Samanta Helou

Chichen Itza chef Gilberto Cetina Jr. remembers cramming into his abuelita's tiny kitchen every weekend to eat her iconic dish: puchero de tres carnes.; Credit: Samanta Helou

How L.A. Chefs Are Influenced by Their Grandmothers

Grandmothers play a significant role in sparking an interest in food, especially for food professionals. Abuelitas are revered by many Mexican-American chefs because, as chef Gilberto Cetina Jr. of Chichén Itzá says, "They created our flavor memories."...

Searching for a Mexico City Breakfast in L.A.'s Morning Tamaleros

My family never made tamales during Christmas. In fact, we never made tamales. While it’s a tradition that's commonly associated with Mexican families in the U.S. it’s not actually as common as you might think. More often than not, preparing tamales is a task relegated to small street vendors; when......
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