Instagram 50k Milestone Giveaway Of Some Of My Favorite Things!

November 16, 2015

Last week, my instagram account hit 50,000 followers. Fifty thousand people are hungry enough to follow my burger loving, donut face stuffing, cookie baking ass... that's nuts! For some people that's no big deal, but to me that's fucking huge. I kicked off my blog's instagram account almost 4 years ago, so for me it hasn't been a quick jump. It's taken years to improve my food pictures and find my own style, so this is cause for a god damn celebration!

The FGH Breakfast Guide To Gaining 10 Pounds In Portland, Oregon

November 6, 2015

Unlike other people, when I travel I am most excited about the indigenous food I'll eat. When I went to Paris, I wanted to only eat choux pastry and swim in a sea of Roquefort cheese. Who cares about the Eiffel tower when there's so many baguettes to eat?! In Spain, all I cared about was chorizo and churros. My sight-seeing revolves around my dining reservations. So on my recent trip to Portland, my dining itinerary was several pages long while my sightseeing down to 3 vague bullet points (book store, mountains and coast).

Taco & Tequila Showdown Ticket Giveaway!

October 30, 2015

Sure it's Autumn throughout the rest of the United States, but here in the 305 we don't know nothin bout no "Autumn." Like who is this girl named Autumn? Why is she always wearing Uggs and drinking pumpkin spice lattes?! Here in Miami, we celebrate this time of year by swinging back tequila shots and stuffing our faces with tacos. So the folks over at MIABites have put together the perfect event:  Taco & Tequila Showdown or #TNTShowdown. They've rallied up some of Miami's best and brightest chefs and gotten them to cook up their best taco.

Enter to win 2 VIP SoBe Seafood Fest Tickets!

October 7, 2015

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.

Found A Hidden Gem In Playa Del Carmen's Hidden Beach Resort

September 28, 2015

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

CitiTable - 10 Blogger-Tested Tips for Taking Great Food Pics!

September 25, 2015

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.

Craft Spirits Festival's Grand Tasting Ticket Giveaway!

September 23, 2015

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.

CitiTable - Cooking With Kindness: An Interview with Miami Spice 2015 Chef Timon Balloo

September 21, 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!

United Way's Build Your Own Brunch Giveaway!

September 9, 2015

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.

Miami History Meets Cuban Food And Culture on Miami Culinary Tours

August 8, 2015

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

Magic City Pizza Is The Best Pizza South Of Flagler St.

July 31, 2015

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

Coca-Cola's #ForTheDream Prize Pack Giveaway!

July 29, 2015

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.

Pub-Crawls and Boozy Adventures with SWSBevGirl!

July 27, 2015

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

Taste Of The Nation VIP Ticket Giveaway!

June 29, 2015

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.

Avocado Gelato Recipe!

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. 

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

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.

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

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) entrĂ©e will be the main attraction and include an appetizer and dessert.

Win 2 Tickets To Wine Bar War!

June 10, 2015

CALLING ALL WINOES!!! LAN Chile's second annual Wine Bar War is coming to the 305 for the very first time to The Moore Building on June 18, 2015 at 7pm. This is definitely NOT your usual wine tasting, you'll be gulping down 32 of Chile's top wines all under one roof.

The Local Teams Up With Sixpoint Brewery For A Boozy Brunch

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.

OBIES: A Taste Of South Florida Is Back!

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?

Dulce De Leche Cheesecake Recipe

May 11, 2015

Dulce De Leche Cheesecake

Common Threads' Cooking For Life Festival Giveaway!

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.

El Rey De Las Fritas is my BAE

March 5, 2015

I've been going to El Rey De Las Fritas for years. This restaurant is the epitome of las 3 B. It's bueno bonito y barato in every sense of the word. This place is supposably one of the oldest places in the 305 get a frita cubana, but I won't go into a full history lesson cuz ain't nobody got time for dat. If you want to know more about la frita cubana, check out what my friend, Burger Beast, has to say here. El Rey De Las Fritas has a few locations around town, but I mostly frequent the one in Hialeah and occasionally the one in Little Havana.

Sprung Beer Festival and Grillin In The Grove Festival Ticket Giveaway!

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.

SOBEWFF Meatopia Ticket Giveaway Provided by The National Pork Board!

February 16, 2015

When 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.

Discovering Vintage Miami - Giveaway

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