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7. TOP TRAX: TOVE LO'S SUNSHINE KITTY
DJ FR8-O dishes on Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo, and her new album Sunshine Kitty, which may just be your next obsession.
10. DESTINATIONS: ROME
The top five fascinating historic and cultural things to visit while in Rome, in no particular order.
14. CENTERFOLD: MODEL MICHEL VEGA IN PINK
Let's honor all the women in our lives with pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and continue the fight for the cure.
16. COVER STORY: HIALEAH PRIDE 2019
Wire Magazine is proud to sponsor the second annual Hialeah Pride, so we preview this fabulous celebration and interview Co-founder DJ Citizen Jane.
20. COVER STORY: HIALEAH PRIDE JULIO IGLESIAS &
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We sat down with Hialeah Pride headliner Julio Iglesias, Jr. and Hialeah Police Department patrol sergeant Erik Martin to discuss why they believe we must celebrate Pride.
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hen it comes to the music biz, there's no doubt it's the girls who run the world. Just take one look at your gym or party playlist – riddled with hits by Ariana, Gaga, Beyoncé, Lizzo, P!nk and Madonna – and you'll believe me. Still, there's another girls club you may not be on a firstname basis with; not yet at least. They hover on the fringe of fame, dropping the occasional anthem, then mysteriously creep back into the crowd until their next big surprise hit. They've not yet earned the title of queen or princess, but they still make you wanna drop everything and treat your treadmill like it's the middle of the dance floor. One of those divas is Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo, and her new album Sunshine Kitty, may just be your next obsession. The 31-year-old singer-songwriter crashed the party back in 2014 with her breakout hit "Habits (Stay High)," an anthem for anyone who likes to deal with their break-ups in the most deliciously unhealthy ways. Then again, who doesn't? It must have worked, because it wasn't long before her follow up "Talking Body," started chatting us up with lyrics like, "If we're talking body, you've got a perfect one, so put it on me." Tove's gift for wordplay and fearless attitude have led her to collaborations with some of Europe's major players, like Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Alesso, Major Lazer, Ellie Goulding, and Zara Larsson. And how can we forget her part in the slow-burning Nick Jonas track "Close?"
plish lately: evolve gracefully. Her signature experimental style is still there, but this time it's been polished with happier earworms like the girlfriend pep-talk "Glad He's Gone," the vulnerable "Come Undone," the smoldering "Stay Over" and my personal obsession "Sweettalk My Heart." This collection is not short on hot collaborations either; with cameos by Kylie Minogue ("Really Don't Like You"), ALMA ("Bad as the Boys"), and the dance floors newest prince, Jax Jones ("Jacques"). "I've finally landed in a place where there are some of the usual challenges," she explains about her sudden musical mood swing, "but I feel more at home with the weirdness of what it means to be a person who puts her heart on paper for everyone to listen to. I'm vulnerable, but not angry, It's the same emotional honesty – yet happy." Whatever the reason, the result is Tove's best work ever, perfectly tip-toeing the line between relevant pop and rebellious experimentation. It's futuristic syths meshed with organic instrumentation, aggressive confidence blended with raw emotions, and a touch of doubt brightened by a ray of sunshine.
On her fourth time out the gate, the Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated multi-plati- Tove Lo will be kicking oﬀ her U.S. Sunshine Kitty Tour in February 2020. I, for one, will num artist has managed to do what other be there living my best life and singing every one of these tracks like I wrote them myself. artists seem unable to successfully accom- Check tove-lo.com for tour dates and deets.
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ure, Rome hosts a very fab Pride celebration. As usual, Italians, many Europeans and plenty of Americans attend one of the most spectacular Pride festivals in the world. Yes, there is plenty to engage visitors during Rome Pride every year. Add in the appeal of dining in Rome and, well, the appeal of the Italian people and Euro-visitors, and one could have a few days in the center of Western civilization that form memories of a lifetime. It's impossible to explore all Rome has to offer in just a few days. Truly exploring historic Rome would take weeks. However, even with limited time and the delicious attractions of Pride in Rome, or during a short visit at any other time of the year, one shouldn't miss the chance to see the ancient city's top historic attractions. Given a day or two (or three) free to see the sites, you can at least hit the most important ones.
