STMC Pig Out Ticket GIVEAWAY!

December 30, 2013

Let's start the new year with some free stuff! St. Timothy's Catholic Church is hosting their 6th annual charity pig roast. As a hedonist, I'm not big on organized religion, but I'm very big on charity and puerco asado so this event is right up my alley. Fifteen teams will be competing and live roasting their pigs for bragging rights the best pig title.

Food Blogger Cookie Swap Recipe: Sea Salt, Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies!

December 11, 2013

The Food Blogger Cookie Swap is a fundraiser with all of the proceeds going to Cookies For Kids' Cancer. I try to take part in as much charity work as I can, so this cookie swap allows me the opportunity to tie in two of my other passions: my blog and baking. For my second year in the cookie swap, I decided to keep things slightly old school with a mild twist.  I've been in a bit of a creative funk as of late, so I asked for some help on this recipe. The Hungry Mother was kind enough to share with me her amazing sea salt, pistachio and dark chocolate chip cookie recipe. She makes kick-ass cakes, pastries and all sorts of delicious shit. So, I'm ridiculously lucky to have her helping me with this. 

La Latina Is My New Lunch Time Addiction

December 2, 2013

A few months back a lot of my coworkers told me I had to check out La Latina. Then, about a week later my blogger friend, Javier from GourmandJ, advised me there was a small Venezuelan place he needed me to check out called La Latina. It quickly became evident that I had to go to this place, si o si

Piccolo Ristorante Brings Un-Americanized Italian to Broward

October 28, 2013

I was recently contacted by Piccolo Ristorante with an offer to host a giveaway to their restaurant on my site. Y'all know how much I love a good giveaway, but I didn't feel comfortable hosting a giveaway to a restaurant I had never been to. So I decided to make the trek to casa del carajo Fort Lauderdale and check this place out for myself.  What I found was a newly opened, cozy little bistro offering delicious Italian fare.

Seattle Recap: The Highlights Part 1

October 20, 2013

The idea of tackling a recap of my trip to Seattle seemed daunting and overwhelming. So naturally, I put it off and procrastinated to the point where I neglected my blog for several weeks. Instead of boring you with details about every single place I went to, I'm going to give you an overdue quick rundown on the culinary highlights of my trip and #PLP.

Grove Events And A Ticket Giveaway

October 8, 2013

Coconut Grove has a weekend of back-to-back festivals coming up. Borrachera at it's best. First up is Grovetoberfest makes its way back to the Peacock Park this year to the elation of craft beer fans through out the 305. Its all going down Saturday October 19, 2013, giving you all of Sunday to recover from the mother of all hangovers. This year you'll be able to get unlimited samples of over 250 beers, from national beer breweries to local beer craftsmen. There's going to be live music from Liza Quinn + The Bureau, cooking demonstrations and even a home brewer's competition. If at the end of the night, you had way too much to drink you've got nothing to worry about. Grovetoberfest will offer free shuttle rides to and from the MetroRail to the Coral Gables station to anyone to plastered to drive home. Tickets are on sale now and will be available the day of the event! Prices range from $40-$90.


Craft Spirits Festival Ticket Giveaway!

September 25, 2013


The Craft Spirits Festival is happening October 10, 2013 at the Cruz Building located at 3157 Commodore Plaza in Coral Gables. It's set to be a boozey good time with atleast 20 various distillers offering upto 100 labels of different alcohol. In other words, this should be tremenda pachanga.

Huahua's On Lincoln Road

September 9, 2013

I've been to Huahua's about 5 or 6 times since they opened their doors a few months back. Created by the same team behind Haven Gastro-Lounge. This place is located on Lincoln Road, west of Alton Rd, just a couple doors away from Haven. This fast-casual place serves up Mexican classics with a New American twist at affordable prices. Nothing on the menu is over $10, which is a nice change of pace to the usually expensive Miami Beach dining scene. I should warn you, most some of this food is meaty, cheesy and greasy AKA delicious. So if your diet consists of kale chips, lightly dressed salads and comida de conejo... this place ain't for you.

Headed To The IFBC In Seattle And I Need Your HELP!

September 6, 2013

I've never held back the fact that I started a food blog rather blindly without knowing anything about the "blogging world." So when I saw that Foodista was having their International Food Blogger Conference I was like, "That would be kind of cool." Then, I saw the conference is happening in Seattle, WA and my interest was heightened and I thought, "I WANNA GO TO SEATTLE!" So I'm going mostly because I want to check out Seattle, Washington's forestry and all the coffee I can consume in 4 days.

