Fiesta Virgen del Carmen

A brief history lesson to honor the Peruvian roots of SUSHISAMBA!

Fiesta Virgen del Carmen is a 4-day festival that takes places in Paucartambo, Peru. July 16 is the central day when the Virgin Carmen (shown above) is paraded around the town, blessing all spectators and keeping demons away. This is all represented through cool dances and brightly colored costumes.

Photo props to: http://www.apus-peru.com/trip-planning/virgen_of_carmen.htm

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samba in ‘the city’

 

We’re here in London!! – counting down to the opening later this month. Mere forced me to post this photo (Koji took it). As you can see, SS London has some awesome views of The City – and the Gherkin building, our neighbor. We’re here in London – counting down to the opening later this month. Hope to post some shots of the kitchen later this week… Stay tuned.

 

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It All Comes Down to the Ingredients

I’m a big believer of using high quality ingredients, and can always count on great results when I am confident with what I put in to a dish. Whenever I can, I shop at the farmers market – Union Square in NYC has a great one. This time of year is my favorite to explore all that the farmers markets has to offer and try different ingredients, especially when I can be in the sun!

If you’re a first-timer to the farmers market, here are a few helpful tips from the Union Square Farmers Market website.

The Union Square Farmers Market

(photo thanks to: daleschierholt.blogspot.com)

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from the hanger

The latest special from the kitchen of  SSPark….::tipped hat to Guille::

Grilled hanger steak with chimichurri frisée, fingerling potato salad, and cherry tomatoes – topped off with salsa criolla. The tomatoes add exciting texture and acid to the dish. The chimichurri friseé is a great ‘weight’ balance to the dish – but also a fun new pairing of chimichurri and steak, which, at Samba has been a longtime match made in heaven.

 

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Perú Sabe: Cuisine as an Agent of Social Change

“Perú Sabe: Cuisine as an Agent of Social Change” is an upcoming documentary featuring world-renowned chefs Ferran Adrià and Gastón Acurio who join together to show how new recipes and culinary education/human development is progressing in Perú through gastronomy. The documentary explores how food can bring people together from all around the world to create social change. As Gastón Acurio explains, “The power of cuisine is finally used not only to cheer up the people who eat the food, but mostly, to transform the lives of the people who surround it.”

The documentary will be released in the Fall of 2012. Can’t wait.

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dessert ‘for the table’

Alinea’s Chocolate Finale dessert is one fit for a table, literally. As a large sheet of grey silicone is draped over the diners’ table, servers gather around the table and place small bowl after small bowl of nougats, chocolates, sauces, herbs, and other sweet delicacies around the table. The servers step away as the chef walks out and approaches the table. The chef then begins to paint and create a dessert masterpiece right before the diners’ eyes.

Tastes: chocolate, blueberry, caramel, honey, peanut.

Photo Props to www.cookingforengineers.com!

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edward fruit skewers hands

 

Edward Fruit Skewers Hands in the kitchen at SSdromo in Miami.

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planking: copacabana

Let the game begin….

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