Friday, May 7, 2021

To Brunch or Not To Brunch... Is That Really A Question? (Part 2)

So as my Tale of Two Brunches continues (and possibly grows to more than just two) I take you over to the west part of town - Doral. Here we have a spot that booms with excitement in the evenings: we're talking music, karaoke, cool cocktails -and now also serves up a killer Sunday brunch.







This spot is Area 41 Doral, located at 10779 NW 41 Street. It's a tiny place but with a lot of spunk and the flavors and presentation of the food are huge. I'll start off by telling you that if you're not sure that you're meeting your minimum vegetable requirements for a balanced diet.... I've got a solution. Check out Area 41's Bloody Mary. Divine! All the way up to the cheese, shrimp and olive skewer laid on the top of the liquid brunch favorite, you will be smiling with satisfied veggie vibes (and a nice serving of vodka to blend it all together).



But let's get down to the nitty gritty.... We tried two of their brunch dishes and they were off the charts. First, let me introduce you to their Salmon Eggs Benedict. If you're thinking the colors make it look like a Van Gogh Painting (see what I did there?), then you're right. But the best part is it tastes even better than it looks. Maybe they should call it "A Starry Morning" with its perfectly poached egg sitting over a nice slice of fresh smoked salmon then topped with a combination of flavorful garnishes.


And for all you sweet lovers (you know who you are) the Nutella Pancakes are insane! There are so many ways I can think of using that delicious, sweet nutella to make the weekend memorable.... They definitely know how to also. It's a must try.




Now that the weekend is here, do yourself a favor and check out Area 41 Doral's Sunday brunch. You'll be glad you did. Let me know how it goes and maybe we can meet up there for some karaoke there soon!


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Are You Ready To Go Beyond Van Gogh?

There is a new exhibit in town running from April 15th, 2021 to July 11, 2021 at the Ice Palace Studios and you DO NOT want to miss it.


Check out this video for an intro recap live from the event itself






I had the opportunity to attend this immersive experience titled Beyond Van Gogh, and I was in awe.  In an imaginative and immersive presentation, crafted for our unique times by world renowned audiovisual designers, Beyond Van Gogh uses cutting-edge projection technology to create an engaging journey into the world of Van Gogh. Using his dreams, his thoughts, his life, and his words to drive the experience as a narrative, participants move along projection swathed walls wrapped in light, color and shapes that swirl, dance and refocus into flowers, cafes and landscapes.






Masterpieces now freed from frames, come alive, appear and disappear, flow across multi-surfaces, the minutia of details titillating our heightened senses. Through his own words set to a symphonic score, you may come to a new appreciation of this tortured artist's stunning work. I know I did. I truly love art, and never travel anywhere without visiting at least one gallery, so getting the opportunity to become a part of Van Gogh's works, and experience so vividly the portion of himself that he put into each one, made me want to learn more.





Tickets are selling fast, and because they are putting safety first and are practicing CDC guidelines of social distancing, there will be limited capacity for each showing. Hurry and get your tickets here, so you don't miss out on this unbelievable immersive journey through Vincent Van Gogh's life and works.





For more information, visit their website at Beyond Van Gogh.

Monday, April 5, 2021

To Brunch or Not To Brunch...Is That Really A Question? (Part 1)

Someone once said that brunch without booze is just a sad, late breakfast. I must admit I agree. So as I sat here listening to my stomach talk to me on a Sunday morning, I decided to share with you, my foodie friends, a "Tale of Two Brunches".


This tale begins in a trendy place called Brickell, where buildings are tall and cars are just for show. Amidst an endless maze of restaurants and bars to choose from, there's a spot that stands out for their low-key weekend brunch, framed in a breezy, relaxing outdoor ambiance. Palmas Latin Cuisine and Tapas, located in the Brickell Plaza at 919 Brickell Avenue, is an adorable cozy place you just wouldn't expect to find in this bustling neighborhood. Garden-themed tables in pastel colors set the stage underneath a string of hanging lights.




Remember the booze I told you about? Well, it flows here. Featuring Bottomless Mimosas, and an array of other brunchy libations, your palette will never go dry. And the menu is fantastic. Creative favorites are deliciously plated with a Latin American twist. But before that, let's start with the Oysters. Palmas offers a nice variety of both East and West coast oysters that will have you addicted in seconds. We ordered a dozen and they were gone in the blink of an eye. If you're coming here, do yourself a favor and order a dozen or two.




We couldn't decide on what to order as main dishes so we shared several. (Like you wouldn't have done the same). The Breakfast Sandwich was the most traditional of our three picks. A tasty omelet prepared with vegetables, ham, cheese and bacon was nestled in a ciabatta bread, and accompanied with home fries, then drizzled with a hint of truffle oil. It was difficult to share without the accusing glance.


Next we wanted to travel to a whole new continent and ordered their Arepa Platter. Two arepitas lay waiting to be topped with shredded beef, scrambled eggs, ham, mozarella, cheddar and fresh cheese, avocado and tomatoes. They didn't have to wait long.


Despite feeling rather satisfied at this point, we knew we had to indulge in a sweet, happy ending. Why order coffee when you can have Coffee Waffles instead? And ladies and gentlemen, they were foodgasmic. Crispy to the bite, these sweet coffee treats were served with fruits and chantilly cream.




I'm telling you... brunch at Palmas is a must. But what if you're on the other side of town? What if you're in Doral, for example? Would your brunch cravings have a place to be quenched there? 

My friends... they will. Stay tuned for my next post where I will share with you the second part of this tale that includes not only Bottomless Mimosas, but Bloody Marys that will fulfill your vegetable servings for the week. Happy Brunching!


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Goya Supports the Community... and I #SupportGoya

GOYA INITIATES CRITICAL DISTRIBUTION
OF TWO MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD
ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND PUERTO RICO

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: www.goya.com




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 www.goya.com.






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.
http://bodegataqueria.com/

Sugar, 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131, Orders can be placed during regular kitchen hours
http://www.east-miami.com/en/restaurants-and-bars/sugar

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

Amici's Trattoria Italiana - 10201 Hammocks Blvd, Miami, FL 33196 -  Take out and delivery available.
https://www.amicismiami.com/

Bonefish Grill - 12520 SW 120 Street, Miami, FL 33186. Take out and delivery.
https://www.bonefishgrill.com/

Aromas del Peru - 5757 SW 8th Street - Take out and delivery
https://aromasperu.com/

Sabor a Colombia - 10636 Fontainebleau Blvd, Miami, FL 33172, Take out and delivery available
305-786-409-3678

Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar, 8405 Mills Drive, Miami, FL 33183 (The Palms at Town & Country), Take out and delivery.
https://piscoynazca.com/kendall-fl/

El Carajo - 2465 SW 17th Ave., Miami, FL 33145, Tapas Take out and delivery
https://el-carajo.com/

Rinconcito Latino - 6741 SW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33155. Take out and delivery. You can pay online for take out.
https://www.elrinconcitolatino.com/

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


*** 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  www.charlottesweb.com. 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.   http://www.superfestmiami.com

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.