Archive for 2011

July 29th, 2011

Texas Bound

This bit of information will come as old news to many but I figured it was time to make it official here on the blog. D and I are moving to Houston and we’re hitting the road next weekend. The move was in the making for some time now but things didn’t start falling into […]

July 8th, 2011

How Do You Like Your Mangos?

Do you like them a little tart? Or intensely sweet? Spicy or aromatic? If you ask Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s senior tropical fruit curator, Richard Campbell, a mango should be sweet and also a little tart. Not so for his fellow curator, Noris Ledesma, who prefers her mangos to taste sweet as honey. When it […]

June 26th, 2011

For the Love of Riesling

Three summers ago, Paul Grieco, a New York City sommelier and restaurateur started Summer of Riesling at Terroir Wine Bar. During that summer if you wanted white wine by the glass at his bar, your only choice was Riesling. The goal was to get people to try the grape and dispel the notion that its […]

June 21st, 2011

‘Tomatoland’ Author Barry Estabrook at Books & Books

Florida’s tomato industry has been on the news quite a bit in the past few weeks thanks to the release of Barry Estabrook’s new book, “Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit.” In the book, Estabrook, a journalist and author of Politics of the Plate, traces the history of the tomato from […]

May 22nd, 2011

Mango Mini Tarts

It’s been so long since I asked for suggestions for a Florida recipe using puff pastry for an assignment by Pepperidge Farm. I got some great suggestions in the comments, including using hearts of palm or callaloo, but I took the obvious route and made mango tarts. Mangoes were the first thing I thought of […]

May 20th, 2011

A Cobaya Dinner with Michelle Bernstein

When I got the announcement for Tuesday night’s Cobaya dinner, the usual email came with an unusual line. It was a clue about who would be preparing our meal, one that built up the anticipation among the diners lucky to get a seat. The chef was Michelle Bernstein and the dinner took place in the […]

May 9th, 2011

Baking for Share Our Strength

Last year, Renée Joslyn of Flamingo Musings asked me to bake for the National Bloggers Bake Sale to raise funds for Share Our Strength. Not being much of a baker, I wasn’t too convinced I should do it but I gave it a try and made some pretty decent zucchini bread. Now here I am […]

May 6th, 2011

Fertile Earth Foundation: Closing the Food Loop

While doing consulting for a Miami Beach hotel with her environmental consulting company, Ecosante, Lanette Sobel realized just how much organic waste hotels produce. The estimate was one ton per hotel room per year in food scraps and yard debris – waste that can be composted and put back into the earth but mostly isn’t.

April 15th, 2011

Welcome the Miami Culinary Institute

Hiding behind a giant apron, the new Miami Culinary Institute in downtown Miami awaited its unveiling yesterday morning. Outside, guests helped themselves to non-alcoholic spritzers and small bites inside a large tent set up in a blocked-off section of Northeast Second Avenue in front of the school. Stilt walkers in chef’s coats moved among the […]

April 5th, 2011

Room 4 Dessert – A Pop-Up

Last Saturday, I had the chance to attend pastry chef Will Goldfarb’s Room 4 Dessert pop-up. I’ll confess I knew little about Goldfarb before I bought my last-minute ticket to the dessert tasting but I’m so glad I was able to go. Goldfarb’s culinary trajectory started in France and he followed with stints at restaurants […]

April 1st, 2011

Next Week, Eat for Common Threads

A while back I wrote about Common Threads, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to teaching low-income children about healthy cooking and eating. The Miami chapter, founded by local chef Michelle Bernstein, is about to wrap up its second year and currently has four groups of kids going through the program. To help it add a fifth […]

March 31st, 2011

On Farmers Markets and Permits (Updated)

As many of you probably know, some 30 to 40 people showed up yesterday at the site of the Roots in the City Farmers Market to protest a city of Miami code violation citation that the market received the previous week. The technicalities of the permits and what permits the organizers thought they needed versus […]

March 29th, 2011

Muriel’s Little River Kimchee

On Sunday afternoon, I joined some 25 people at Muriel Olivares’s Little River Market Garden to learn how to make kimchee. Sitting in the perfect shade of her mango tree, we watched as Muriel made a huge batch of this popular Korean dish made by fermenting vegetables and chilies. Before starting Muriel warned that the […]

March 28th, 2011

At Chow Down Grill, Soy Sauce and Tofu Are Made In House

Chow Down Grill is a restaurant that I don’t go to as often as I would like but every time I go I have a great experience. I love the food and the enthusiasm that chefs Joshua Marcus and Jason Suttmiller show for everything they do, whether it’s making a sauce or hosting an underground […]

March 24th, 2011

Judging Bobby Flay’s Key Lime Pie Throwdown

It was a real surprise when I was contacted to be on a Food Network “special profiling a chef in the Keys” last year. I’m not even sure how they came across my blog. All I know is that soon after, on a Monday in December, I was on my way to Marathon to tape […]

March 21st, 2011

A Little Bite of Puerto Rico at the Kiosks of Luquillo

I just got back from an almost week-long trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where one of my greatest friends was married last weekend. I must admit I didn’t pack my agenda with restaurants to try. In fact, aside from the wedding-related events all I really wanted to do was lounge in the sun. But […]

February 21st, 2011

Not Going To South Beach Wine & Food? Try These Events (2011 Edition)

The 2011 South Beach Wine & Food Festival kicks off on Thursday and thousands of people — locals and visitors — will descend on Miami Beach for four days of events, Food Network celebrities and celebrations for the festival’s 10th year anniversary. There are still tickets available to a few of the festival’s smaller events. […]

February 17th, 2011

New Upper East Side Farmers Market Opens Saturday

A new farmers market is coming to the Upper East Side. The market opens this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

January 31st, 2011

Cookbook Giveaway: Michael’s Genuine Food (Updated)

“Food is not about impressing people – in fact it’s just the opposite; it’s about making them feel comfortable. The perfect meal is simpler than you expected and better than you remembered.” ~Chef Michael Schwartz in the intro to his book I love getting new cookbooks in the mail and last week I got a […]

January 28th, 2011

Forno52 Mobile Pizza (Updated)

*Update: Forno52 has finally announced it will open its brick-and-mortar location on Saturday, February 5 at 17225 South Dixie Highway in Palmetto Bay. The pizza from the truck was great; hopefully it’s just as good at their restaurant.* Tweet

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