Neighborhood Kitchens

The Arepa Means Togetherness, Happiness & Family

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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Chef Carlos Walter Rodriguez explains how arepas best represent his country's cooking.

Try this at home: Arepa Portobello by Chef Rodriguez.

The Fish Dish That Changed My Life

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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Chef Carlos Walter Rodriguez tells Neighborhood Kitchens about the dish that turned him on to cooking.

Try this at home: Panela-Marinated Salmon by Chef Rodriguez.

Neighborhood Kitchens Visits Orinoco

By Margarita Martinez   |   Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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June 13, 2012


Margarita with Chef Carlos Walter Rodriguez (Photo: Patricia Alvarado)

BOSTON — I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Orinoco for the first time a few weeks ago. The food was outstanding. You can almost taste the love and creativity that goes into each dish! Yet, what I was most taken with on my visit was not so much the food, but that over the course of just six years, Orinoco has become a neighborhood institution.

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Orinoco's Arepa Portobello

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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Arepas are Venezuelan grilled corn patties. They have a crispy white corn shell and a soft, doughy inside, which may be stuffed with a variety of fillings. In this recipe they are filled with large, roasted Portobello mushrooms. Although they originated in Venezuela, arepas are also popular in Colombia. They are a delicious snack or simple meal at any time of day.

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Orinoco's Torta Fluida

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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Torta is the Spanish word for a “sweet cake” in many South American countries. This torta fluida is a molten chocolate cake made with 100% Venezuelan dark chocolate. It is a sumptuous dessert which makes the perfect end to any meal.

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Orinoco's Panela-Marinated Salmon

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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This panela salmon recipe is an Orinoco special. Panela is an unrefined, whole cane sugar and a central ingredient to many Central and Latin American dishes. Orinoco uses panela in this dish to create a rich marinade for whole salmon steaks, which are then served over aji amerillo-creamed quinoa and jicama arugula salad.

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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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