Neighborhood Kitchens

Tres Gatos' Lamb Bocadillo with Chimichurri Sauce on Potato Rolls

Sunday, May 5, 2013
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Tres Gatos brings the flavors of Spain's tapas to Jamaica Plain. This recipe is Chef Sanchez's own take on the humble but popular bocadillo.

Lamb Bocadillo with Chimichurri Sauce on Potato Rolls
Make the potato rolls in advance so that when you are ready to grill your meat and shallots, the rolls can be cut open and ready to quickly grill before filling and serving.

Potato Rolls

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Tres Gatos' Churros and Chocolate

Friday, January 24, 2014
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Learn how to make Tres Gatos' Churros and Chocolate

Tres Gatos' Crispy Confit of Chicken

Friday, January 24, 2014
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Learn to make Tres Gatos' Crispy Confit of Chicken and Artichoke Mousse

A Visit to Tres Gatos in Jamaica Plain

By Margarita Martinez   |   Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Margarita Martinez and Chef Sanchez There are only a few Boston neighborhoods other than Jamaica Plain that have such diverse people and offerings of things to do. There are parks to visit, including Jamaica Pond, Franklin Park, and the Arnold Arboretum. Although we shot this episode in the winter, these are some of my favorite places to visit in the spring and summer. And what better thing to do on a warm day than go for ice cream at the original J.P. Licks. Right near J.P. Licks on Centre Street is a natural foods market, a kitchen supply store, a yoga studio, bistros, cafes, and so many cute, creative, and distinctive businesses. One such place is Tres Gatos.

Part music shop, part book store, and part tapas restaurant, Tres Gatos is a unique treasure. I don't know of another place in Boston where one can purchase a Charles Mingus record, an Alabama Shakes CD, and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, all while enjoying churros and chocolate. Sales of CDs, records, and paper books have been down for the past decade, but Tres Gatos owner David Doyle, like so many other book and music enthusiasts, believes that there is still a market for these types of shops. I, too, miss the feeling of community when visiting independently-owned book and music stores. Purchasing books, music, and movies online is void of the pleasure of browsing items in person and talking to store owners and managers about what they recommend for a good read and listen. Doyle has come up with an excellent solution for making a music and book store profitable in the digital age: hire an amazing chef and open up a lovely and intimate tapas restaurant in the same location.

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Sevan Bakery's Birds Nest Baklava

By Margarita Martinez   |   Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Birds Nest Baklava
Baklava is a a world famous, melt-in-your-mouth dessert. Try making this sweet pastry, a mass of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts, baked and drenched with sugar water.
Phyllo dough
Pistachio nuts
Melted butter

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Sevan Bakery's Karniyarik and Bulgar Pilaf with Vermicelli

Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Karniyarik and Bulgar Pilaf with Vermicelli (Baked Eggplant stuffed with ground meat)
Karniyarik is an eggplant that we sautee.  We cut it and fill it with ground beef, sautéed onions, a little salt and pepper.  Then we throw it in the oven and there you go, you have a dinner.
2 eggplants
ground beef
bulgur wheat
olive oil
Tomato paste
1 tomato
1 green pepper
salt & pepper

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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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