Saturday, July 30, 2011

Latin Inspired Cupcakes

Where can you find the most delicious, saboroso, mouth-watering cupcakes? 
In "Brooklyn Cupcake Bakery" located at 335 Union Avenue (bet. Grand & Maujer), Brooklyn, NY 11211

They have a variety of flavors including coquito, flan de queso, guava con queso, tres leche and many more. In the bakery, you can sit, drink café, and eat your cupcake while looking at awesome Graffitti Artwork produced by the kids from the Paint Straight Program.

If you live in Brooklyn or in New York pass by and treat yourself to a cupcake, tell them Coqui The Chef sent you. My dream is that they name a cupcake after me "Coqui the Chef Cupcake" Hey you never know!

I love treats! Every now and then I like to treat myself but to control my appetite for treats and keep my body healthy...I created the "T Policy" which states "Treat your body to one treat only on days that have a T"

“To eat is a necessity–to eat intelligently is an art.” - La Rochefoucauld

Here are some of my favorites:
Guava Cupcake

Coquito Cupcake

Visit their Facebook page for 10% off coupon and much more...

Monday, July 25, 2011

How to use your palate for a better diet...

Every bite leaves a taste in our mouth, but what happens when we eat processed foods?

First let me introduce one of the tools you are equipped with your PALATE.  

What is a palate and what does it do? It's located on the roof of your mouth in between the nasal cavity and the oral cavity (see diagram below)
A palate is a person's appreciation of taste. Developing the palate requires an ability to retain the information to memory. For example, when a family member/friend cooks a meal,  what happens when you eat it? The taste triggers a memory.
diagram courtesy of Wikipedia

The Caribbean has become more Westernized as they are more exposed to fast foods exported from the United States. They have increasingly become prone to Western diseases. Remember when your grandparents talked about how they raised their own garden, chickens, cows etc... and used them in their meals. Remember the taste? Your palate does. Your body does too. 
recaito from Puerto Rico
Ultimately, eating processed food can cost you money and your own health. There’s something special about cooking your own meals the benefits can led you to a healthier and happier life. Various food processing companies aren't interested in your health. They are running a business and their need to make money is stronger than worrying about what's inside the products they sell. Therefore, they make these products more sugary, salty and saturated with savory fat.   
Most people suffer from high rates of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Try to eat less processed food. Make dietary changes NOW!!
Make health-promoting and planet saving changes in what and how you eat!
Do you ever wonder how you change the world one bite at a time? 
Quotes are often used on social networking sites, making people think, making people comment or like the status. Below are some quotes you can use to send a message to those you love and to those who just need to open their eyes.
Cooking Life Tip:"Pass down memories to your children, bring them to the kitchen and make a meal they'll remember, not only from their palate but also from their heart."
Cooking Life Tip: "Save your recipes, before it's too late. Ask your mom, dad, grandparents, etc... for their traditional family recipes then take a pen and paper, now start writing!"
"If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't" ~ Michael Pollan

"If you say grace, ask for food that will keep us, and the world healthy" ~Food, inc.

"You can change the food system. Buy from companies that treat workers, animals, and the environment with respect" ~Food, inc.