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 29, 2015
June 26, 2015
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 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
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) entrée will be the main attraction and include an appetizer and dessert.
June 10, 2015
June 2, 2015
The Local has had a
fuck-ton lot of changes since my post about them 4 years ago. Their executive chef is now Phil Bryant, formerly of Swine Southern Table & Bar, and the menu is completely different (expect a blogpost on their food later on). For now, I'm filling you in on a kick ass event they host every month. It's the Roast & Toast Boozin’ Brunch Series and every month they invite an outsider to team up with them to offer a kick-ass brunch. This month they're teaming up with Sixpoint Brewery out of NYC to offer a beer paired, four course brunch on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at noon.
May 21, 2015
It's that time of year again, time to splurge on the OBIES and support several charities all at once. The OBIES features a night of kick ass food from over 30 local restaurants and entertainment and is happening May 29, 2015 at the Broward County Convention Center from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Some of the participating restaurants include 3030 Ocean, Bulldog Barbeque & Burger, Ms. Cheezious, Kuro, Siena Tavern, Shake Shack, Fork & Balls, American Social, Red Cow, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Truluck’s, Morton’s, YOLO, Diplomat Prime, SuViche and several more. In addition to serving you their best bites, they'll also be competing to be named THE Flavor of South Florida. Oh, and did I mention I'll be one of the judges deciding who wins?
May 11, 2015
March 26, 2015
Common Threads is a non-profit organization that is near and dear to my heart. I've written about them before and I'm now on their associate board member. Common Threads' mission is to educate children on nutrition and physical well-being and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking classes. Their goal is to teach children about how to make healthy choices, while educating them about the world. Common Thread hopes this will help children realize that they are all more similar than different from each other, which promotes respect and tolerance of all people.
March 5, 2015
February 17, 2015
Sprung Beer Festival is BACK! That spring time beer wonderland will be arriving at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove on March 7, 2015 with over 150 craft beers to choose from. La borrachera y gosadera will be on HIGH with plenty of bar games, food and live music.
February 16, 2015
When PorkTeInspira.com reached out to me to be their brand ambassador at SOBEWFF and host a giveaway for two tickets to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Meatopia: The Q Revolution happening February 21, 2015 at 7pm, my only reasonable answer was, "CLARO QUE YES!" Scroll to the bottom for the Spanish translation of this post.
January 26, 2015
We finna keep this post real short and sweet. I've teamed up with the folks at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival to give away a pair of tickets to their Italian Al Fresco Feast on the Beach. Some of you have asked me if I'm giving away anything for SOBEWFF and well here it is. The tickets to this event run for $150 a piece so this giveaway is valued at $300 total.
January 7, 2015
Local Miami girl, food enthusiast, historian and all around great person Mandy Baca has written the book, Discovering Vintage Miami: A Guide to the City's Timeless Shops, Hotels, Restaurants & More. This is actually Mandy's second book, the first being Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine, The Cortaditos, Stone Crabs & Empanadas,