeles brings about a mélange of delectable edibles from all over the world. Everyday, there seems to be more and more offerings from El Salvador.Most all of the Central Americans who have...
  • Step-by-step guide to making tamales
    Step-by-step guide to making tamales
    (Note: the following excerpted from my forthcoming book, Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes,co-authored with Adriana Almazan LahlTamales are an essential part of many Mexican festivals. Preparation is complex, time-consuming,...
  • Mi Casa tamales, Chef Angel Velazquez
    Tamales wrap up flavor
    Tamales originated with the Mayans and served as the equivalent of a sandwich, easily portable for armies, hunters, and travelers. They were also served at Aztec and Mayan feasts filled with pre-Columbian specialties such as frog, gopher, bees,...
  • Great excuse for a party, throw a Tamalda on Feb. 2nd for Dia de La Candelaria
    Great excuse for a party- throw a Tamalada on Feb. 2nd for Dia de La Candelario
    Note: the following is adapted from an excerpt of the book, Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes, by this columnist co-authored with Adriana Almazan Lahl, scheduled for release August 16, 2013.Mexicans finally wrap up the long...
  • Mid-Ohio Workers Association kicks off Super Bowl tamale fundraiser (Photos)
    Mid-Ohio Workers Association kicks off Super Bowl tamale fundraiser (Photos)
    During the winter months, many low-income working families in Columbus face very difficult choices. They can either pay the rent or see a doctor. They can afford to feed their children or heat their home, but not both.A minimum-wage job doesn'...
  • Fonda La Catrina authentic Mexican food with art
    Fonda La Catrina authentic Mexican food with art
    Walk in to almost any Mexican cantina and you’ll see the usual decorative tchotchkes and wall hangings that adorn so many south of the border resto’s. At Georgetown’s Fonda La Catrina however, what you get is mod, slick a little...
  • King Taco ®
    Authentic Mexican cuisine served in Ontario, California
    If you have migrated to the Inland Empire from Los Angeles within the past 10 to 20 years, then I am sure that you miss the unmistakable taste of authentic Mexican cuisine obtained mainly in parts of East Los Angeles.Well for those of us who do...
  • Tamales
    Tamales with Shredded Chicken and Pork Loin Filling in Mole Colorado
    Tamales have been prepared in Mexico for a very long time. Native Indians ground corn into masa combing itwith various fillings wrapping it upin corn husks for steaming.Most Mexican food was steamed or boiled, not friedbefore the Europeans arrived...
  • The shopping list: Mi Pueblo Food Center on High St.
    The shopping list: Mi Pueblo Food Center on High St.
    About Mi Pueblo: If you don't know this amazing Mexican market, you're missing out. Not only does it have some of the most beautiful food displays in the East Bay, it also carries the hard-to-findingredients for that fabulous South of the...
  • Skip the turkey and make tamales for Christmas.
    Skip the turkey and make tamales for Christmas.
    Merry Christmas! Wait, don't panic. Christmas Day is still a week away from today, but hopefully you have been thinking about planning your menu for Christmas dinner.Unlike Thanksgiving where a turkey centerpiece is a foregone conclusion,...
  • La Costa del Sol food
    A Cheap Restaurant Serving Food from El Salvador
    Living in San Jose, California, it is not too difficult to turn a corner and find somewhere with great Latino food. Lucky for us, our cravings can easily be satisfied with the abundance of these restaurants. Unfortunately, it is not always so easy...