Chef Adrianne Has Combined Maximum Flavor With Social Media

Get excited because award winning culinary artist, Chef Adrianne Calvo is unveiling her third book at the end of the month titled, #MaximumFlavor Social.  The coolest thing about her book is that she is pioneering the realism of social media from the personal side of a chef.  Culinary enthusiasts and fans will not only view more than 75 recipes but, also discover how social media has been a platform to connect with her followers, not just in the kitchen. 

The revolutionary sensation will feature Facebook, Twitter, Instagram comments from her fans alongside some of the recipes that Chef Adrianne refers to as the “greatest hits” from her highly acclaimed restaurant, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar. 

I had the immense pleasure of trying some of her famous dishes, which are featured in this book. I was able to try her flavorful Gouda fried cheese with raspberry truffle oil. After that I dove into a true culinary experience with her lobster, which she pouches in butter, and then freezes. Then she adds shallots, basil, red chili pepper, and garlic. For the final appetizer I tried her shrimp on top of a sweet corn pudding – here she mixes both southern and French style of cooking.

For the main dishes I tried her lamb, which she brings in from New Zealand. The best part about her lamb is the top of it has a crust because it is baked with gorgonzola cheese and then she adds blueberries on top, so you get a sour and sweet taste all at once. If you aren’t into lamb then you are having her filet mignon with Dijon sauce and shallots. One of her biggest hits.

Oh and for dessert you must try her dark chocolate and Nutella bread pudding. You have honestly never had something so delicious before.

P.S. Before the holiday season, it will be available to purchase as an E-Book, Amazon, and book stores (Hardcopy: $34.99, Paperback: $29.99).

Fried cheese

Fried cheese

Lobster

Lobster

Shrimp

Shrimp

Duck

Duck

Lamb chops

Lamb chops

Filet mignon

Filet mignon

Nutella bread pudding

Nutella bread pudding

Lhardy Kitchen + Bar Opens In Coral Gables

It’s clear to see that Downtown Coral Gables is bustling with new, delicious spots to eat – and Lhardy Kitchen + Bar is definitely one you must visit. Right on Miracle Mile Lhardy offers a romantic atmosphere for those Friday night dates, and offers an array of International cuisines that will take your tastes buds for a ride.

When I visited Lhardy I was told that Salisbury meatballs were a must, and boy was I happy I tried them. These meatballs are one of kind, my friends. They are unagi glazed meatballs that sit on homemade mashed potatoes with sautéed peppers and bacon. Yes, I said bacon.

Once you eat all your meatballs then you are eating their chicken sandwich, and don’t think this is like any other ordinary sandwich. They put a delicious twist on theirs, which is stuffed with grilled ham, crispy bacon, fried egg, sliced tomatoes, and arugula with balsamic glaze. Insane. On my favorite sandwiches, by far.

If you are with a group of people then I would order one of their pizzas, which are perfectly thin and crunchy. I tried their sweet + sour pizza. This pizza has your mozzarella, thinly sliced fried eggplant, and arugula drizzled with honey and balsamic glaze.

Last but not least, dessert. I would try  a little of everything – the profiterole with vanilla ice cream, flan and traditional cheesecake with strawberry topping sauce.

All in all, I am in!

P.S. They have an awesome executive lunch – three courses for $13.99!

Salisbury meatballs

Salisbury meatballs

Chicken sandwich

Chicken sandwich

Eggplant Pizza

Eggplant Pizza

From left to right: Profiterole with vanilla ice cream, flan and traditional cheesecake with strawberry topping sauce

From left to right: Profiterole with vanilla ice cream, flan and traditional cheesecake with strawberry topping sauce

Casa Mofongo Comes To Coral Gables

The newest member to the Miracle Mile restaurant scene is Casa Mofongo, a restaurant that originated in Puerto Rico. Having been only opened for a couple of months people from all over Miami are coming to try their delicious mofongo and everything else they have to offer.

When you walk in the first thing you notice is the salsa playing in the background, and immediately you feel the urge to dance. Then you see on the wall some pretty cool art, which was actually painted for the owner by a Puerto Rican artist, Robert Perez – who has his gallery in San Juan.

