I will post pictures from the actual dinner later this week…for now enjoy this one…

Mango & Lime is having a Thanksgiving contest for the best turkey day entry and well I am entering the race…so here it goes…

Since I arrived in the United States (many moons ago) my family has been celebrating Thanksgiving with some of my parent’s best friends. We love to spend Thanksgiving at their house because a) is a guarantee good time and b) food is delish.

All the food is cooked by Chef Jose. Now, he is not a real Chef but his hidden passion for food makes him one of the best household Chefs in Miami. He is beyond an amazing cook. He incorporates quite the menu for each Turkey day extravaganza. He takes some of the traditional dishes such as the actual Turkey and mashed potatoes and mixes them with Latin dishes such as rice with black beans (goes great with turkey) and maduros (plantains). The result is a mesh of flavors that really catapults the traditional Thanksgiving meal into a tasteful delight of colorful flavors that mesh nicely in your pallid.

This year the menu will be as follows:
1. Turkey
2. Mashed Potatoes
3. Sweet Potatoes
4. Maduros (plantains)
5. Green Beans
6. Black beans
7. Rice with corn
8. Sautéed mushrooms with crème
9. Pasta salad (antipasto)

For dessert:

1. Apple Pie
2. Pumpkin and pecan pie with a Whiskey sauce (I’m making this)
3. Bread pudding (my mother is making this)

After we stuff our faces we proceed to the second stage of our Turkey dinner…the dancing. We are Latin. And for the most part Latin people like being happy. And dancing makes us happy. So we conclude our dinner with a good 3 to 4 hours of non-stop Reggeaton, Salsa, Merengue, Samba, Tango and who knows what more dancing…at the end is about spending this special holiday and giving thanks for the many wonderful things we have…so we spend it with the people we love, we eat until we feel like we are going to pop and we dance until we drop (or until about half an hour before the stores open for black Friday)….Happy Thanksgiving to all…



I love to travel, and hence, I love the Travel Channel. While taking a break this past weekend from my GMAT studying, I started watching my adored channel only to find a new show I hadn’t seen. Anthony Bourdain No Reservations. It is a show hosted by renowned New York City chef Anthony Bourdain about travel and the search for the perfect dining experience.

If you do not know anything about Anthony Bourdain he is regarded as “‘the bad boy of cuisine’ for his rock-star look and blunt observations about the world of restaurants, chefs and cooking, Anthony Bourdain is not your typical celebrity chef. A 28-year veteran of professional kitchens, Bourdain is currently the executive chef at New York’s famed bistro, Les Halles.”

The episode that caught my eye was Anthony Bourdain in Beirut. It so happens that when the show was supposed to tape in Beirut, the Lebanon-Israel conflict started in July 2006. The episode depicts the arrival to the country, the first peaceful meal (that looked delicious) and then the beginning of the “July War”. Luckily, Bourdain and the crew were able to escape the country. But at the end of the episode Bourdain said something interesting. He went on to say how he had been able to cross all cultural differences just by sitting at a table and sharing a meal, and how he finds that “war” destroys that principle. The simplicity of just being able to share a meal with whoever be it your neighbor, brother or enemy is simply just broken by “war”. And that made me think. When the ability to share a meal is taken away, all conversation ceases. Is this the main cause of war??? Is this what causes us to think of our enemies as monsters??? The inability to converse and share a meal??? Maybe. In the gift of a meal one creates the environment to converse and share ideas. Whether you agree with your dinner companion or no, the interchange of ideas could be stimulating. Yet, if no interchange exists and only lead bullets and bombs are the source of conversation, what is to become of us???

I have shared some of my most memorable moments on the dining table, with friends and family. And so the meaning of a dining table and a dining experience goes far beyond the food being shared. For maybe, that is the source of peace for all people. These meals, at the end of the day, enrich our tummies and our lives.

Anthony Bourdain No Reservations
On the Travel Channel
Mondays at 10PM ET/PT