Cucumber Chef http://cucumber-chef.org/ Sat, 21 May 2022 02:19:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cucumber-chef.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Cucumber Chef http://cucumber-chef.org/ 32 32 La Ingrata Tex-Mex restaurant opens in downtown Palestine | News https://cucumber-chef.org/la-ingrata-tex-mex-restaurant-opens-in-downtown-palestine-news/ Sat, 21 May 2022 02:19:00 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/la-ingrata-tex-mex-restaurant-opens-in-downtown-palestine-news/

La Ingrata, a new tex-mex restaurant in downtown Palestine, located between the Historic Events Center and the Texas Theater at 205 W. Crawford St., officially opened on Friday, May 20.

La Ingrata, which translates to “the ingrate”, is an authentic Tex-Mex restaurant founded by Juan Ramirez.

Ramirez is from San Miguel de Allede, Mexico, 147 miles northwest of Mexico City. It’s a colonial-era city in the central highlands of Mexico, known for its Baroque Spanish architecture, thriving arts scene, and cultural festivals.

Ramirez moved to the United States when he was 14 and immediately started working in restaurants to earn a living. He started out as a bus boy and over time moved on to cooking.

Ramirez previously owned two other restaurants in Louisiana, where he lived with his family, three years before moving to Palestine, but was forced to close due to the economic effects of COVID-19.

Determined to persevere, Ramirez then began seeking opportunities in other states, including Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas.

“When we looked at the territories and our options, we went with Texas because the cost of building it made the most sense,” he said. “We loved the idea of ​​a small town away from the chaos of a big city and we chose Palestine because of its historical value and the city’s family-oriented attractions and festivals. Along with my heritage, these things are most important to me.

La Ingrata is expected to be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

They have a wide range of menu options and a fully stocked bar with domestic and imported beers from Mexico.

“We plan to meet with local breweries and distilleries soon,” Ramirez said.

La Ingrata is also creating a partnership in catering services for The Historic event center.

Managers Pablo Contreras and his wife, Adriana, said creativity is growing in Palestine.

“The spaces here are downtown and it’s great to see something new and convenient open downtown,” Pablo said. “We hope to see more companies coming. We are not equipped to provide catering, but it is something we are asked all the time. The solution just presented itself as there is a bay door that connects the two properties. This allows us to better magnify the experience.

Ramirez encourages others to pursue their passions.

“I took my experiences in the restaurant industry and eventually created my own recipes,” he said. “I’m sure a lot of people have felt the economic blow. The key is to hold on to your vision, whatever it is, to keep moving forward through the discouraging times and to ask family, friends or to anyone else and you will do it. Anyone can do it.

Ramirez even encourages all of his employees to start their own project one day and said he’ll be there to help when the time comes.






The dining room of La Ingrata.




“We really want to invest in the future growth of Palestine,” Ramirez said. “We want to grow the community and no company can do it alone. The truth is, we all need each other.”

A full menu is available on La Ingrata’s Facebook page.

For more information, call 903-221-8403.

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How Debt Stress Affects Body and Mind | Economic news https://cucumber-chef.org/how-debt-stress-affects-body-and-mind-economic-news/ Fri, 20 May 2022 14:56:26 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/how-debt-stress-affects-body-and-mind-economic-news/

If you are aware of any local business openings or closings, please let us know here.

· Ciao! Sandwich Shoppe will open a second location on College Hill in Easton, replacing The Kettle Room

· René and Grisellies Benique opened Cafe Ezekiel 47 at 10 S. Fifth Ave., near Fifth and Penn avenues, in West Reading.

· Alter Ego Salon and Day Spa à Emmaüs is organizing a grand inauguration on Sunday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at noon.

· Origen Latin Fusion opened on the site of the former Tomcat Cafe in Sinking Spring, Berks County.

· Sellersville seniors’ residences will hold an inauguration ceremony on May 24. The Bucks County Affordable Housing Community for Adults 55 and older has 50 apartments, eight of which are reserved for people with behavioral health needs.

· La Maison et la Grange d’Emmaus has opened its outdoor dining area and cigar bar. The house and barn are at 1449 Chestnut St. in Emmaus.

· The Spa & Nail Bar will hold a grand opening from 11 a.m. until closing on Friday, May 20, with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. The 2765 Papermill Road, Wyomissing.

· Realtor Amanda Vachris and the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at Vachris’ new Keller Williams real estate office at 15 St. John St., Schuylkill Haven, at 4 p.m. on May 24.

· Il Gaetano Ristorante will hold a grand opening on Friday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. 665 Columbus Ave., Phillipsburg.

· The First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union will hold a grand opening at its new headquarters in Trexlertown, 6126 Hamilton Blvd., on May 18.

· Vinyl Press Signs & Graphics has moved within Emmaüs. The new site is located at 15 S. Second St., not far from the old Sixth Street location.

Closing of Pedro’s Cafe at Emmaüs

SV Sports (formerly Schuylkill Valley Sports) will close Quakertown venue

Flemington DIY will host a grand reopening on May 14 at 26 Stangl Road, Flemington. The party will start at 10 a.m.

