Thursday, July 16, 2020

Goya Supports the Community... and I #SupportGoya


Working for Our Country #GoyaGives

Si Es Goya Tiene Que Ser Bueno

Jersey City, New Jersey (July 13, 2020) – Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in The United States, initiates the critical distribution of two million pounds of food to families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a commitment made by Goya at the start of the pandemic.

In collaboration with Silgan Containers from New Jersey and Wisconsin (cans); U.S. Steel (steel); Goya de Puerto Rico-Island Can (can lids), Producers Rice Mill of Arkansas (rice); Gamse Labels of Maryland (labels); DanHill Containers of Texas (cartons); and American Farmers from Washington State (beans), all made in the U.S.A., the food will be distributed through local food banks, churches, community centers, soup kitchens, and outreach programs that are in urgent need across the nation and Puerto Rico. The roll-out of the national campaign Working for Our Country #GoyaGives will begin on Monday, July 13, 2020, in key communities throughout the U.S. including New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, Houston, Puerto Rico, and other markets.

“Our donation pays tribute to the dedication and hard work of 4,000 Goya employees. When the pandemic first struck, they rolled up their sleeves and worked 24/7 at the risk of their own health saying, ‘If we don’t do this, who will?’ That shows grit and courage, and I am so proud of our Goya family. We are and will always be a company of passionate people who care about making a difference, and today we honor our promise to continue to help our communities in times of need,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.

Through Goya Gives, a global program committed to promoting the overall well-being of communities through social responsibility, environmental initiatives, and company values, Goya supports each year nearly 300 charitable endeavors, scholarships, and events. In times of desperate need, Goya has always been at the forefront of disaster and humanitarian relief efforts, providing millions of pounds of food worldwide. At the start of the pandemic, the company donated an additional 500,000 pounds of food and 20,000 protective masks to health care providers. During Hurricane Maria Goya donated over 1 million pounds of food to the people of Puerto Rico, in addition to the starving people of Venezuela during governmental unrest, to the people of Haiti during the earthquake, and at home during Superstorm Sandy, and Hurricanes Isaac, Harvey, and Irene. Since 1936, giving back is the heart of Goya and has always been a part of the company’s DNA.

To learn more about Goya Gives, please visit:

About Goya Foods
Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central, and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world. The combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings, and convenient preparation makes Goya products ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Don't Let Covid19 Keep You From Enjoying Your Fave Miami Restaurants - Take Out and Stay Home

We're all feeling it.... the days turn longer and longer as we sit at home watching the news and seeing how our cities are shutting down: restaurants, hotels, bars, malls, and entertainment venues. The list goes on and on. Our favorite spots are sending us emails and posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram letting us know that they must close their doors to diners in order to help stop the spread of this Coronavirus, Covid19 that is taking the world by storm.

Well, I don't have to tell you how horrible this is for the economy and how it impacts servers, bar tenders and other hospitality staff, along with just about every other industry out there. But there are things we can do to help them and keep our foodie hearts happy.

First of all, we must #StayHome. I know you hear some people say this is an overreaction, or come up with ludicrous reasons why people should still go out, and only the elderly and those with preexisting health conditions should isolate. WRONG! This is impacting everyone, and research has shown that while the elderly and those with compromised immune systems may be suffering the hardest, people in every age group are feeling the wrath and it's dangerous guys. Plus, we don't live in isolation. We have to be socially responsible not just for ourselves, but for the rest of humanity as well.

Having said that, there is no need to let Covid19 keep you from enjoying your favorite Miami food. Many restaurants are providing both take-out options (including curb side) and delivery (some even contactless). So there is no reason to go without when you can satisfy your hungry cravings with delicious grubs while also helping these businesses go through this difficult time - until we can finally all put it behind us and celebrate. I can just imagine how amazing it's going to be to get to watch a show, travel, sit in our favorite foodie spots, and have some cocktails less than 6 feet from our friends.

Here's a list of some Miami staples that are offering take-out and/or delivery to get you started. Remember.... we're all in this together so when the going gets tough.... just get to ordering. #StayHome.

