1. At the inception of The Innocents Abroad, we kicked around many restaurants to profile in New York City, but we always knew that Maharlika Filipino Moderno in Manhattan’s East Village was right at the top of our list. We love Maharlika, not only because the food is amazing and the atmosphere authentic – its slatted wood ceilings and family photos on the walls make it feel like you’ve been transported to a lola’s (grandma in Tagalog) house in the Philippines – but also because Filipino food is surprisingly difficult to find, even in the food mecca of New York City. Indeed, that’s why Filipino-American Nicole Ponseca founded the restaurant in the first place, and convinced Chef Miguel to learn her family’s cuisine.

    While shooting our episode we learned how to make Pampangan-style sizzling sisig, an appetizer made of some unusual pork parts cooked three ways. Sounds yummy? Check out our latest episode of The Innocents Abroad to learn to cook your sisig your own kitchen, then visit Maharlika yourself when you’re in New York City for some Filipino hospitality.

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  2. Today we take to you State Bird Provisions in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood. Drawing on the bounty of surrounding farms and the Bay Area’s diverse immigrant population, the restaurant uses a dim-sum serving style, fusing local flavors and ingredients with spices from around the world. Chefs Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski are the owners and masterminds behind the 2013 James Beard award winning restaurant. Join us as we explore the Bay Area scene and learn to make Stuart's trout with brown butter, mandarin, hazelnuts and garum, a Roman-style fermented fish sauce.

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  3. If you want to savor a pint of real English lager and eat a quick bite, make like a real Brit and sink your teeth into authentic fish and chips at A Salt and Battery! Nestled in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village, A Salt and Battery has been bringing old York to New York for 14 years.

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  4. Tortilleria Nixtamal is a small tortilla factory, restaurant, and cultural center in Corona, Queens that serves up authentic Mexican cooking. Corona is a longtime Italian neighborhood, but a rapidly expanding Mexican community and a need for quality Mexican food laid the foundation for partners Shauna Page and Fernando Ruiz to create Tortilleria Nixtamal.

    The crowning achievement of Nixtamal are the fresh corn tortillas that they make every day. And you can really taste the difference! Every morning they cook and then grind corn kernels with limestone (otherwise known as calcium hydroxide) to bring out the nutrients and flavor – just like the Aztecs used to do as far back as 1500BCE! They then take the masa (ground corn) and mix it around a little more, and then feed in into their tortilla machine. It is a specific process that takes a skilled eye and an acute tongue to get the tortillas just right.

    Accentuated by their fresh tortillas, Nixtamal provides an amazing menu filled with Mexican classics that are inspired by their staff whose recipes are based on what they cook at home for their families. The mole is rich and creamy, the sincronizada is cheesy and crisp, the guacamole is made fresh to order and served with a heaping pile of fresh tortilla chips, and the perfectly blended cinnamon horchata is just the ticket to wash it all down. And of course, you simply cannot set foot in their doors without sampling at least one of their eight different tamales (we are partial to the chicken and pork).

    Tortilleria Nixtamal is devoted to keeping the restaurant healthy, fresh, authentic, and local. They buy non-GMO corn from the Rovey Seed Farm Company, source their meat from the local butcher Franco’s, receive their seafood from Astoria Seafood, and buy produce from the Corona-Abarrotera Central. Your best bet is to head to the cultural headquarters of Tortillaria Nixtamal in Corona. If Queens is just out of your reach, you can stop by Taqueria Nixtamalito in Downtown Manhattan. Nixtamalito has a shorter menu, but still offers up wholesale tortillas and classic Mexican street fare.

    Tortilleria Nixtamal
    104-05 47th Ave Queens, NY 11368

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The Innocents Abroad

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The premiere video production of Abbott and West, entitled, The Innocents Abroad, explores the world and its cultures through culinary customs and specific dishes. On the show Kate and Nora go into restaurants and kitchens around the world, delving into…

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The premiere video production of Abbott and West, entitled, The Innocents Abroad, explores the world and its cultures through culinary customs and specific dishes. On the show Kate and Nora go into restaurants and kitchens around the world, delving into the culture behind the food.

Each episode chronicles one location, with one cooking lesson, from market to table. Through their culinary adventures, Kate, Nora, and their viewers learn from chefs not just the logistics of the dishes, but also the history of the food and the community, personal anecdotes, local ingredients, and relevant words in the their native language. http://www.abbottandwest.com also provides the episode’s featured recipe, so adventerous cooks can try it at home!

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