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Where are the best Ethnic Grocery Stores in Denver?

I have found a few very good Middle Eastern Food grocery stores. Need to find a good Latin grocery store with a strong selection of Peruvian and Colombian food ingredients like dried purple corn, Peruvian jarred peppers and Guascas... Moroccan Argon Oil too... any suggestions.

Puerto Vallarta restaurant report

Los Arbolitos has closed. The owner had a tragic fall hanging Christmas lights and the family tried to keep it going but has put the space up for rent. Such a lovely setting.

Oct 24, 2011
sirenanathalie in Mexico

What cooks beautifully in a La Chamba clay casserole?

Yes I do have first hand reservations about Williams Sonoma's methods. Large retailers rarely have the ethics to act responsively and knowledgeably to the sensitivities of artist communities, particularly over time.

A William Sonoma representative once asked me... How much would we have to buy of La Chamba to take over the full production of the village? Luckily for the community of La Chamba this was not a possibility and a sad monopoly oriented and anti Fair Trade question to ask. Price, verses quality and ethics, seem to be the William Sonoma's buyers main goal.

From what I have seen at WS, the quality is good and I know the artists involved.

I would recommend buying from most any other Chamba retailer mainly because smaller boutique retailers will be important to helping support this very fine tradition of earthenware long term and they usually carry a larger collection of shapes and sizes.

Rarely do I see a low quality piece of La Chamba in the US market. Most every piece that is on the US market today is export quality - meaning a higher level of burnish and a better finish for cooking. I have only once seen lower quality bowls in the US, at a bodega in Queens, NY and they were fine for cooking as well.

Where do you live? Maybe I know of stores in your area.

Sep 23, 2011
sirenanathalie in Cookware

What cooks beautifully in a La Chamba clay casserole?

I cook everything in my La Chamba. I have a blog full of recipes I make in Clay pots.
Paula Wolfert's book is Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking is wonderful. She has a good section on La Chamba as well.
You might want to look for a Fair Trade Store that sells the clay cookware from La Chamba. They will likely have a wider selection of sizes and shapes. Plus its an ethical way to shop.

Jan 31, 2011
sirenanathalie in Cookware

Glow-in-the-Dark Gin and Tonic Jelly

Forgot to ask... Where did you find this very cool mold for the Gin Jello?

Jan 11, 2010
sirenanathalie in Recipes

Glow-in-the-Dark Gin and Tonic Jelly

I think this would be a great beginning to serve and get the party ready before the birthday cake is brought in candle lights a glow.

Jan 11, 2010
sirenanathalie in Recipes

Black Garlic

I see California Black Garlic (special patented machine) and also Korean Black Garlic. Are they the same. Has anyone tried both.

Nov 09, 2009
sirenanathalie in Home Cooking

Pan de Muertos (Day of the Dead Bread)

I think This utube 3 part series on Pan de Muertos is excellent.

Oct 20, 2009
sirenanathalie in Recipes

Frozen Cassava Leaves - Where to buy?

Wanting to make an Amazon Soup and need frozen or fresh??? Cassava/manioc leaves... does anyone know of a grocery store in the vicinity that sells them?

Jul 04, 2009
sirenanathalie in Manhattan

Brazilian Market?

Buzios is extremely friendly. 20 West 46th Street, between 5th and 6th 2nd floor, looks like a clothing store from the outside. Had at least 4 frozen fruits... $7. each. So its not cheap. I bought Cassava Flour, they had at least two kinds, Canjica Branca, a Curau mix, Churrasco dos pampas to experiment with... They had some refine jams, confrites that looked interesting from $4 to $9 a bottle. Cookies, beans, frozen sausages and meats. Medicinal herbs. A wall full of items in a small store so don't expect to be overwhelmed but a nice overall offering and experience. You can pick up a brazilian bikini and music while you are there.

Jul 04, 2009
sirenanathalie in Manhattan

St. Germain Elderflower Liquer

My Favorite is the Dragon Fly... made for me by my favorite bartender Mark at the Abbey Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. The Dragon Fly transformed my whole summer last year!
I am guessing here...
Over ice shake
1 shot of St Germain
A generous splash Orange Liquier like Cointreau... (my addition Blood Orange Liquior)
and Prosecco.
Pour over crushed ice in a martini class with a spiral of orange rind...
The most delightful fresh experience.

I am now experimenting with St Germain with Acai... adds the sweet and works very well with the raw pulpyness of Acai.... great potential! Might add a sparkle or blood orange to this!

Jun 30, 2009
sirenanathalie in Spirits

clay pot cooking

You should use a defuser under your clay pot. Not all clay pots can go on the stove but you could have one that can. I have a blog about clay cooking. You might want to check it out to see if you see a pot like yours. And if I recommend putting it on the stove. Important to lead test all clay pots too.
Good luck.

Apr 04, 2009
sirenanathalie in Cookware

A Challenge...Where is the hottest and spiciest food in NYC?

Bring it on... looking for the hottest and spiciest dishes and restaurants in all NYC... Manhattan, the Burroughs... will travel to find well prepared super hot and spicy dishes
Any cuisine! Any ingredient. Street stand, restaurant, farmers market... Have a Pepperhead meetup group and we want to be challenged!

Jul 08, 2008
sirenanathalie in Manhattan

Best eggs in NYC!

I think Teddies in Williamsburg Brooklyn on Berry and N 8th offers some great tasty egg dishes. I like the Chipotle and Nopalitos Omelet. Yummy. Many other tasty options. I have only eaten these on weekend brunch, not sure if they serve them at other times. By the way... I really dislike eating eggs too but I crave these.

Jul 07, 2008
sirenanathalie in Manhattan

Red Hook Ball Fields

Was just there this last weekend and they were not there. They are hoping to return in a few weeks but don't run over... wonder if the new Ikea, right near by has anything to do with the police crack down.

Jun 13, 2008
sirenanathalie in Outer Boroughs


Had a fabulous dinner at Mole . Many unusual special to try. Favorites included Meat cooked in Cactus leaves, The Mother in Law's mole imported from Mexico City, tamales, Huitlacoche quesadillas... Everything was superb. Caught the happy hour Magaritas too. Yum! The owners were there and we had a top notch Mexican food Experience. I mean it when I say experience. Not your standard throw on a place stack of basics... each dish was really tasty. Recommend trying many different dishes to fully enjoy the scope of this restaurant. 205 Allen Street right by the subway stop at East Houston.

May 06, 2008
sirenanathalie in Manhattan

Seeking the best Latin food in Coney Island

Want to take a small Latin dinning meet up group ( ) to Coney Island during the Mermaid Parade. Looking for suggestions from the very reliable Chowhoundites. Could be Mexican, Peruvian, Brazilian... any Latin cuisine. Any suggestions?

May 06, 2008
sirenanathalie in Outer Boroughs

[SEA] La Chamba Cookware

One of the best wholesale suppliers of La Chamba Cookware in the United States is near you in WA. The company is La Vida Verde I suggest you contact La Vida Verde and ask them where near you can you buy this fabulous cookware. They are also extremely nice people!! I am in NYC and just got a large La Chamba Fondue Pot and Large Casserole that they supplied thru a retailer. It was perfect. Cooked a great stew right on the stove and it sauted, browned and simmered so beautifully. I am hooked. I did my research and I love this company, besides great ethics, they work with the artisians to make sure the firing of the pieces is really well executed so you have an exceptionally durable clay cookware with the highest of quality standards. I am collecting many of their pieces.