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.


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: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!

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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?!

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