Homegrown: The Benefits of Teaching Children How to Grow Food

FLOTUS gardening with students.

Growing fresh food at home can be just as much an educational tool as it is a component of the pantry. The process of planting and harvesting fresh produce teaches children about food and the importance of healthy eating habits. Today the homegrown movement has caught fire: more people are growing their own food than ever before including the White House led by First Lady Michelle Obama who this month welcomed […]

Pan Latino Tapas Restaurant Review: Purple Potatoes and Barrel-Aged Bourbon

Toro Toro with the Wise Latina Club founder, Viviana Hurtado.

Tapas, or small plates are popular in the restaurant industry and an easy way to try many different dishes on a menu. Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro recently opened its doors, offering the crème de la crème of Pan Latino small plates to the appetites of Washington, D.C. Located in the heart of the city’s downtown area, this hot new […]

Food Trucks: A Thriving Entrepreneurial Frontier

Meet the Peruvian Brothers

In addition to serving fast and delicious meals, food trucks have created a new market for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Easily accessible, these mobile restaurants can be found at breweries, music venues, or on a busy street corner outside of office buildings. I stopped by the Peruvian Brothers food truck parked in front of the Peruvian Consulate for a Saturday brunch tasting. The brothers, Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone, titled the experience “Gastro-Diplomacy.” […]

Restaurant Review: ¿Did Someone Say Ham-Infused Tequila?

Delicioso needs no translation. Miramar tequila cocktail at José Andrés' Oyamel Restaurant. Courtesy: @fulfordhe

As I walked through the door into Oyamel restaurant , I left the streets of Washington, D.C. behind and was enveloped in a cultural experience infused with the biodiversity of the Monarch Butterfly and the urban touch of Mexico City street markets. The icy chill left itself at the door as the Spanish trio band and unique cocktails warmed […]

Dominican Independence Day Meatless Monday: Mangú Recipe

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death of all Americans with Latinos being particularly at risk. ¿Por qué? Latinos have high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and excess weight. Fortunately, healthy eating can reduce your risk of heart disease. Many traditional Hispanic dishes are as healthy as they are delicioso. For the final week of […]

Black History Month Meatless Monday: A Day of Healthy Foods

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Health disparities still exist among racial and ethnic minorities despite our nation’s strides in pursuit of equality such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act which integrated schools and prohibits discrimination in employment and public places. For example, African Americans are at a higher risk for heart disease–the number one cause of death in the United States. This Black History Month, I want to […]

Valentine’s Day Meatless Monday: 3 Tips to Keep Your Relationship Healthy

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Show your amor how much you care this Valentine’s Day by making both of your health a priority and plan a healthy date for February 14th. 3 Valentine’s Day Tips for a Healthy Relationship  Eat at home: Dishes served in restaurants tend to have more fat, calories, and sodium than home-cooked meals, which can lead to weight gain and increased […]

American Heart Month Meatless Monday: 5 Food Choices to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. More than 1/2 of Latinas have three or more risk factors which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity, and smoking. Fortunately, you have the power to prevent and curb risk factors and reduce the chance of a heart attack by 80%. February is American Heart Month, making now the perfect time to […]