Upcoming Charitable Events

September 5, 2013

Instead of doing a post on each individual event, I'm posting a quick rundown of upcoming charitable events going on in South Florida:

The Taste the World Garden is happening this Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 2pm - 5pm. The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is hosting the event that'll benefit Common Threads. Students from the school will be preparing food from Africa, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Europe. In addition, there will be a cooking demonstration by a local guest chef, raffles and a live auction of numerous items donated by business owners from across South Florida. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Dark Dining Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade Ball GIVEAWAY!

August 28, 2013

Over a year ago, I wrote at length about the perverted good time I had at Chef Adrianne's Dark Dining dinner. After 5 years of hosting dark dining dinners, Chef Adrianne has decided to crank up the intensity and get all turnt up for her next dark dining event. Covered in double entendres, the Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade Ball is slated to be all sorts of kinky, fun and delicious. It's happening on September 20, 2013 at the Coral Gables Country Club.


Bar Crudo Brings Raw Deliciousness to SoFi With A Sprinkle Of Autism Awareness

August 27, 2013

I first mentioned Bar Crudo many moons ago when the folks behind Lee & Maries Cakery had big dreams to open a seafood restaurant next door to their blossoming bakery. Over a year later and Bar Crudo is finally here bringing very needed quality seafood to SoFi at reasonable prices. Much like Lee & Marie's, the team at Bar Crudo plans to employ adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and bring awareness to the surrounding community about Autism. The restaurant has a cool fifties vibe with a laid back feel. Seriously, the place is, like, SUPER cute.

:CLOSED: South Beach's Umami Brings More Burgers to South Florida

August 17, 2013

Umami came into town from California with lots of hopes of being the burger equivalent of the second coming of Jesus Christ. The restaurant chain is the brain child of former journalist, Adam Fleischman and was even ranked best burger in the country by GQ. So lots of high hopes for this place from the jump. The restaurant took over the previous 8oz burger bar location on Alton Rd, which is considered by some as a hamburger graveyard. So rather hesitantly, I checked this place out. Mostly because the last burger transplant I eagerly went to that was supposed to be, "The Shit," turned out to be just shit.
The Menu Warning: Their website shows an outdated menu

Cooking Class At Edge Benefitting No Kid Hungry

August 13, 2013

Chef Aaron Brooks (From Edge Steak) and Chef Todd Erickson (From Have Gastro-lounge) are teaming up off for a good cause. Last time I wrote about these two they were getting ready to battle it out at the Heart Of A Chef festival. Now they're joining forces to teach a cooking class at Edge Steak on September 21, 2013. The class will revolve around creating tapas and is aptly titled, "Small Bites, Big Appetites.”

Frita Showdown Ticket Giveaway!

August 5, 2013

Are you a fan of Fritas? Well my friend, Burger Beast, is hosting a pretty amazing event at Magic City Casino called the Frita Showdown on August 14, 2013. Burger Beast is on a mission to find the Best Frita in Miami and he's doing that by hosting a competition where 5 popular Frita Cubana restaurants will face-off.

Mojo Donuts FTW!

August 1, 2013

Someone recently asked me, "I can't find your review of Mojo Donuts, where is it?" It was then that it suddenly dawned on me, I've never written about it. How the fuck did that even happen? I guess I was too busy deep-throating bacon logs to notice. Since it opened a few months back, I've been there several dozen times. I've smuggled these donuts all the way to Jacksonville to share with friends and I've brought one of my friends to the brink of gestational diabeetus because of this place.

The Donut Selection

Blue Bell Ice Cream GIVEAWAY!

July 31, 2013

It's no secret that I like hosting giveaways. So when I was given the opportunity to host a Blue Bell ice cream giveaway, I jumped at the chance. Blue Bell ice cream made it's way into South Florida in 2009 and has quickly become on of the most popular ice cream brands in the region. Personally, their cookies & cream and mocha madness are the best I've ever had. Blue Bell is a southern staple that is sold in only 19 states. Neat part is that even though this creamery is only available in less than half of the US states, it's still the third top grossing ice cream company in the country.

