To Hell With Engagement Chicken, It's All About The It's Your Turn To Take Out The Garbage Chili AKA Beer, Chorizo & Beef Chili Recipe

December 13, 2014


Dogfish Head And MC Kitchen Team Up For The Mother Of All Beer Dinners.

October 30, 2014

For craft beer geeks, Dogfish Head Beer is considered the Alpha & Omega of the craft beer scene. It is one of the biggest and most popular craft beer breweries that have garnered national acclaim. So the idea that the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery will be in the 305 to host a beer pairing dinner is kind of a big deal. Sam Calagione (Founder of Dogfish Head Brewery) will be at MC Kitchen on November 13, 2014 at 7:30pm hosting a 4 course beer pairing dinner.

Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza: A Love Story.

October 26, 2014

If I had to pick the best all-around pizza joint in Miami, I would probably say Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza. However, that wasn't the case a couple of years back. I started going to Andiamo about 5-6 years ago when I was dating some pendejo and he introduced me to the place. It was an instant attraction (with the pizza, not the pendejo). I even celebrated my 26th birthday there. A futile attempt to hold onto my fleeting youth with an old school pizza party decked out with My Little Pony hats and whistles #DontHate. It was equal parts pathetic, nostalgic and fun. When the relationship (with the pendejo) went sour, so did my adoration for Andiamo. It was no longer the best place for a pizza date, but a painful reminder of love lost. My love for Andiamo somehow turned into distaste and I stopped going completely. When people would suggest going there, I'd automatically bark back with, "Fuck that place, Andiamo sucks!" I'd say this not because their food was bad or because their service was horrible, but because of the emotional value Andiamo had developed and what the place now represented.

Fourth Annual BURGERLISCIOUS Is Back!

October 20, 2014

The event that celebrates Coral Gables' burgers makes its way back to Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park for the fourth consequtive year. Burgerliscious is going down November 6, 2014 from 6pm - 10pm. Over 20 restaurants are expected to participate this year with confirmed restaurants so far consisting of Bread & Butter Counter,  Café at Books & Books, Christy’s Restaurant, CRAVE, Pincho Factory,  ROK: BRGR, Seasons 52, Shake Shack, Swine Southern Table & Bar and more. In other words, this is the kind of event you were stretchy pants, comfy shoes and a big purse to.

Pizza And Craft Beer Dinner at Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza

October 16, 2014

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, is teaming up with Funky Buddha Brewery, M.I.A. Brewing Co. and Wynwood Brewing Company for a special Craft Beer Tasting Dinner to showcase the brewers’ limited edition collaboration beer. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 28 at 8 p.m. at Anthony’s in South Beach, located at 520 West Avenue.

Cuban Guys Giftcard Giveaway!

September 29, 2014

I wrote about Cuban Guys restaurant many moons ago when I was a fledgling, blogging noob back in early 2012. You can read that post here. Since that post the restaurant has grown significantly and now has 3 different locations throughout South Florida. Their pan con bistec continues to be one of the best I've had and their flans is a popular hit in Miami.
Pan con Bistec 

Dunkaroo Waffle Recipe!

September 22, 2014

I've reached an age where I can say, "Back in my day..." and no one really flinches because I'm getting old. I grew up in the 90's, before social media, cell phones and an easily accessible internet. A child's popularity was based on what kind of snacks you brought to lunch and if you had the newest Lisa Frank gear, not how many followers you had on Instagram. In the mid nineties at my elementary school, only nerds brought fruit to lunch. I mean seriously who would bring apples or grapes to lunch?! The "cool kids" brought cookies, fruit roll-ups, chips, gushers, dunkaroos and anything sugary that could then be used to barter with classmates. How things have changed.

DC Is A Coffee Aficionado's Wet Dream: 5 Places You Must Check Out

September 14, 2014

I have no qualms in admitting I am addicted to caffeine, coffee to be exact. Espresso, machiatto, latte, Cuban coffee, IV infusion... you name it and I dig it. So when I spent a weekend in DC I was absofuckinlutely delighted to find new coffee shops popping up all over all the hipster and gentrified trendy areas. Seriously, an artisan coffee shop on every other block. It was like caffeinated paradise.

BYOB Brunch For A Good Cause!

