City Councilor Felix Arroyo hosts a celebration of Latino Heritage on Monday at City Hall, complete with live music and food.
As Latino Heritage Month draws to a close, the son of Boston's first Latino city councilor is hosting a celebration at City Hall. Felix Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident and at-large city councilor, invites everyone to this year's celebration. It will be held on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the council chambers, which are on the fifth floor of City Hall. There will be live music and free food. This year, the city's burgeoning Latino business sector takes center stage. The following small business owners will be recognized. Of course, many of them are from Jamaica Plain:
The Hyde Square restaurant goes beyond the basics of rice and beans to accommodate vegetarian diners.
Perhaps more than some of Jamaica Plain’s other Latin restaurants, El Oriental de Cuba earnestly accommodates vegetarian patrons. The Hyde Square eatery, a local landmark since 1994, goes beyond the basics of rice and beans and offers a wide variety of delicious dishes for non-meat eaters. For appetizers, there’s Mofongo, Fried Yuca, Garden Salad and Cheese Empanadas. Made with mashed green plantains and plenty of garlic, Mofongo ($7.95) is a dense and starchy starter that won’t leave room for much else. Though normally prepared with pork rinds, or chicharrones, our friendly server Angie obligingly honored our request to prepare the Mofongo sin carne. El Oriental’s Fried Yuca ($2.95) was perfectly fried, not at all greasy, and crisp. Cut …