Map of Blue Bell ice cream availability throughout US

California Dreamin: Wayo Sushi

July 22, 2013

After almost a week in California, we finally had the chance to eat some form of Asian food. Picky eaters be damned! In a split second, the Asian food enthusiasts in our group rallied together for a majority vote to eat sushi, leaving the two party poopers non-Asian food eaters sitting at the bar snickering at us while we devoured some of the most delicious raw fish we've ever consumed. Since this was a last minute decision, finding a restaurant that could sit a party of seven with no reservation was no easy task. My first choice, Kiss Seafood, was booked and not accepting any walk-ins for the night. Ino was a sushi place that had been well recommended, but was unable to accommodate such a large party on such short notice. That left us with option 3, Wayo.

Sweetness Bakeshop is coming to Hialeah!

July 15, 2013

As some of you may know, Sweetness Bakeshop is expanding and opening up a second location in my beloved Hialeah. If this isn't cause for celebration, I don't know what is. Instead of busting out my casuelas and vuvuzela, I decided to team up with the awesome folks at Sweetness to host a sweet giveaway. If you're not familiar with Sweetness, you can check out my 2 year old review on them here.

 

California Dreamin: Chichen Itza

July 14, 2013

I was hell bent on having Mexican food while in Los Angeles, even if it meant ditching my friends and going on my own. Luckily though, my friends were relatively good sports and came along, even if two of them didn't eat anything. We drove around in a neighborhood that looked kind of sketch and pulled into what seemed like a warehouse. The address was correct, but where was the restaurant? Turns out the restaurant is located inside the warehouse, which once inside is actually a stand-alone food court with several different eateries. Definitely not something you see in good ol' Florida, but I was game. The eatery offers casual counter service with no frills and no fuss.

California Dreamin: The Chicken Lady and Mel's Drive-In

July 11, 2013

I had read online about an infamous chicken lady who served up delicious fried chicken tenders and mac and cheese. This was music to my ears. I dragged my four friends down to a small strip mall in search of the chicken lady. The restaurant is small and the walls are all adorned by autographed pictures of celebrities that had at some point eaten the chicken lady's food. The waitress looked a lot like Heather Locklear or maybe it was her, times are tough after all. Heather made a comment that we didn't look familiar and inquired how we had heard about the restaurant, we simply answered, "the internet."

California Dreamin: Manhattan Beach Post and Manhattan Beach Creamery

July 9, 2013

Our first stop in our California Adventure was brunch at M.B. Post. Trying to find a restaurant that five people can agree on is no easy task, but Manhattan Beach Post left all of us with full stomachs and happy faces. The restaurant looks like a modern cabin and the food is served family/tapas style.

RED The Steakhouse, So Much More Than Tasty Meat

June 18, 2013

It's kind of sad to admit, but prior to last week I had never been to RED The Steakhouse. Not only is it a sad admission, it's a regretful one. Now that I've been to this restaurant, I've been kicking myself for not having been sooner. The restaurant is located in the SoFi (South of Fifth st) neighborhood in Miami Beach. It's slightly removed from the aneurism-inducing traffic located throughout the rest of South Beach, so parking and traffic isn't a complete nightmare. What prompted me to go to the restaurant was seeing an article in the New Times stating that they were recreating a version of the newly famous Cronut, the Kronut Kruller. Clearly, I had to go..."investigate."

There's A Supper Club In Town, But SHHH It's A Secret!

June 14, 2013

I had heard through a friend of a friend of an ex of a friend that there's a secret supper club in town. No I'm not talking about Cobaya, the one I'm referring to is a much more intimate affair. Our host, Shelley, has been opening up her home once (sometimes twice) a month since April of last year. Every dinner, Shelley invites 8-12 complete strangers to her Shelley Belly Underground Supper Club. The address and menu are a secret, the only things you need to do are save the date and BYOB.  In addition to this supper club taking place in someone's home, what peaked my interest most of all was that Shelley (who's also the cook) is considerate of other people's food allergies. Which is the main reason I don't attend other underground dining events; I mean, who want's to be the Debbie Downer bursting into anaphylactic shock in the middle of dinner because they bit into some shrimp? Certainly not I.
 

Delices De France Makes Me Want To Rap

June 5, 2013

I like french pastries and I can not lie. You other brothers can't deny, that when a girl walks in with an itty bitty crepe and round thing called a Beignet, you get SPRUNG. Wanna pull out your camera 'cause you noticed that eclair was stuffed. Deep in the apron she's wearing, I'm hooked and I can't stop staring. Oh baby I wanna get with ya and take a food picture...

FGH Turns 2, Time To Celebrate With A Giveaway!