September 10, 2014

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders will host an interactive cooking and eating experience, “Build Your Own Brunch” B.Y.O.B. Guests will spend the afternoon preparing a three-course brunch, under the tutelage of some of Miami’s most popular chefs, Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill and Bocce Bar, Antonio Bachour of St. Regis Bal Harbour and Makoto Okuwa of Makoto. Aside from the food, Titos Vodka cocktails will be available, and for all the craft beer nerds, Wynwood Brewing Company will have the best fit brew on tap.

Banana Nutella Swirl Whoopie Pie Recipe

September 2, 2014

I love bananas, they're healthy, sweet and a good source of potassium. What I don't like is how quickly they go bad. I find myself freezing them or baking them much faster than I can eat them. You can only make so many banana nut muffins or banana protein shakes before you become completely sick of them. So I started playing around in the kitchen and I decided to mix banana and Nutella, because duhThen, I got tired of muffins and decided to try making whoopie pies, because why the hell not?!  

Haven Gastro-Lounge Teams Up With Ommegang Brewery And a Giveaway From My Craft Beer Fiends

August 20, 2014

Ommegang Brewery and Haven are teaming up for a night of boozy deliciousness. La Pachanga is going down August 26, 2014 at 7pm at Haven in South Beach. For $50 per person (exclusive of tax and tip) diners will enjoy four summery courses each with it's carefully selected beer pairing.

Stephen's Restaurant: Great Jewish Deli In The Middle Of Hialeah

July 28, 2014

Over the last couple of decades, Hialeah has become synonymous with bad traffic, chongas and Cubans. Flashback to a few decades back and Hialeah was an up-and-coming town with a dignitary attracting race-track and a burgeoning garment district. The garment district was located in the south east corner of Hialeah and was mostly run by families of Jewish decent. However, like locusts, us Hispanics invaded Hialeah and made the town our own. The one-time garment district is now overrun with thrift stores and auto-body shops with plans to be turned into an art district. The only thing that has survived in the area is Stephen's Restaurant, a 60 year old Jewish deli. Yep, you read that right. A Jewish deli in Hia-fuckin-leah.

Mama Don't Cut My Crust T-Shirt Giveaway!

July 21, 2014

I'm well overdue for another giveaway, so I've teamed up again with the great folks at Flavour Gallery and Chef Jeff Mauro from the Food Network to give away a couple of his new t-shirts. I'm giving away 1 men's tee and 1 kid's tee to some lucky sandwich fans out there.

Sundays Were Made For Baking: Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies Topped with Sea Salt

June 25, 2014

I've found that baking is very calming. Perhaps it's the fact that baking is a structured task that forces you to focus on what's right in front of you and doesn't let your mind wander to the 5000 other things going on in your life, but what do I know? It's not like I'm a therapist or anything. Whatevs, I digress. This past Sunday I got the ravenous urge for girl scout cookies. Dosido's to be exact; I wanted those peanut butter sandwich cookies in and around my mouth ASAP. My only problem is that girl scout cookie season ended in South Florida a couple of months ago, so what was I to do?? After a couple of minutes looking on ebay for girl scout cookies, I decided to just bake my little heart out.

True Loaf Bakery Is Home To The Best Croissant In The 305.

June 21, 2014

I've been enjoying the delicious croissants at Panther Coffee for quite some time. Unfortunately, I've never taken the time to inquire where they came from. I've always just been thankful for their mere existence and devoured them with rampant fervor all while telling my friends, "Bro. The croissants at Panther are the fucking tits, guy. Pero like, for real, they're suuuper delicous.

Plain Croissant

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: The Only Acceptable Way to Eat Oatmeal.

June 9, 2014

Contrary to popular belief, my life isn't all nutella, cheeseburgers and ice cream. Though, I really wish it was. I try to eat relatively healthy from time to time and had actually decided to venture into the world of oatmeal. Truth be told, I had never had oatmeal... EVER. So I bought myself a container of quick oats at the market and made myself a bowl. After my first bite I asked myself, "How the fuck do people eat this shit?! This is garbage." I'm sure there are people out there that will disagree with my brash opinion and try to convince me on the marvels of oatmeal and how delicious it can be, but until someone can show me the way my opinion remains intact.

Cuban Mocha Cake Recipe

May 27, 2014

What's better than chocolate cake? Chocolate cake with coffee in it. What's better than chocolate cake with coffee in it? Chocolate cake with an entire colada baked into it. This cake should fix your sweet craving and your caffeine fix all in one bite.

