Author Arlen Gargagliano

Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

1 Spicy Cucumber Cooler

Last Saturday—as many of you know—I had the pleasure of competing in a Throwdown with the lovely and talented chef, and dear friend, Maria Reina!…

0 Peach Sangría

Last Sunday I had the privilege of stopping by the Tuckahoe Farmers’ Market, took one look at the peaches, and had one thought: peach sangría!…

0 Latin Twist: Papaya Daiquiri

Photo by Ellie Miller, from Calypso Coolers, by Arlen Gargagliano My relationship with papaya is still evolving. I’ve always enjoyed the tropical-sometimes-musky-flavors that this orange-…