Now, let’s talk food. First I want to talk to you about their appetizers. If you are with a group of people I suggest you order their Casa Sampler, which comes with fried cheese, mini mofongo, mini alcapurrias, and corn fritters (sorullitos). You also must order, no question about it, the Pork Belly & Maduros Eggroll, which is made of smoked pork belly and oven baked yellow ripe plantain with sweet-caliente sauce.

After you are done with your appetizer you are ordering the Miracle Mile Mofongo. And, let me tell you – Chef Yamil Sanchez knows what he is doing. This dish comes with skirt steak stuffed with yuca mofongo and shrimp with a coconut sauce, and it is truly delicious. All the flavors, mofongo, shrimp, steak and sauce all blend perfectly together.

Last but not least you have to try their dessert. I tried a little bit of everything – enock fried cheesecake w/ caramel sauce, coconut flan, vanilla ice cream con panky (wafer cookie from Puerto Rico) and vanilla sauce, and chocolate fondant with hot fudge inside. My favorite? The coconut flan, of course!

Casa Sampler

Casa Sampler

Pork Belly & Maduros Egg Roll

Pork Belly & Maduros Egg Roll

Miracle Mile Mofongo

Miracle Mile Mofongo

Clockwise: enock fried cheesecake w/ caramel sauce, chocolate fondant w/ hot fudge, coconut flan, vanilla ice cream w/ panky cookie

Clockwise: enock fried cheesecake w/ caramel sauce, chocolate fondant w/ hot fudge, coconut flan, vanilla ice cream w/ panky cookie

5 Things To Know About The Rum Line At The Loews Hotel

Please help me in introducing The Rum Line, the newest member at The Loews Miami Beach, which just opened its doors to the public last week. This place is awesome – and I want to tell you a few things you should know about it before you visit this weekend.

1.    It’s an outside spot, which is perfect for the great weather that’s coming our way. If you didn't catch it from the name this is a Caribbean-inspired bar with tiki torches, string lights and teakwood furniture.

2.    Being that this cocktail bar is at the Loews they have a strong partnership with their friends next door, Lure Fishbar, which if you haven’t been is a must go whenever on the beach.

3.    The cocktails are off the chain. They have Lure Fishbar’s Robert Ferrara serving as the bar director, and he has put together an outrageous menu of cocktails you won't believe. The menu is split between old school and new school cocktails. I would suggest you try the Zombie No. 305, which has Bacardi Byr, Olmeca Altos Tequila, Lemon Hart 151, Kronan Swedish Punch, Donn’s Mixx #2, Line, and Grenadine. Epic.

4.    For those who want to take it to the next level you have to try one of Ferrara’s punches, which are meant to be shared. The House Punch has more liquor than you can even ask for. It's even topped with champagne. 

5.    Not only are the cocktails really awesome, but their bar bites are pretty good too. For those of you who are looking for a little kick I would try their Jerked Grilled Chicken. Also you must try their Crispy Oysters. They are honestly delicious. On top of the oyster they pile on hearts of palm slaw and caper remoulade – the perfect crunch.  

See below for a few of the cocktails and bar bites I tried when I visited The Rum Line.

The Rum Line Punch

The Rum Line Punch

Port of Call

Port of Call

Cargo Ship

Cargo Ship

Crispy Oysters

Crispy Oysters

The Market In Coral Gables Brings Together Healthy And Delicious

When you visit The Market co-owners Diana Aquino, the healthnut, and Glenn Rice, the chef want you to think that what you have entered is just your neighborhood general store, but kicked up a notch. I personally think it’s several notches.

In 2013 Diana and Glenn decided to open the doors to offer Coral Gables restaurants and visitors alike a healthy alternative to a convenience store. You first walk in and notice the large chalkboard that hangs over the bar area. There you will find a list of all the delicious choices you have for breakfast and lunch. 

You can chose things from their menu like their blended or cold pressed juices, like their Fresh Vibes – which has pineapple, kiwi, coconut water, cucumber, kale, and romaine.  For those of you who are in a rush in the morning you should pick up a Panther coffee to go. Try the cold brew!