Firehook Bakery In DC: I Fell In Love In 48 Hours

May 18, 2014

I went to DC for the weekend, 48 hours to be exact. In that short time I hit up several restaurants and somehow managed to find myself at Firehook Bakery a total of 3 times. I stumbled upon the bakery on my way to the hotel as it was conveniently located 1/2 a block away on Dupont Circle. The next morning, I decided to stop by and take a look inside. What I found was loaves of various freshly baked bread lining the walls behind the counter, dozens of glistening pastries and the strong smell of fresh coffee. My mouth immediately began to water and a single thought popped into my mind, "Pero, like. I need to try ALL OF THE THINGS."

Guava and Cheese Pop Tarts?! YES PLEASE!

May 14, 2014

What happens when you're craving a pastelito de guayaba y queso and you're also craving a fresh, warm pop tart? You end up with guava and cheese pop tarts. The best of Cuban and American worlds. As a second generation immigrant, many times I find myself craving mom's cooking or craving some American comfort food. Either or, never both. So when rare opportunities to marry both cuisines occur, I jump at the chance.

Ingredients:
       Makes about 8 pop tarts
- 3 Cups of flour
-  1 1/2 Tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of cold salted butter, cut into small cubes
- 7 Tablespoons of water
- 1 14 oz. package of guava paste
- 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese at room temperature
- 1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla paste (vanilla extract will work too)
- 1/4 teaspoon of lemon curd
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of water

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, combine the flour and salt. Add the butter and mix on medium speed until dough becomes crumbly and the butter is broken down to small bits. Continue to mix and add water, one tablespoon at a time. When you are able to pinch the dough and it holds together, it's done.

Remove dough from the mixer and place on a clean, lightly floured surface. Gently knead the dough until it forms a smooth dough. Don't over do it. You should be able to see little bits of butter through out the dough. Divide the dough in half and shape into 2 flat rectangles. Wrap the rectangles in plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour.

While the dough is cooling, get your cheese mixture ready, In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and confectioner's sugar until creamy. Mix in the vanilla paste and lemon curd. Lastly, mix in the egg white of one egg. Be sure to set the egg yolk aside to use later on! Once the cheese mixture has been combined, place it in the refrigerator to harden up slightly while you roll out the dough.

Place a large piece of parchment paper down on your work surface, sprinkle some flour over the top and place an unwrapped rectangle of dough in the center. Using a rolling pin (or a wine bottle if you don't have a rolling pin #SinPena) that's been dusted with flour, roll the dough out so that your dough is about 1/8 of an inch thick. Be sure to occasionally peel the dough from the parchment paper and dust with flour to ensure it doesn't stick. The finished product should be a rectangle-ish shape that measures about 10x14 inches. The shape doesn't have to be a perfect rectangle, so don't freak out if your dough doesn't form a pristine 10 x 14 rectangle.


Guava paste over dough
Using a small (and sharp) knife, trim the dough's edges and cut the dough into 3x5 rectangles, making about 8 rectangles. Transfer the rectangles to a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper, leaving about an inch in-between each. Once transferred, repeat this process for the second dough rectangle and place in a second, parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Grab the guava paste and slice into small rectangles about 1/4-1/2 inch thick and about 1-1 1/2 inches long. Place one guava paste rectangle in the center each piece of dough. Pull the cream cheese mixture from the refrigerator and place 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of cheese in the center of the rectangle, over the guava.

Cream Cheese mixture over guava
Beat one egg in a small bowl and brush the edges of the dough with the egg wash, this will act as the glue that keeps the dough together. Gently place a dough rectangle over the filling and using a fork, lightly press all around the edges.

Covered pop tarts with pressed edges.
Once you have covered all of your pop tarts and pressed the edges with a fork, use a tooth pick to prick multiple holes on the top layer of dough. The pricked holes will act as small ventilators so air doesn't get trapped inside and the pop tarts don't bubble up. Combine the egg yolk you reserved earlier and combine it with a tablespoon of water to create an egg wash. Then, brush the the dough with the egg wash to get a nice golden color and sprinkle on some granulated sugar over the top. Place the baking sheets in the middle rack of your oven and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Pop tarts straight out of the oven.
Once the pop tarts are out of the oven let them cool down, TRUST ME! I learned the hard way how incredibly painful it is to bite into a freshly baked pop tart and have molten guava burn the inside of your mouth. Once cooled, place them in an air-tight container. They will keep for about 4 days and should fit easily into your toaster.