May 28, 2013

Two years ago I started something that has taken a life of its own. I started my blog very naively after some encouraging from a couple of friends and a desperate need for a hobby. I had no idea what I was doing and quite frankly, I still don't. I knew nothing about the local blog scene (hell, I didn't even know what a 'blog scene' was) and it's (at times) ugly under belly. I didn't even know what a food blogger was. Like I said, I didn't know anything. I remember being told the name, Fatgirl Hedonist, was awful and I remember telling those people, "Fuck you, I like it. #PLP" All I did know was that I liked checking out new restaurants, I liked to write sometimes and I always tried to treat people the way I wanted to be treated. Most importantly, I knew that for better or worse you can take a girl out of Hialeah, but you can NEVER take the Hialeah out of the girl.

Big M.E.A.T. In The Florida Keys

May 26, 2013

I had my first taste of MEAT at Burger Beast's Frita Feast. MEAT's frita was really tasty and different, so I knew I had to get more 411 on this place. I called up a couple of girlfriends and planned a day trip to the keys with MEAT being the lunch stop for the day. We made our way down and once we got there (according to Google Maps) we couldn't find it. I even called the restaurant and the woman that answered the phone asked me, "Are you blind?! We're right here! There's no way you can miss us!" She insisted there was a huge sign near the road that we couldn't see for the life of us. Suffice to say, the lady on the other end of the phone was borderline rude abrasive. We finally figured out that the restaurant is actually across the street and about half a block north from where Google says it is.

Pop-Up Cooking Classes At Edge And Their Cheesy Beer Bread Recipe

May 21, 2013

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending one of Edge Steak & Bar's monthly pop-up cooking classes. Not only are these classes a boozey great time, they are extremely informative. The class I attended was their Brews & Bites edition and we learned how to cook with beer. We got to make six different dishes using beer; everything from a cocktail to dessert all while hanging out at the hotel's terrace. It was fan-fuckin-tastic. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Edge is by far one of my favorite restaurants in the Brickell area. Not only is their service great, but every time I've been their the food has been delicious.

Macy's Culinary Council Hosts A Cooking Demonstration By Michelle Bernstein

May 11, 2013

Last week I mentioned how Macy's is kicking off their summer with their American Icons campaign. In conjunction, the Macy's Culinary Council is kicking off cooking demonstrations across the US. Our first demonstration here in the 305 is by none other than Miami's own Mrs. Michelle Bernstein. It's happening May 23, 2013 at the Aventura Macy's Home Store. Don't know who she is? Well you best recognize. Michelle is the person behind the restaurants Michy's and Crumb on Parchment. Mrs. Bernstein is the host of Check, Please! South Fl. She's also known for kicking Bobby Flay's ass on Iron Chef back in 2005 and if that isn't enough, she is a 2007 James Beard Award winning chef (it's like an Oscar award for chefs).
Photo from sun-sentinel.com

How I became FatgirlHedonist

May 9, 2013

Most people on the interwebs know me as Fatgirl Hedonist. I write a relatively anonymous/incognito blog about gluttony and restaurants in South Florida with a whole lot of Miami Spanglish tossed in. Most of the people that follow my blog or my instagram feed do not know what I look like. So when people who know me as FGH meet me in person for the first time they typically say, “You’re not fat!” And this look of sadness sets in their eyes like I just killed their puppy. I attribute this to my physical appearance not meet people’s preconceived expectations of what “Fatgirl Hedonist” looks like. So the question immediately after their initial statement is usually, “How did you come up with the name for your blog?” The answer to that is easy, “Once a fatgirl always a fatgirl.” The hedonist part comes from that almost orgasmic pleasure that comes from a delicious (and usually fattening) plate of food. Be it a gooey mac and cheese, a juicy cheeseburger or a decadent french pastry.

Burger Battle And Your Chance To Win A $100 Giftcard To Macy's!

May 8, 2013

Summer is inching closer and that means, Macy's is about to launch it's summer series of fun events! This year, Macy's is exploring good ol' Americana with it's American Icons campaign. This campaign is going to explore and celebrate everything from snoozefest baseball & American fashion designers to reaching second base at drive-in movie theatres.
On May 16 this campaign is having its official launch party at the Macy's Homestore (aka the one with the men's section) in Aventura Mall. At this launch party there's going to be a hamburger battle between two local (and loved) burger joints: The Filling Station and Sparky’s Roadside Barbeque. This will definitely be a tough match, so I'm personally excited to see what both restaurants cook up. The party starts at 6pm and runs til 8pm. During the showdown you can enjoy live blues by One Man Bands.

