November 20, 2015

Turn Your Friendsgiving to a Porksgiving With This Korean Pork Tacos Recipe!

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and National Pork Board.  All opinions are 100% mine.

“Friendsgiving” is a great time to get together with friends and enjoy delicious food during the holiday season. This year, I’m taking my Friendsgiving one step further and celebrating Porksgiving – a time to give (with pork) to those who give back, to show them that we appreciate everything they do.

November 16, 2015

Instagram 50k Milestone Giveaway Of Some Of My Favorite Things!

Last week, my instagram account hit 50,000 followers. Fifty thousand people are hungry enough to follow my burger loving, donut face stuffing, cookie baking ass... that's nuts! For some people that's no big deal, but to me that's fucking huge. I kicked off my blog's instagram account almost 4 years ago, so for me it hasn't been a quick jump. It's taken years to improve my food pictures and find my own style, so this is cause for a god damn celebration!

I kept trying to figure out what I should do for a celebration and I figured why not host a giveaway of some of my favorite things? Make it like a bad ass prize pack featuring local restaurants and vendors that I love. So what's in this prize pack, you ask?! Well a bottle of Basil Hayden's Kentucky Bourbon courtesy of SWSBevGirl for starters. Got some PiƱa Colada jam from Freakin Flamingo and Guava Marmalade from PG Bakery. I also got 1 pound of coffee from Panther Coffee and gift certificates to 5 different restaurants in Miami. What restaurants, you ask? Well in addition to the goods I've just mentioned, I'm also hooking one lucky person up with a $20 gift certificate to Cao Chocolates, $25 gift certificate to Ms. Cheezious, $25 gift certificate to El Rey De Las Fritas, $20 gift certificate to Knaus Berry Farms and $25 gift certificate to Magic City Pizza. This prize pack is worth over $200.

Grand Prize!
There's also a runner up prize pack of a $25 gift certificate to El Rey De Las Fritas, $25 gift certificate to Ms. Cheezious and a $10 gift certificate to Cao Chocolates.

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For this giveaway, the grand prize winner must be over the age of 21! Two lucky winners will be randomly selected on December 4, 2015. 

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November 6, 2015

The FGH Breakfast Guide To Gaining 10 Pounds In Portland, Oregon

Unlike other people, when I travel I am most excited about the indigenous food I'll eat. When I went to Paris, I wanted to only eat choux pastry and swim in a sea of Roquefort cheese. Who cares about the Eiffel tower when there's so many baguettes to eat?! In Spain, all I cared about was chorizo and churros. My sight-seeing revolves around my dining reservations. So on my recent trip to Portland, my dining itinerary was several pages long while my sightseeing down to 3 vague bullet points (book store, mountains and coast).

October 30, 2015

Taco & Tequila Showdown Ticket Giveaway!

Sure it's Autumn throughout the rest of the United States, but here in the 305 we don't know nothin bout no "Autumn." Like who is this girl named Autumn? Why is she always wearing Uggs and drinking pumpkin spice lattes?! Here in Miami, we celebrate this time of year by swinging back tequila shots and stuffing our faces with tacos. So the folks over at MIABites have put together the perfect event:  Taco & Tequila Showdown or #TNTShowdown. They've rallied up some of Miami's best and brightest chefs and gotten them to cook up their best taco.

October 7, 2015

Enter to win 2 VIP SoBe Seafood Fest Tickets!

Attention all seafood lovers! The 3rd Annual South Beach Seafood Festival, presented by Hess Wines and hosted by Coca-Cola is back on October 21-24, 2015 to fulfill your seafood needs. The main festival will be held Saturday, October 24 from 1-9PM at 7th and Ocean Drive in Lummus Park. Events will be happening all week to showcase the great local culinary talent of Miami and Miami Beach and kick off Miami’s favorite season, Stone Crab Season. Events will begin on Wednesday night with the Hess Select Wine Pairing Evening at Joe’s Stone Crab, Thursday night is the GOYA Foods’s Cooking & Cocktails Interactive Dinner, hosted by STOLI, the Vodka, Friday night is the annual Chef Showdown, sponsored by Range Rover, Whole Foods, & Bacardi, and Saturday features the all-day South Beach Seafood Festival. In addition, to promoting all the local culinary talent in the area, the event benefits Community Initiatives Foundation in support of the EAT SMART Campaign to fight against childhood hunger, childhood obesity, and assisting the community to find the perfect balance through nutritional awareness & individual development in Miami Dade County.

October 5, 2015

Doreen Colondres' Flavor Drenched Pork Sopa Seca Recipe

Local chef and cookbook author, Doreen Colondres, has teamed up with the National Pork Board for their "Porknostico" campaign and has come up with some pretty tasty recipes. I actually made Doreen's Flavor Drenched Pork Sopa Seca recipe myself the other day and it was really damn good. So good that I've decided to re-blog it and share it with you guys.

