All About Janette & Co Macaroon and French Pastries

Photo courtesy of: Janette & Co

Photo courtesy of: Janette & Co

Honestly, who doesn't love macaroons? When I went to Paris last year I pretty much overdosed on these delicious, fluffy treats. When I came back to the states and I stumbled upon Janette’s macaroon shop in South Miami and I tried her lemon macaroon I felt like I was back in the City of Lights.

Janette makes her macaroons just like back home, French style. They are home made, with nothing short of the best ingredients and tantalizing flavors – I guarantee you won’t be able to have just one.

See below for a full list of macaroon flavors:
•    Orange Blossom
•    Basil
•    Venezuelan Dark Chocolate
•    Coffee
•    Lemon Cream (my favorite!)
•    Blackcurrant
•    Coconut white chocolate
•    Passion fruit chocolate 
•    Mojito Fresh Mint
•    Nutella
•    Rose Petal Cream
•    Hazelnut Crunchy Praline (another favorite of mine)
•    Pear Chocolate
•    Pistachio (an oldie but goodie)
•    Gingerbread
•    Vanilla
•    Butter Salted Caramel (so good!)

I am also excited to announce that Janette has opened up a new shop on Miracle Mile! So now there is no excuse to enjoy these delicious treats.

Locations: 5811 Sunset Drive | South Miami, FL 33143
          208 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables, FL 33134
Website: http://janetteandco.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janetteandcosouthmiami 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Janetteandco 

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Sweets Upon Sweets at TK’s at the Villa Mayfair

The first time I ate TK’s at the Villa Mayfair’s vanilla mousse cheesecake I was celebrating Yelp’s 10th anniversary, and I remember thinking it was one of the best desserts I had ever tasted. Not too long ago I was invited over to the restaurant to try a few of their other desserts and I was also reunited with the cheesecake.

When you first walk in to the restaurant you are greeted with a really warm, cozy home-like feeling. The décor they chose to use really brings out a welcoming environment for not only your romantic date with your partner, but it’s also the perfect setting for an after work happy hour.

Vanilla Mousse Cheesecake
I am going to be honest I have never been a huge cheesecake fan until I took my first bite out of the vanilla mousse cheesecake. At TK’s their head chef Mirabelle created her very own wafer cookies for the cheesecake. She crushes, pats them down and then layers the mousse cheesecake on top. She then tops it with fresh strawberries and raspberries. It really is perfection my friends. Fluffy and perfectly delicious. 

Pair it with: GL Laurent-Perrier Brut 

Lemon Blueberry Cake
Their lemon blueberry cake is made with moist cake, cream cheese frosting and lemon coulis. The blueberries aren’t part of the cake mix as you would think – they are actually carefully layered throughout the cake. This is the perfect little summer treat for those that are looking for something sweet yet not too heavy. Side note: This cake is part of the lunch Miami Spice menu, so get it while it’s hot! 

Pair it with: Kracher Beerenauslese

Decadent Chocolate Triple 
Now this one my friend is sinful. This slice of heaven is made with perfectly moist brownies, layered with a silky trio of chocolate mousse served with fresh raspberry coulis. When you take a bite the first thing you taste is the brownie and then you are hit with the three layers of chocolate mousse. 

Pair it with: Vanilla Coffee Mojito (I was able to try this and the mint they use really tastes like chocolate – like Andes Mint!) 

TK’s isn’t just known for their desserts they also have a fabulous lunch and dinner selection, which you must definitely try during Miami Spice. On Friday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m. they are also hosting their first Latin Night with a Cuban band, cigar roller and $10 mojitos. See you there!

Location: 2901 Florida Ave. | Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Website: http://www.tksvillamayfair.com/web/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TksVillaMayfair 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TKSVillaMayfair 

TK's a the Villa Mayfair Restaurant

TK's a the Villa Mayfair Restaurant

Vanilla mousse cheesecake

Vanilla mousse cheesecake

Lemon blueberry cake

Lemon blueberry cake

Decadent chocolate triple

Decadent chocolate triple

Vanilla coffee mojito

Vanilla coffee mojito

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Rando Review: KUSH Wynwood

KUSH Wynwood is a pretty awesome place. I will say if you don't like being in small places with tons of people around you then don’t go. This small restaurant in the middle is Wynwood is a most-go-to hot spot and it is guaranteed to always be packed.

