Postcards

A Word On Food: Blackened Seafood

Very recently we went to a pop up at what is usually the restaurant ‘Navé’ in Coconut Grove. As 2020 arrived the team there were just getting underway with a menu featuring seafood and pasta complete with a special pasta production room. But then the pandemic struck. They closed entirely for awhile…

“Forward to the Future” by Joseph Hayes

The highly talented and ever curious journalist Joseph Hayes writing for @edibleorlando peers into what is possibly coming our way as we make ourselves bravely (like it or not) into 2021. Please hit the link to read his words and see the fine photography. Wishing you all a safe, healthy and sane…

A Word On Food: Moros y Cristianos

I cannot say when I first had the combination of black beans and white rice often named “Moros y Cristianos”. But I can tell you where. Key West. Life changed for me on the Island I came to call home while still a very young man. The exotic nature of the Southernmost…

A Word On Food: Halloween

We already know that this Halloween will be different than it has ever been. This time the scary is real and it is not reserved for just one day. But … we have customs and traditions to keep. We can’t erase the things that give childhood it’s magic!  And oh what enchantment…

“CHAIR THE LOVE”. Orlando Sentinel Feature

Orlando based journalist Amy Drew Thompson and I were talking about life in these challenging times. She asked me if I was doing much cooking. I had to laugh because our home kitchen looks like it would be the test kitchen for a cooking school meets a TV production studio these days….

A Word On Food: French Dip Sandwiches

Though the origin has been disputed many say it went down this way.  “The year was 1918, and as Andrew Binder tells it, “Philippe Mathieu was making a sandwich, and the roll fell into the pan drippings of some beef. A customer (supposedly a police officer) was in a rush and said…

A Word On Food: Foraging

A few years ago my wife, Janet and I were at the farmer’s market on Biscayne when a young woman walked up to me and asked if I was Norman Van Aken. I nodded yes. She said, ‘Good. Can you wait a minute? I want to give you a book I helped…

The Ment’or Culinary Council

I am proud to be a member of The Ment’or Culinary Council a network of prestigious industry leaders who provide their culinary expertise and knowledge to the Foundation in a variety of significant ways. I am very appreciative of their commitment to inspiring Culinary Excellence in America. As you can see from…

A Word On Food: Chilies

The New World endowed the rest of the globe with one of the spices of life: chilies. The word comes from the Aztecs’ Náhuatl language. The Taino Indians called them ajíes, and in the Incan Quechua tongue they are known as uchu. The 1st of January is a festive occasion for the…

Cigar Aficionado: A Look Back Essay

NEW WORLD CHEF For Florida “fusion cuisine” pioneer Norman Van Aken, co-owner of NORMAN’S in Coral Gables, the kitchen is his classroom. By Mervyn Rothstein               January/February 2000 ~~~~~~ On West Flagler Street in Miami, not far from Calle Ocho, the long street that’s the heartbeat of…

 
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