Take a walk through Little Dominican Republic
In this episode Misha travels through the neighborhood of Little Dominican Republic in New York City, NY. He meets Juan Rosa, a community activist and resident of the neighborhood to taste Tres Golpes or the “three hits”. This dish consists of cheese, fried egg, salami and mashed plantains. Juan says that this dish, “ gets you out to do your thing”.
As they explore, Juan and Misha travel down Nicolas Avenue. This avenue is the main commercial artery of the neighborhood. The neighborhood has many restaurants, vendors and barbershops. Misha tastes Habichuelas con Dulce from a street vendor that is in operation for the past 30 years. People line up down the block to eat this sweet dish.
Meeting up with Chef Kelvin
Next, Misha meets up with Kelvin Fernandez, or Chef Kelvin and they taste Chicharrón, which is brined, marinated and cooked to perfection. Serve it with fried plantains and a very cold beer!
Kelvin introduces Misha to the dynamic Susana Osorio, who owns many restaurants in the Little Dominican Republic, such as Mamasushi. This restaurant makes Sushi different because of the unique ingredients they use. Susana explains her experience with her many employees. She faced challenges and difficulties being a restaurant owner during the pandemic.