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Here are the top five fascinating historic and cultural things to visit, in no particular order. The Colosseum "Do you like gladiator movies?" comedy icon Leslie Nielsen quipped to a young boy in the classic movie Airplane. Then there was the Russell Crowe movie and countless others portraying one of the best known historic sites in Western civilization. Men in skirts fighting it out to the death in front of a cheering audience is about as homoerotic as it gets. If you're unfamiliar think Thunderdome without the bonus of Tina Turner doing playing emcee. Still, pretty butch. When you visit The Colosseum, history comes alive. It's easy to envision the gladiators, the blood-thirsty crowd and one Caesar or another surveying the whole show. It's more palatable than a Dolphins-Jets game. Few sites are as ingrained in the collective consciousness of Euro-centric cultures as is this one. The Pantheon The Pantheon was built as a temple to Rome's pagan gods and is Ancient Rome's best preserved building. It might not have worked out so well for the pagans, but it is still used for its religious purposes and is free to visit. It has a majesty of sorts, even for the irreligious and is a must-see in Rome. Don't waste your money on a tour of this incredible site. Both smartphone apps and online itineraries will lead you along. Just try not to make too much noise, given its active status. 10 WIREMAG.COM #21 2019
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St. Peter's Basilica One of Christianity's most important sites, St. Peter's is breathtaking and unforgettable. Entrance to most parts is free, but viewing relics costs a fee. Unlike some other sites in Rome, though, a guided tour is a good idea. They provide access to everything and experts oﬀer insight that might be hard to grasp on one's own. The Roman Forum One of the most visited sites in Rome, the Forum is home to countless notable buildings such as The Temple of Saturn. For a millennium, it was the center of Western civilization even though it evolved over the years to reflect changes in culture. You have to hand it to the ancient Romans, they could adapt. There is a lesson to be learned there. Well, beside men in armored skirts. The Vatican Museums OK, so technically, The Vatican isn't part of Rome or Italy – oﬃcially it is a sovereign nation. The museums, however, are a must-see, once in a lifetime experience – regardless of one's faith and there is really no getting around that. Like the entire Vatican, you aren't talking about seeing the sights in a day or two. If you are limited, make sure to see a 12 WIREMAG.COM #21 2019
little thing called the Sistine Chapel as well as Da Vinci's Saint Jerome, the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus and the Trinity Sarcophagus. People visit Rome for everything from circuit parties to epic dining, but the trip is diminished without a glimpse back at one of the places where it all started for Westerners. Plus, you know, gladiators... Michael W. Sasser has been a travel writer for more than 20 years, for publishers ranging from Time Out and Frommer's to Miami Herald Custom Publishing and ABARTA Media. He is author of thousands of travel stories and dozens of travel books. Reach him at mikewsasser@ yahoo.com.
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Hialeah Pride! By Rafa Carvajal
ire Magazine is proud to sponsor the second annual Hialeah Pride, returning to historic Hialeah Park, located at 2200 E 4th Avenue, Hialeah, on Sunday, October 13. The theme of this year's Pride will be "One Love," further unifying our LGBTQ community and allies under one fabulous celebration. Getting together as a community for this Pride is particularly impactful because Hialeah, Florida is the fourth most conservative city in the U.S. This festival is a huge step forward and Hialeah Pride Co-founders DJ Citizen Jane and Karen Larrea will continue to push boundaries and break barriers in the pursuit of full equality and happiness for everyone of us.
