Mis queridos amigos, on Friday, in my Tomatillo post, I wrote about how the spring is a great time to try new things—like new foods—and more. Well, my friends, in the spirit of trying something new, and of practicing what I preach, I have an announcement: as of May 1st, I’m the proud chef/proprietor of a restaurant, Mambo 64!
Did you hear that deep sigh? Seriously, I’m very excited (and, of course, nervous—but focusing more on excitement). How did I get here? Well, those of you who know me know that this is a part something-I’ve-always-wanted-to-do kind of thing, and part time-is-right-now decision! (Another deep sigh, here!)
Ruth Brown, Another Inspiration! (And I will have this poster on display in the restaurant!)
Why Mambo 64? Well, the name comes from two different things: my cocktail book— and my address! As some of you know, my first solo cocktail/tapas book, is Mambo Mixers. Both this book, and my next one, remain great influences on my culinary life, and now on my menus! Also, I love the sound of mambo—both the word and the music—and also love the dance, and the festive image it conjures up! Sixty-four is the street number; I’ll be located at 64 Main Street, in the lovely village of Tuckahoe, New York. We hope to open before the end of the month! Yay!
Now, many of you also know that this locale was the acclaimed restaurant of my dear friend and mentor—and the chef with whom I penned four cookbooks, chef Rafael Palomino. Rafael—and his Bistro Latino Tuckahoe partner, Alex Vanegas, will be moving their operation to another local village, Larchmont. Of course that location will also be lovely. And I hope that their beloved customers will come and savor the new treats located at their old haunt!
My friends, like all things in this lovely life we have, it’s been a roller coaster of an adventure, and will continue to be one. I will, of course, continue with my Latin Twist, Small Bites column, sharing Latin-influenced recipes and more.
BUT in the meantime, well, Sunday is Cinco de Mayo! What does that mean? Time for margaritas, por supuesto, of course! Here is my recipe for you!