Neighborhood Kitchens

Meet Bristol Lounge Chef José Gamez

By Margarita Martinez   |   Thursday, July 19, 2012
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Chef José Gamez (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

Growing up, José Gamez always wanted to be an astronaut. But this dream changed during a part-time job at Mother Anna’s restaurant in Boston’s North End in high school, where he discovered an all new passion: food. The Chef at Mother Anna’s spotted something extraordinary in Gamez from the start. "I was filled with excitement. He saw my strong work ethic and eagerness to learn and took a chance on me," Gamez said. The chef asked Gamez to be his apprentice and, as they say, "the rest is history."

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Neighborhood Kitchens Visits Bristol Lounge

By Margarita Martinez   |   Thursday, July 19, 2012
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July 19, 2012
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Margarita stops by the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Public Garden on her way to Bristol Lounge. (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

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

BOSTON — I felt as if summer had indeed arrived after I left the sunny Public Garden to head into the cool air of the Bristol Lounge. Chef José Gamez's recipes, such as golden tomato gazpacho and smoked sable fish tacos, were out of this world and incredibly fun to make. Gazpacho is a dish that I frequently prepare on particularly hot days in the summer, but I had never made it with golden tomatoes. The golden hue made an excellent canvas for my artistically drizzled tomato and cilantro oils. Thanks to Chef José, I got to do my best Jackson Pollock impression on chilled soup.

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Muqueca's Casquinha de Siri

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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Brazil is a brilliant and colorful mix of Europeans, Amerindians, Africans and Asians. This diverse range of people and ancestry is reflected in the country’s creative cuisine. While each of Brazil’s five regions (North, Northeast, Central-West, Southeast, and South) has its own culinary heritage, they all share certain typical ingredients and dishes which remain distinctly Brazilian. Casquinha de siri is one such dish, made with crabmeat, tomatoes, and bread crumbs, and common in all of Brazil’s different regions.

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Muqueca's Tapioca Cuscuz

Friday, July 13, 2012
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Tapioca cuscuz is a traditional dessert from the northeast of Brazil. Sweet and flan-like, it is extremely popular throughout the South American country. It is prepared from a cassava starch, known as tapioca, and mixed with freshly grated coconut, sugar, and milk or water.

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Meet Muqueca Chef Fátima “Fafa” Langa

By Margarita Martinez   |   Friday, July 13, 2012
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July 13, 2012

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Chef Fátima Langa (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

Fátima “Fafa” Langa was born in Espírito Santo, on the southeast coast of Brazil. Early in her adult life, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a tour guide for visiting tourists.

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Neighborhood Kitchens Visits Muqueca

By Margarita Martinez   |   Thursday, July 12, 2012
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July 12, 2012

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Catching a ride through Inman Square. (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

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

BOSTON — When I visit Inman Square, I always feel like I am going to discover something that I can’t find any place else. It may be a one-of-a-kind vintage dress or a new book or hard-to-find spices and ingredients. This cozy neighborhood, half a mile from the nearest T station, is loaded with unique and independently-owned retail businesses. The flags and businesses that reflect the Portuguese and Brazilian influence in Cambridge also distinguish Inman Square.

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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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