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…

Chipa (Paraguayan Cheese Bread)

If there’s one food that defines my two years in Paraguay, it’s chipa. A bagel-shaped bread, chipa is a savory, dense snack food that tastes unique to the American palette. That’s probably because its main ingredients, which include the local staples of cassava flour and Paraguayan cheese, aren’t part of the American diet. The word…

Costa Rican Rice & Beans (Gallo Pinto)

It’s 6am and you begrudgingly roll out of bed. A rooster crows; the sun peeks up on the horizon. As you stumble out of your bedroom, there’s a sizzling noise and the smell of breakfast wafts through the air. You’re served a heaping platter of rice and beans, eggs, fried plantains, and if you’re lucky,…