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On the Road! 
Sep. 12, 2010 12:18 pm 
Updated: Sep. 13, 2010 8:06 am

  So this Messy Cook is about to depart for a couple of months for two rotations, one in Columbus, Ohio and one in Portland, Oregon. I am super excited to begin this next venture in my life, living on the East Coast for the majority of my life, I am now looking to branch out. I want a change of scenery for my residency so I figure why not do some away rotations? You only live once!

  Now being a huge foodie, I am looking for tips and advice on a foodie spots I should check out. Whether they be Farmer's Markets or hole in the wall eateries. I want to make the most of my adventure!

Sep. 12, 2010 2:02 pm
One of my favorite restaurants is Jake's Crawfish in Portland OR. The saturday market is a great shopping avenue for foodies down on the Willamette.I didn't know that they let residents even come up for air LOL I hope you are successful wherever you go. We alway need good doctors :)
Sep. 12, 2010 3:30 pm
Excellent, I will definitely check it out! I am not a resident yet, I am in my fourth year...but no, they don't let residents come up for air :). I am very open to exploring somewhere different for my residency and well, Oregon sounds like it would be just my speed.
Sep. 13, 2010 8:06 am
Although it can be a bit drizzly in the winter, Portland is my favorite PNW city. Great way for you to experience new towns and then maybe select one that you love love. Best of success kid!
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About Me
I am latino and I love to cook all types of food including those traditional latin recipes. My tastes definitely have changed the older I have gotten and the more I have learned...especially from my first Sweet Orange Chicken recipe at the age of 14!!! My motto is: Recipes are a guideline to discovering what you like best. So learn, practice, experiment, and don't be afraid to make a mess. Happy Cooking!
My favorite things to cook
hmmm...let's see. I love to bake. Some of my favorite items are my "ridiculously simple banana cake", cookies (i love cookies), brownies, and bread. I also love making Carribbean style spanish dishes like Pernil (pork shoulder), rice w/ habichuelas (PR style beans), Corn Beef Guisada (corn beef in stew-like sauce), and tostones. My favorite quick and easy meals are cheesy chicken, cheesy vegetable cassarole, thai chicken with dates, and quesidillas! Oh and how can I forget...I love to make Sushi!!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was younger, we cooked very Puerto Rican/ Nicaraguense meals. From a little girl I would always follow my parents around as they cooked asking to help and asking what they were cooking. I can't remember when I first cooked, but I am pretty sure I started with bread and moved on up. My mom says I am like my dad in the sense I open up the pantry and fridge take out a various ingredients and start cooking whats there.
My cooking triumphs
My Maryland crab dip, my Puerto Rican slow roast pork shoulder, Graham Masala crusted salmon, sauteed brussel sprouts with butternut squash and pecans. The more I have fun with cooking the better it is!
My cooking tragedies
Oh there have been many...mypeople always seemed to enjoy them, but as the cook who envisioned them you just don't seem to enjoy them.
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