Gusto Fino Italian Deli: My New Favorite Hole-In-The-Wall

April 26, 2013

I was out to dinner with friends the other night when someone mentioned this tiny, hole in the wall sub shop in Coral Gables. According to my friend, it was supposedly amazing. I took a mental note of it and added the info to my little mental address book. A couple days after that, I was in Coral Gables and I was hungry (as I usually am) so I decided to do some Foursquare stalking. I figured out exactly what sub shop my friend was talking about and it was Gusto Fino Italian Deli.

I Found A Culinary Oasis At Haven Gastro-Lounge

April 23, 2013

So I finally made my way over to Haven Gastro Lounge. It's tucked away in a little corner of South Beach hell, right off Lincoln Road. As some of you may already know, I hate South Beach. Between the European pata sucias, congested traffic and tourists that can't drive for shit, I always leave sobe wanting to stab myself in the eye. So I finally decided to just suck it up and make the trek; God knows I'm glad I did.

I Found Biscuit Heaven in Jacksonville

April 15, 2013


I drove up to Jacksonville this passed weekend to visit some good friends and while I was there I had only one thing on my itinerary, visit Maple Street Biscuit Company. I had seen a picture of their delicious biscuit sandwich on Instagram and I knew I had to get my hands on one. So once up in Jacksonville I dragged all five of my friends half way across town to try this place out.

Miami's Food Blogger Bakesale is BACK!

April 10, 2013

 
This is the fourth year the Food Blogger bakesale is going on in Miami and the second year I'll be participating in it. Last year our bakesale ended up ranking third in the nation, let me say that one more time fo some emphasis, THIRD IN THE NATION. 100% of all the proceeds from the bakesale go to Share Our Strength. Share Our Strength is a national non-profit organization that is working towards bringing an end to childhood hunger here in Uhmerrica.

A Berry White Sangria Recipe

April 4, 2013

For Easter I went to a potluck and as my dish I decided to bring some booze to keep things klassy.  Since this was supposed to be a daytime affair, I decided to make something colorful and make a white sangria of some sort. After posting the picture of the finished product online, I got several requests for the recipe, so I decided to share.

:CLOSED: Machiya Midtown

March 28, 2013

 Machiya in Midtown had quite possibly one of the rockiest starts in recent history. Why do you ask? Well before opening in October 2012, this place was hyped up as, "The place that ramen built." Originally named Machiya Ramen Noodle House, they flat out stopped serving ramen shortly after opening, leaving many people like "WTF??" They then changed their name to just Machiya to reflect their abrupt menu changes. I dubbed this whole little fiasco as Noodle-Gate 2012. Things have finally started to calm down over at Machiya and ramen has made it's way back onto the menu. However, ramen is no longer the main focus at the restaurant and they're now serving a giant mish-mosh of traditional Asian or Asian Fusion dishes. So far I've been to the restaurant twice and both times I've left full and relatively happy.

Heart Of A Chef!! Event Details and a GIVEAWAY!

March 26, 2013

The Heart of A Chef fundraiser is making its return to the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden on Sunday, April 28, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This family-friendly food festival focuses on the education and prevention of childhood obesity. This event will benefit the Florida Heart Research Institute, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to stopping heart disease through research, education and prevention.

 

Lucali: Delicious But Expensive

March 20, 2013

So I've been to Lucali now a couple of times and although I want to love it, I am hesitant to commit. My first visit was prompted by a good friend in New York that took the time to email me about how Lucali is the best pizza she's ever had. This was a bold claim from a reputable source, so I had to check it out. The restaurant is located right in the middle of Pubbellyville, directly next to Barceloneta. There were no menus available and the only thing available is pizza and calzones with a very limited topping list.

Foodspotting Eatup #2 Happening at Pao Town!

March 19, 2013

So a while back, I told you guys about Foodspotting coming to Miami and the first eatup that was set to happen at Pincho Factory. The Pincho Factory eatup ended up being a great time and if you missed it, te jodiste. There were laughs, lots of food pictures, giveaways and tons of delicious food.  I'm putting together the second eatup and it's set to happen at Pao Town on Wednesday April 17, 2013.

