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All about food, culture and life in San Francisco's Mission District, MY MISSION: TASTE OF SAN FRANCISCO.
“Dining with friends and family should be about more than eating; it should be about creating memories, exploring new cuisines, challenging your palate as you discover unexpected flavors– in short, it should be an experience, all the richer for having taken place in your own home.”
Mexico! It's where, I fell in love with the old world techniques— the time taken to grind spices with a mortar and pestle, toast seeds and chiles on a comal, work masa to make tortillas by hand— that seem to honor ingredients and coax out the flavors in a way is almost magical. These, along with the culinary history behind the dishes, are collected in my cookbook, Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes , co-written with Adriana Lahl.
My culinary began journey in the kitchens of New York City’s Little Italy. At the age of 16, as an au pair in France, I began to explore Provençal cooking. Married, my mother-in-law taught me the Puerto Rican cuisine of my husband's home. I added to this foundation as Executive Chef/Owner of Tai-Pan Diane, an Asian fusion restaurant in New York’s City Island. But it wasn’t until I came to San Francisco that I really came into my own as a chef, where we are blessed with locally-sourced, organic ingredients and a food scene is all about a chef’s creativity: the perfect culinary crossroads for the myriad of cuisines I love to prepare!
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