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, South Beach, 1220 16th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 - Take out and delivery available from 11:30 am - Midnight, daily.

Sugar, 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131, Orders can be placed during regular kitchen hours

Bartaco Aventura, 2906 NE 207th Street, Unit 104, Miami, FL 33140 - Orders can be placed by calling Bartaco at 305-614-8226.

Amici's Trattoria Italiana - 10201 Hammocks Blvd, Miami, FL 33196 -  Take out and delivery available.

Bonefish Grill - 12520 SW 120 Street, Miami, FL 33186. Take out and delivery.

Aromas del Peru - 5757 SW 8th Street - Take out and delivery

Sabor a Colombia - 10636 Fontainebleau Blvd, Miami, FL 33172, Take out and delivery available

Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar, 8405 Mills Drive, Miami, FL 33183 (The Palms at Town & Country), Take out and delivery.

El Carajo - 2465 SW 17th Ave., Miami, FL 33145, Tapas Take out and delivery

Rinconcito Latino - 6741 SW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33155. Take out and delivery. You can pay online for take out.

Toro Loco - 8444 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33144. Take out and delivery. You must pay ahead of time for take out.

*** Please be sure to contact the restaurant ahead to time to ensure they are still open for delivery and/or takeout since the situation is constantly changing.

Friday, March 13, 2020

World Sleep Day - Get to Sleep with Charlotte's Web Sleep Gummies

It's World Sleep Day this Friday the 13th, a global holiday dedicated to the very necessary and often underappreciated zzzz we all need so much and just can never seem to get enough of. If you are like me, you are probably having a hard time catching those zzzz with all the stress, rush and constant breaking news bombarding us every minute of every day. Look no further for the answer because I just may have it for you right here: Charlotte's Web Sleep Gummies with melatonin.

Yes my friends, they really work. It's CBD paired with the renowned natural sleeping aid melatonin, which helps you achieve sound, quality sleep and supports your sleeping cycles.

Charlotte’s Web by the Stanley Brothers is the world’s leading brand by market share in the hemp-derived CBD industry, known the worldwide for their unique hemp genetics. These expertly crafted, PLANT POWERED delicious gummies are flavored with natural juices from fruits and vegetables are the latest addition to the company’s groundbreaking, expansive line of CBD hemp-extract products.  
So why don't you join me for a good night's rest and finally get that shut eye you have been "dreaming" of.... no pun intended?
If you're in the Miami area, just stop by their pop up shop in Wynwood located at 219 NW 23rd Street and pick up your gummies. And don't just stop at the Sleep Gummies. You can also try their Calm Gummies and Recovery Gummies, along with a whole selection of other CBD products.
For more information, visit their website at Sweet dreams....


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Top 3 Super Bowl LIV Events in Miami

So Super Bowl LIV is here and you're psyching yourself up for the big game. Everywhere you look in Miami the letters LIV are in neon lights and you're not sure where to go. Well worry no more. Here are my top 10 picks of things to do during this exciting time.  Some are free, some are for the whole family, some are gonna cost you some Benjamins but they are all going to be a lot of fun. Check it out.

1) Super Bowl LIV at Bayfront Park - 301 Biscayne Blvd - FREE 
    January 25th through February 1st  Opens: 11:00 am

Bayfront Park is kicking it up a notch with this free and fun, interactive event. Open to the public, visitors and the community at large will have the opportunity to celebrate all things Super Bowl in Downtown Miami. The fan festival will feature evening concerts at the Amphitheater, a Huddle Down Community Stage, Road to the 11th Super Bowl activation, Tailgate Town featuring a Culinary stage featuring food trucks, restaurants and just about anythings your hungry heart desires, an Environmental Village, live water shows, evening parades, fireworks and much more. The Evening Concerts at the Amphitheater will include JPerry, Walshy’s Fire Miami Orchestra and Nu Deco Ensemble, and Domino Saints. It's great for the whole family so don't miss it.

