Traditional Chimichurri Sauce

I absolutely cannot write anything without first addressing the events of this week with the horrific death of George Floyd because it lays so, so heavy on my heart. One of the reasons I started this blog was to share my experiences of cultures and people around the world through food. Of course, my perspective…

How to Make Tereré

Last week I wrote about the importance of tereré in Paraguayan culture. This week, I want to share how you can make tereré at home! And, if you’re not curious enough about it from last week or you just want to learn more about Paraguay, check out this super fun music parody video which is…

Tereré: Not Just a Beverage, a Philosophy

There’s nothing more Paraguayan than tereré, where drinking this ice-cold caffeinated beverage is a daily ritual. It involves dried leaves from the yerba mate plant, packaged in 1/2 kilo quantities (or more), poured into a cup called a guampa, infused with ice-cold water, and drunk through a filtered straw called a bombilla. The result is…

Corn Bean Tomato Salsa

It’s finally May. The weather is warming, which usually brings with it a sense of anticipation for summer. This year, that feeling is certainly muted by the uncertainty of the future with the coronavirus. But still, folks are cautiously venturing outside and there’s a feeling of, dare I say, hope? With the weather warming, I’m…

Paraguayan Hot Chocolate (Mate Dulce)

When I left home for Peace Corps Paraguay, I packed one sweatshirt. Paraguay, I reasoned, was hot and my research showed that even in the coldest times of year it was in the 50s-60s. With limited space and the daunting task of packing for two years of my life, I opted for one and only…

Why I Love Buenos Aires More Each Time (And Why You Will Too)

When I started Marissa Makes Food, I wanted to explore two loves: food and travel, and how they overlap (food from travel, traveling for food). I’ve focused a lot on the food aspect, but I’ve really neglected the travel piece! Starting now, I’m going to focus on at least one travel-related post per month. And…

Costa Rican Portabello Burger with Cilantro-Lime Aioli

Have you ever bought an unusual condiment for a recipe, only to find it slowly growing old in your fridge? This was definitely the case with my bottle of Costa Rican Salsa Lizano, which I bought to make Gallo Pinto. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good rice and beans, but I also…

Savory Paraguayan Pancake (Mbejú)

Fall is officially here. Does the cooler weather have you craving comfort food? Perhaps something cheesy and carby, or a break from all that pumpkin? If you’re in the mood for a new favorite comfort food, mbejú will surely hit the spot. When I packed for two years of Peace Corps Paraguay, I didn’t think…

Spicy Jackfruit Tacos

Perhaps you’ve had this experience: you get a new cookbook or recipe online that you’re super excited about. Maybe it’s a food from a cuisine you don’t usually make, or maybe you’re experimenting with a new diet. You scan the ingredients list, and you come across an item that makes you say…what the heck is…

Perfect Day in NYC: Essex Market

Saturday was one of those days that was a perfect NYC day, one of those days where I really can’t believe that I live here and I appreciate everything. And trust me, there are plenty NYC days that suck with the crowds, the unpredictable weather, subway breakdowns, stressful apartment searches and job hunts, the terrors…