Neighborhood Kitchens

Cafe Azteca's Puerco Poblano

Monday, September 24, 2012
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Chef Antonio Guerrero told Neighborhood Kitchens that this puerco poblano is by far his favorite dish.

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Cafe Azteca's Sopes with Salsa Guajillo & Carne de Puerco

Saturday, September 22, 2012
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Sopes are a traditional Mexican food based around a corn tortilla, but differ according to each region.

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Meet Cafe Azteca Chef Antonio Guerrero

Thursday, September 20, 2012
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Cafe Azteca's Chef Antonio Gerrero (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

José Antonio Guerrero Trejo was born in Mexico City in 1955. As a young boy he always enjoyed cooking. He liked to walk to the market with his mom and help pick out the ingredients,  and because there were ten brothers and sisters, everyone had to pitch in to make the food for the whole family.

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Neighborhood Kitchens Visits Cafe Azteca

By Margarita Martinez   |   Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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Margarita in the kitchen with Chef Antonio Guerrero. (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

This week our Neighborhood Kitchens team will take you to another historic mill town: Lawrence, MA. That is where we discovered Cafe Azteca. Lawrence has always been known as the “Immigrant City."  During the Industrial Revolution, an influx of people from all over the world came to work in its state-of-the-art mills.  Today, Lawrence has one of the highest proportions of immigrants in Massachusetts. It also has the largest Latino population of any New England city.

Nearly 40 percent of the businesses in Lawrence are Latino-owned – including Cafe Azteca, where Antonio and Mary Guerrero have been serving authentic Mexican cuisine for almost twenty years.

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Simply Khmer's Som-Law-Ma-Ju-Yuon

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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This Cambodian sweet and sour soup features green fuzzy squash, pineapple chunks, and lotus root.

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Simply Khmer's Bok-Lo-Hong

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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This sweet, sour, and spicy salad is eaten in Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos. To serve this salad, garnish your plate with a small piece of cabbage, a large piece of lettuce and a generous amount of basil. Scoop the salad with pieces of cabbage, place a plentiful amount of your papaya salad onto the place, and top off with a basil leaf!  Enjoy! 

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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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