Archive for the ‘Table talk’ Category

September 2nd, 2009

A healthy school lunch

Salad bar at St. Patrick School The students at St. Patrick School in Miami Beach kicked off the school year with a new, healthier lunch program. Gone are the fried, processed foods. In are healthier meals prepared from scratch using grass-fed meats, hormone and antibiotic free milk and eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, and local […]

July 13th, 2009

Goodbye MenuPages South Florida blog, hello Grub Street? [Updated]

Not too long ago Carolina Bolado, former editor of the MenuPages South Florida blog, confirmed on SFDB that the blog was no more. No real explanation was given. Yesterday, New York magazine‚Äôs food blog Grub Street went national, launching editions that incorporate MenuPages for Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago, in addition to […]

June 28th, 2009

Greek coming to the Gables?

Walking to Ben & Jerry’s yesterday afternoon, I noticed an interesting sign in the space that 1909 Cafe used to occupy at 70 Aragon Avenue. Coming Soon Cafe Hellas Fine Greek Cuisine A few online searches yielded little information about Cafe Hellas and who’s behind it. A filing for Cafe Hellas with the Florida Department […]

June 21st, 2009

A hot afternoon in the Redlands

The sun was beating down hard today at the Redlands Summer Fruit Festival. D and I arrived at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead a little after noon to check it out. There were more people than I expected and lychee everywhere. Tweet

June 15th, 2009

Eating our way to change? Food, Inc. opens in Miami this week

I realize it’s a bit early to be thinking about the weekend but I’ve been anticipating the opening of Food, Inc. this coming Friday at the Regal South Beach Cinemas. The documentary takes a hard look at the U.S. food industry, following the foods we eat and seemingly exposing some shocking truths about corporate food […]

May 26th, 2009

Italian Cooking Show: Liguria vs. Umbria

The cuisine of Umbria reigned supreme last Thursday at the 3rd Annual Italian Cooking Show hosted by Italy-American Chamber of Commerce. I was invited to attend the event, the first in a monthly series of cooking battles that will run through September at Mia Cucina in Coral Gables. The audience, which is limited to 40 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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 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. […]

February 13th, 2008

This Valentine’s, have a picnic

It’s almost here, Valentine’s day. Some of you may remember my take on eating out on this day. Basically, I don’t want to be out dining out with the crowds. Last year, I put a little more thought into it and cooked a nice dinner for D, but this year we have much going on, so I thought ‘screw it, let’s have a picnic.’

January 5th, 2008

My first CSA box

Here it is, our first Redland Organics CSA box. We picked it up today and I immediately got to finding out more about some of its contents and what I may do with them. Since it’s a lot of food (only full shares are available for trial memberships) I figured I’d try to plan ahead […]

January 3rd, 2008

New year, slow start

It’s so hard, to get back into the swing of things after almost two weeks of doing nothing but eating and vegging at my parents’ home in Houston. I’ve been slowly working myself up to full productivity levels, including getting back to blogging — and here I am. Coming up, expect reports on a few […]

November 25th, 2007

The Thanksgiving gumbo

Here it is, the Thanksgiving seafood gumbo. The delicious smell in the house was so concentrated that when we arrived at my friend’s house we could smell onions and spices from outside. It was hearty and delicious, with tons of seafood. We ate it in a bowl, served over rice and added a dollop of […]

November 22nd, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

As you know, today I’ll be heading to a friend’s house for a Louisiana special. At D’s request I made pumpkin pie for the first time — I keep thinking I’m not much of a baker — and I cheated and bought a pre-made apple pie to bring to the feast. Though it may be […]

November 15th, 2007

Share your Thanksgiving food stories

One week ’till Thanksgiving! Last year I wrote about my family’s somewhat unconventional Thanksgiving menu. That of a Thanksgiving barbecue with turkey legs, ribs, potatoes and other foods that don’t really represent what you think of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. But, I reasoned, the spirit of Thanksgiving is about more than food, so who cares […]

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 24th, 2007

Discovering mango pickle

The green, white and yellow container looked harmless sitting there on the bar, but it took only one look and a smell to know it was more menacing than it looked. It was mango pickle. One of the consequences of having a blog titled mango&lime is that I’m urged to try everything mango. Interestingly, it […]

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 […]

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