ENJOY!

Win tickets for 2 to check out Miami Culinary Tours in Little Havana!

May 5, 2014

Little Havana is a strip of land us locals often taken for granted. We know there's history there, but not many of us actually take the time to walk around and soak in the historical value of this neighborhood. The folks at Miami Culinary Tours offer attendants that opportunity by hosting a two hour walking tour of this great neighborhood. While the focus of the tour is of course the culinary oasis that is Little Havana, while on the tour you'll be able to check out the domino park, watch cigar rollers and check out local art.

Mami's Dulce De Leche Cortada (Sweet Cheese Curds) Recipe

April 17, 2014

As years fade into one another, I see my mom in a different light. She's no longer this super human who cures all boo-boos, can wipe my tears and calm my fears in one swift hug and has stunning aim with her chancleta, no matter the distance. She's a woman who's aging, who's body is starting to fail her, but still has exquisite aim with her chancleta. The realization that my time with her won't last forever becomes clearer to me with each passing day. With that sad realization comes the fact that I want to desperately, somehow, hold on to the things that made me cherish my childhood. One of those things is my mom's cooking, but like many Hispanic mom's there's no set recipe. It's a little of this, un poco de esto, bastante de aquello. There's no science to my mother's delicious culinary madness. However, little by little I am getting the recipes or as close as I can get to a set recipe. I'll be posting them here, but to be perfectly honest, I am posting them here more for me than for you.

Win A Trip On The Magical Miami Brew Bus!

April 14, 2014

A while back I was invited to check out the second run of Miami Brew Bus, a new venture by the folks behind Lokal offering people a safe and boozy way to check out the blossoming South Florida craft beer scene. For $60 you get your ass on an air conditioned bus and check out 3 local breweries that are molding the face of South Florida craft beer. As with all other food trends, Florida is running on Cuban time when it comes to craft beer. However, we're quickly making up for lost time and some amazing breweries are rapidly popping up through out the state.

Cheesy Butternut Squash and Roasted Garlic Galette Recipe

April 9, 2014

As you may have noticed, I'm a fan of galettes. All the prettiness of a pie without all the fuss... what's not to like?! Well, I decided to give this whole "Meatless Monday," business a try and make myself a vegetarian dish for dinner. I googled and I pinned my little heart out until I found this recipe on Food52 for a Butternut Squash and Roasted Garlic Galette. I took their recipe and tweaked it here and there. So as a result I'm sharing my take on it here for those that asked about it on social media.

Burger Brawl Ticket Giveaway!

April 7, 2014

As some of you may already know, Burger Beast, is hosting a pretty epic burger event on May 9, 2014 called The Burger Brawl. Twenty local restaurants will be competing for the title of Best Burger in South Florida and attendants will get to sample all 20 burgers. Yep, you read that right. In addition to twenty burger joints, there will also be Sakaya Kitchen setting up a tater tot bar, Cuban Fritas from El Rey De Las Fritas, dessert from HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars, Azucar Ice Cream Company, Marlie’s Delights, and Sugar Yummy Mama. Need something to wash all of that food down? BB has you covered with beer from Samuel Adams, Jupiña, Materva and wine from Cerdà, Llanos y Cià.

Bocce Bar In Midtown Makes Me Happy

April 2, 2014

Bocce Bar is the sister restaurant (and neighbor) to Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. I fell in love with Sugarcane soon after it opened, so it was absolutely necessary that I check out Bocce Bar. The restaurant is rustic yet modern and all around suuuper cute. I've been there a total of three times for lunch thus far and every time I am left happy and full. There's a lot of food to cover on this post, so I'll let the pictures do the majority of the talking.
Pero like, how cute are these place settings?!

I Spend My Friday Nights Making Salted Caramel Sauce (Recipe)

March 31, 2014

Being single has its pros and its cons. Spending my Friday night at home, drinking wine not needing to shave and making salted caramel sauce is a pro, in my book. Especially, the not needing to shave part (ladies, can I get an AMEN on that one?!) but I digress. A friend recently made an amazing salted caramel frosting and I obsessed over making my own salted caramel for over a week. After I looked up the ingredients and realized how god-damn easy it is, I knew I had to make it for myself. I looked up tons of recipes on salted caramel sauce made about 3 different ones, then I did my own thang and came up with my own recipe that I liked best.