First things first, they are really known for their beer experience – like their mother bear restaurant, LoKal in the Grove. They have eighteen taps, exclusive beers, casks every week, and rotating beers. If you are beer lover then you have met your match.

Let’s move onto the food. My favorite part. These guys are also known for their burgers. It is true they have a great appetizer selection like the homestead guacamole and the Florida alligator bites, but I go straight for the burger.

When I went I tried the ever so delicious and enticing frita burger, which was served with guava jelly, melted Gruyere stuffed with potato stix, crispy bacon LoKal sauce. Wow. I mean really. I had sweet potato fries with it, which were also perfectly crunchy, but I made sure to focus my efforts on eating the entire frita.

Another one of their famous burgers is the kush & hash, a Wynwood special. It is served with hash, bacon, a fried egg, and ketchup in between a waffle bun. Oh, and served with a side of maple syrup – as if that wasn't enough.

KUSH is more than just a restaurant or pub – it’s an experience. And I highly recommend it!

Location: 2003 North Miami Ave. | Wynwood, FL 33127
Website: http://kushwynwood.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kushwynwood 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kushwynwood/ 

Kush_Wynwood
Frita burger

Frita burger

Kush & Hash gurger

Kush & Hash gurger

Rando Review: Buns & Buns

I had wanted to visit Buns & Buns forever, but hadn’t it made it out to South Miami until I was invited to attend their happy hour sponsored by the food-e a few weeks ago. Let's just say I am really glad I went. 

First things first – you have to start your experience with the Spinach Poofs. Even though they are “technically” a side you can definitely get them for your appetizer. These heavenly poofs made of spinach, chives and manchego cheese are pure deliciousness.

I also tried their signature Knife & Pork Burger with caramelized onions, wilted watercress, their special sauce, and I added an egg – of course. I add a fried egg to everything. And if this burger wasn't enough I also tried their BBQ Pork Sliders that came in steamed Asian buns. So insanely delicious. 

And these are not the only buns they serve. They really have a great selection of burgers. And did I mention they also serve Hot Chocolate Nutella Buns with dark chocolate sauce, raspberry-pomegranate sauce, and vanilla cream? Yea. They have this.

Location: 5748 Sunset Dr. | South Miami, FL 33143
Website: http://www.bunsandbuns.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bunsandbuns 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BunsAndBuns 

Spinach Poofs

Spinach Poofs

Knife & Fork Burger

Knife & Fork Burger

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

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Rando Review: Bread + Butter

I have been to Bread + Butter for brunch, which was amazing, but I had been dying to stop by again for their dinner. And I am so glad that I did. Chef and owner Albert Cabrera made sure to really incorporate the Cuban dishes he had while growing up in a Cuban family, but at the same time giving them a twist of his own. 

I know everyone is always on a diet in Miami and trying to stay away from carb filled bread, but you have to start your culinary journey here with Albert’s pan con mantequilla. For those who grew up with café con leche and tostada for breakfast this will bring you right back to your childhood. In a good way.

Now comes the fun part. When I went we decided to order a whole bunch of little plates so we could try as much as our stomachs would allow. So after you have had your bread you should delve into more carbs with Bread + Butter’s media noche croquetas with the mustard aioli that comes on the side. 

Then I tried their chicharron de puerco. I will tell you that I am not huge fan of the chicarrones that come in the plastic bag, but boy were these amazing. They were served with a truffle-black bean puree, maduro plantain relish and puffed rice. 

I also tried their BBQ pork empanadas, pollo frito, tamal en cazuela, and fufu de platano, which were all absolutely full of flavor and incredible. 

To really make my food coma a reality I ended my dinner with their Cuban French toast. Their were literally little fireworks that were set off when I tasted this French toast. It comes with guava maple syrup and cream cheese ice cream. My advice? Don't share!

Location: 2330 Salzedo St. | Coral Gables, FL 33134
Website: http://breadandbuttercounter.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bandbcounter 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bandbcounter

Media noche croquetas

Media noche croquetas

Pork empanadas

Pork empanadas

Chicarron de Puerco

Chicarron de Puerco

Fufu de Platano

Fufu de Platano

Tamal en Cazuela

Tamal en Cazuela

Pollo frito

Pollo frito

Cuban French toast

Cuban French toast

The Best of Yelp’s Ten-Year Anniversary

Photo courtesy of: Miami New Times

Photo courtesy of: Miami New Times

Over the weekend I helped celebrate Yelp’s 10th year anniversary at the Yelpies at the Coral Gables Museum. I have been part of the Yelp community for a while so it was really cool to get together with other Miami foodies just like me. While I was there I obviously tried to eat as much as my stomach would allow and I want to share with you a few of my favorite spots.


