Cinco de Mayo May Have Come and Gone But Margaritas are Forever

May 7, 2012

Did any of you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend with some of our Top Five? If not- the warmer summer days ahead offer plenty of opportunities for leisurely meals outside at Taqueria Autentica and margaritas in the back yard- try our slimmed down recipe below and sip to your heart’s content!

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day (that’s September 16th– not even close!).  It’s actually the celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over French forces on May 5th, 1862, and also an all around celebration of Mexican heritage and culture.

Read all about our Top Five and a killer margarita recipe at Hot From The Kettle.

NY Bite Club: No Kitchen Required

April 2, 2012

Recently, I was invited to a special event hosted by the folks over at BBC America to promote their new show, “No Kitchen Required” which airs starting Tuesday, April 3rd.

The show is actually the first program that BBC America has developed and funded internally, rather than re-broadcasted from the UK. In a nutshell, I would describe the show as a combination between Iron Chef/Chopped and Survivor.

The three chefs, all who have outdoorsy-type experience, are sent to remote locations in order to forage, hunt, and then cook inspired dishes with native ingredients using only the most primitive of cooking methods and the most basic culinary equipment and spices supplied (basically knives, pans and cooking vessels, salt and pepper only, no electric appliances allowed).

It doesn’t sound like a very easy challenge. But I’m really looking forward to watching the show.

In any case, BBC America invited a group of bloggers to meet some of the stars and the producers of the show, at the ultra-secret headquarters of New York Bite Club. 

To pair with the New Mexico themed opening episode of No Kitchen Required, Bite Club prepared a Mexican degustation menu that would befit a Mayan emperor or a Mexican head of state.

Ready for some seriously legit Mexican food elevated to the standards of New York Bite Club? Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.

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