Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The festival showcased four Montgomery County immigrant populations and held a Salvadoran-style cook-off for the best pupusa.
Montgomery County is home to many people from different cultures and the World of Montgomery festival, which took place Sunday afternoon in downtown Wheaton, showcased the county’s diversity through music, dance and food. “We are so proud to celebrate our cultural diversity,” Susan Jenkins, CEO of the Arts and Humanity Council, said. “We need to learn and respect one another and this festival helps us do that.” For its fourth annual celebration, the festival partnered with Kids International Discovery (KID) Museum to create an international village, with four large tents representing China, India, El Salvador and Ethiopia. Jill Chessen, co-founder of KID Museum, was pleased with the turnout. “Montgomery is such a diverse county,” Chessen…
Monday, October 22, 2012
Which pupusa was your favorite?
La Frontera, a Latin American restaurant in Silver Spring, won the title of Best Pupuseria at the World of Montgomery Festival on Sunday, beating out Wheaton restaurants Los Cobanos and Sergio's Place, and Rockville restaurant El Boquerón II. For $5, festival goers could sample pupusas from each restaurant and vote using an orange scorecard. What is your favorite place to eat pupusas in Montgomery County? Tell us in the comments.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Five Montgomery County restaurants will compete for the title of 'Best Pupuseria' at the World of Montgomery Festival on Oct. 21.
If you need another reason to come to the World of Montgomery Festival in Wheaton on Oct. 21, let it be for the pupusas, those fried corn-dough pockets of cheese, pork and beans. Five Salvadoran restaurants in Montgomery County will be competing in a pupusa cookoff, with festival goers as the judges. Here's how it works: buy a $5 ticket online or at the festival, sample pupusas from each restaurant, and vote for your favorite. Tasting and voting will go on from 12-3 p.m. The winner will be announced at 3 p.m., but pupusas (and other Salvadoran food) will continue to be sold until the end of the festival. Here are the names of the restaurants in the competition: Patch spoke with Manny Hidalgo, the executive director of the Latino Economic …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
“Closed” and “No Trespassing” signs are posted on both entrances.
Irene’s Pupusa’s III and the adjoining Sky Bar are currently closed with few clues as to the reason. In addition to black and red “Sorry We’re Closed” and “Private Property No Trespassing” signs, a message from the Greenhill Realty Company on the entrance doors states “Do Not Enter” and “This is a No-Trespass Zone” in addition to warning locksmiths not to attempt to change the locks. Calls to the Greenhill Realty Company and Irene’s for comment have not been returned. Stay tuned to Patch for further details.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Long-standing Wheaton restaurant makes 10,000 pupusas during an average week.
In 1970, Irene Cuevas came to the U.S. from Honduras and over the following 15 years, started a family and learned to make pupusas from her husband at the time. The popularity of her pupusas slowly grew by word of mouth and she eventually bought a food truck in 1985. As she traversed the Langley Park and Hyattsville areas over the next decade, the legend of her savory, saucer-shaped treats grew, and Irene opened the first stationary restaurant on University Boulevard in Langley Park in 1996. Storefronts in Wheaton and Laurel would follow in 2005. Irene’s son, Jose Melgar, grew up seeing the hard work that his mother, father and grandfather were putting into the Irene’s ventures, studying every facet of the business. “I hated it as a kid…