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January 7th, 2008

Hope for a South Florida farmers market?

Just spotted a post about a farmers market in Homestead via Critical Miami. Looking at the photos it reminds me of the type of markets you can find in Latin America. Maybe there is hope for a good market around these places, although it’s still quite a trek for a lot of us to make […]

December 19th, 2007

Cool last-minute gifts for food lovers

Most holiday vendors’ holiday shipping deadlines have passed and if you’re like most people, you’re probably still scrambling for gifts for your loved ones. If you have any food lovers on your list, here are a few gift ideas available now in stores in Miami (meaning you won’t be paying in shipping almost the amount […]

November 20th, 2007

Wanted: Crawfish in Miami

Photo by R. Lee Coleman My friend is making seafood gumbo for Thanksgiving and I can barely wait to partake in another not-so-traditional Thanksgiving meal. On Sunday, I took her to Casablanca Fish Market to buy the pounds and pounds of seafood she needs for the preparation, but finding crawfish in Miami turned out to […]

November 16th, 2007

Midtown Farmers Market (Updated)

Update (Nov. 17): Just went by this and well, it’s sad. There are only three booths and none with food! Continuing to hope for a real farmers market in Miami … sigh. The Shops at Midtown Miami are hosting a Farmers Market the third Saturday of every month starting tomorrow (Nov. 17). The market will […]

October 31st, 2007

Getting to know Halloumi cheese

Rub your fingers across your teeth for a few seconds. Hear anything? Squeak-y, squeak-y. That’s a little bit like the sound and feel you get when you chew cooked Halloumi cheese. Unique to Cyprus, Halloumi is a semi-hard cheese made from sheep’s milk or goat’s milk — or a mix of both — seasoned with […]

October 29th, 2007

A lesson about scallops

Last night I was finally set to try a recipe from Padma Laskhmi’s new cookbook. I found the amchoor I needed. I bought my ingredients. I was ready to go. The recipe: Sea scallops with crushed peanuts and cucumber relish. The scallops I bought at Publix were large and plump. We were looking forward to […]

October 3rd, 2007

Mango — and almost lime — cake

You gotta love friends. The kind that make you laugh, help you out, care for you; the kind that on your birthday surprise you with a mango cake and tell you about their unsuccessful efforts to find little limes to put on it. Hey, thought’s what counts. And I loved my birthday cakes. They were […]

September 13th, 2007

Tour the new Coral Gables Whole Foods

Whole Foods in the Gables opens Wednesday, September 26 (yippeee!), but if you make reservations here, you can sign up for a one-hour tour of their store Monday, September 24. I, unfortunately, will be out of town. Argh! [Via Coral Gables Blogspot] Whole Foods 6701 Red Road Coral Gables 305.421.9421 [tags] Whole Foods, Coral Gables […]

August 28th, 2007

On the road: Fox & Obel

The more I visit Chicago, the more I like it. I love the people, the parks and flowers, the lake, the architecture … I’m sure it would only take me one winter to hate it, but for now I have nothing but love for the city. And discovering Fox & Obel this weekend just added […]

August 22nd, 2007

Pretty little things

I’m a sucker for pretty little things. Pretty is subjective, I know, but there are some things that just meet the universal definition. Or maybe it’s just mine. Regardless, they make me feel all giddy inside. In New York on Saturday, I had brunch at Prune and then visited Marie Belle, a chocolate store in […]

July 11th, 2007

La Estancia Argentina

There’s something comforting about spending an evening with friends eating, drinking and talking about just about anything. Before an impromptu soiree at my friend’s house the other night, we stopped by La Estancia Argentina at Merrick Park to get the goods. It had been a while since I’d been to La Estancia, but it’s a […]

June 12th, 2007

Casablanca Fish Market

The last time I went to the Casablanca Fish Market, it was still at its old Watson Island location, from where as many of you know it was evicted for development. That goes to show how long it’s been since I visited the market, but a sudden urge to make ceviche this weekend gave me […]

June 7th, 2007

mango&lime’s Hurricane Survival (Food) Guide

It’s that time again — hurricane season — and we’re hearing it from all fronts: Prepare, prepare, prepare. So how do you prepare to eat during a hurricane? Stock up The Florida Department of Health recommends: * 1 gallon bottled water per person per day * Ready-to-eat canned meats, chicken or fish * Canned fruits, […]

May 22nd, 2007

15 wines under $15 — that you can buy in Miami

I like wine. In fact, I love wine, but I’m far from being a wine connoisseur, which makes my wine shopping rather haphazard. It’s overwhelming to stand in front of rows and rows of wine bottles not really knowing what makes one Cabernet better than another. So I asked Danny Brody, owner of the now […]

May 10th, 2007

A few of my favorite (kitchen) things

“Like cookbooks, kitchen equipment is a talisman; people believe that buying the right kind will make them good cooks.” ~ Mark Bittman, New York Times, May 9 But do you need to splurge on it? That’s the question Mark Bittman of The New York Times explored yesterday. His theory: You can adequately stock a kitchen […]

January 25th, 2007

Buy local, eat fresh

Today’s Miami Herald has a good list of South Florida’s farmers’ markets. Good news for me, the Herald reports a new market is set to open on Thursdays starting February 22 at Bayfront Park.

January 11th, 2007

Food Destinations #4 round-up

Shortly after starting this blog in August of last year, I discovered so-called food blogging events. Assignments of sorts hosted by a particular blogger on a particular theme. When I came across Food Destinations, an event created by Maki of I was just really very hungry, I decided to be brave and participate in my […]

September 2nd, 2006

Food Destinations 2 – Coconut Grove Farmers Market

Miami to visitors is well-known for South Beach, Miami Vice, celebrity sightings, shopping and clubs, but for its food markets? No. Not really. But that’s what made Food Destinations 2 so appealing: it gave me a chance to highlight a part of Miami where I usually wouldn’t take any of my visitors.

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