Ain't No Phockin Around With Green Papaya

March 15, 2013

You know what's good for a cold? Chicken soup. You know what's really good for a cold? Pho. Some of you may know what Pho (pronounced “Fuh”) is, and for those that don't go google that shit. I had been fighting a cold from hell and was in desperate need of some relief. I had heard about Green Papaya from folks on Twitter so I decided to get my flu riddened behind over there. This place is located in a shopping plaza tucked away in Miami Lakes suburbia and has been around for the better part of 10 years (if not more). This is the kind of place some people may refer to as "schlocky," but it's these kinds of mom and pop owned eateries that make this city's cuisine so diverse.

FGH’s Rum Cake Recipe

March 13, 2013

So here it is! I wasn't really planning on sharing the recipe, but since several people asked for it I decided to just post it up. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Ingredients:

2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, cut into bits
1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts (I used pecans, but walnuts would work too!)
1 (3.4 ounce) package of JELLO French Vanilla instant pudding mix
1/2 cup of milk
4 eggs
1/2 cup of good aged dark rum (I used Ron Medellin, Extra Añejo Oak Barrel Aged Rum)
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


For the Rum Soaking Glaze: 1/2 cup of unsalted butter (don't substitute) 1/4 cup of water 1 cup of brown sugar 1/2 cup of aged dark rum.


Directions:

-Preheat oven to 325 degrees

-Spray a large bundt pan (12 cup) with nonstick cooking spray

-In a large mixing bowl, combine flower, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter

-On low speed combine ingredients until the mix is the consistency of fine gravel, and all particles are about the same size.

-Add to the large bowl, the pudding mix, milk, eggs, 1/2 cup of rum, oil, and vanilla extract and combine on medium speed with electric mixer for 2 to 3 minutes, be sure scrape down the bowl halfway through.

-At this point the batter should be really smooth, pour 1/2 the batter into your prepared bundt pan

-Sprinkle in the chopped walnuts and then pour the rest of the batter into the bundt pan.

-Bake for about 55 minutes- until fully golden and tooth pick comes out clean.

-Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack while making the soaking glaze.

Directions for the glaze:

 -Combine butter, rum, water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.

-Bring to a boil carefully as mixture boils over very easily, whisking occasionally.

-Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar is dissolved and syrup is well combined and a little thicker.

-While cake is still cooling, pour some of the hot syrup on top of the cake, allowing it time to soak in (this may take a while as there will be a lot of syrup) continue to add syrup until all of the syrup is added.

-Allow cake to cool completerly in pan before turning out onto serving platter.

-Feel free to dig in once it's cooled down and turned over onto a platter, but if you can hold off the flavor actually gets better over night. Either way ENJOY!!

Snail of Approval!

March 7, 2013

Slow Food Miami is the local chapter of Slow Food USA, is having its 2nd annual “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party on Friday, March 15, 2013, from 7 to 10 p.m., at The James Royal Palm (1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). Slow Food Miami is a non-profit organization that supports good, clean and fair food for all. Chef Norman Van Aken and Deco Drive's very own Louis Aguirre will be hosting the event. Tickets are a little on the pricey side with Main event tickets costing $85 and limited VIP tickets at $165 per person. Keep in mind this is all for charity with all event proceeds benefiting Slow Food Miami’s Edible Garden Program.

Some of the restaurants that will be cooking up delicious food at the party include The Dutch, Eating House, Edge Steak & Bar, Essensia, The Federal, Harry's Pizzeria, HaVen Gastro-Lounge, Lido, LoKal and many more. We all know it ain't a good party without some boozey libations; attendees can sip on some garden-to-glass cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka, specialty wines provided by Vinecraft and for the DD's at the party non-alcoholic refreshments from Whole Foods Market SoBe will also be available.

Just like with any good party, the VIP After Party is happening from 9:30pm to Midnight at Florida Cookery with treats from Hedy Goldsmith. The After Party will honor 2014 nominees Kris Wessel of Florida Cookery and Matt Hinckley of Boxpark.
Slow Food Miami Snail Of Approval

Chef Cabrera Brings His Cuban A Game with Pan Con Mantequilla

February 26, 2013

I was a fan of Chef Alberto Cabrera's food back when he was stillat The Local, so when he disappeared to work on his own restaurant, Iwas a bit saddened. I was even more saddened when it felt like aneternity for this place to open. So I waited and waited and then waited some more. Finally his restaurant is here, and this littlegastropub was worth every second of my impatient wait. The restaurant is doing oldschool Cuban classics with a new school twist. Similar to the menu, the decor of the restaurant ties together modern style with old oversized Cuban photographs. The menu is all tapasstyle, so be sure to order family style or at least 2-3 dishes perperson. My best friend and I decided to go here for lunch last week, and weboth pretty much fell in love with the place.

