Archive for 2008

December 11th, 2008

Save on SoBe Wine & Food tickets

Still looking for Christmas gifts? Tickets for the 2009 South Beach Wine & Food Festival will have a 10% off holiday discount starting tomorrow, December 12 through next Friday, December 19. Take advantage of the savings — the tickets don’t come cheap. For a full schedule of events, go here. Also, take a peek at […]

November 15th, 2008

Now cooking at the Miami Book Fair

The Miami Book Fair International street fair is going on this weekend and like in previous years it brings its share of food reads. If you go, don’t miss… Saturday, November 15 10:00 a.m. ~ Fabulous Food Sheila Lukinson on Ten: All the Foods We Love and Ten Perfect Recipes for Each and Steven Raichlenon […]

October 16th, 2008

My go-to quesadilla

In the past few months, I’ve tried to cut down on my trips to dine out — at least to dine out at pricey establishments. Not only am I in frugal mode, but I have a wedding to pay for. I can’t say I’ve been making up for that by cooking elaborate meals, but there […]

October 14th, 2008

Navajo-Churro lamb dinner

Slow Food Miami is hosting a dinner at Lido at the Standard Hotel featuring Navajo-Churro lamb on Wednesday, October 22. A species that was close to extinction twice, the Navajo Churro sheep was the earliest breed of domesticated farm animal in North America, arriving in the United States in the 16th century. Its meat flavor is […]

October 13th, 2008

La Moon comes to the Gables

[Gables location closed 12/2009] One of my favorite comfort food spots is now in the Gables. La Moon Restaurant opened two weeks ago on the corner of Ponce de Leon and Navarre. Now I have the temptation of their Colombian food near work and closer to home. We visited and were quite impressed with the new […]

September 5th, 2008

Get your restaurant news delivered

You may have heard that Sara over at All Purpose Dark has a new gig at UrbanDaddy Miami, a daily e-zine that brings lots of interesting tidbits to your inbox. So far, I’m loving their food section. From a new pizza bar opening up in South Beach to a “test-kitchen-like” restaurant inside Naomi’s Grill at the Trump International […]

September 4th, 2008

Miami Spice: Cita’s Italian Chophouse

On a total whim, we headed to Cita’s Italian Chophouse in Coconut Grove last week. Some friends we met at a wine tasting went pre-opening and recommended it but I had kinda forgotten about it. The restaurant has sidewalk seating, and indoor area and a charming patio in the back, where we sat. The menu offers a variety of […]

September 3rd, 2008

Casa Toscana cooking classes, now weekly

I was happy to hear that Sandra Stefani from Casa Toscana will now be offering her cooking classes every Saturday instead of every other Saturday.  “I started to offer hands on cooking classes a couple of months ago thinking that not many people were going to come on their Saturday morning to get their hands sticky with […]

August 27th, 2008

Guilty pleasure

The latest of my random cravings: the steak sandwich from Graziano’s Market. Graziano’s is an Argentine gourmet market similar to La Estancia Argentina, though I’ve become a bigger fan of Graziano’s. You’ll find a good selection wines, meats, produce, pastries and prepared meals.

August 12th, 2008

Learning to make fresh pasta

Making fresh pasta is one of those things I’ve never really had the urge to try. Seeing people on TV throwing eyeballed amounts of flour onto an empty counter, digging a little hole in the middle and mixing in the eggs, just seemed complicated. Without planning for it, however, I ended up making fresh pasta […]

July 30th, 2008

My first bites

A few weeks ago, Gail Shepherd from the Broward/Palm Beach New Times reached out to me about a new feature on their Short Order blog. The feature, called First Bites, would highlight the first food memories of local “food people” and she asked me to tell her about mine. Though I could’ve gone the “I […]

July 11th, 2008

Summer’s here, grab a mango

This week I’m seeing mangos everywhere. Thanks to Rick’s SFDB, I found two delicious recipes using my favorite fruit. And then I realized it’s that time again. Time for Fairchild Tropical Garden’s International Mango Festival. Last year, a fellow blogger questioned my spending $20 to go see mangos during mango season. In these difficult times, […]

July 2nd, 2008

Miami New Times food blog

The Miami New Times has launched a food blog called Short Order.  It seems that they’ve brought the food-related posts from Riptide into it but now all food posts will go there. This might mean more frequent food blogging and yes, more Lee Klein. The New Times Broward-Palm Beach critic, Gail Shepherd, will also be contributing. I’ve added it to my […]

June 30th, 2008

How ’bout ’em cupcakes

Who would’ve known there’s so much love for cupcakes in Miami? On Saturday, 10 fortunate Chowhound readers/posters got together at one generous cupcake lover’s home to taste cupcakes from nine local “cupcakers.” What followed were two hours of overindulgence finished with a sugar coma.

June 2nd, 2008

First impressions: Red Light

Now that the dust has settled — somewhat — at this newcomer to Biscayne Boulevard, D and I finally made our way out to try it Saturday night. Housed at Motel Blu, chef Kris Wessel’s Red Light oozes cool with its red walls, beige booths, bright orange bar stools, dim, red lighting and quirky view. […]

May 28th, 2008

A girls’ meal at Chocolate Fashion

I’m not a fan of publicly exposing the private details of my life. Though to some extent I’ve done so in this blog, when and where I eat out is not very revealing. I try to keep the personal out of it, but I feel compelled to share one particular detail for several reasons. One, […]

May 27th, 2008

Fratelli Lyon opens tonight

I received a comment saying so and I’ve just confirmed it. Fratelli Lyon in the Design District will serve its first dinner to the public tonight. You can make reservations at 305-633-3131. For more on Fratelli Lyon, read mango&lime’s sneak peek from a few months back. Fratelli Lyon/Driade Cafe 4141 NE 2nd Ave. Design District […]

May 4th, 2008

Saturday pig roast

I promise there’s a valid reason for the slowness in posting, but I’ll leave that for later. Yesterday D and I hosted a pig (shoulder) roast to celebrate two friends’ birthdays. It really wasn’t my idea; a friend suggested it and we agreed despite my warnings that I wanted nothing to do with the pig. […]

April 14th, 2008

Go-to places in Miami

Well, I’ve been back from vacation for a few weeks now and, as always, I’m taking my time to get back into the swing of things. In fact, I think my brain is still in vacation mode. I couldn’t delay it any longer, however. Today, the new issue of Food&Wine awaited me at home. It […]

March 24th, 2008

On the road: Cartagena’s mangoes

This is what I’ve talked about when I’ve mentioned eating green mango. I’m on vacation in Cartagena, Colombia and here, they sell it in little carts all around town. This man was somewhere on the wall that surrounds the old city in Cartagena. In the steaming heat, the green mango is refreshing. It comes in little plastic […]

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