For craft beer geeks, Dogfish Head Beer is considered the Alpha & Omega of the craft beer scene. It is one of the biggest and most popular craft beer breweries that have garnered national acclaim. So the idea that the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery will be in the 305 to host a beer pairing dinner is kind of a big deal. Sam Calagione (Founder of Dogfish Head Brewery) will be at MC Kitchen on November 13, 2014 at 7:30pm hosting a 4 course beer pairing dinner.
October 26, 2014
If I had to pick the best all-around pizza joint in Miami, I would probably say Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza. However, that wasn't the case a couple of years back. I started going to Andiamo about 5-6 years ago when I was dating some pendejo and he introduced me to the place. It was an instant attraction (with the pizza, not the pendejo). I even celebrated my 26th birthday there. A futile attempt to hold onto my fleeting youth with an old school pizza party decked out with My Little Pony hats and whistles #DontHate. It was equal parts pathetic, nostalgic and fun. When the relationship (with the pendejo) went sour, so did my adoration for Andiamo. It was no longer the best place for a pizza date, but a painful reminder of love lost. My love for Andiamo somehow turned into distaste and I stopped going completely. When people would suggest going there, I'd automatically bark back with, "Fuck that place, Andiamo sucks!" I'd say this not because their food was bad or because their service was horrible, but because of the emotional value Andiamo had developed and what the place now represented.
October 20, 2014
The event that celebrates Coral Gables' burgers makes its way back to Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park for the fourth consequtive year. Burgerliscious is going down November 6, 2014 from 6pm - 10pm. Over 20 restaurants are expected to participate this year with confirmed restaurants so far consisting of Bread & Butter Counter, Café at Books & Books, Christy’s Restaurant, CRAVE, Pincho Factory, ROK: BRGR, Seasons 52, Shake Shack, Swine Southern Table & Bar and more. In other words, this is the kind of event you were stretchy pants, comfy shoes and a big purse to.
October 16, 2014
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, is teaming up with Funky Buddha Brewery, M.I.A. Brewing Co. and Wynwood Brewing Company for a special Craft Beer Tasting Dinner to showcase the brewers’ limited edition collaboration beer. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 28 at 8 p.m. at Anthony’s in South Beach, located at 520 West Avenue.
September 29, 2014
I wrote about Cuban Guys restaurant many moons ago when I was a fledgling, blogging noob back in early 2012. You can read that post here. Since that post the restaurant has grown significantly and now has 3 different locations throughout South Florida. Their pan con bistec continues to be one of the best I've had and their flans is a popular hit in Miami.
|Pan con Bistec|
September 22, 2014
I've reached an age where I can say, "Back in my day..." and no one really flinches because I'm getting old. I grew up in the 90's, before social media, cell phones and an easily accessible internet. A child's popularity was based on what kind of snacks you brought to lunch and if you had the newest Lisa Frank gear, not how many followers you had on Instagram. In the mid nineties at my elementary school, only nerds brought fruit to lunch. I mean seriously who would bring apples or grapes to lunch?! The "cool kids" brought cookies, fruit roll-ups, chips, gushers, dunkaroos and anything sugary that could then be used to barter with classmates. How things have changed.
September 14, 2014
I have no qualms in admitting I am addicted to caffeine, coffee to be exact. Espresso, machiatto, latte, Cuban coffee, IV infusion... you name it and I dig it. So when I spent a weekend in DC I was absofuckinlutely delighted to find new coffee shops popping up all over all the
hipster and gentrified trendy areas. Seriously, an artisan coffee shop on every other block. It was like caffeinated paradise.
September 10, 2014
On Saturday, September 20, 2014, United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders will host an interactive cooking and eating experience, “Build Your Own Brunch” B.Y.O.B. Guests will spend the afternoon preparing a three-course brunch, under the tutelage of some of Miami’s most popular chefs, Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill and Bocce Bar, Antonio Bachour of St. Regis Bal Harbour and Makoto Okuwa of Makoto. Aside from the food, Titos Vodka cocktails will be available, and for all the craft beer nerds, Wynwood Brewing Company will have the best fit brew on tap.
September 2, 2014
I love bananas, they're healthy, sweet and a good source of potassium. What I don't like is how quickly they go bad. I find myself freezing them or baking them much faster than I can eat them. You can only make so many banana nut muffins or banana protein shakes before you become completely sick of them. So I started playing around in the kitchen and I decided to mix banana and Nutella, because duh. Then, I got tired of muffins and decided to try making whoopie pies, because why the hell not?!
August 20, 2014
Ommegang Brewery and Haven are teaming up for a night of boozy deliciousness. La Pachanga is going down August 26, 2014 at 7pm at Haven in South Beach. For $50 per person (exclusive of tax and tip) diners will enjoy four summery courses each with it's carefully selected beer pairing.
July 28, 2014
Over the last couple of decades, Hialeah has become synonymous with bad traffic, chongas and Cubans. Flashback to a few decades back and Hialeah was an up-and-coming town with a dignitary attracting race-track and a burgeoning garment district. The garment district was located in the south east corner of Hialeah and was mostly run by families of Jewish decent. However, like locusts, us Hispanics invaded Hialeah and made the town our own. The one-time garment district is now overrun with thrift stores and auto-body shops with plans to be turned into an art district. The only thing that has survived in the area is Stephen's Restaurant, a 60 year old Jewish deli. Yep, you read that right. A Jewish deli in Hia-fuckin-leah.
July 24, 2014
Three years ago I developed an obsession with Crumb On Parchment and their dulce de leche coffee cake. It was glorious, rich and addictive. Then, their pastry chef abruptly quit and took the recipe with her. That bitch. So much time has passed and from time to time, I day dream about that coffee cake. A couple of days ago I decided to experiment in the kitchen and try to recreate this dulce de leche wonder. Before you even start this cake, you need to make dulce de leche. I started off with a basic cake recipe, tweaked it here, nipped it there and ended up with something pretty freaking delicious.
July 21, 2014
I'm well overdue for another giveaway, so I've teamed up again with the great folks at Flavour Gallery and Chef Jeff Mauro from the Food Network to give away a couple of his new t-shirts. I'm giving away 1 men's tee and 1 kid's tee to some lucky sandwich fans out there.
June 25, 2014
Sundays Were Made For Baking: Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies Topped with Sea Salt
I've found that baking is very calming. Perhaps it's the fact that baking is a structured task that forces you to focus on what's right in front of you and doesn't let your mind wander to the 5000 other things going on in your life, but what do I know? It's not like I'm a therapist or anything. Whatevs, I digress. This past Sunday I got the ravenous urge for girl scout cookies. Dosido's to be exact; I wanted those peanut butter sandwich cookies in and around my mouth ASAP. My only problem is that girl scout cookie season ended in South Florida a couple of months ago, so what was I to do?? After a couple of minutes looking on ebay for girl scout cookies, I decided to just bake my little heart out.
June 21, 2014
I've been enjoying the delicious croissants at Panther Coffee for quite some time. Unfortunately, I've never taken the time to inquire where they came from. I've always just been thankful for their mere existence and devoured them with rampant fervor all while telling my friends, "Bro. The croissants at Panther are the fucking tits, guy. Pero like, for real, they're suuuper delicous."