Articles by Martin Mendiola

Rules of Etiquette are changing

While at a formal dinner party over the holidays, a good friend approached me wondering if I had noticed something wrong with the table settings….


‘Tis the Season for Pork

As the holiday season approaches and we start hearing Christmas carols and jingles, pork becomes a major topic of discussion among my family and friends….



Thanksgiving on September 8th

By Martin Mendiola…. Considered the most family centered holiday in the United States, Thanksgiving has its roots on the many harvest festivals held for centuries…


Autumn means mussels

By Martin Mendiola…. In Miami we can always tell there is a change in seasons when department stores change their displays. As soon as we…



Sambal from Indonesia

By martin Mendiola…. Upon arriving from an extended Asian vacation, my daughter proudly announced that she had brought me some sambal pecel from Bali. Of…


An Italian feast by Flora

By Martin Mendiola, mendiola@usgourmet.us…. The use of Montepulciano in Italian wine names can be somewhat perplexing since it is both a grape variety and the…



Cooking with Fish Scales

By Martin Mendiola…. While at the fish market over the 4th of July weekend, a relatively young couple standing in the background attentively listened to…