Monday, May 19, 2014

Sampling Colombian Food at La Fonda Antioqueña

 This place felt like those moments of, "home away from home." Even though I've never been to Colombia - the experience was certainly there. The moment you walk in this place, the aesthetics of the place transcends you to Colombian culture from; the flags, colors, wall art, the Latin customers, and the smell.

The place is relatively small, but that experience of eating close to your neighbor is what made the community feel to it. The lines are LONG! Be advised come early or wait outside to be seated. 

To summarize my food exploration at La Fonda Antioqueña, I took family my family to the restaurant one Sunday afternoon. Each one of them had several different dishes which I was able to sample. Some of the choices we dined on was Pollo Tropical, Pollo al Ajillo, Camarones al Ajillo, Res - Desmechada, and we washed it down with cold refreshing blended fruit drinks.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Make Great Tortillas With Tortilladora de Pina (Tortilla Press)

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We recently went to the local super market that specializes in imported goods from Latin America. While walking around the aisles, from the fruits and vegetable section, we stumbled upon the Tortilladora de Pina, made from Mexico. This wooden made tortilla press is a staple of Latin cooking.

Using the press is very simple, first you need the ingredients; Masa harina and water. After mixing both components together and turning it into dough, take small ball pieces and place it in the tortilla press. Then make pancake like tortillas, and 'voilà'.

Youtube videos of the Tortilla Press.

Immerse yourself into the Latin culture, and learn in Mexico. Come study the language, food, music, dance, and the people.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Preview: Sampling a Taste of Mexican Peruvian Dishes

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Spanish for Success and Focal Finder (Produced by, Russo Mutuc) are in the works for another cultural food experience. Learn about the various types of Latin foods, and the people that make them.

Here is a small sample of what is to come. Recently, Russo Mutuc and his team, went out to seek some of Los Angeles best places to eat Latin foods. They came across a unique restaurant that offers Mexican and Peruvian dishes. See below for sample blog, and check back on a later time to read more about, ' El Sombrero' .

One of the best ways to learn about the Latin cultures is to study abroad and get immersed. Spanish for Success host several independent languages schools in the Peru or Mexico.

Check back in this blog for the full completed blog, along with HD videos, pictures, and many more.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Food Hunting Latin Cultures: El Morfi Grill Parillada Argentina

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Study Abroad in Argentina

Tonight, our quest to connect and learn about Spanish and Latin cultures continues. We went on a food hunt, and came across El Morfi Grill, in Glendale, California. The restaurant is known for home style Argentine cuisine. In their website it states, "Southern South America was settled by émigrés form both Italy and Spain. The result is that pizza and pastas are a significant part of El Morfi's menu. Argentina's flourishing cattle industry -from the gauchos to modern time- add grilled and bar-b-que meats, sausages and mollejas to the mix for a unique combination of entrées (Parrillada Argentina.)" Read more...

The ambiance is something to appreciate, the exposed brick wall created a mood and a vintage feel. The sounds of tango playing in the background helped create the feeling of a true authentic Argentinian restaurant, while Argentinian patrons dine the night away with their families.

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We started our exploration with salad, bread with chimichurri, and a glass of "Orfila" (Torrentes) white wine.

The salad was average, really not much to say about it. We also had the bread along with chimichurri to spread on top, was quite tasty. We ended up having several baskets of bread during the course of the meal.

The wine was really good, not too dry, just right for the meal. Orfila (Torrentes) is from Mendoza, Argentina

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Continuing on with the meal, our main course was delicious. We ordered the house special for the night. Pasta with Rib eye steak, ordered well done. The steak was well marinated and it didn't need any additional sauces or spices.

The service was fantastic, the waiters took the time to talk with us, educated us a bit on the food and wine. We got to know a little bit about their Latin background, which helped us appreciate the experience of Spanish Latin cultures.

We encourage our viewers and fans to explore and share with us your experience in discovering the culture and personality of the Spanish and Latinos.