OK, he's a little weird and a little wacky, but hey – we really like the guy! The Travel Channel's Mark DeCarlo visited us in Miami to tape a couple of segments for his new series, "Taste of America." The show takes viewers on a culinary tour of the United States.
Each episode features a different city and highlights several local foods. In Boston, it's chowder; in New York, it's cheesecake. For Miami, the show's producers wanted to feature tamales, and somehow they thought of us. (Maybe the giant tamal on the cover of our Cuban cookbook had something to do with it?)
Stops included a fruit and vegetable market and a Little Havana cigar maker, an opportunity for Mark to indulge one of his passions.
Jorge also brought Mark to the Palace of Juices near Raúl's house in Westchester, one of our favorite haunts – we have several pictures of the Palace on both of our Miami Cuban cookbooks.
We had a lot of fun in the kitchen and we even had a tamal stuffing and wrapping contest. Glenn was the fastest tamal stuffer, although Mark quickly got the hang of it.
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