Double Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe for National Pancake Day

March 4, 2014

I woke up inspired and hungry this morning. For some reason I woke up craving pancakes and then it dawned on me that it was National Pancake Day, so naturally I made myself some pancakes. I wasn't going to just make any ol' pancakes, that would just be ridiculous. I turned it up a notch and made myself some fluffy, double chocolate chip pancakes and threw on a giant dollop of homemade whipped cream por si las moscas. So here's my recipe for you to enjoy.
Double Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Homemade Whipped Cream

Sprung Beer Festival VIP Giveaway!

February 26, 2014

The Sprung Beer Festival is making its way back to Coconut Grove's Peacock Park on March 8, 2014 and you can not miss it. Put on by the same group that makes Grovetoberfest possible every year, this beer event will not and does not disappoint. With well over 150 beers ranging from local brews to national big name beers there will be something for just about every palate. There will also be tons of food from local restaurants as well as tons of games.


Sundays Were Made For Baking: Blackberry Galette With Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe

February 23, 2014

On Sundays I like to bake, when I'm anxious I like to bake and when I am stressed out I like to bake. Kind of like Izzie Stevens from Grey's Anatomy. For whatever reason, it's very cathartic and relaxing for me. So what does one do with 3 dozen cookies or a couple dozen muffins? I give them away to my friends, of course. Recently, I was going to a potluck recently and I wanted to make a pie, but wasn't in the mood for all the work. So I decided to make a galette AKA the lazy man's pie. It's a free form pie/tart and it is fabulous. It looks rustic and pretty, so you get points for a beautifully baked pie without all the work. It's a win-win if you ask me.

SOBEWFF Merch Giveaway!

February 15, 2014

The 2014 South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) is less than a week away and this gluttonous, weekend-long festival never disappoints. With about 75 different events ranging from trade seminars, intimate dinners by celebrity chefs and balls-to-the-wall food extravaganzas, there is something here for just about everyone.
 

Shameless Self Promotion

February 14, 2014

First and foremost, Happy Valentine's Day! I found a little card for you, I hope you enjoy it.

A little offal humor from Grumpy Cat

OTC Giveaway!

February 11, 2014

One year ago I wrote about OTC, a fast casual joint that had come to Brickell offering New American fare and craft beer. The place has gone through some internal changes and they're offering a completely different menu, but still have lots of great beer. So I'm giving you, yea YOU, a chance to check out their new menu on me.
Cheesesteak Sliders from OTC's new menu - Photo courtesy of OTC

:CLOSED: Kouzina Greek Bistro: I Really Want To Love You, But Like IDK

February 8, 2014

Recently, I talked about La Latina and just three doors down from this restaurant is a Greek bistro that you may have had no idea even existed. Hiding in broad daylight, Kouzina Greek Bistro is completely covered by a thick wall of ficus hedge on one of Midtown's busiest intersections. I've visited this restaurant about 4-5 times now and I still can't make up my mind on whether or not I like it. The reason for this is the food is mostly really good with only a couple of misses, but excruciatingly slow and dismissive service is what puts me on the fence.

Hip Pops Gelato - Handcrafted Gelato Bars, Handcrafted Awesomeness.

January 24, 2014

Hip Pops Gelato popped onto the scene in mid 2012. This family owned and operated kosher truck serves handcrafted gelato and sorbet pops that can be dipped in your choice of chocolate then topped with a variety of toppings. With lots of eager anticipation, this food truck stood out from the very beginning. With high quality ingredients and top notch customer service, there is no wonder why this truck was an instant fan favorite.

With hundreds of possible combinations, no two hip-pops are ever quite the same. To read the rest of this post, please click here.



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It's Peanut Buttah Jelly TIme! Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondie Recipe

January 3, 2014

I may be a grown adult, but my love for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches knows no bounds. While tinkering in my kitchen the other day, I decided to make a peanut butter and jelly blondie. The result was a childhood treat revisited and modified. I played with the recipe a couple of times until I found a consistency I was happy with, this meant ingesting about a couple dozen blondies. Real sacrifices going on over here for this recipe, let me tell ya. So I've decided to share the recipe with my fellow pb&j fans.