#TBT Margarita Recipe: Cheers to Friendship

The Perfect Margarita from Karina Taveras on Vimeo.

Just like a family recipe or a special perfume, a drink can take you to a place in time. For me, it’s the classic Margarita. The bright, zesty cocktail will always remind me of spring in upstate New York. It’ll bring back the Shawangunk Mountains jagged in the distance, and the clean invigorating air. The bright green pastures that pop neon to my city-stained eyes, the gentle sound of the creek nearby. Of the laughter and the good times, of the new friends and the old that always seem to get together around this time of year. To me, it’ll always remind me of my dear New York family.

To help you celebrate the power of friendship this weekend, here’s a #TBT recipe and video. Special thanks to my favorite Margarita-maker Cindy (and excuse the vertical shot) Cheers!

Simple Margarita Recipe

3 shots Tequila

1 shot Cointreau (orange liquor)

1 shot Rose’s Lime Juice

½ fresh lime

1 shot St. Germain (elderflower liquor)

Mix all ingredients in cocktail shaker and pour into salt-rimmed ice-filled glasses


Cinco de Mayo: The Perfect Margarita

Cinco de Mayo: The Perfect Margarita from Karina Taveras on Vimeo.

We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo, the day in 1862 when our Mexican friends beat the French in the Battle of Puebla, with what else? Margaritas! Cindy B., all-around cool chick and mixologist extraordinaire from NYC’s Tao Restaurant is here to share her easy and delicious margarita recipe. So mix up a few and take your friends up to the rooftop. It’s time for alfresco cocktails! All you’ll need is: your favorite tequila, orange liqueur, rose’s lime juice, limes, and if you’re feeling decadent, some St. Germain.

Enjoy and Happy Cinco!

Get Spiced NYC is LIVE!

I’m proud to announce the birth of a new food project. It’s a web food series called Get Spiced NYC and after many months of work, the fist episode is finally LIVE!
In each episode, we’ll sample 1 dish in 3 different spots and give you the verdict, so you can discover the city’s diversity along with us, one neighborhood at a time. Come along for the ride.

A Chance to Savor Dallas

Last month, I had the chance to visit Dallas for the first time to attend Savor Dallas, the city’s food and wine festival. Not only did I witness southern hospitality at its finest, but I had a chance to meet a ton of wonderful people and taste a lot of yummy food, including sublime beignets, whiskey cake, Thai ceviche, and rustic taquitos.

Want to see what’s happening in the Dallas food world? Take a look at the new video! more »

Here Comes the Sun

So the past few weeks have been pretty hectic around here. I was working on a final project for school on solar energy in NYC and learned about the growth it’s experiencing and will potentially experience in the next couple of years. Did you know that second to California, New Jersey is a top producer of solar energy in the country? I know, crazy.
Coincidentally, all this attention on the sun has made me notice how quickly the city has shed its wintry layers. This past weekend, G and I enjoyed a breakfast picnic in the Clinton Community Garden, an emerald jewel in the neighborhood that I pass by every day on my way to work. It’s a discovery I’m actually even hesitant to share–a calming oasis in the middle of the Hell’s Kitchen hustle. It seemed that just a few weeks ago, the garden always looked quiet, recovering from a long and bitter winter. That morning, it was completely alive: tulips were blooming, sparrows were chirping, and we took it all in while munching on blueberry oat scones from Amy’s, fruit salad and earl gray tea.
So yes! One of my favorite seasons–picnic season–is upon us and with it the cue to start dining outdoors. I had the pleasure of putting together a guide to al fresco dining in NYC, and discovered a list of interesting places to keep in the radar throughout the next couple of months. I also came across an inspiring Selby film about the owner of Rockaway Taco, a pop-up taco shack that opens for the summer to feed hungry surfers fish tacos and fresh juices. The chef Andrew Field works half the year and spends the other half surfing and traveling around the world (sigh). According to Rockaway Taco’s website, there are 14 days until opening day, and I can’t wait. Let the countdown begin.

Rockaway Taco, A Selby Film from the selby on Vimeo.

Foodie Event @ NYC’s Chelsea Market

Foodie Event @Chelsea Market from Karina Taveras on Vimeo.

This month, I had the chance to shoot and produce my first video, and cover a Book Launch and Tasting Event at NYC’s mouth-watering Chelsea Market. Twenty-five chefs from all over New York City came together to show off their stuff, choosing one recipe from The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser that hit bookstores, and giving each recipe their own unique twist. The event was a blast! The chefs were incredibly warm and passionate about their creations, while the guests were devoted followers of the gastro scene in NYC.

I also had a chance to speak to Sisha Ortuzar, a young talented chef from Chile who heads the kitchen in New York’s Riverpark. He talked to me about the spicy shrimp dish he served that night: a take on a classic Pickled Shrimp recipe that he pickled in spice and topped with a brittle made from the same spices he used in the pickling process–coriander, caraway and fennel seeds.

Watercress Salad Video

Hi friends!

I’m excited to share with you the first Latinfoodie Video Blog. Go ahead and tell me what you think, and look out for our next webisode. We’ll continue to feature delicious recipes from kitchens all over Latin America.

¡Buen provecho!

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