· Elpedio’s Ristorante in Seipsville opened at 2912 Old Nazareth Road in Easton. The restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday.

· Uai Brazil opened at 315 Lehigh Ave, Palmerton, offering both a seated or buffet option.

· Colombian Restaurant Mex opened at 107 E Union Blvd in Bethlehem, offering traditional Colombian cuisine.

· Precision Ink opened at 161 W Berwick St. in Easton.

· King Wing opened a location in Bethlehem at 129 E. Third St., serving wings and sandwiches.

· Molinari’s at 322 E 3rd St. in Bethlehem is reopening, offering seating with an Italian menu.

· Tony’s Pizza & Restaurant has opened a new location at 3417 Sullivan Trail in Easton.

· Big Papa’s Restaurant & Catering has opened at 1236 Northampton St, Easton. Dale Koehler & Sons Farm will supply the restaurant with meat and eggs.

· Route 61 Hardware cuts the ribbon at 635 Fountain St. in Ashland at noon June 24.

· The Shenandoah Pharmacy will hold a ribbon cutting at noon, June 1, at its location at 33 N. Main St., Shenandoah.

The Canalside Cup on Route 611 in Williams Township opens for the season May 13

· The Curious Plantaholic Nazareth expanded into New Jersey with a second store at 20 Main St. in historic Clinton, Hunterdon County. the original store is on Belvidere Street in Nazareth.

Childcare With A Purpose and Lehigh Valley Martial Arts are both coming to the Easton Avenue Mall in Bethlehem later this year.

· Harmony Wellness Center opens May 18 and 5 p.m. The center, which will provide services such as reiki and crystal energy sessions, is located at 182 S. First St. in Lehighton.

Time 2 Talk Therapy Services will hold an open house on June 1 at 521 Bridge St. in Lehighton

· Alter Ego Salon & Day Spa will open May 22 at 500 Broad Street in Emmaus

· Sephora at Kohl’s to open in Whitehall Kohl’s

· Juliette Bridals by Ivana has moved to 161 Glenworth Rd., Pottsville and is hosting a “relocation celebration” May 19 at noon.

· Iqor has opened a new 30,000 square foot call center in Allentown

· Life Advance Fitness at 436 State Ave. at Emmaus opens on May 11

· Grocery Outlet Bargain Market is open at 561 S. Broad Street in Lansdale, in the former location of Super Foodtown.

· A new mafia-themed bar named Capo & Co. Keg and Cork Kitchen is recruiting staff at Emmaus. The restaurant is located at 1375 Chestnut St. and will include a self-serve wine bar.

· Terrain on the Parkway, at 1625 Lehigh Parkway East in Allentown, is open and renting apartments ranging from studios to three bedrooms.

· McCall Collective Brewing is planning a May opening for its second location at 7743 Hamilton Blvd. in the Breinigsville section of Upper Macungie Township. The original brewery is in Allentown.

· The Project Paw Cat cafe and thrift store opened April 30 at 452 Northampton St., Easton. The café cats will be available for adoption. The company supports the Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Williams Township.

· McDonald’s de Coopersburg is open at 6690 Short Drive, Upper Saucon Township, just off Route 309

· Oley Valley Inn in Oley Township returns as The Riedenau House, a farm-to-table restaurant. It will serve a German menu.

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Soul & Smoke attracts national media attention – and more customers https://cucumber-chef.org/soul-smoke-attracts-national-media-attention-and-more-customers/ Fri, 20 May 2022 03:58:02 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/soul-smoke-attracts-national-media-attention-and-more-customers/

Since Soul & Smoke gained national attention after being on hello america for a live barbecue contest in Chicago, he saw an influx of customers, many of whom told the owners they were driving in from other states just to order the brisket.

“We sold a lot of breasts,” co-owner D’Andrew Carter said. “Breast sliders, brisket sandwiches, brisket dinners. You name it: cut brisket, mac and cheese brisket bowls. It was bustling over the weekend.

Soul & Smoke’s famous brisket sandwich. Credit: Provided by Soul & Smoke

Carter and co-owner Heather Bublick appeared on the segment on May 11 and showcased their prime beef brisket, cooked for 14 hours, topped with their Kansas City-style barbecue sauce on a brioche bun. They competed for Chicago bragging rights and to advance to the CMG quarterfinals against South Side leader Dominique Leach of Lexington Betty Smokehouse, who won the round.

This isn’t the first time Soul & Smoke has garnered media attention in recent years. The barbecue had been praised by food critics from the Chicago Tribune and TimeOut Chicago. The former wrote that Carter’s was “the best [brisket] I tried outside of Texas.

It was this very media attention that attracted them. hello americawhich Carter considers the most media attention to date.

Bublick, who is also married to Carter, told the roundtable that CMG The producers said they found the duo’s restaurant by Googling “Best BBQ in Chicago.”

“We kept coming on all the links,” she said.

The recent coverage provides a great opportunity for the Roundtable to not only salivate, but also review how the local barbecue business quickly gained regional and national attention.