Eats & Beats

There is a difference between the stable family restaurant and the "next big thing" trendy spot that has the latest food fad on fancy, overpriced display.  With some thoughts on the former, Alfonso Nuñez from La Cueva ("The Cave") in Aurora visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

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On this "Eats and Beats" Wednesday, our culinary trip around the world celebrates New Year's Eve traditional dishes.  For an Italian twist, we called on Howard Treppeda, whose menu for tonight includes the essential good luck food, beans. 

"We grew up eating lentils every New Year's Eve, and I want to share that with our guests," said Treppeda.  

Not eschewing the traditional foods of good fortune entirely, Treppeda notes, "What brings luck into it is not only the menu items.  It's the spirits, it's the music, it's the family that comes around the whole package."

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Every December on KUVO's morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis," we explore a variety of ethnic holiday menus and traditions.  Our own "Mayor of Oasisville," KUVO announcer Ed Danielson shared his Swedish heritage, without bringing any lutfisk into the studio.

"Anybody that eats lutfisk is well-deserving of being the butt of jokes," says dah mayor proudly.  In the   audio interview (above), Danielson explains the preparation of the dried codfish meal, which is both famous and infamous for its taste and smell.  

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