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Whole Foods Culinary Center, Austin: Join Panama Chef Melissa De Leon for “a Taste of the Tropics” edit

Thursday, September 20th    6:30–9:00 p.m.    $45

Chef Melissa has an extensive background in food and has trained in the United States, Panama, South America and Asia. She has worked to promote the tropical ingredients of Panama through the development of numerous pastry recipes, as well as cooking classes and a website. Her class will allow us to experience the best of the tropics and guests will learn how to prepare plantains (patacones), green mango and coconut!Guests will enjoy original topical creations that include Patacones with Salsa Chimichurri; Tropical Crab Cakes with Tomato Chutney and Mango Salsa; Flan de Coco y Chocolate served with Panamanian Coffee.  Register online

Vertical_green100w Whole Foods Market Culinary Center
525 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
512.542.2340

Panama Boutique - Select Travels and Treasures

  • by Chef Melissa
  • September 14, 2007
  • 3:39 pm

Chef Brings a Taste of Panama to Austin edit

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This has been a marvelous trip! Austin is a beautiful City and I have been delighted to cook here. I will sure blog later about my experiences, but now I am leaving you with this review that Kay Marley posted in her Dancin' Down Congress Avenue Blog: Chef Brings a Taste of Panama to Austin. Thank you Kay!

"One mouthful and I fell in love with a country I’ve never visited. A coconut explosion of lime, mint, cilantro and lemongrass marinated tilapia that has woken up my taste buds to the wonders of Panamanian food. The baked banana leaf wrapped fish, paired with rice and black beans and accompanied by a baby greens salad with coffee vinaigrette was the main attraction of an evening this week with Chef Melissa De Leon." Read the complete review by visiting Kay's blog...

I have posted some photos at My Facebook, and I will be posting more soon...so stay tuned!

Melissa

(Photo credits: Kay Marley...Thank you!)

  • by Chef Melissa
  • September 21, 2007
  • 9:48 am

From Mother & Father Nature: Boggy Creek Farm (Austin, Texas) edit

Yesterday I couldn't get out of "Cerro Verde," it was so foggy and misty all day long, so I decided to stay in the premises and walk thorough the pepper's garden trails, check out the growing corn field and the new additions to the veggie gardens, among others. I put on my LONG rubber boots and "fumigated myself" with the bug's reppelent I have developped over the years: a blend of lavender, lemongrass, citronella and...catnip oil! Everytime I grab the blue bottle of bug-repellent, my weimaraner and the short-leggeg aranchist Basset hound, both of them truly beloved companions, start acting really funny. I knew about catnip and cats! BUT, somehow it also makes some doggies BANANAS. Life in the tropics I guess!

Back in the office, refreshing memories of my recent visit to beautiful Austin, Tx, we are sharing with you today an incredibly beautiful video of life and trade in an Organic Farm: Boggy Creek Farm, including an interview with Carol Ann, one of the owners and creators of such a natural paradise. I was in total heaven while I taped this video,...how about you? do you like it?

Have a delicious week! I could not spect less from you :D

Melissa

P.S. I originally recorded the video in a new Sony video camera, then I found out that it's is not compatible with Macs! From the bottom of my heart I say it stinks! Since I edited the video in a Mac, I had to transfer it from the video camera to the PC, then to my Mac. Definitely the result doesn't compare to the original quality promised by Sony. Anyhow...I hope someday both companies work out a deal favorable to the consummer so we do not have these kind of problems.

  • by Chef Melissa
  • October 09, 2007
  • 10:38 am

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