Or you could take their sandwich of the day to go. When I visited the market I was able to taste their organic chicken and prosciutto, which had caramelized onion and cheddar cheese all pressed in between Zak the Baker sourdough bread. Oh, and did I mention that you can ask for a side of cashew mayo and/or onion vinaigrette? Tell me that’s not delicious.

The coolest part about the market is that not only do they carry and cook with organic ingredients, but they are locally sourced. A farm to table approach, which is sometimes hard to find these days, The Market offers the full healthy experience.

The Market - Chef Glenn

The Market - Chef Glenn

Cooler full of goodies

Cooler full of goodies

Short rib salad w/ onion vinaigrette 

Short rib salad w/ onion vinaigrette 

Sandwich of the day: Chicken & Prosciutto 

Sandwich of the day: Chicken & Prosciutto 

Casabe 305 Bistro Is Great For The Body And Soul

I fell in love at first sight – completely and totally enchanted. First of all, you have to be really vigilant when you are looking for the restaurant. For starters it doesn't look like your ordinary restaurant – it looks like a quaint home you would find in Coral Gables or Coconut Grove. 

Once you pass through all of the foliage you enter into what seems to be your grandmother’s home, except the décor is looks a lot like a Nantucket summer home. And then the food – pure perfection. Not only is it delicious but every single bite you take in is good for your soul.

When I spoke to owner and chef Diego Texera he told me, “When I cook my goal is to use cooking techniques that symbolize a home cooked meal. The greatest compliment I can get from a client is that my dish brings back memories of their grandmother’s cooking.”

The reason why you feel you great eating Chef Texera’s food is because when he cooks he puts together ingredients that will have the highest positive impact on your physical, mental and spiritual health. Did I mention he was a holistic doctor back in Venezuela? This man knows what he is doing.

I had the chance of trying of few of his delicious dishes. Like the tostones with ceviche, tequeños, Scottish salmon and, of course, his chocolate fondant – which is out of this world. I guarantee anything you try at Casabe 305 Bistro won’t disappoint.

Location: 1762 Coral Way | Miami, FL 33145
Website: http://www.simpleflycreative.com/casabe/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Casabe305Bistro 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Casabe305Bistro 
Instagram: http://instagram.com/casabe305bistro

Outside Casabe 305 Bistro

Outside Casabe 305 Bistro

Inside Casabe 305 Bistro

Inside Casabe 305 Bistro

Tequenos w/ chipotle guava sauce

Tequenos w/ chipotle guava sauce

Tostones "yucatecos" w/ ceviche, refried black beans and guacamole

Tostones "yucatecos" w/ ceviche, refried black beans and guacamole

Ceviche mandarin w/ tuna and tangerine ponzo over transparent vermicelli

Ceviche mandarin w/ tuna and tangerine ponzo over transparent vermicelli

Scottish salmon w/ quinoa couscous and tabbouleh

Scottish salmon w/ quinoa couscous and tabbouleh

Grilled branzino w/ mashed potatoes and grilled veggies

Grilled branzino w/ mashed potatoes and grilled veggies

Macrobiotic platter: soup of the day, brown rice, beans, grilled veggies

Macrobiotic platter: soup of the day, brown rice, beans, grilled veggies

Chocolate fondant w/ wasabi and a side of organic vanilla ice cream

Chocolate fondant w/ wasabi and a side of organic vanilla ice cream

Starbucks In Miami Has Been Latinized

In an effort to really connect with their audience in Miami, Starbucks has decided to introduce a few Latin flavors into the mix for their fall promotion. I ran into these tasty goodies a couple of weeks ago in Coco Walk and I was immediately brought back to my childhood. I just started think of all the desserts I would eat at family parties that included things like tres leches, or guava pastelitos. 

I went ahead and tried their tres leches, guava cream cheese croissant blossom and the dulce de leche tart with coconut. Long story short, everything was surprisingly really good! Being Cuban-American I had some pretty high expectations, but I do have to tell you that all three were on point.

The tres leches was extra spongy (only wish it had dulce de leche swirls on top), the guava croissant was perfectly flaky, and the dulce de leche tart had just the right amount of coconut.