Last year, during its premiere, Hialeah Pride hosted over 6,000 attendees. This year, the Pride festival is expected to double those numbers for what will be an extraordinary celebration of love for everyone regardless of your gender identity or sexual orientation. Grammy-winning and Emmy nominated songwriter-producer Desmond Child will be the 2019 Hialeah Pride Padrino. Desmond will be on the mainstage to receive the honor, and he will also perform and be available for a meet and greet in the VIP area. Be sure to get your VIP tickets, which include open bar, buﬀet, a take-home swag bag, access to VIP parking and restrooms, and more, by visiting hialeahpride.com. General admission to Hialeah Pride is free for everyone. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon from Pexels
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There will also be plenty of other special performances and two additional great headliners. Julio Iglesias, Jr. will sing live, and DJ Citizen Jane will rock the house. Several other supporting artists and main stage hosts will also entertain us throughout the day and night. In addition, Hialeah Pride is very proud to be hosting a same-sex marriage ceremony on the main stage. According to Co-founder Karen Larrea, "We are so excited to be holding this special event at Hialeah Pride. Hialeah Pride will be the first Pride in South Florida to hold a marriage ceremony at their Pride event and where better than at Hialeah Pride." Visit wiremag.com to view the complete Hialeah Pride Schedule. SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: • 1-5:15 p.m.: Live entertainment by diverse performers and hosts • 5:15-5:30 p.m.: Same-sex marriage ceremony • 5:30-5:45 p.m.: Community Awards • 5:45-7 p.m.: Live entertainment by diverse performers and hosts • 7-7:30 p.m.: Vanessa Wong • 7:30-7:45 p.m.: Desmond Child, Padrino • 7:45-8:45 p.m.: Citizen Jane, Headliner DJ • 8:45-8:55 p.m.: Roxy Vargas and Enrique Santos • 8:55-9:15 p.m.: Julio Iglesias Jr., Headliner
Wire Magazine sat down with Hialeah Pride Co-founder DJ Citizen Jane, headliner Julio Iglesias, Jr. and Hialeah Police Department's Oﬃcer Erik Martin to preview the upcoming festivities. Check out what they had to say!
DJ CITIZEN JANE Rafa Carvajal: Why did you decide to create a Pride celebration in Hialeah? Citizen Jane: I grew up in Hialeah and when I came out of the closet, I had nowhere to go and be myself because this has always been a very conservative city. Therefore, I had to move and start my life in a new city that would be more accepting. I told myself that one day I would come back to Hialeah and make a diﬀerence. A couple of years ago, I approached Karen Larrea about a dream I had for a while, which was to have a Pride in Hialeah. Now being an Internationally known DJ and leader in the community, I was able to go back to the city that I grew up in and make a diﬀerence by creating a safe space for the LGBTQ community to celebrate freely, and also take home with them a piece of what this festival has to oﬀer. Karen was fully on board with me to do something to move the community forward. Especially when she found out that the City of Hialeah is the fourth most conservative city in the nation.
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RC: What can attendees expect at this year's Hialeah Pride? CJ: A full day extravaganza celebrating diversity and community with live entertainment, DJs, a marketplace, food trucks with delicious delights from all over the world, photo ops throughout the park, a family zone, exclusive VIP Areas both indoor and outdoor, Miami Heat's "Heat Nation" interactive zone, a game zone, health zone, lots of dancing and overall fun. RC: Who are the headliners at Hialeah Pride 2019? CJ: This year's headliners are Julio Iglesias, Jr. and me. Legendary Grammy Award-winning Producer Desmond Child is our 2019 Padrino. We are excited to have back our inaugural year Padrino Enrique Santos and Madrina Roxanne Vargas. Other international and local performers will also be on the Hialeah Pride mainstage. RC: What does it take to successfully have an event of this magnitude? CJ: A lot of detailed organization and a huge love for our community. People do not realize the amount of work that goes into an event this large. It truly is a labor of love as we want to achieve equality for every letter that makes up our community. RC: How do you raise the funds to put together Hialeah Pride? CJ: In our inaugural year, we contributed from our personal funds to make this event happen and we were also blessed to have our presenting sponsor, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, believe in us from the minute we spoke to them about Hialeah Pride and come on board. We also had smaller sponsors that made this festival come to life. For year two, AIDS Healthcare Foundation came back as our presenting sponsor, and we have had large companies such as Tito's, Walmart, and the Miami Heat, along with several more, want to be a part of this amazing Pride.
