Neighborhood Kitchens

Neighborhood Kitchens Visits Scampo

By Margarita Martinez   |   Wednesday, July 4, 2012
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July 4, 2012

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Chef Simon with Margarita in the Scampo kitchen. (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

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

BOSTON — Chef Simon Restrepo is a serious guy. My visit with Simon was an education in focus, determination, and precision. Every dish he prepares is executed meticulously. He makes it look easy, but I can tell you from experience that plating the gorgeous mozzarella with king crab, avocado, and homemade salsa appetizer is no easy task. My experiment in putting together a tower of buffalo mozzarella, king crab, avocado, salsa, and watercress with Chef Simon resembled more of a landslide than the well-balanced work of art you witness in the show. I promise to keep practicing!!

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Behind the Scenes at Scampo

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
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July 4, 2012

Follow the NK crew on their shoot at Scampo. (Photos: Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

Chef Piña's Most Valuable Ingredients

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
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July 3, 2012

Chef Piña talks about the ingredients that give Merengue food that distinct Dominican flavor.

Chef Piña and His Favorite Kitchen Gadget

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
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July 3, 2012

Chef Piña talks about his favorite kitchen gadget.

Merengue's Chillo Entero Frito

Sunday, July 1, 2012
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Chillo entero frito, or fried red snapper, is one of the Caribbean’s most famous dishes. The islands are renowned for this whole red snapper fried and seasoned with local spices and herbs. In a place ubiquitous with fresh and succulent seafood, this simple fish stands out as a star.

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Merengue's Tostones Rellenos de Camarones

Sunday, July 1, 2012
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Tostones are fried plantains pounded flat and then fried again to create a delicious chip. They are a staple in most Latin American cuisine and throughout the Caribbean and can be eaten alone as a snack or used as the base for another dish. In Tostones Rellenos de Camarones, these fried tostones serve as the perfect complement to a filling of shrimp cooked in a tasty red sauce.

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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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