At Alphateria, Plantain Girl Mandy Estrella Triumphs with Caribbean Cuisine

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Untitled[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] Cheryl Baehr (Riverfront Times) writes about the Caribbean delights prepared by Mandy Estrella at Alphateria (located at 4312 Fyler Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri).

As a whitebread Midwesterner cooking Caribbean food, Mandy Estrella understands that she will raise some eyebrows. [. . .] Estrella, the self-styled “Plantain Girl,” is indeed the culinary force behind her Dominican-inflected food counter, the Alphateria. And from the taste of that ropa vieja, you would think that she had been cooking Caribbean food her entire life.

In fact, Estrella’s foray into the cuisine began about fifteen years ago in Orlando. Though she had attended culinary school at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park with a plan to be a banquet manager, her time in Orlando made her realize she would not be successful at that job in a resort community. Instead…

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