La Lonchería, a lively sit-down restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is a site for community gatherings and connections with Mexico. The owners, Oscar Leon Bernal and Chef Danny Mena, are Mexican natives who strive to bring their country’s contemporary cuisine to the table and change the narrative of Mexican food as unhealthy, greasy dishes loaded withContinue reading “La Lonchería: Highlighting Nutritious Foods in Contemporary Mexican Cuisine“
Que Chevere brings the Lower East Side community together to enjoy classic Puerto Rican cuisine. The owner, Mike Petrovitch, opened the restaurant back in 2018 as a homage to his Puerto Rican Heritage and to bring Autism Awareness to his community to honor his son and grandson. As a true Latin American Restaurant in Action,Continue reading “Que Chevere: Innovative Seasonal Veggie Adaptations to Puerto Rican Cuisine“
Many people in the US associate Latin restaurants with greasy, cheesy, fattening foods. Those unfamiliar with Latin food and the diversity within that designation might expect these qualities from Latin restaurants and use them to assess “authenticity.” This notion has allowed the idea that traditional Latin foods can’t be healthy which is a tough thingContinue reading “Learning from Experts: Lourdes Castro on making healthy Latin food delicious”
The move to our new home, New Orleans (NOLA), brings opportunities for new collaborations. We found an organization whose work with local restaurants aligns with ours: Eat Fit. Eat Fit is a program designed to encourage chefs to offer menu items that promote good health. The Eat Fit menu seal helps customers identify foods thatContinue reading “Innovative Collaborations with New Orleans Restaurants: Eat Fit NOLA”
If you’re like many people who made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier or perhaps, to lose weight, now might be about when you’re really struggling with your goals. Restrictive diets and bland foods make it pretty difficult to maintain a healthy eating goal. This is especially apparent when dining out. Large portion sizesContinue reading “Learning From Experts: Lourdes Castro MS RDN on Latin Restaurants and Healthy Eating”
When asked to describe Mexican food, many people might think burritos, queso dip, Taco Bell, and Tex-Mex. While these foods of course exist, both in the US and in Mexico, Mexican food on this side of the border tends to be overly simplified and stigmatized as cheap, greasy, unhealthy hangover food. The reality is thatContinue reading “A Mexican Food Story, As Told By Mariana Pelaez”
After gaining insights on Latin restaurant environments from owners and staff, we are now seeking information from customers. These restaurants want to ensure that customers are truly enjoying the food and service offered. This input is extremely important for us. As we begin to work with restaurants to develop innovative ways to facilitate and promoteContinue reading “Let’s hear from customers!”
Post sharing our latest research efforts, exploring menus in New York City and Latin America.