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.
Bar Crawl Score Card

June 29, 2015

Taste Of The Nation VIP Ticket Giveaway!

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® South Florida, is gearing up for its 27th epic pachanga. This year, this huge fundraiser aimed at ending childhood hunger will highlight almost 50 of the hottest restaurants from both Dade and Broward counties. It won't just be local restaurants in the limelight, but top chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and brewers will all be giving it their best. The South Beach Chic – Food, Wine & Art-themed benefit will also feature silent and live auctions, an interactive art display and a beer garden.

June 26, 2015

Avocado Gelato Recipe!

I was lucky enough to get hooked up with a copy of the book, The Art of Making Gelato: 50 Flavors to Make at Home by Morgan Morano. There were some really interesting recipes in the book, but the one that peaked my interest the most was the avocado gelato recipe. Now the recipes in this book are not easy, they all require a food scale as all the ingredients are in weight measurements and some ingredients are god-damned impossible difficult to find. In particular, tapioca starch which is required in all of the recipes and acts as a thickening agent and reduces ice crystallization. The only place I was able to find tapioca starch was at my local oriental market. 

June 23, 2015

Instacart Is In The 305 And I'm Hooking You Up With Free Groceries!

Instacart is here and it's spreading through out South Florida like wild fire. Having launched in Miami back in May of this year it'll be in North Miami this week. Instacart is the brain-child of engineer Apoorva Mehta. After working long hours at Amazon, he realized he never had food in his fridge and other grocery services were too cumbersome. This caused Apoorva's wheels to start turning and in 2012 Instacart was born. Instacart cuts out the need of inventory, warehouse and trucks like that used by other services and instead connects customers with personal shoppers, or independent contractors who shop for and deliver grocery orders, providing their own transportation.

June 21, 2015

Estrella Damm Teams Up With Miami Restaurants For 3 Course Price-Fixed Meals

This summer, Barcelona takes over Miami with the Estrella Damm Chef’s Choicest  experience, featuring original 3-course meals prepared by 25 of Miami’s top chefs inspired by flavors of the Mediterranean. Each menu will be unique to each participating venue, but they will all include pulpo (octopus) in the main dish and will be paired with Estrella Damm, brewed in Barcelona with Mediterranean ingredients since 1876. Available from June 20 to July 5, the 3-course menus will range in price from $30 to $52 and offer the participating chefs an opportunity to showcase their creative talents and push their boundaries with the pulpo and Estrella Damm pairing. Staying true to its strong gastronomic ties, The Estrella Damm Chef’s Choice menus will bring a one-of-a-kind experience, where pulpo (octopus) entrĂ©e will be the main attraction and include an appetizer and dessert.