Archive for the ‘Table talk’ Category

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 […]

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 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 […]

January 3rd, 2011

A New Year, A Few Photos

While away, I went through my photos and deleted a bunch of dark, blurry restaurant photos that I kept, probably as a reminder of a dinner out or a dish I liked. But what’s the use if I can barely make out what’s in the frame? I also rediscovered some photos.

November 10th, 2010

A Sol Sunday

The idea behind Sol Sundays is that instead of going to a bar where you’ll likely spend a lot on beer and food, you allow Sol Kitchen to bring everything but the beer to your door. And when I say everything, I mean you only have to buy drinks and have a working TV because your food will arrive together with paper plates, utensils and a roll of paper towels.

October 6th, 2010

Making Carolina Pulled Pork

Flipping through the pages of the September issue of Food & Wine, I came across a Carolina pulled pork recipe by Sean Brock. Many of you will have heard of Brock, chef at McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina, and winner of the 2010 James Beard award for Best Chef Southeast. The magazine calls Brock a […]

September 10th, 2010

Help Wanted for a Florida Recipe

I have agreed to participate in a recipe challenge. Yes, Pepperidge Farm contacted me to create a “sophisticated and simple recipe” that represents Florida using their puff pastry. I usually don’t take part in these types of things but I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to do something different. (Note: Pepperidge Farm […]

August 26th, 2010

What Would Hemingway Eat?

Fresh figs and ham, and mackerel and snipe. Kingfish and amberjack, avocados with lime. Gin and tonic, absinthe and wine. These are items on this Ernest Hemingway menu I came across on Littoral, the blog of the Key West Literary Seminar. Pretty cool, right?

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 […]

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 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 […]

February 15th, 2010

Cobaya Gras

When attending a Cobaya dinner, you never know what you’re in for. One day you may be at a Midtown penthouse practically drinking a Greek salad, and the next in someone’s backyard eating fried chicken. That was the case at the latest dinner, number four. The New Orleans-themed event was casual and laid back, more […]

January 5th, 2010

Caution: ‘Guerilla van’ coming to Design District

Remember One Ninety? Its chef, Alan Hughes, recently resurfaced with a brand new website and lots of interesting projects, including a one-table restaurant called Luuur, where the chef will cook you and your friends dinner. (Read my mini-interview with chef Hughes over at Short Order.) The chef’s latest newsletter, however, brought an intriguing piece of […]

December 30th, 2009

Year in Review: A Few of My Favorite Dishes

One day left in 2009. It was a good year for me with a wedding and all. I also had many memorable food moments, particularly in the later part of the year after I returned from wedding land to normal life. Throughout the year I tried many wonderful dishes that I crave often. In no […]

November 27th, 2009

Thanksgiving for Two: A recap

Thanksgiving this year was an unusual one. Not a bad one, just not the usual. It was a Thanksgiving for two. “Well, enjoy your newlywed Thanksgiving,” one friend said. “What? You guys are doing a romantic Thanksgiving?” said another. Not really. Let’s just say it happened that way. We started off our day very early […]

November 26th, 2009

Thanksgiving wishes

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump. May your potatoes ‘n gravy have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize. May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs. – Author unknown This message arrived in my inbox yesterday from a friend in Uzbekistan. Happy […]

November 25th, 2009

Where will Andrew Nelson eat in Miami?

Those of you on Twitter might already know. National Geographic Traveler writer, Andrew Nelson, is coming to our city tomorrow. Yes, on Thanksgiving day and he’ll be here until Monday. His assignment is to use Twitter to help him see and eat his way through Miami — and he’s gotten plenty of recs on places […]

November 7th, 2009

It’s beer, believe it or not

I like beer. I like beer a lot. So I was thrilled when Sam Adams invited me to a beer-pairing dinner at Michy’s*. The dinner was to showcase their 2009 Utopias extreme beer, which hits South Florida shelves as early as next week, but we also sampled their winter line of beers. Utopias are part […]

September 26th, 2009

On the road at BlogHer Food ’09

I’m in San Francisco attending BlogHer Food ’09 my first ever food blogger conference – actually, my first blogger conference, period. So far, I’m enjoying listening to great tips from well-known food bloggers like Heidi Swanson from 101cookbooks and Matt Armendariz from MattBites. Follow me on Twitter for updates. Tweet

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