Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia Launches New Line of Authentic Nuevo Latino Cookwear

March 7th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia, who currently serves as the executive chef at popular New York restaurants including Babalu in the Bronx and the Copacabana Supper Club in Manhattan, has launched a range of authentic Spanish cookware products called Culinary Habana, which will be on display later this month at Chicago’s International Home + Housewares Show. Foodies, amateur chefs and everyone in between can now bring the authentic taste, experience and style of Nuevo Latino cooking into their home with such products as porcelain-on-steel paella pans, tapas pans designed to go from the oven to the table, and more. Each product in the line sports unique Spanish styling and a glossy, lifetime finish that has become Culinary Habana’s signature. For more information, visit

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Michelle Loeb

Chef Garcia Prepares Chicken Roja Vieja

March 3rd, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Taste Chef Alex Garcia’s Unparalleled Cuisine at Babalu This Thursday, January 19

January 2nd, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia’s unmatched cuisine is coming to the Bronx on Thursday, January 19, with the grand opening of Babalu, the latest restaurant from Barrio Foods and Chef Alex Garcia. Featuring fresh, local ingredients, the food at Babalu represents all Latin American countries, putting the spotlight on their favorite ways to prepare traditional dishes like paella, ceviche, empanadas and more. Babalu also features a list of top Latin wines, cocktails and beers. Babalu is open Monday-Friday 5pm-11pm and Saturday-Sunday 11am-11pm. After 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Babalu turns into a lounge with parties like Freestyle Fridays and Latin Saturdays, plus bottle specials and a late-night bar menu designed by Chef Garcia. Babalu offers free valet parking for the restaurant and the lounge. For more information, and to make your reservation for Babalu, visit

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Michelle Loeb

Babalu is the Talk of the Bronx

December 15th, 2011   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The buzz is growing in the Bronx about a new restaurant that’s about to bring Latin flavor and ambiance to the Throgsneck section of the Bronx. Babalu officially opens Thursday January 19 under the ownership of Ralph Mercado III, Jeff Lavino, William Padilla and Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia. Mercado chose the name Babalu as a tribute to his father, legendary concert impresario Ralph Mercado, who also ran a restaurant and lounge called Babalu in Midtown Manhattan in the early 2000s. Today’s Babalu will embody some of the same spirit of its namesake, with entertainment events, delicious food from Garcia—the executive chef at Babalu then, as well as now—and a family-style quality that will invite not only Latinos but everyone into the Babalu family. Keep an eye out for more information on the big grand opening, coming Thursday January 19.

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Michelle Loeb