Pao & Cha Cha
by Andreina Mujica
While visiting New York, you would like to be in two places at the same time: Manhattan and Brooklyn. The truth is that this city gets it done, and you’ll need a map per day. At Astoria, you have a must-stop, that is Pao & Cha Cha.
The popular borough of Queens would never have thought they would enjoy the joyful and flavor of Mariantonia Blanco (Mariantuan) and Guillermo Hung (El Chino). This Venezuelan couple comes from the urban artistic clan in Caracas. They are surrounded by movement and proximity. So, when they left their country, they decided to conquer Queens with a little restaurant where Chinese and Latin flavors are mixed.
Mariantonia Blanco was known as a big producer of the Caracas’ nightlife from the 90s to early 2000. She, in cooperation with Ludic, was in charge of Ritchie Hawtin, Respect is Burning, and Joe Clausell. She was the author of memorable events that people not only remember, but miss as well.
Meanwhile, Guillermo is an integral artist, music, photographer, video artist, and designer of guitars made of cigar boxes from Havana. He grew up amongst traditional Asian food and listening to the Salsa Brava. He studied at Berkley and is a co-founder of Salsa bands like Tem Malin. Marintuan and Guillermo first met in One Thousand and One Nights. She, a cultural promoter, He, a manager at a Chinese bar-restaurant, with music by Maelo and Blades, The Hunan Garden in Santa Mónica, Caracas (not to be confused with California)
Now, they’ve thrown their hat into the ring on Social Media with Alive Recipes. Every day at midday, El Chino goes live on Facebook and with his rhythm and flavor, he takes you step by step through the preparation of a new Chinese-Latin recipe.
Mariantuan comes into play with a great, honest, and unique sense of humor. They take different days and recipes. With a large number of new followers every day, they present friends or foodies that marvel at the savvy and flavor that this couple provides to the New York taste.
Their grandma patties, salads, and dressings are memories to takeaway or eat in situ. Follow them! One of these days, we will find them on a reality show on TV. However, Pao & Cha Cha does not censor.
2303 Astoria Blvd, Astoria(Queens) NY