Evian's Instagram Challenge and Last Minute SOBEWFF tickets!

February 20, 2013


For everyone going to the events or wishing they could go to SOBEWFF, you can still participate via Instagram. SOBEWFF’s official water sponsor, Evian Natural Spring Water, is partnering up with Chef Richard Blais for an interactive takeover of the @evianwater Instagram account to provide the social community with a behind-the-scenes view of the epicurean festival with a twist. 

Beginning February 15, 2013, the week leading up to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Chef Blais will kick off Evian’s #evianeats Food Photo Series on Instagram, where a fun, food theme will be posted once a day on the @evianwater Instagram account. Instagram users are invited to upload photos of their own culinary creations and dishes via Instagram and Twitter (@evianwater)  using #evianeats, and evian will re-post a selection of their favorite photos across the interwebs on Twitter, Instagram and beyond.


Read the whole article HERE!  

:CLOSED: OTC in Brickell, Worth The Parking Nightmare

February 12, 2013

Much like South Beach, I avoid Brickell the same way I avoid genital warts: by any means necessary. I have a poor frustration tolerance and if it takes me more than 5 minutes to find a reasonable parking spot I say, "PLP with this crap." I had heard some good buzz surrounding OTC, but again the fact that it was in Brickell warded me off. My friend, Burger Beast, had actually been and told me that I'd really like it. The place itself has a modern, industrialized cabin in the woods feel with a help yourself attitude. You walk right up to the counter, order your food, fill up your own cup and have a seat inside or outside. Your food is brought out to you on wooden cutting boards or on small iron-cast skillets, ain't nobody got time for plates around here! The restaurant itself is located on the southern end of the Brickell Mary Village madness, so parking wasn't that bad.

Mom's Traditional Cuban Mojo Recipe

February 6, 2013

At the risk of being disowned, I recently shared my mom's recipe for Cuban Mojo with my friend Giovanny from Chat Chow TV. Since then, I've had several people ask for the recipe so in an attempt to make it easier on myself, I've decided to just post it on here. It has to be our little secret, because my mother does NOT need to know I posted her recipe on the internet! I may be an adult but lets face it, her chancleta knows no bounds.

So here it is!

Ingredients:

- The juice from 11-12 sour oranges
- 6 minced bulbs of garlic (yes BULBS! whole lot of garlic going on!)
- 4 laurel leaves
- 1 Tbsp of Oregano
- 1 1/2 Tbsp of Cumin
- 1 Tsp of fresh ground black pepper
- 3 Tsp of salt
- 1 Tbsp of Badia's Sazon Completo (for good measure)

Combine all ingredients and whisk together in a large bowl. Using a funnel pour into a 1 liter bottle and keep refrigerated until ready to use. It will be good for roughly 7-14 days in the refrigerator until you're ready to marinate some delicious lechon, chicken or your first born.


Now remember, this is our little secret!

Foodspotting Is Coming To Miami!

February 5, 2013


I know what you're thinking, “Ñooo ANOTHER App?!” Pero this app is strictly for us food lovers. Foodspotting started out in California in 2009 and it acts almost like an instagram and gps for delicious food wherever you may be. Since it's inception, the app has gone global with a total of 140 communities worldwide. Some of the Foodspotting cities include Madrid, Sydney, Paris and Tokyo. It's a positive app, you only share the stuff you loved and would suggest to friends, this isn't the app where you complain or bitch about the the crappy waiter that didn't give you extra ranch dressing. The app is FREE and is available to both Apple and Android users. And if you're too lazy to upload your pictures to the app, you can link your instagram account and upload them through instagram using the hashtag #foodspotting.


As in most food trends, Miami is completely behind the curve on this app. Now I know there are indeed a few people out there that have the app, perhaps use it consistently. I've also heard of a lot of people stating that they stopped using it because no one was on it. Even Orlando has a budding Foodspotting community. The Foodspotting community up in Orlando is actually led by the Orlando blogger, Droolius. Thanks to him and his help, I've set up the Foodspotting Eatup in Miami going down TOMORROW, February 6, 2013 at Pincho Factory from 7pm-9pm!

Be sure to check out the rest of this article HERE!