2. Super Fan Fest in Wynwood Miami - The Wynwood Marketplace 2250 NW 2nd Ave - FREE      January 20th through February 2nd  Opens at 4:00 pm.

Here's an awesome palace to be for the Big Game Weekend. Presented by SWARM and AT&T, this fun even features curated cocktails, lifesize football activities, Celeb autograph signing, a free Latin, EDM and Hip Hop concert with Rae Sremmurd, J. Alvarez and Cheat Codes, and much more. If you want to treat yourself to a whole new level, grab some VIP tickets and enjoy an exclusive experience with open bar. We're in Miami... did I mention there's a Caja China Tailgate Experience?

3. SuperFest Miami LIVE (FREE) and VIEWTOPIA Music Festival $149 Two Day Pass)
   19261 NW 27 Ave -  January 24th through February 2nd.

Super Bowl LIV Weekend VIEWTOPIA Music Festival has partnered with SuperFest Miami Live & the City of Miami Gardens to bring both a star line up of big names such as Nicky Jam, Cardi B. and Chris Brown to the stage.  SuperFest Miami  LIVE includes a free-to-the-public fan village, which will highlight Miami's vibrant culture, food and music scene. There's a family concert and so much more. Tickets for the VIEWTOPIA music festival cost cost $149 for a two day pass. The merging of these events allows ticket-buying attendees to not only enjoy the VIEWTOPIA Music Festival but also the family-friendly activities SuperFest Miami LIVE has to offer.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Food & Wine Festival (SOBEWFF) Is Back To Satisfy Your Cravings

The 19th annual Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Food & Wine Festival (SOBEWFF), America’s favorite gourmet gathering on the beach returns on February 19-23, 2020 to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE.  Benefiting the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU), tickets are on sale now for more than 100 events.

Whether it's for you, your boss, or a special someone you want to impress, there is an event (or several) that will satisfy your cravings. Take a look at just a few below:

For the Deal Hunter:
For the Fitness Junkie:
  • Health nuts can still indulge at events that combine fitness, food and fun. Kick start the morning and get your juices flowing with the ultimate workout designed to fire up your weekend at Bootcamp & Bites hosted by Robert Irvine on Saturday, February 22. There’s no place like ‘OM’ if you want to get down dog at Buddhas and Bellinis, taking place on both Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, and hosted by the most sought-after yoga teacher in South Florida, Dawn B, coupled with live music for a morning of YOGA and relaxation during SOBEWFF®.
For the Imbiber:
For the Late-Night Enthusiast:
  • Nocturnal noshers will have plenty to choose from at this year’s Festival. But, better act fast to get tickets to one of these popular late-night events because the early bird gets the worm. Festival friend and influencer, Samantha Schnur has rounded-up some of Miami’s favorite chefs for one-of-a-kind late-night culinary collaboration Chef Mash-up presented by HoneySpot App hosted by The Naughty Fork on Thursday, February 20. On Saturday, February 22, Dim Sum & Disco hosted by Molly Yeh joins the Festival for the first time to help transform the illustrious grounds at The Setai on South Beach into a carnival of flavors typically found at one of Asia’s famed street markets.

For the Brunch Lover:

For the Whole Family:

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Mama Joon Brings Veg-Forward Mediterranean Food With a Lebanese Twist To Miami Beach

There is a new culinary destination inside the Lifehouse Collins Park Hotel. Located at 2216 Park Avenue in Miami Beach, this charming spot is bringing vegetarian-forward, homestyle Mediterranean cuisine with a strong Lebanese influence to all, and you definitely want to check it out right away.

Set in the beautiful sprezzatura atrium of the hotel, with a backyard waterfront patio on the Collins Canal, Mama Joon is a refreshingly inviting, family-style restaurant that draws inspiration from the Lebanese background of Life House Founder and CEO, Rami Zeidan. The space is decorated with Persian and Moroccan rugs sourced locally, macramé and handwoven tapestry produced by local artisans, and oversized custom hand-spun woven pendants to anchor the space. Wooing guests with the ambiance was just the beginning. When creating the menu for Mama Joon, Rami sat with his stepmom, who is like a mother to him, and handpicked some of their favorite family recipes. The new recipes, now with a Miami twist, came to life collaboratively with the local culinary team, Executive Chef Harry Capacetti from Matador Room and Bar and Restaurant Director, Hakien Pagan, from the EDITION Hotel at the helm.