I don't know about you, but I definitely welcome these new delicious bakery treats from their sabores tradicionales line, and I can only hope they will stay longer than there are supposed to.

Starbucks_Sabor_Tradicionales
Starbucks_Sabores_Tradicionales_2

Choices Café Is A All About Miami Vegan Love

Everyone is always on a health kick. If you take a look around you I am sure you see several people munching on some lettuce and possibly in work out gear. I am hear to tell you that healthy, good-for-you food doesn't have to be boring. Choices Café not only offers healthy and delicious food, their food is also vegan!

In the heart of Miami, off of 27th Ave., is where you will find Choices, and boy do they offer you a ton of choices. You can choose anything from a bowl of quinoa or a wrap filled with goodness. When I went I had their Mental Lentil, which is jammed packed with a lentil patty, black beans, quinoa, pico de gallo, plantain, sautéed onion, cheese, avocado and tahini sauce. Yea, you read all of those ingredients right. My advice? Share.

You also have to try either a kombucha or one of their juices. They have partnered with Juice Xpress to offer everyone an array of juices. I was advised to try their Longevity, which has pineapple, apple, pear and just the perfect amount of ginger.

Not for nothing but Choices Café was named on of the top 20 vegetarian restaurants in the country by Travel & Leisure!

Mental lentil wrap

Mental lentil wrap

Longevity juice 

Longevity juice 

La Moon Colombian Restaurant Is Full Of Flavor

I am ashamed to say that I  have worked in Brickell for almost two years and pass La Moon everyday on my way in, and now is when I have finally tried it. But at least I made it, right? And, boy am I glad I did. This place is literally the bomb.

I went with a group of friends, which ended up being a great excuse to try a little bit of everything. I personally love arepas. The arepa I tried at La Moon was filled with steak and cheese, plus I added their special sauce. I can’t even express in words how delicious this arepa was – melts in your mouth.

Then I had to try the famous Colombian bandeja paisa, or mountain plate. This out-of-control plate isn’t for the faint of heart. It comes with rice, red beans, pork belly, smoked sausage, sweet plantains, egg, arepa, steak, and avocado. Again, not for the faint of heart, but totally worth every bite. Just pretend you are on an episode of Man vs. Food!

Last but not least, I am sure you know that Colombians are known for having some pretty killer perros, or hot dogs. This supermoon perro had smoked sausage, bacon and quail egg. Hands down the best hot dog I have ever tasted.

Arepa w/ steak and cheese

Arepa w/ steak and cheese

Bandeja paisa

Bandeja paisa

Supermoon perro

Supermoon perro

Downtown Bistro Is Miami’s Best Kept Secret

Last year I visited Paris for the first time, and every meal was absolute perfection. From the Croque Monsieur’s to the Crepes everything was delicious. I never thought I would experience this feeling again until I ate at Downtown Bistro, the newest restaurant addition in the Financial District.

When husband and wife, Ilona and Jonathan, moved from France they decided they wanted to fulfill their dream of owning a restaurant. Since they opened a few months ago they have only received stellar reviews and have recently opened their doors to the public for dinner.

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down and go through an eleven-course dinner menu filled with tons of flavor. I do have to mention that even though I went to Paris I had never tried escargots until that night. Yes, I was an escargot virgin and I am a food blogger. But, have no fear – for those of you who have never tired snails you won’t regret trying Ilona and Jonathan’s version. It is a must when you visit.

Below I take you through an unforgettable culinary experience with everything from yellowfin tuna to deep fried Oreos, I tried it all, and boy was it good. Bon appetite my friends!

Carpaccio de oulpe

Carpaccio de oulpe

Crudo de thon "AAA"

Crudo de thon "AAA"

Escargots

Escargots

Le steak tartare

Le steak tartare

Butternut squash shooter

Butternut squash shooter

Fried goat cheese medallion

Fried goat cheese medallion

Watermelon caprese

Watermelon caprese

Steamed mussels

Steamed mussels

Short rib raviolio

Short rib raviolio

Lamb rack

Lamb rack

Creme brûlée, raspberry tart & fried Oreo

Creme brûlée, raspberry tart & fried Oreo