Run Through Washington DC Part 4 (The Last One I Promise)

February 4, 2013

This is my fourth post on DC and I promise it'll be the last! This time around I'm going to talk about the amazing little pastry and coffee shop called Baked & Wired in Georgetown This place is the kind of place high-end hipsters flock to for their homemade cupcakes, dessert bars and lattes. It's the kind of place that celebrates April 20th every year like a national holiday and has Weezer on the stereo. I visited this little place back in 2011 and was addicted to their amazing baked treats I remember bringing home their entire day's supply of OMG bars on my last trip and have been day dreaming about them every since.

New Year, New Restaurants and New Sites!

February 3, 2013

I'm now a contributor for CultureDesigners. My first post went up on Monday, apologies for not sharing it on here sooner, but here goes:

We’re already almost a month into 2013 and there are already a bunch of new restaurants to check out! The places with the most buzz as of right now include Khong River House located on Lincoln Road, Momi Ramen in Brickell and PB Steak the 5th restaurant from the Pubbelly crew hits Purdy Ave.

In addition to the three buzzing restaurants, Feverish Ice Cream and Gourmet Pops goes brick and mortar with the opening of their midtown location. Kim Kardashian's BFF, Jonathan Cheban opens up Sushi MiKasa at the Shelbourne Hotel, so that may be a place to check out if you're looking for celebrity sightings. Maybe you're looking for a vegetarian place to eat? Bueno, no worries. You can check out the new Maoz Vegetarian. Serafina come to South Beach from NYC and takes over the old Tudor House location. Siga la Vaca comes to hungry carnivores in Coral Gables. Pubbelly's fourth restaurant, Barceloneta's second location opened up in Sunset. World of Beer comes to Kendall, but when are they coming to Hialeah?!

Be sure to read the rest of this post HERE!

Run Through Washington DC Part 3

January 29, 2013

This is my third post on my trip to Washington DC in which I'll cover my near Nirvana experience at Bete Ethiopian Cuisine. I promise the DC posts will end SOON! Since Sheba (Miami's only Ethiopian restaurant) closed its doors, I've been craving some good Ethiopian finger food. Now. I had been to Das Ethiopian in 2011 and thought it was aight, but I was told by several Washingtonians that the best Ethiopian food isn't even in DC, it's in Silver Springs MD. A short metro ride led me to Bete Ehtiopian Cuisine, which 4 different locals assured me was the best Ehtiopian in the tri-state area.

Upon walking up, it looks like a small house that is completely out of place as it is located directly behind a massive mall and across the street from a giant parking garage.

Run Through Washington DC PART 2

January 27, 2013

Lots (and I mean LOTS) of people in Miami tried to tell me where I NEED to eat in DC but the truth is, nobody knows where to eat like a local. So every chance I had, I asked DC residents what their favorite restaurants were. Three different people in three different parts of town mentioned Oohhs & Aahhs as their favorite soul food restaurant. I wanted those little unknown places, those places off the beaten path, not those celebrity chef places everyone goes to just because. When I walked in and I was practically inside the kitchen, I knew I found what I was looking for. There was a small sign at the end of the minuscule room that said 'Order Here' and immediately to your left when you walk in there are a handful of stools and a makeshift counter. If you want sit-down service, you'd have to make your way to the back of this cramped space to a tight stairway that leads to a tiny dining room upstairs. This place is the epitome of a 'hole-in-the-wall.”


Run Through Washington DC PART 1

January 25, 2013


As you can imagine, I ate A LOT on my recent trip to DC. I could sit here and write a book on all the places I checked out, but instead I'm just going to cover the highlights of my trip and maybe a couple of low-lights. That still narrows it down to seven restaurants, so preparate. I'm breaking it up into two (maybe 3) posts; I'll try to keep it sweet and to the point.

Shima Sushi: No Frills, Straight Up Good Sushi

January 13, 2013


I had been to Shima once a few months back with friends, but was too busy enjoying my friends' company that I didn't really get a chance to appreciate the food. I stumbled upon Shima a second time merely because the nearby restaurant I really wanted to try was closed. As luck would have it, I fell in love with this slightly run down hole in the wall on my second visit. The restaurant is in a large shopping plaza in Miami Lakes between an adult day care and a check cashing place. Completely unassuming, this little gem offers both freshly cut sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls along their boat river. Not interested in any of the dishes floating along? No worries, they also have a full menu with noodles, bento boxes, rice bowls and even a hot pot for two.