Archive for 2010

June 30th, 2010

Now Open: Fin

Back in December, the Cobayas had a dinner at Fin, Jonathan Eismann’s sustainable seafood restaurant. Back then the chef expected to open in three to four weeks. Well, it didn’t quite happen that way. It took six months but Fin is now officially open. Here’s the recap of our December dinner. Fin 4029 N Miami […]

June 24th, 2010

A New CSA Comes to Miami: Little River Market Garden

Good news for Miami locavores. Farmer Muriel Olivares, who interned at Bee Heaven Farm in Homestead, has started her own vegetable and cut flower garden in Miami. The Little River Market Garden will offer a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and sell its produce at farmers markets come the fall. Muriel will grow about […]

June 9th, 2010

On Buying Olive Oil

So the Spanish olive oils I tasted in Toronto were great, but as far as I know, the specific ones I tasted are not sold here (though I did see a Pagos de Baldio olive oil listed on the Delicias de España website). That’s fine; there are plenty of good olive oils from major producing […]

June 8th, 2010

A Taste of Spanish Olive Oils

“Good oil, like good wine, is a gift from the gods.” ~ George Ellwanger On my recent visit to Toronto, I was invited to attend an olive oil tasting and dinner showcasing premium Spanish olive oils. It was a wonderful evening at Frida Restaurant with dishes prepared by three area chefs: Jose Hadad of Frida […]

June 1st, 2010

Hello, June: Miami food events

June is here and so are the almost daily afternoon showers. What’s in store this month in food events? Here are some picks. Spanish BBQ Starting tonight and every Tuesday night during the summer, chef Michelle Bernstein will offer an all-you-can-eat Spanish BBQ served family style at Sra. Martinez. The BBQ menu will change each […]

May 28th, 2010

Limonada (limeade) for the summer heat

My blender has seen the light of day more in the past two weeks than in the past few months. Blame it on the hot summer days that have inspired me to make refreshing juices almost daily. A watermelon agua fresca was a big hit with family last week but this week I was really […]

May 26th, 2010

Until next season … [Updated]

This Sunday, May 30, marks the last day of the Pinecrest Farmers Market at Pinecrest Gardens. I know some vendors may not be there anymore but if you have a chance stop by between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Sunday for a last visit until next season. The Roots in the City market is […]

May 13th, 2010

On a Toronto Rooftop, A Chef’s Garden and His Bees

During my recent visit to Toronto I had the opportunity to visit the rooftop garden at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. I heard about it through a Twitter connection (@maryluzonfood) and jumped at the chance of seeing how this large-scale hotel, the place where dignitaries and heads of state stay on their […]

April 22nd, 2010

edible South Florida Spring 2010

Today I finally made it to Whole Foods to pick up a copy of the new issue of edible South Florida. I had seen it online but it’s always nicer to have a physical copy in hand. I contributed another article, this time on initiatives around town to improve childhood nutrition. My favorite part in […]

April 12th, 2010

Belles calas

Calas, calas! Belles calas! Touts chaude, madame. Such went the cry of the calas street vendors in New Orleans. It means: calas, calas, beautiful calas, very hot. If you haven’t heard of these fritters prepared with leftover rice, you’re not alone. When New Orleans chef, cookbook author and Slow Food New Orleans leader, Poppy Tooker, […]

April 6th, 2010

Miami food events: April 2010 edition

Sorry for the silence around here in the last week or so. It was for very good reason. D and I were busy moving into a new home. I’ve enjoyed being slightly disconnected from Twitter, Facebook and blogs but it’s time to get back to it. Here are your belated April events.

March 25th, 2010

Roots in the City Farmers Market launches in Overtown

Yesterday I stopped by the opening of the Roots in the City Farmers Market in Overtown. A collaboration between the Wholesome Wave Foundation, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, the Human Services Coalition and Roots in the City, the market aims to make fresh, nutritional food accessible by making it affordable. As a pilot for the […]

March 22nd, 2010

Taqueria Los Dos Amigos

On Saturday evening, I found myself at a taco truck on a parking lot in the corner of NW 27th Avenue and NW 35th Street. My visit wasn’t exactly planned. Jackie, who I was meeting earlier that day for other matters, invited me to go with her to the truck where she was meeting the […]

March 17th, 2010

A bike tour of Redland farms

Before last Saturday, I can’t remember the last time I rode a bike. I know people say that’s one of the things you never forget how to do and indeed I hadn’t forgotten. But what I had forgotten was the joy of riding, especially along quiet roads on a beautiful morning like Saturday’s. What got […]

March 14th, 2010

When life gives you goose eggs …

I brought a goose egg home with me today. A find from Hani Khouri’s stand at the Pinecrest Farmers Market. I had heard about the eggs recently from chef Michael Schwartz, but I wasn’t expecting to find them at the market. Next to the tiny chicken egg, the goose egg looks majestic. I first looked […]

March 11th, 2010

Tweet Me in Miami

It’s been a busy, busy week but I wanted to share Andrew Nelson’s National Geographic article, Tweet Me in Miami. Remember Andrew Nelson? He came to Miami over Thanksgiving; his assignment was to see Miami with the help of Twitter, or “crowd-source his vacation,” as he quotes his friend telling him. I’m now in the […]

March 8th, 2010

Meet Hani Khouri, local cheese maker, goat herder, food producer

When we arrived at Hani Khouri’s home in Redland on Sunday, only 12 hours had passed since one of his goats, Maria, gave birth to two babies. Nearby, three baby goats napped inside a plastic igloo warmed by a heat lamp. The three – Nelly, Clark Gable and Errol Flynn – were born six days […]

March 6th, 2010

Flor de España

I’m non-committal when it comes to alcoholic drinks. I’m not loyal to any one drink, not even on a given night. But last summer I discovered a cocktail that I love to go back to called Flor de España. Served at Sra. Martinez, it’s made with Oloroso Sherry, Johnnie Walker Black, egg whites, lemon juice […]

March 2nd, 2010

Miami food events: March 2010 edition

Forgive me for just now getting to events for March. I’m still trying to catch up and recover energies after the weekend’s festivities. Check out D’s Flickr photostream for some great photos of Sunday’s events. This month is a busy one for Miami with big events like the Winter Music Conference, Miami Film Festival and […]

March 1st, 2010

South Beach Wine & Food Best of the Best: Of Beast, pork and other stories

At Friday night’s Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best, I was seduced by a little gem of a bite. A foie gras bon bon with quince-champagne gelee on cracked pepper shortbread. Apparently I wasn’t alone. The dish served by chef Naomi Pomeroy and sous chef Mika Paredes of Beast in Portland has gotten love from […]

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