Chimichangas

When I was growing up in Illinois about an eonago we began to have an influx of people from Mexicomove into our small community. I actually grew up in a place of only 250 residents that sat betweentwo small towns. One was Mundelein and the other Diamond Lake. We were in West…

Chicken and Waffles

With my first paycheck from ‘The Midget’ …to clarify… it was a bar and restaurant in Key West I worked in … I sent for my then … girlfriend, Janet, who arrived a few days later on a Greyhound bus from Ft. Lauderdale where she’d been working as a maid in a…

Cookbooks

A writer named Brook Larsen recently wrote in an online magazine named ‘Culture Trip’, “The Japanese and English borrow words from each other all the time. There is a whole subset of the Japanese language known as gai-rai-go (loan words), many of which come from English, including tabako (tobacco) for cigarettes and…

Peruvian Causas

The first time I ever had a causa I was at the groundbreaking restaurant fellow future Mango Gang Chef Douglas Rodriguez opened. It was named Yuca for those who might not know. We were sitting upstairs and I was with a party of six or eight. Douglas was down in his kitchen…

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