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"PRIDE TO US IS BEING PROUD OF EVERYTHING YOU STAND FOR AND ACCEPTING WHO YOU ARE. IT'S SAYING TO THE WORLD, 'THIS IS WHO I AM, AND I'M PROUD OF IT.' NOBODY SHOULD EVER MAKE YOU FEEL ASHAMED OF WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU STAND FOR." RC: What does Pride mean to you? CJ: Pride to us is being proud of everything you stand for and accepting who you are. It's saying to the world, "This is who I am, and I'm proud of it." Nobody should ever make you feel ashamed of who you are or what you stand for. RC: What do you think sets Hialeah Pride apart from other gay Pride celebrations in South Florida? CJ: Let's begin by saying that we are a Pride founded by two women which is a rarity. Hialeah Pride is held in the Nation's fourth most conservative city, that alone is mind-blowing as we are only 20 minutes West of Miami. We are a true community with Pride, a Pride where we don't separate any in our community in separate spaces, every representation in our LGBTQ community has their shining moment on the main stage and we all are equal, including local talent. We are a Pride with a purpose more than a party, we want to break barriers for our community and move equality for all. We want you to come to dance and have a great time but also go home with information. Whether it is from our health zone, connecting with a community organization you may have not known about, or learn about community events. There is so much happening in our diďŹ&#x20AC;erent festival zones. RC: What are you looking forward to the most about this year's Hialeah Pride? CJ: Wow, that's pretty hard as we put so much thought and hard work into each area of Hialeah Pride. We just really felt such a sense of unity in our community and received that compliment over and over from so many people who attended. We had many people attend as far away as Orlando and Tampa, and to know the hard work our committee puts into making Hialeah Pride happen is just overwhelming. But, if we have to choose one thing, it would be when we stand once again on the main stage together as a family and see our community family dancing and just living their true life is amazing. Oh... can we add that we can't wait to see sexy heartthrob Julio Iglesias, Jr. perform? RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? CJ: We hope to see everyone at Hialeah Pride on Sunday, October 13 at Historic Hialeah Park showing their pride and having an amazing time together as one. General admission is free, limited VIP can be purchased at hialeahpride.com. 18 WIREMAG.COM #21 2019
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Rafa Carvajal: What are you looking forward to the most about performing at this year's Hialeah Pride? Julio Iglesias, Jr.: I am very much looking forward to performing to a great group of fans who just want to come out and enjoy my music and have a good time.
gender is. Getting out in the world and conquering what you were born to achieve regardless of who attempts to put you down.
RC: How did you get involved with Hialeah Pride? JIJ: I was contacted by Karen Larrea, the co-founder of Hialeah Pride. She asked me if I would be interested in performing for the event and I thought what a great opportunity to stand with the LGBTQ community and celebrate their movement.
RC: Describe yourself in 3 words. JIJ: Humble, likable and fearless.
RC: How do you feel about being this year's Hialeah Pride 2019 headliner? JIJ: It's an honor for me to perform as the headliner for Hialeah Pride 2019. I love performing and it gives me great pleasure to perform for those who enjoy my music.
RC: What do you enjoy the most about being a singer? JIJ: What I enjoy most as a singer is making my fans feel happy for that moment in time when I am on stage. I love my music and nothing feels better than sharing my music with my fans.
RC: Why do you think it is so important to support the LGBTQ community? JIJ: I have many friends in the LGBTQ community who are some of the nicest people in the world. It's hard to hear about the many stories that have plagued their lives from childhood to adulthood. It frustrates me because this is nothing more than ignorance. Everyone is equal and it should be no diďŹ&#x20AC;erent for those in the LGBTQ community. I will stand up for this community anytime.
RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? JIJ: I would like to say thank you to your readers for taking the time to read my interview. I hope you can attend my Hialeah Pride performance on Sunday, October 13 at Hialeah Park. I am also excited to announce that I have new singles releasing on October 25. Catch my show Julio Iglesias Jr. TimeRC: Why do you think it is important to cel- less the next time I am in town and follow me on Instagram @juliojroďŹ&#x192;cial for ebrate Pride? the latest updates. JIJ: I think it's an important movement. I believe in equality for everyone. We all live in this world together and we should all treat one another as equals regardless of one's personal beliefs. RC: What does Pride mean to you? JIJ: The meaning of Pride to me is having the confidence to go out in the world and shine as the person you are meant to be. It doesn't matter what your race, religion or 20 WIREMAG.COM #21 2019
"I BELIEVE IN EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE. WE ALL LIVE IN THIS WORLD TOGETHER AND WE SHOULD ALL TREAT ONE ANOTHER AS EQUALS REGARDLESS OF ONE'S PERSONAL BELIEFS." - JULIO IGLESIAS, JR.