1.    Robeks: I know we are all on the diet trend, right? Aren’t we always? I don't eat raw kale on its own but when it is mixed with other veggies and fruits I dig it. They were serving up a smoothie with kale, pineapple, papaya, and coconut water to bring it all together. I could and would drink this everyday if they had a store near me.

2.    Wynwood Brewing Company: They were serving two of their beers – La Rubia and the Pop’s Porter. I have to admit that I am still not a huge fan of dark beers so I gravitated more towards La Rubia, which is actually the lightest beer they brew. I really loved it because it wasn't too bitter and full of sweet flavor.

3.    TK’s: I love sweets, and when their head chef gave me their tres leches cheesecake to try I literally died and went to heaven. I probably ate it a little to fast, but wow it was honestly out of this world. Everything about it was perfect.

4.    SpecialTEA: Anything and everything is really good when you go to SpecialTEA. One of my favorite things (you know I love sweets) are their cookies. I will drive 30 minutes just for their cookies. Not only were they serving their crème brulee ice coffee but they were given out chocolate chip cookies that melted in your mouth – I took a few, I will admit.

5.    Swine: I am normally not into having fruit as part of as part of a “meal” per say, unless it’s dessert, but I decided to try their prochetta with watermelon and it was surprisingly delicious! This isn’t something I would usually choose as an appetizer at a restaurant, but I am really glad I tried it because now I might!

6.    Jimmy Z: Who doesn't love cheese? Let me ask a better question. Who doesn't love fried cheese? They were serving on a platter these heavenly fried cheese balls that were so delicious! Can’t wait to check this place out and try their mofongo – that’s what they are known for.

7.    La Mexicana Cantina & Grill: One of my last stops of the night was to their booth, and boy am I glad I stopped by. They were giving out two flour tortillas with shredded meat and chicken. Real authentic Mexican food.

To read my reviews on Yelp click here!

What To Do When You Visit Sanibel Island

I have been going to Sanibel Island since before I was born, literally. Because I have been going there forever this place harbors great memories, and I have a few places you can’t miss when you go. 

Here is a list I have put together of my must-stop places when you visit the relaxing Sanibel Island.

Island Pizza Company
1619 Periwinkle Way
My parents always laugh but this has to be my first stop when I get on the island. One night I remember we got there way too late and it was closed. It was a tragedy. These people, by far, make the best pizza. They have been voted “The Best Pizza on the Island” several years in a row. And they also have gluten-free crust! 

Photo courtesy of: Trip Adivsor

Photo courtesy of: Trip Adivsor

Cheeburger Cheeburger
1975 Periwinkle Way
This place is a staple on the island. Even though they have moved from their original location the burgers are still the same. And if you aren’t in the mood for burgers they have delicious chicken sandwiches that you can load with whatever toppings you want. I usually just add caramelized onions – that usually does the trick. And don't forget to pair that with either onion rings or sweet potato fries. Oh and did I mention that they have milkshakes that are out of this world?

Photo courtesy of: Cheeburger Cheeburger

Photo courtesy of: Cheeburger Cheeburger

Lighthouse Café
362 Periwinkle Way
These people literally make the world’s best breakfast. You can have everything from eggs benedict to malted hot cakes. The best part is that they have a board with daily specials and there are usually some pretty delicious breakfast desserts like toffee malted hot cakes, or banana bread French toast.

Photo courtesy of: Randomiami

Photo courtesy of: Randomiami

Photo courtesy of: Randomiami

Photo courtesy of: Randomiami

Schnapper’s Hots
1528 Periwinkle Way
I hadn’t had a hot dog in years, but when I walked into Schnapper’s Hots one rainy afternoon I knew I needed to try their Original Schnapper hot dog. It is chargrilled with mustard, dill relish, their secret sauce (piccalilli relish), chopped sweet onions, and pickle spears. And you have to pair the hot dog with their off-the-chain French fries. So good.

Photo courtesy of: Randomiami

Photo courtesy of: Randomiami

The Green Flash
15183 Captiva Drive
I know technically this restaurant is in Captiva, but it’s only a 15 minute drive on the island. The main reason why I wanted to put The Green Flash on the list is for their shrimp bisque. This is something that you can’t leave the island without trying. This is the kind of soup you burn the tip of your tongue for because it’s so good. They also have crab cakes that are simply delicious.

