2013 New Orleans OffBeat Awards
This past Saturday Shelley Brown and I were honored to co host
the OffBeat Awards to a very enthusiastic audience.
Congratulations to all the award winners!!!
You can see more info at http://www.offbeat.com/2014/01/20/photos-2013-best-of-thebeat-awards-show-concert/
New Orleans Latino Flavor
New Orleans is known for many things, but often the city’s multi culture ethnicity is overlooked.
The Latino community is very much a thriving segment of the metro
New Orleans scene, and Latin cuisine is popping up all over with world
class restaurants delivering the flavors of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Today I am going to show you a few of my favorite local Latin hot spots
around town, including a new Colombian restaurant.
1200 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Mon – Closed
Tue – Sat 11:30am 2:30pm & 6pm – 10pm
Sun 6pm – 10 pm
Owner: Chef David Mantilla
Latino cuisine just got a whole lot better in New Orleans. Former partner
in another well known Colombian restaurant Baru Bistro and Tapas,
David Mantilla has gone out on his own to expand the Colombian
Mantilla recently opened Mais Arepas with a focus on the Colombian
staple, the delicious Arepa.
I first tasted one of these delicious treats when I was working in
Bogotá Colombia, and I’ve craved them ever since. Now I don’t have
to go far to experience it again.
Hailing from Cali Columbia, Chef Mantilla wanted to re-create some of
the delicious foods he grew up with in Colombia.
His food is colorful, intensely flavored, and you’re sure to have a
Other places around town to check out:
Norma’s Sweets Bakery
Kenner 3221 Georgia Ave Kenner LA 70065
Owner Norma Castillo a native of Honduras has long loved baking, and her
customers agree! With two locations, one in Kenner and the other in
Mid City, you don’t have to go far to experience the delicious foods
from across Latin America.
From Honduran and Nicaraguan tamales to Cuban pastelitos,
Tres Leches, and those yummy guava pasteles, you’re sure
to walk away with a smile on your face from the burst of
flavor you’ll experience.
3100 Kingman St Metairie, LA 70006
Mon-Wed 11 am – 4 pm
Thu-Sat 11 am – 9 pm
Churros Cafe was opened in 1993 by Cuban natives Vivian and José Nieto
who fled Cuba for a better life, coming to America and ending up in
New Orleans. With a love for food and missing their home style cooking,
Churros was a natural outcome.
Specializing in home style Cuban cuisine, Churros has an extensive menu
of entrées and desserts that rivals the best Cuban restaurants in Miami’s
“Little Havana”. Having worked in Miami myself, I can tell you that Churros
is as exceptional as the famous Miami Versailles Restaurant or La Carrette.
You simply cannot go wrong with a meal at Churros Cafe!
Above: Photos 1 – 8 as per the recipe below, showing
Vivian making Cuban Papas Rellenas and the finished product shown in Photo 9
- Six medium size potatoes
- Mash with butter
- Use a ice cream scooper to scoop
- Mould a space in middle of it
- Add sautéed cooked ground beef
- Roll and cover open center
- Dip potatoe ball in egg
- And then deep fry
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