Mandocas - Sweet Corn Fritters

When I was 8 years old my mother sent my sister and I to live with our paternal grandparents.  She was coming to the states to prepare our arrival and she decided that our grandparents should spend some time with us before we moved to the United States.

My grandparents lived in the state of Zulia, which is located in the northwest of Venezuela, around the Marcaibo Lake.  This lake is the largest water body of its kind in Latin America and its basin covers one of the largest oil and gas reserves in the Western Hemisphere.

Maracaibo is the state capital and it has the second (Caracas being the first) largest population among Venezuela states.  Like any country, each state is known for their own individual personality. Maracuchos (the population of Maracaibo) as they are referred, are loud, talk fast and everyone cuss like sailors – and I mean everyone, toddlers to gradmas.

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Gorgonzola Blue Dip - The fastest dip in the West

So, my birthday get-together was filled with yummy food.  Food that I could make in less than 2 hours, because being born 5 days before Christmas is no fun.  Everyone, including me, is running around doing errands, wrapping presents, decorating the house, cleaning the house, doing everything but thinking of cooking.

I had already done my hot spinach dip.

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Baddest Bagelwich [Egg Sandwich]

Or more like a cheating Bagelwich.  I could call it an egg sandwich, but the inspiration comes from a bagel.

When I lived in Miami, there was this little café close to work, which delivered pretty much 70% of the breakfast for the office staff.

The office is located off an island right passed the downtown area, and once you drove over the bridge, the lazy would sit in and there was no way anyone would ever contemplate leaving or you would be stuck in traffic never to be able to return.

In fact any restaurant that had delivery was very popular on our kitchen “take out menu” board.  The motto was “let them come to us, and not us to them”.

But, back to the café…

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