Friday, March 27, 2015

Oysters Anyone?

Photo courtesy Lure Fishbar
National Oyster’s Day is this coming Tuesday, March 31st. Following are some of the best Miami and Fort Lauderdale restaurants to enjoy half shell day:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tinto de Verano (Summer Red Wine)

Tinto de verano, literally summer red wine, is a cousin of my beloved sangría. It is very popular in Spain and increasingly in this part of the world. It is prepared by mixing equal parts of red wine with lime soda. It can be served with ice and personally I like it with a slice of orange and a splash of rum. It's perfect for lunch on hot days like the ones we already have in Miami.

Salud!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Venezuelan Ripe Plantain Fried Donuts with White Cheese (Mandocas)

The first time I ate mandocas, I was in Caracas. In the house of  Marielita Colmenares’s mom, to be precise. Mariela and her mom are from Maracaibo, Zulia state, in Western Venezuela.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Najat Kaanache: The girl who dreamed of the aroma and flavor of the vanilla

She landed in Miami six months ago. Her ambitious restaurant project, Piripi, has not yet opened its doors in the upscale Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables. But Najat Kaanache, a 5-feet tall hurricane, with glowing olive skin, wide forehead and fire in her eyes, is not new to the restaurant business.

Iconic chef Ferran Adrià, with whom Kaanache worked during the two final and crucial seasons of elBulli (three Michelin stars), said: “Chef Najat Kaanache is four times better than I was when I became chef of elBulli." Chapeau.

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