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Monday: Hitting the reset button

Hola amigos y amigas! Happy Monday friends, so it begins again or is it a continuation of Friday, Saturday, or Sunday depending when your weekend ends and how you look at it. Restaurant: Mi flow For me my week never really ends being in the restaurant business or service industry. As TGIF Friday approaches it means buckle up and shuffle to the door because it is about to get crazy. All the preparation done during the week, the mental readiness for the non stop work that starts Friday and ends Sunday in hopes that you prepared for every scenario and that there are no mistakes.  This are the realities of a chef/owner. The countless things that could go wrong on a weekend are too many to list but as a leader you have to find a way to eliminate those mistakes. MY MONDAY: So let's get back to Monday, as many of you ladies and gents go back to your daily routine, I start my day with my brother Martino at restaurant depot. We shop, we load the truck, we drive to the restaurant, unload, and put everything in it's place. This is when my brain goes through the mental list of the week. How did...

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Family First:Familia Primero

When it comes to latinos our families are usually our new never again me priority. Even with that said we tend to forget what family is all about during our daily grind.  I mean we wake up very early, get our kids ready, a quick kiss for your loved one, and off to tackle the day. For most of us that is reality 7 days a week.  In my case being a chef/owner, media influencer, and culinary influencer it becomes a little more difficult than that, or is it. My days are filled with emails, putting out fires, pitching my self to brands, meetings, and exercise among a few things. Notice how my family is on that list. That's because they (my family) are a priority not a to do. By adapting this logic I have been able to create a strong relationship with my wife and son.  What are the things I do?  Stay engaged with my family, share my highs, and share my lows. Make sure everyday you tell them you love them, but also make sure you show it. Habits are key, creating daily rituals to do with your kids and wife.  Make sure you take time for your self, be selfish. If you...

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Brisas Colombianas Bakery

It’s 9:30am on a sunny Monday morning and I'm sitting at my favorite Colombia Restaruant, Brisas Colombians Bakery. The restaurant was introduced to me by my best friend Gabriel Gonzalez a while back and have made sure I go once a month. Did I mention that my little busy boy is in his highchair next to me, and is looking at everything at the wall, the hustling of the staff, and all the side conversations. He even knows how special this place is and he is only 10 months old. Liam starts to point at all the frames that hang from the wall as if he was trying to say “Daddy look at all the beautiful pictures of Colombia”. The pictures show off the beautiful landscapes of a country I once called home at an early age before I came to America. Anyway let’s get you a clear picture of the place. It has a narrow entrance when you walk inside, but as soon as you walk in, the great smell jabs in you in the face. TOMA!!! To your right you see in the glass hot box: empanadas, chicharron, papas rellenas, to name...

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Liam at 10,000 feet

So here I am into our third hour of our flight and going into our last 45 minutes as the Captain announces that we will begin our descend into Newark airport.  As he finishes with his announcement, that annoying tone goes off and so does Liam my 9-month-old son.  Drama begins people; so being the second time Liam flies and figuring that the first time was smooth, this one would be too. Boy was I wrong, the weather sucked and here he goes.  The crying begins, I begin to go through protocol. I take out the rattle toy “nada”, then the squeaky one “nada”, and the full proof toy the straw “nada”.   OH!!!! Did I mention we were in first class, so Liam is a good 5 minutes into his crying and beads of sweat have formed on my forehead.  Let me tell you, if looks could kill, especially from the lady in seat 6B.  I'm fighting not to tell all the overly serious United Elite members the following, “I know my son is crying, I know it is not the most pleasant sound in the world.  That I’m sweating as I try to figure out what is wrong with him.”    So after my mind freak out, I get up, walk to the front...

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Ronaldo Linares

So who is Ronaldo?

Before we start, I want to introduce myself. My name is Ronaldo Linares, I am a Cuban-Colombian, salsa dancing, MMA fighting, crossfit training, classically trained chef, living his dream here in the United States of America. I first got here when I was 9 years old from Colombia. Put it this way, I was there during the Cartel wars and saw too many deaths before I was like 5 or 6 years old.. So not too many good memories there. But my family has always been able to keep those bad memories at bay. However, being with the family and all that goodness that comes with it, made all the good shine through. Anyway, so who am I? I’m a person that loves life, a person that loves food. A person that loves to eat, so I guess that’s why I’m a chef. But I don’t really like to classify myself as a chef I guess. I’m just someone that loves to create food -- amazing food, for people to eat. And lately I’ve been on a journey on the last couple of years, focusing on health and brining back flavors to our Latin food, allowing the food to shine. You know,...

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Baked “Egg” Avocado|Tomato Citrus Salad

Serves: 2-4 Total Time: 35 minutes INGREDIENTS: 1 Lg. Hass Avocado (Cut in Half, pit removed) 4 oz. Pancetta (See method below) 1 Roma tomato (Thinly Sliced) ¼ Medium Red Onion (Thinly Sliced) 2 eggs (At room temperature) 1 Tbsp. Cilantro (Minced) Kosher Salt (To Taste) Cracked Black Pepper (To Taste) 1 tbsp. Olive Oil 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice   METHOD: Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Pre-heat sauté pan, Add pancetta and cook on high for 2 minutes. Turn the heat to medium and cook until crisp. Tilt the pan to let the rendered fat run away from the pancetta and remove with spoon. Reserve rendered fat for another day. Set pancetta aside. Crack the eggs into 2 separate bowls without breaking the yolk. Set aside. Pour 2 small mounds of kosher salt onto a tray for baking. Place the two halves of avocado round side down. Add 1 egg to each of the avocados, this part has to be done with love. A trick is to take a tablespoon and scoop out the yolk, place it in the hole than add egg whites. Note: Not all the egg whites are going to fit in the whole. On to the easy part, place in the oven at 400°F for 25 minutes. In a bowl add lemon juice, olive oil, season...

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