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"MY DEFINITION OF PRIDE IS PROGRESS, RESPECT, INCLUSION, DETERMINATION, AND EQUALITY. PRIDE IS SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE SHOULD FEEL, ALL YEAR ROUND."
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Rafa Carvajal: Tell us about your involvement with Hialeah Pride 2019 and the LGBTQ community. Erik Martin: I am a board committee member for Hialeah Pride. I'm a proud member of the LGBTQ community and I have been involved with other organizations for equality and the advancement of LGBTQ rights in our community. RC: Why do you think it is so important for the Hialeah Police Department to show their support for the LGBTQ community? EM: Our hope is to show support and understanding so the community knows the Hialeah Police Department is here for each and every one of them. We welcome each member's input and respect them as members of our community. Showing our support will only strengthen our community as a whole with all members of our community.
RC: Tell our readers why they should attend and celebrate Hialeah Pride 2019. EM: Come out and have a great time. Hialeah Pride is a place where you can come as you are and be in an atmosphere of love, equality, and a judgment-free zone. Celebrate yourself, your community, and honor your life.
RC: What are you looking forward to the most about this year's Hialeah Pride? EM: I'm looking forward to being involved wholeheartedly and supporting an event where members of the LGBTQ community and allies can come together and celebrate Pride. We will be working long hours to set up and make sure everything goes great. Looking RC: What is your role in the Hialeah Police Department? forward to seeing more people than we did last year EM: I am a patrol sergeant and for many years have been an advisor at the inaugural Pride event. Have more of our commufor the Hialeah Police Cadets program. I am currently a board mem- nity members be involved and show support for their ber with our FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) union. friends, family, and everyone under the umbrella. RC: What does Pride mean to you? EM: My definition of Pride is progress, respect, inclusion, determination and equality. Pride is something that everyone should feel, all year round. Not just at a Pride event or for a whole month. Be proud of who you are. Be proud of what you do. Be proud of our community. Be proud and lead a life of integrity, honesty, and love for one another. Pride to me means to validate your history within our community. Learning and acknowledging all of those that came before us and paved the way to be where we are today. RC: How do you think the Hialeah Police Department should protect LGBTQ citizens from potential hate crimes and violence based on their sexual orientation? EM: Based on my experience and journey, the LGBTQ Community is an essential part of our community, and as such we each deserve equal protection under the law. No questions about it.
RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? EM: Let's all be together and enjoy this amazing event. Let's be a little more loving with each other, a little bit more accepting of our diďŹ&#x20AC;erences. After all, it's our differences that make us such a great community and one of a kind individuals on this earth. Let's work together to make this world a little bit better than we found it. Make our community a better and safer place for all members regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, socioeconomic status, etc. As I learned many years ago from dear and wise friends, love is the message. Live and love your life, love the life you live. We only get one chance to live this life. There are no do-overs or reset button. Make the best of your life and be a positive influence on our community, but more importantly, honor yourself. #21 2019 WIREMAG.COM 21
By Michael W. Sasser
LIVING, LOVING LIPIDS ho doesn't enjoy a good lipid? Before you go running oﬀ to research the science angle, let's make it easy and stick to cooking terms. Think oils. Today there are dozens of diﬀerent types of oils/ fats used in cooking in various ways (and there seem to be more every day). These aren't your grandparents' days, so options are a lot more varied than cooking with vegetable oil, Crisco, butter or olive oil, back when the latter was considered by many to be exotic. The evolution of food culture and a better understanding of nutrition have led to a surge in oil varieties. In the case of nutrition, which is not the focus today, just keep in mind that all oils have roughly the same calorie count but both the ratio of good fat to bad fat and other health eﬀects (good and bad) vary from oil to oil. The truth is not all of the science is consistent when it comes to food products, and it changes regularly. On any given day, do you know if eggs are good for you, or if dairy is? It's complicated and you should do a little research before starting to use a new oil on a regular basis.
