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Toast to the past

Toast to the past

By Coty Dolores Miranda Jose Cuervo, Don Julio, Don Eduardo — we know their names like those of our relatives, though we may call them more often. These are popular brands of tequila – and in 2007, there are more than 700 with which we can get acquainted. But the road to tequila becoming the […]

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Summer wine

Summer wine

Now that we are enduring scorching heat, fruit-flavored iced teas are consumed hourly, it seems. But when it comes to ordering something more adult, the season has more to offer for those who want to keep it light. And homemade sangria is perfect for a backyard pool party on the patio. A standard sangria recipe […]

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After-dark bark

After-dark bark

By Anita Mabante Leach It’s the last of summer (we hear you sighing, “Thank God!”) and soon we’ll be back to cooking full-on meals for our families. No more Tuesday tacos from the takeout down the street, drive-through windows for pizzas, or Sunday night nachos for dinner. But we’ll miss wienies the most, for this was […]

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Truth about tequila

Truth about tequila

By Anita Mabante Leach Long before comic character Cantinflas or American children’s TV show host Pee-wee Herman were immortalized dancing to the jazzy saxophone riffs of Tequila, the drink held a place in Mexico’s history. Tequila’s popularity can be traced back to the mid-1700s, when cultivation of agave plants was undertaken for the King of […]

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Hungarian connection

Hungarian connection

By Anita Mabante Leach Chiles and onions sautéing in a pot. That’s the aroma that hooked a young Nathan Slattery on Mexican cooking. He’s the new executive chef at Scottsdale Waterfront’s Pink Taco, where the young and beautiful rub elbows. Slattery’s juvenile olfactory sense picked up the connection between the indigenous ingredients of Mexico and […]

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Thoughts on Cinco food while kickin’ back in a friendly lounge

Thoughts on Cinco food while kickin’ back in a friendly lounge

Cocono’s expertly mixes island, Mexican tastes Central Phoenix diners at the legendary Such Is Life knew they’d lost a great chef when Moises Treves relocated to the west Valley to open Cocono’s Mexican Island Kitchen. But we’re here to tell you his deft touch is worth the drive to 82nd Avenue and Union Hills. The […]

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Getting down to the business of eating

Okay, we’ve read in other publications that the business lunch is back, that breakfast is the new power lunch and happy hour is…. still happy. With that in mind, we’ve cooked up a list of places that have a Latino spin on business meals and, just for contrast, paired them up with non-Latino restaurants so you […]

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Home spun

Home spun

By Anita Mabante Leach If you are an unabashed carnivore, you probably love churrasco. Churrasco is a barbecue style of cooking meats, developed by Brazilian gauchos of the past who would cook fresh meats over a charcoal fire every night while out on the range. According to churrasco lore, twice a year ranchers would host […]

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Quick! Before the weather gets warm again – order a bowl of ‘sopa’

Quick! Before the weather gets warm again – order a bowl of ‘sopa’

By Anita Mabante Leach Chalk it up to global warming, but it seems most of Arizona dips into the frostier temperatures only one month of the year. Thankfully, there are nearly five weeks in January 2007, allowing us ample opportunity to enjoy the wintry soups our Latino culture has survived on for hundreds of years. […]

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Mom-and-pop places serve up heavenly homestyle dishes

By Anita Mabante Leach Blame it on our collective response to popular restaurant chains: mom-and-pop diners today are less patronized because we can’t be sure we’ll get what we want. National chains have trained us to expect consistency at their booths, wherever they are located. That’s not the case with smaller establishments, but the number […]