Photo courtesy of: Art Hill

Photo courtesy of: Art Hill

Periwinkle Place Shops
2075 Periwinkle Way
This is one of the cutest outside shopping malls you will ever encounter. The shops include everything from clothes to jewelry, to even a day spa and restaurant. Everything you need for a days worth of relaxation.

Photo courtesy of: Periwinkle Place

Photo courtesy of: Periwinkle Place

For places to stay when you visit Sanibel Island check out this link!

Rando Review: Panther Coffee

A few years ago my husband and I stumbled upon one of the best coffee shops here in Miami – Panther Coffee. We had always been looking for a cool place to grab a coffee and hang out, but had never found one until we ran into the husband-and-wife owned shop.

Joel Pollock and Leticia Ramos Pollock have made sure that every cup of coffee is special. Each cup of coffee is actually brewed on site, in small batches, each of which have their origin in farms personally-selected by the pair. 

What I really love about Panther Coffee is there are so many ways you can get your coffee brewed – Clever, French Press, Hario V60, Chemex, Vacuum, and, of course, they have Cold Brew. 

So if you are looking for a coffee shop where you can grab a delicious cup of coffee and read a book, or work on your laptop then this is the spot for you. They currently have two locations and are opening up their third in Little Haiti, so stay tuned.

Locations: 2390 NW 2nd Ave., | Miami, FL 33127
                1875 Purdy Ave., | Miami Beach, FL 33139
Website: http://www.panthercoffee.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/panther.coffee.7?fref=ts 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/panthercoffee 

Wynwood store

Wynwood store

Iced Americano

Iced Americano

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

The Best Cuban Sandwich in Miami

I was born in Miami and I am Cuban-American so it is fair to say that I have had my fair share of Cuban sandwiches. From growing up eating every weekend at La Carreta to those weekends when you end up at Sergio’s – I have tried a few. 

But there was something very special when I saw the Cuban sandwich from Enriqueta’s. 
At first you walk in and realize that you are literally eating in a hole in the wall restaurant in the middle of Midtown and Wynwood, but you can smell the appetizing aroma of the place from across the street.

At first I was going to put together a list of the best Cuban sandwiches in Miami, but I decided this sandwich merited its own post. When you get the Cuban the first thing you realize is that the cheese is simply oozing out of the sandwich, literally. You open it up just to see what goodness it is made out of and you see your ham, pork, cheese, mustard, pickle and two croquetas. Oh and did I mention that the Cuban bread is toasted to absolute perfection?

If you haven’t tried the Cuban sandwich from Enriqueta’s then I suggest you make a trip out there this weekend. It is so worth it. And if I were you I would pair it with a Materva. This is heaven my friends. 

Location: 186 NE 29th St. | Miami, FL 33137
Website: https://plus.google.com/100781141645160464365/about?gl=us&hl=en

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Rando Event: thefood-e Happy Hour at Buns & Buns

Buns & Buns is one of the newest additions to the South Miami area and I have been dying to try it for months! Come join me this Friday from 7-9 p.m. at thefood-e happy hour at Buns & Buns!

Check out what they will be offering to those who attend the event!

•    $3 Draft and select bottles of beer

•    $6 COCKTAILS
- Sangria
- O'Pama
- Bunosa Mimosa 
- Blueberry Cobbler

•    $4 BITES
- Mini Burger (fontina cheese / bacon / wilted watercress / special sauce)
- Spinach Poofs (tahini / manchego cheese)
- Truffled Cheese Fries
- Corn Fritter (beer batter / sumac / lime / garlic aioli)
- Mini BBQ Pulled Pork Buns (cabbage slaw / pickled onions / aioli)
- Hot Nutella Buns (chocolate / vanilla / raspberry-pomegranate sauce)

Just a quick side note - I will probably be trying one of each of the bites mentioned above.

P.S. We will also be celebrating my birthday ;)

Location: 5748 Sunset Dr. | South Miami, FL 33143
Website: http://www.bunsandbuns.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bunsandbuns 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BunsAndBuns 

Also make sure to follow thefood-e!
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Photo courtesy of: the food-e

Photo courtesy of: the food-e

Photo courtesy of: the food-e

Photo courtesy of: the food-e

Photo courtesy of: the food-e

Photo courtesy of: the food-e