Fare from afar: Chef shares authentic ingredients, dishes of Portuguese cuisine to transport your taste buds

What better way to explore a culture than through its cuisine?

After missing out on eating our way through new cities over the last year, “Good Morning America” Food decided to chat up chefs from around the globe to bring us into their kitchen and share a taste of their fare from afar.

Use this as your guide to explore a new culture and cuisine in three ways: In your own kitchen with the chef’s advice below; eating at a local restaurant in your neighborhood or city that specializes in these foods; and as a conversation starter once you

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Corto: Classic Italian Cuisine in Jersey City

Three years ago, when chef Matt Moschella and his partners were looking for a spot for their new restaurant Corto, they had a simple vision in mind — to make “simple, straightforward food.” The team eventually settled on a former bodega in Jersey City’s Heights neighborhood and transformed the bedraggled interior into a fun, lively dining space that doesn’t look unlike someone’s living room—wooden furniture, cheerful photo wall, and creamy white wall paneling that restored the room’s original look in the ‘30s. A small open kitchen is attached but is not separated from the dining room. The space is meant

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Cafe Review: Valentine Delivers on Its Grand New Dream of Regional Cuisine

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Valentine is one of the most ambitious, beautifully weird, and best restaurants to open in recent memory. The Melrose hybrid by Blaise Faber and Chad Price — part coffee lounge, part eatery, part bar, part experimental cocktail “vault” — is so distinct and so out of left field that nothing else in greater Phoenix feels remotely similar. Even the mid-century modern, throwback-desert aesthetic is fine-tuned to its own frequency. Something groundbreaking is happening here, and it’s just beginning.

Looking

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Let fruits take the cake | Cuisine

Jason Schreiber is a staunch advocate of fruit cakes for every season.

While his repertoire includes the boozy Christmas fruitcake loaded with dried fruits and nuts, it is not confined to it. The recipe developer and food stylist has widened the fruits-in-cake concept with creative desserts that incorporate familiar and uncommon fruits.

He touts a peanut butter and jelly snack cake topped with strawberries. Four-layer hummingbird cake flavored with banana, pineapple and coconut. Crumb cakes moistened with poached pear or blueberry and gooseberry. Crepe cake layered with a guava paste filling. Macaroon cake packed with dried apricots. Raspberry tea cake

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Pierogi Cafe Serves Polish Cuisine & Coffee in Waldwick

Bergen County has a new Polish cafe specializing in homemade pierogi, fresh coffee, and more. Pierogi Cafe is now open in Waldwick, and guests can expect fresh ingredients and authentic Polish flavors. Savor fresh, homemade pierogi and other Polish delicacies at Pierogi Café in Waldwick. As a cafe, they also make – and sell – their own coffee beans.

Pierogi Cafe is a modest 1,200 square-foot space that seats 16 guests indoors. “It’s a modern, relaxing café setting,” says owner Marta Wasilewski. For instance, you can cozy up in a comfortable chair by the fireplace; or otherwise grab

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Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine brings fusion food from Central Asia to Alhambra

ALHAMBRA — Bugra Arkin, owner of Dolans Uyghur Cuisine, is introducing diners to a type of food most people might not be familiar with. Uyghur cuisine originates from the Uyghur region in Central Asia called Xinjiang and is influenced by a melting pot of cultures including Indian, Persian, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese.

Arkin grew up in a Uyghur region of Eastern Xinjiang called Dolan, which is where the name of his Alhambra, CA restaurant comes from.

“In our restaurant, you can find like all of the elements of different cultures,” said Arkin.

Dolans provides a fusion food experience featuring

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