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Coconut oil has been a recent darling for its health properties, but not everyone agrees. It works nicely in moderate heat cooking. Olive oil and pumpkin seed oil add flavor in low-heat cooking like a sautée. Remember not to go too high-temp, as they have lower smoking points than highheat oils. Also, don't go to your expensive extra virgin olive oil for cooking – save the top-shelf stuﬀ for finishing dishes and salad dressings. Some oils are versatile, being satisfying with or without being cooked, such as extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil (great in salad dressing) and sesame oil as a finisher, among others.
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One thing most food scientists smarter than me seem to agree on is that vegetable oil is a no-no. Other high-heat oils are just as easy to fry with but without the nutritional negatives of vegetable oil. While I know some people who stand by-products like Crisco, particularly for baking, I've never been able to bring myself to use it. Probably childhood trauma. But enough with the health talk. The things to remember with oils are what you are using them for: high, medium or low heat; for heating, finishing or adding to cold dishes; and whether you want the added flavor diﬀerent ones to apply. I've only touched on a few of the many oils out there. Try some, mix them up, see how you like the taste they impart – or don't impart – and do a little research on what each brings to the table. Personally, I generally keep two types of extra virgin olive oil on hand (one for heated application, and a top shelf one for a finishing oil and salad dressings), canola oil, peanut oil, and sesame oil. I will pick up others for specific dishes or just on a whim, such as ghee for Indian cooking or avocado oil for something diﬀerent than the olive oil/lemon juice I've applied to my salads for the past 20 years. These oils work for me because of the styles of cooking I do, largely Mediterranean and Asian. HERE'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE EASY STIR-FRY RECIPES: • 1 large boneless chicken breast, patted dry and cut into bite-size cubes • Approximately a cup of sliced bell pepper, snap peas, moderate-thin sliced onion, and half a cup slivered carrots (I quarter those "baby carrots" lengthwise to make bright orange matchsticks) • Two cloves fresh minced garlic (or more if you like, which I often do) and at least a solid teaspoon of fresh minced ginger root • (Optional) fresh Thai basil or cilantro
HERE'S HOW EASY IS TO PUT TOGETHER: • Heat 2 tablespoons high heat oil (I use a mix of canola and peanut oil for this) on high in a wok and toss in cubed chicken. Stir constantly and maintain the high heat until you get color on all sides of the chicken. Remove chicken from oil and set it aside on a paper towel. • Add the tougher vegetables to the wok, cook for a minute and add the rest of the vegetables in order of their hardness. My order is bell pepper and carrot, then onions and ginger, then snap peas and garlic. Cook for a minute or so until you get the consistency you prefer. I tend to like things still fairly crisp and I loathe soft carrots! • Then add your chicken back in, toss in your stir fry sauce and cook another minute or so to bring it all together. If you're using fresh herbs, add those as you remove from the heat. • Serve with rice (that will be a whole other column someday) while it's still hot. I don't generally let stir fry sit and, to me, it rarely works as leftovers, although I know many people who don't mind it the next day.
Basic stir fry sauce. Yes, they are on the market, but try this one: ¾ cup broth, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, a splash of fish sauce, Other than the chopping and slicing, this is a quick and pretty easy stir fry – and one 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, one table- of my weekday go-to's. It also demonstrates the use of high-heat oils with the peanut oil spoon sugar or equivalent. Simple whisk adding just a touch of flavor that canola on its own does not. together. Explore the world of oils and their diverse uses. You'll be glad you did. Enjoy! Author/writer Michael W. Sasser has written on food and dining in South Florida and abroad for hundreds of publications, ranging from Where Miami and the Sun-Sentinel Group to Frommer's Fodor's, Time Out, Fresh Guides, Black Book NY and more. 24 WIREMAG.COM #21 2019
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