But the amazing food and romantic setting is not all you can look forward to when you visit Mama Joon.  The restaurant and bar also features an extensive and contextual cocktail program with an emphasis on creative spritz drinks that will make guests feel like they’re drinking on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. For example, you definitely want to wet your lips with the Joon Collins, a delicious concoction of Gin, house made Falernum and lemon. And another favorite of the night for me was the TiCopa, featuring Mezcal, Chartreuse, Passion Fruit Liqueur,  and fire water bitters.

To start off your Mediterranean meal, Mama Joon features their signature favorite, Mama's Mezze, a mixture of authentic and modern Mediterranean dips and dishes set in colorful ceramics. This unforgettable beginning including a house Labneh, house-made Marinated Chili Feta, and Tabouli, among other delights served with Zaa’tar Manousheh.

Second courses are just exciting as the first. After savoring a variety of Mediterranean dishes creatively made with a 305 twist, I wanted to share some of our favorite menu items with you.  Let's start with their Beet Salad prepared with refreshing cucumber, heirloom tomatoes, feta, olives, then drizzled with red wine vinaigrette. 

We also loved the Halloumi, Avocado Flatbread with seasonal herb salad and the Roasted Cauliflower, a flavorful mix of delicate squash, za'atar herbs, lemon, capers, raisins, sunflower seeds, and shawarma spice.

After enjoying this course, you will be as excited as we were to indulge in their main entrees. Just take a look at this food porn:

Florida Clams
These fellas were just mouthwatering, spiced with leeks, lemon,
chili and charred sourdough

Za'atar Spiced Chicken
My personal favorite of the night,
made with chili roasted carrots, spinach, and house made
spiced yogurt

Grilled Lamb Chops
topped with cucumber, olives, goat cheese and mint

I know you're probably think there is no way I could eat any more in one sitting, but this is me we're talking about. You know there is always room for dessert. So here's some sweet decadence to get you in the Mediterranean mood if you aren't already.

When all is said and done, Mama Joon doesn't stop there. The restaurant's soulful and captivating environment spills into the hotel’s lobby, where guests can enjoy Mama’s Cafe coffee and tea creations during the day and then transforms into Mama’s Bar at night, serving up creative cocktails paired with curated programming. Mama Joon is open Monday through Sunday through from 7AM to 11PM and the lounge is open until 1:30AM. Hurry over and tell me what you think. For more information visit

Saturday, November 23, 2019

8th Annual Perufest USA

It's here again and you don't want to miss it: The 8th Annual Perufest USA is celebrating Peruvian culture at the Magic City Casino on November 23rd and 24th.  From the land of Ceviche and Lomo Saltado, comes a festival of everything Inkan complete with gastronomy, entertainment, cocktails and art.

On top of a large variety of Peruvian food stands and other concessions, the renowned chef ambassador of Peru, Flavio Solorzano will be leading a Live Cooking Master Class for guests' gastronomic pleasure. Some of the chefs participating in this extravaganza include Danny Kou from Kousine Peruvian Kitchen, Javier Narvaez from Pisco y Nazca and Javier Florez from Aromas del Peru, among others. VIP guests will be sampling all the delicious dishes cooked live, as well as cleansing their palates with Pisco, beer and wine. Woo Hoo.

To add to the fun, artists attending from Peru include Julie Freundt, Patricio Suarez Vertiz and Lui Galloso - Yo Soy Victor Manuelle. Looking for some beautiful Peruvian art? You're going to the right place...

General Admission tickets are $12.00 and VIP Grand Tasting tickets are $50.00. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the wonderful culture, folklore and gastronomy of Peru. Purchase your tickets here. See you at Perufest USA.