September 28, 2015

Found A Hidden Gem In Playa Del Carmen's Hidden Beach Resort

So full disclosure on this post before I get started: I was invited to Hidden Beach Resort in Playa Del Carmen by the hotel's parent company, Karisma Hotels and Social Exposure.

Now that that's out of the way, when I first found out about Hidden Beach Resort I was intrigued by the name... and then I found out it was an all-inclusive nudist resort. I know what you're thinking,"You're a self proclaimed 'hedonist' how is this even a big deal?!" The reality is I've never been to a nudist resort and I had never been to Mexico before. Pero like, I said PLP and packed my bags for Playa Del Carmen.

Coco Loco at Hidden Beach Resort

September 25, 2015

CitiTable - 10 Blogger-Tested Tips for Taking Great Food Pics!

Miami Spice is in full swing here in the 305 and with it comes beautifully plated delicious food from some of the best restaurants in Miami. To help those dining during Miami Spice snap the best pictures of food possible, here are some of my personal food photography tips that I've tweaked over the years.

September 23, 2015

Craft Spirits Festival's Grand Tasting Ticket Giveaway!

Anyone looking to have a drink? or 15?! Well, lucky for you the Craft Spirits Festival's Grand Tasting is coming back on October 8, 2015 to the Cruz Building in Coconut Grove.

September 21, 2015

CitiTable - Cooking With Kindness: An Interview with Miami Spice 2015 Chef Timon Balloo

In celebration of Miami Spice 2015, I teamed up with the good folks over at Citibank's CitiTable and got the opportunity to catch up with one of Miami's best-loved chefs, Chef Timon Balloo. We talked about his various passions, including SUGARCANE raw bar grill, his daughter, and the fight against childhood hunger. 
Chef Timon Balloo

To read the interview, click here!

September 9, 2015

United Way's Build Your Own Brunch Giveaway!

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders will host an interactive cooking and eating experience, Build Your Own Brunch (B.Y.O.B.) at the Intercontinental Miami. Beginning at 11am, guests will prepare a three-course brunch, under the guidance of some of Miami’s brightest young chefs, Brad Kilgore of Alter, Roel Alcudia of The Cypress Room and William Crandall of Izzy’s Fish and Oyster.  Aside from the food, there will be tons of wine, spirits, cocktails and all the craft beer you can chug. All event proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s work to strengthen families through education, financial stability and health.

August 8, 2015

Miami History Meets Cuban Food And Culture on Miami Culinary Tours

I finally got enough down-time to check out the Miami Culinary Tours. Primarily targeting the tourist crowd visiting Miami, the Miami Culinary Tours offer a 2-3 hour glimpse into the food scene of 3 iconic Miami neighborhoods: South Beach, Wynwood and Little Havana. However, since the summer is the all around "slow season" for events and tourism in the 305, the Miami Culinary Tours becomes a great outing option for locals.
Digging into Picadillo Empanadas at El Pub

July 31, 2015

Magic City Pizza Is The Best Pizza South Of Flagler St.

I've been insta-stalking Magic City Pizza for a few months now. Then Burger Beast wrote about them and I decided to bite the bullet and give them a shot. It's in a corner spot in a small shopping plaza on Coral Way that can be easily missed if you blink. The restaurant is small and primarily intended for take-out and delivery but, there are a couple of small tables if you just can not wait to stuff your face.
Cheese Pizza

July 29, 2015

Coca-Cola's #ForTheDream Prize Pack Giveaway!

Coca-Cola is partnering with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to help Hispanic families achieve their college dreams and aspirations by donating $100,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund this summer. To help raise additional money toward the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Coca-Cola is donating $1 for every social media post with the hashtag #ForTheDream, up to $10,000. The For The Dream program has a sweepstakes component, #ForTheDreamSweeps, in which Coca-Cola is awarding one College Tour Experience and 34 x $500 grants to cover education expenses.

July 27, 2015

Pub-Crawls and Boozy Adventures with SWSBevGirl!

I had the pleasure of teaming up with SWSBevGirl, the persona created by the social media folks over at Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida, for an epic pub-crawl in Delray Beach. You might recognize the name, "Southern Wine & Spirits," since they're one of the main hosts for a small, little annual party called the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The pub-crawl was hosted by both Partida Tequila and SWSBevGirl in celebration of National Tequila Day. Participants were all winners via SWSBevGirl's Instagram contest and were treated to an all expense paid, gluttonous tequila infused celebration. Y tremendo celebration se formo, six restaurants, countless drinks and a gluttonous amount of food boiled down to quite the pachanga on Delray's Atlantic Ave.
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