Neighborhood Kitchens

Neighborhood Kitchens is back...

By Patricia Alvarado Nuñez

Neighborhood Kitchens will be back with NEW episodes on Saturday, September 21...

Margarita and Irene Li from Mei Mei Street Kitchen September 21
Mei Mei Street Kitchen (NEW))

In this episode of Neighborhood Kitchens, host Margarita Martínez heads to SOWA open market, New England‘s largest outdoor weekly bazaar, where she meets Margaret, Andy and Irene Li, the siblings behind the popular food truck Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Food trucks first hit the streets of Boston about two years ago, with just over a dozen options. Now there's a fleet of 56 trucks that deliver a mind boggling mix of cuisines and cultures to neighborhoods and street corners of Boston. At Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Margarita experiences food truck madness and learns how to prepare some of Mei Mei Street Kitchen’s best-sellers: kale salad, fiddlehead fern tempura, scallion pancake sandwich and sweet and sour pork.

September 28
Oishii (NEW)

In this episode of Neighborhood Kitchens, host Margarita Martínez learns about the high-end art of Japanese cuisine. She stops at the Shops in Porter Square to experience what many call "a little slice of Tokyo” and visits Chef Yen’s kitchen at Oishii to get a few secrets about his famous cooking. Margarita tags along with Chef Yen and visits Stavis Seafoods where she learns how to choose the right tuna for the perfect sushi.

Margarita and Chef Demos Regas in his restaurant Emilitsa in Portland, Maine

October 5
Emilitsa (NEW)

In this episode of Neighborhood Kitchens, host Margarita Martínez heads north and visits Portland, Maine, one of the country's best cities for food lovers, to learn from James Beard semifinalist chef Demos Regas about Greek cuisine. Chef Regas teaches Margarita how to prepare a classic Greek meze, melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant appetizer), a tasty halibut with saltsa piperias (florina pepper sauce) and skorthalia (potato garlic puree), and rizogalo, a classic citrus rice pudding.

October 12
Tallulah on Thames (NEW)

In this episode of Neighborhood Kitchens, host Margarita Martínez ventures south to the shores of Newport, Rhode Island where she tours the Newport’s mansions, The International Tennis Hall of Fame and charming Thames Street. She stops at Tallulah on Thames where Chef Jake Rojas creates a true culinary experience using only the freshest local ingredients he can find. At Tallulah on Thames Margarita learns to prepare some of Chef Rojas’ modern and imaginative dishes: pork two-ways and lemon curd with blueberry merengue. To honor his Mexican heritage and love for street food, Chef Rojas and his wife Kelly Ann Maurice opened Tallulah Tacos in Jamestown. Margarita heads across the Jamestown bridge to enjoy a succulent lobster taco.


November 2
Café Polonia (NEW)

In this episode of Neighborhood Kitchens, host Margarita Martínez visits Boston’s Polish Triangle, a narrow slice of the city located between Dorchester and South Boston. Most of its Polish residents now live in the suburbs…but this neighborhood still has traces of a once vibrant ethnic community it was more than a century ago. Here she stops by a market, meets the Krakowiak Dancers of Boston to learn a few traditional steps…and visits chef Tadeusz Barcikowski at Café Polonia where he has been preparing hearty Polish food since 2002. Chef Teddy teaches Margarita to prepare Polish dill pickled soup, golabki (stuffed cabbages) and szarlotka (Polish apple crisp).

November 9
Sandrine’s Bistro (NEW)

Host Margarita Martínez ends this second season of Neighborhood Kitchens in Harvard Square. She visits L.A Burdicks, a shop known for its chocolate confections, Cardullo’s, the oldest delicatessen in the square, and Sandrine’s Bistro, a French restaurant that specializes in the culinary tradition of Alsace region of eastern France. Here award-winning Chef Raymond Ost teaches Margarita how to prepare three Alsatian specialties: pan seared foie gras with fresh figs and port wine vinaigrette, choucroute with sautéed scallops, mussels, monkfish and shrimp, finished with a Riesling seafood sauce, and flammekueche (or tarte flambé) with vanilla fromage blanc, sautéed bananas and caramel coulis. Hasta pronto!!


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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
Patricia Alvarado Nuñez Patricia Alvarado Nuñez
Patricia Alvarado Nuñez is an award-winning producer creating Latino and multicultural programming  for WGBH and La Plaza. (She cooks, too!)

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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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