chef tamara

July 22, 2009

Filed under: blogs,eating out,news,restaurants — chef tamara @ 2:13 AM

Last year I started my first blog where my purpose was to review PR eateries. It partly came out of the fact that one cannot find any objective reviews of PR’s restaurants. Apparently – if one is to go by what’s written in newspapers and magazines – ALL PR restaurants are AWESOME and offer IMPECCABLE service.

Not true.  At all.

moncheoPRbanner (more…)


July 13, 2009

Brioche Bread & Butter Pudding!

Filed under: baking,cooking — chef tamara @ 2:25 AM

I am back from NYC! What a trip! What food! What friends! What tears I shed from being forced to leave NYC’s awesomeness to come back to this:


I swear if it wasn’t for sights like that, we’d be having serious emotional issues. [And yes, I took that awesome picture of the beach, so don’t even dare use it without asking first. ;o)]

While I edit the 67 billion pictures I took, most food related, and organize them, and re-size them so they’re not so huge, here’s a look at a Brioche Bread & Butter Pudding I made last night. (more…)

June 21, 2009


Filed under: news,travel — chef tamara @ 10:22 PM

Definitely an OMG moment!!

I left NYC January of 2008 after living there for 6 years; specifically in Murray Hill. A day does not go by that I don’t miss it. But at least PR does have its charms. But I do miss it. And most of all, I miss the innovative food scene that was part of our daily lives.

So why OMG? ‘Cause my butt’s gonna be there this Tuesday, June 23rd! And then again the 25th thru the 29th. I cannot wait!

I just got back from J&W University where I took a week-long class. I have TONS of pics, but can’t download them until my MAC gets fixed. (Writing from dad’s comp now.) Hence why I haven’t posted much; mainly only been posting via Twitter & Tumblr. But hopefully the Geniuses @ the APPLE store will fix it. And if miracles exist, all my data will be recovered. If not, such is life and remember to back up your stuff TODAY.

So yeah. NYC! Food! Drinks! Friends! Food! Can’t wait. Hope the weather rocks and my walking shoes don’t fail me. Will try to stay out of the way of the regular NYC walkers since in a year and a half absence has surely slowed my butt down some. Nobody walks in PR. 😦


June 15, 2009

Class @ J&W Univ…

Filed under: baking,cooking,educational — chef tamara @ 4:58 PM

Unfortunately, we are not exactly gonna be doing the classes we thought we would. But I did learn something today: How to do REVERSE PUFF PASTRY. This is where you lock-in your dough INTO the butter instead of the traditional way where the butter goes into the dough. It seems weird and impossible, but Chef made it happen and it looks nice! Still foggy on the why’s of it, but will see the results tomorrow when we bake off all our doughs.
We’re making plain croissants, ham & cheese croissants, chocolate croissants, danishes with cheese and almond cream fillings, puff pastry items with the same and possibly fruit. And we’re also making a Rosemary Asiago Bread, so I am SOOOOO looking forward to that. I love making breads. I don’t care to eat them much, but they’re my favorite baked item.

June 10, 2009

Baking and Traveling

Filed under: baking,educational,travel — chef tamara @ 12:42 PM

On my way to the first of two trips this weekend. The 1st one is TOTALLY educational and professional in nature. Right? Right?

Going to take a 1 week “Updating My Skills Program” at Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami, Florida campus. Looks like fun. Tweak some skills and educational techniques. Rock on! And best of all I’m going with Nannette Mendez, my co-baking instructor @ UNE, the university we work at as Chef Instructors. I love her so it should be fun!

It will also be interesting to see how their Florida branch has evolved in the 11 years since I first visited on my “Which culinary school do I want to go to trips of 1998.” Those were some FUN trips.

First J&W paid for my friend Ana and me to visit the school for a weekend, tour the grounds, etc. It was cute, and the sunshine and beaches nearby made it a top contender given it’s similar to Puerto Rico and the tropics we love. But they were still too young in their development; facilities and program were still too new and lacked OOMPH.

Eventually I took a 2nd trip, a Road Trip of sorts to visit the CIA & NECI with my friend Mayte. That was a hilarious trip as well. I really liked NECI. Vermont is simply BEAUTIFUL and BREATHTAKING and all those nice adjectives. I seriously considered going to NECI. But after careful thought and internal debate, I chose the CIA for many, many reasons. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Okay, gotta go finish errands before the trips.

Oh. What? What 2nd trip? Oh.

The 2nd trip is the MADRE of all trips. At least for me.

More info. later on with regards to that trip. I’m SOOOOOO excited!! ;o)

June 8, 2009

Another Pic of Pink Cupcakes

Filed under: baking,cooking,cupcakes — chef tamara @ 10:54 PM

Found this on my phone. Forgot I had it. Cute!

pink cupcakes

June 7, 2009

Pink Cupcakes

Filed under: baking,cooking,cupcakes — chef tamara @ 1:06 AM


A few weeks I was invited to a BBQ Birthday Cookout for Emily to be held at her Isla Verde beach apartment. I was asked if I could bring cupcakes, which of course I could. The only request was that they contain Pink frosting, ’cause pink is Emily’s favorite color.


June 6, 2009


Filed under: news — chef tamara @ 10:54 PM

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