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Ana Sofia Peláez

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Ana Sofia Peláez has known she's wanted to spend as much time as possible in the kitchen since she was a little girl growing up in Miami, surrounded by the rich smells and flavors of Cuban food. As Miami's demographic landscape started to change -- incorporating Brazilians, Argentinians, Colombians and other Latin nationalities -- her culinary purview evolved from just cooking Cuban dishes to the entire Latin American genre. In 2008, she launched her popular food blog, Hungry Sofia, offering readers an array of well informed and delicious recipes and food experiences all with a Latin bent. From the traditional Cuban sandwich to modern Peruvian causas, hearty Brazilian feijodas to Mexican flor de calabaza soup, she’s always looking for her next great meal.

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First Look: Jose Garces' Volver
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When you first arrive at chef Jose Garces’ newest outpost Volvér, you know you’re in for a theatrical culinary experience. Set inside Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, guests pass through a corridor lined with Garces’ travel photography before entering the sleekly minimal glass box dining area that rings...
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Foodcrawling: Philadelphia
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What to eat in the City of Brotherly Love. 
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5 Essential Spices for the Latin Kitchen: Sweet
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With the holidays coming sooner and ending later each year, the mind turns to the warmth offered by allspice and anise, cinnamon and vanilla bean. In Latin America and the Caribbean, they are favorite ingredients in custards and flans, breads, and spice-speckled cookies all year around. Going beyond desserts, they stand up to the chilies in...
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5 Essential Spices for the Latin Kitchen: Savory
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Spicy is often the first word that comes to mind when describing Latin cuisine - though it’s worth noting it does not always translate to hot. Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, dried herbs and seeds impart delicate nuances and depths of flavor to soups, stews, pastes and marinades. Traditional cooks instinctually add a little of...
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A Taste of Colombia in Brooklyn at Colonia Verde
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When Comodo opened in 2011, husband-and-wife team Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe brought the Latin American sobremesa to New York and perfected the dinner party. At Colonia Verde, the couple’s recently launched Brooklyn restaurant, they transport you to a Colombian farmhouse for a weekend asado, down to the fireplace and ruana blankets...
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Feel Great with Feel Food NYC
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There is a sense of well being that washes over you the moment you step inside Feel Food. Everything in the popular West Village café and juice bar - from the white washed walls to bustling counter serving out teas, wraps, and salads to the product packed cases and shelves - seems to vibrate. The energy comes in no small part from chef and co...
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Katie Button at Curate
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There are as many cautionary tales about working with family as there are about opening a new restaurant. Fortunately, chef Katie Button, of the family owned and operated Cúrate Bar de Tapas, has never been afraid to turn a narrative on its head. Button was on her way to a PhD in neurosciences when she changed course completely and took a job...
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Alberto Cabrera
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As the food world descended on Miami for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival this weekend, Alberto Cabrera of Miami’s Bread + Butter joined a select group of local chefs taking on one of the city’s most treasured lunch counter specials, the medianoche, at Botran’s Medianoches & Mixology...
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Patricio Sandoval
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Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito can hold his own in the kitchen - even when that kitchen is full of well-respected chefs and restaurant owners who have made significant contributions to the landscape of Mexican cuisine and happen to be members of his immediate family. In fact, it's this that might just give Patricio an edge when he competes with...
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From Beautiful Belize: Chef Jennie Staines
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With the holidays well behind us and more cold months ahead, looking for an escape route through the kitchen may be your best option. If that route takes you all the way to Belize then so much the better. During a recent trip to New York City, chef Jennie Staines of San Pedro’s Elvi’s Kitchen showed a group of food writers the way in a multi-...
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