Neighborhood Kitchens

Taranta's Paiche Amazon with Tacu Tacu

Sunday, September 9, 2012
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This dish combines paiche, South America’s largest freshwater fish, with an Italian-influenced tacu tacu, the traditional Peruvian mixture of rice and beans.

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Meet Taranta Chef José Duarte

Saturday, September 8, 2012
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Chef José Duarte at Taranta (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

It wasn’t hard to predict that José Duarte would end up working in the hospitality industry. Growing up in Peru, he was often the first to greet family guests, whom he would show inside and offer refreshments. From there, he and his family moved to the Venezuelan town of Acarigua, which had a large population of Italians who had left Europe after World War II. By making and canning Italian sauces each year after the harvest, Duarte got his first taste of the culture he would later use to create the Peruvian-Italian fusion for which Taranta is known.

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Neighborhood Kitchens Visits Taranta

By Margarita Martinez   |   Thursday, September 6, 2012
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Margarita visits Boston's North End (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

Listen to my conversation about Taranta with Morning Edition host Bob Seay on WGBH 89.7 FM

I came to the North End for the food. The delicious cheeses, olives, and meats at the salumerias. The divine pastries at the long-standing Italian bakeries. The frothy cappuccinos and decadent gelatos at the neighborhood cafes. However, I unexpectedly left the North End that day with a new mantra: Be fearless. This is what I took away from my visit with Chef José Duarte at Taranta.

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A Neighborhood Kitchens Marathon

Friday, August 31, 2012
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Hungry Ducklings!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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Filming the children at the Make Way for Ducklings statues was one of the highlights of the day when we filmed at Bristol Lounge. They were from all over the country (and the world -- one of the little girls was being encouraged by her mother in German!). They were just adorable, as you can see. (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

See Margarita on the famous Public Garden sculpture and watch her visit the excellent Bristol Lounge kitchen.

Bristol Lounge's "Bristol Burger" with Pico de Gallo

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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The juicy tomatoes, crisp onions, and fresh lime juice in this salsa can add color and kick to any meal.

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About Neighborhood Kitchens

Building on a 35-year history of producing Latino and multicultural programming, WGBH’s award winning La Plaza team has a new offering — Neighborhood Kitchens, a series about the exploration of culture through food. Every week the show offers a unique window into immigrant communities in New England.

Saturdays at 4pm on WGBH 2
Fridays at 7:30pm on WGBH 44

About the Author
Margarita Martinez Margarita Martinez
Margarita Martinez grew up in the Bronx, NY and Ossining, NY with a Puerto Rican father and a Franco-American mother. She now calls New England home. Margarita has always had an insatiable appetite for travel and food. She made her first empanada as a teenager visiting Argentina, satisfied her sweet tooth with poffertjes and stroopwafels while studying in Holland, engorged herself on Thai street food for a month in Bangkok, and continues to search for authentic international cuisines in the Northeast. Margarita loves to discover new ingredients, flavors, and cooking approaches that she can bring to her own home kitchen.

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In each episode, host Margarita Martínez visits a different ethnic restaurant and learns three delicious recipes from the chef. She also explores the restaurant’s neighborhood, discovering hidden gems along the way. Join her as she learns about new ingredients, new cultures, and new neighborhoods. ¡Hasta pronto!

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Margarita's Neighborhood Visits

»Boston: Bristol Lounge
»Boston's South End: Orinoco, Teranga and Oishii
»Boston's Back Bay: Casa Romero
»Boston's North End: Taranta
»Roxbury: Merengue
»Boston's Beacon Hill: Scampo
»All Around Boston: Mei Mei Street Kitchens
»Cambridge: Muqueca, Oleana, and Sandrine's
Somerville: Dosa Temple
»Lawrence: Cafe Azteca
»Lowell: Simply Khmer

»Fresh from the Fish Market
»Jamaica Plain: Tres Gatos
»Dorchester: Pho Le and Cafe Polonia
»Medford: Bistro 5
»Portland, ME: Emilitsa
»Newport, RI: Tallulah on Thames
»Pawtucket, RI: Rasoi


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