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
I've teamed up with the good folks over at Cuban Guys to hook up some of my readers? Why? Because you guys are awesome (DUH!) and who doesn't love free cuban food?! This giveaway will work much like my previous giveaways, by entering in the widget below. There are 3 giftcards in total up for grabs, a $100, $50 and a $25 gift card that can be used at any of Cuban Guys' 3 locations. Winners will be announced Monday, October 13, 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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Contrary to popular belief, my life isn't all nutella, cheeseburgers and ice cream. Though, I really wish it was. I try to eat relatively healthy from time to time and had actually decided to venture into the world of oatmeal. Truth be told, I had never had oatmeal... EVER. So I bought myself a container of quick oats at the market and made myself a bowl. After my first bite I asked myself, "How the fuck do people eat this shit?! This is garbage." I'm sure there are people out there that will disagree with my brash opinion and try to convince me on the marvels of oatmeal and how delicious it can be, but until someone can show me the way my opinion remains intact.
What's better than chocolate cake? Chocolate cake with coffee in it. What's better than chocolate cake with coffee in it? Chocolate cake with an entire colada baked into it. This cake should fix your sweet craving and your caffeine fix all in one bite.
I went to DC for the weekend, 48 hours to be exact. In that short time I hit up several restaurants and somehow managed to find myself at Firehook Bakery a total of 3 times. I stumbled upon the bakery on my way to the hotel as it was conveniently located 1/2 a block away on Dupont Circle. The next morning, I decided to stop by and take a look inside. What I found was loaves of various freshly baked bread lining the walls behind the counter, dozens of glistening pastries and the strong smell of fresh coffee. My mouth immediately began to water and a single thought popped into my mind, "Pero, like. I need to try ALL OF THE THINGS."
What happens when you're craving a pastelito de guayaba y queso and you're also craving a fresh, warm pop tart? You end up with guava and cheese pop tarts. The best of Cuban and American worlds. As a second generation immigrant, many times I find myself craving mom's cooking or craving some American comfort food. Either or, never both. So when rare opportunities to marry both cuisines occur, I jump at the chance.