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. Read More
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.
By Margarita Martinez | Thursday, July 12, 2012
July 12, 2012
Catching a ride through Inman Square. (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)
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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. Read More
Chicharrón is a very popular dish in traditional Latin American cuisine. It is made of seasoned, fried pork rinds and can either be eaten alone, as a snack, or as the meat component of a dish. The following recipe combines the deliciously crispy chicharrón with red jalapeños and hot cherry peppers for a Latin-inspired spaghetti dish. Read More
King Crab Mozzarella is a signature dish of the Liberty Hotel’s Scampo Restaurant and its chef Simon Restrepo. Read More
About Neighborhood Kitchens
Building on a 34-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 and Sundays at 6:30pm on WGBH 2
Fridays at 7:30pm on WGBH 44
About the Author
Margarita Martinez Margarita grew up in the Bronx and Ossining, NY with a Puerto Rican father and a Franco-American mother. From making her first empanada as a teenager visiting Argentina to her lifelong search for authentic Mexican food in the Northeast, Margarita has always had an insatiable appetite for Latin American food. Margarita is also passionate about acting and music. She graduated from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a BFA in Drama.
On the Go
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!