Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year with this Gingseng Glow!

                                                                                                  Photo courtesy Ron Santa Teresa
I recently reconnected with my “rum roots”. So today I’m going to say good-bye to 2014 and will welcome 2015 with this delicious cocktail.

Mixed with the best rum ever, Aperol (as you may know, I love bitters), and fresh lemon juice this cocktail is completed with champagne.

Perfect for the occasion.

Happy 2015!

The Ginseng Glow* | Ingredients for 1 cocktail
1 oz of Santa Teresa 1796 Ron Antiguo Solera
½ oz Aperol
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz honey syrup (3 parts honey, 1 part water)
1 package of powdered ginseng tea
Champagne Brut

Put all ingredients except champagne in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.

Serve in a flute and complete with champagne.

(*) Recipe by Laura Sterling.

To print the recipe please click here.

How will you celebrate the arrival of 2015?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Caracas-Style Hallacas in Miami!

The first thing I have to say is that these are NOT my hallacas. They are my dear Chuky Reyna’s hallacas. And they are by far the best hallacas I've eaten in my life.

Education: The best present you can give to your children

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers.  All opinions are 100% mine.

If for anything I thank my mom for, is the emphasis she always put on her children’s education. To pay for the private school my sister and I attended, there was a time when my mom had three jobs. Then, when we grew up and she decided to take the opportunity to complete her own education, there were some months when my mom, my sister and I went to the same college at the same time: Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks

For my children, who are still my two personal miracles.
For the good fortune of living in this country that seven years ago welcomed us with open arms, so that today my children and I can proudly say "Yes, we are Americans".
For being in good health.
For my brother Ernesto.
Because I could enjoy my Dad Francisco for nearly 50 years.
For my Mom, who taught me that 50 is when life begins.
For my Dad Gustavo from whom I inherited my indomitable spirit and foolproof optimism.
For my friends, the family I chose, and especially for my girlfriends: for being always there, unconditionally. Without you I wouldn’t be where I’m at, with you guys I'll go to infinity and beyond.
For mi Compadre from whom I learned that adversity is the door to opportunity.
For all my falls because they have taught me to get up with the certainty that "Yes, I can".
For the gifts of resilience and reinvention.
For loving what I do for a living.
For readers like you who encourage me and inspire me to continue, with joy, in this life journey, full of flavors and aromas.
Because life is beautiful and worth living.
I'm counting my blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

All you need is love (and some bubbles under the starry Miami sky)

Save the date. On Saturday, November 22, the first ever “Love & Wine – Rooftop Wine & Spirits, Gastronomic Affair” will take place atop the Collection Building in Coral Gables. Wine and spirit producers, leading figures in the culinary scene, live entertainment and local influencers will be all in one of the city’s most posh rooftop settings.

Attendees will enjoy the characteristically breezy atmosphere unique to South Florida in the fall season, while iconic labels such as Moët, Johnnie Walker Gold Label, Minuty and Ketel One, will provide unique opportunities to taste select wines and spirits that have brought them worldwide acclaim. 

Guests will also have access to other wine and premium spirits while indulging in flavors from the most widely recognized kitchens in Miami. Chef and television personality Ralph Pagano will host the Love & Wine - Cooking with Love stage, which will feature cooking demonstrations from various well known Miami chefs including Dustin Ward and Giorgio Rapicavoli. 

Participating restaurants showcasing their kitchens include: BLT Prime, Batch Gastropub, Cibo Wine Bar, Love is Blind and more.

The rooftop locale will serve as a whole entertainment experience, complete with live musical performances, DJs, an exclusive 2015 car installation provided by The Collection, Village of Merrick Park will be launching their holiday concepts with selected vendors and exclusive sponsored cocktail and spirit lounges. Each sponsored lounge will create a series of mini-experiences for event-goers as they sip, sample and share in a magical evening under the stars. 

Event tickets range between $100-$280 with various ticket packages available for attendees. Tickets can be purchased at

Life if Beautiful (and sparkling)!

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