Spices 101: What is a Spice?

A spice is an aromatic, edible dried part from plant’s buds, root, bark, stem, leaves or seeds that we find in small bottles in markets. Spices originated in India, Indonesia, and Asia where they were used as medicine remedies to heal different ailments. Turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, ginger and black pepper are a few spices that…

Mindful Eating : Using Your Senses

Have you ever caught yourself really starving tired by the end of the day? You just might want to shovel anything you can find on your way home, like a fast food restaurant or make it home just in time to microwave frozen store bought food to satisfy your hunger. Only to later make you…

My Love for Truffles

Growing up in a tropical country where bananas, pineapples and mangos are part of our daily diet, I never came across anything like Truffles…. “The Diamond of the Kitchen,” as the French Gastronome Brillat Savarin called it. I remember the first time I smelled and tasted one. It was in my introduction to French Culinary…

Meatloaf: An American Tradition

I have been in this wonderful country for fifteen years and always wanted to learn how to make a meatloaf. I experimented with this American comfort food while studying at Culinary school but it I never really tried to making it again. While I was working for the legendary Sky Room Restaurant in Long Beach,…