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

What You Need To Know About Just OM Yoga

As I am sure you have noticed I am completely in love with the practice of yoga. The feeling and the endorphins released each time I practice yoga is true bliss. A few weeks ago I was invited to try out the newest yoga studio to hit Miami, Just OM Yoga

The studio space used to be Firefly Hot Yoga until Alexandra Urvina took over the space in February. Since she had started her practice over 12 years ago opening her own studio had always been a lifelong dream. She wanted to open a place where people from all ages and levels could get together for one common goal – wellness. 

The coolest part about Just OM is that it isn’t a studio that just focuses on hot yoga or restorative yoga. Alexandra wanted to open a place where there would be several classes of all levels and styles, such as, hot vinyasa flow, skanda, suspension yoga, therapeutic yoga, and even chair yoga for those who are looking for more of a stretch.

Just OM is great for those who have just started a yoga practice and those that are looking to take it to the next level. For those of you who are looking for a serious challenge make sure to take a class with either Alexandra herself, or Zarid Urbina. You won’t regret! Namaste! 

Photo courtesy of: Just OM Yoga

Photo courtesy of: Just OM Yoga

Photo courtesy of: Just OM Yoga

Photo courtesy of: Just OM Yoga

Photo courtesy of: Just OM Yoga

Photo courtesy of: Just OM Yoga

It’s All About Seafood And Pork at L’echon Brasserie

Since I heard of its opening in late June I knew that I had to try L’echon Brasserie, a French bistro on Miami Beach. In case you didn't know, L’echon Brasserie is part of the delicious Pubbelly family. This spot has that rustic Pubbelly look, but at the same time has some pretty awesome subtle French bistro elements as well.

I am going to start off by saying that you come here and it is obvious that you have to try their meat. So I made sure to eat their Pan con L’echon, which was honestly out of this world. The perfectly crisp pork was pressed in between the most moist brioche bun I have ever hand. Hands down. This thing melts in your mouth. I recommend you get two.

Then to change things up a bit I ordered the Cabana Grand Plateau. This more than grand plate came with 12 oysters, 5 chilled shrimp, 5 chilled mussels, ½ Maine lobster, the ceviche of the day – and seasonal mignonette, classic cocktail, yuzu dijonnaise, warm butter, and lemon. Not only was this a refreshing plate, but you didn't feel like you needed someone to roll you out of the restaurant.

Last but not least I finished the night with one of their dessert specials – a profiterole with banana, chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Yum.

Location: 6261 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33140
Website: http://www.pubbellyboys.com/lechon/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lechon-Brasserie/528750757212087 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LechonBrasserie 

L'echon Brasserie Miami Beach

L'echon Brasserie Miami Beach

Pan Con L'echon

Pan Con L'echon

Cabana Grand Plateau

Cabana Grand Plateau

Profiterole

Profiterole

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The New Coral Gables Coffee Shop Café Curuba

I really love a good cup of coffee – no sugar, heavy cream. A few months ago I told you guys about Panther Coffee, which is on Miami Beach and Wynwood, but now I found a really cool place for those of you who live by Coral Gables.

Café Curuba is a small coffee shop that has only been open for a few months and they are already off to a great start. Not only are they serving Panther Coffee, and Counter Culture Coffee, but they also make their own baked goods – like their delicious coconut macaroons and blondies.

Besides serving coffee and house-made treats they also serve ready-to-go sandwiches for those of you in a rush to pick up lunch. Some sandwiches I suggest you try are their egg with avocado and a dash of Dijon, or their chorizo with manchego cheese with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil. So good.

Location: 2626 Ponce de Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134
Website: http://www.cafecuruba.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cafecuruba 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cafecuruba 

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What You Need To Know About Wynwood Brewing Company

We live in Miami and in case you haven’t noticed it's scorching hot out there. Who doesn't love a nice ice-cold beer on one of those days? I know I do. Wynwood Brewing Company is Miami’s first craft production brewery in the heart of the Wynwood Art District – just another reason to visit this growing community.

Their goal is to bring fresh, delicious tasting and creative beers to our community. They operate a 15-barrel brew house and distribute their own blonde ale, IPA, Porter, barrel aged Strong Ales and they also offer seasonal offerings.

My personal favorite is La Rubia, which is their lightest beer. It has a really nice crispness to it and is equally sweet. La Rubia is a combination of German Pilsner Malts, British Crystal Malts, Czech Saaz Hops and German Ale Yeast – a true American Blonde Ale. According to the brewery La Rubia goes perfectly with a light salad, seafood or chicken!

For all the ladies out there - every Thursday it's Ladies Night from 4 p.m. to close! You can enjoy $4 select pints. Oh and did I mention that Wynwood Brewing Company is owned and operated by a Puerto Rican family? Cheers to los Latinos!

Location: 565 NW 24th St. | Miami, FL 33127
Website: http://wynwoodbrewing.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WynwoodBrewing 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WynwoodBrewing 

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La Rubia

La Rubia

Cup of Jose

Cup of Jose

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Mandolin Aegean Bistro The Mediterranean Gem

Mandolin is truly a hidden gem in the middle of the Design District. When you walk through the blue double doors you find yourself in an enchanting outside patio with wood tables and chairs that are covered with blue accents. The restaurants owners have made sure to bring the design and authentic food that can be found by the Aegean Sea, which has been called the “pearl of the Mediterranean.”

At Mandolin they are proud and very passionate about the food they grew up eating. They are dedicated to creating and serving the locals homemade specialties that are simple, yet authentic. 

When you go to Mandolin you have to eat the Turkish Sampler, which has a pretty healthy serving of homemade hummus, tomato walnut dip and fava bean purée. Make sure to not over due it with the hummus because then you have to try the Greek village salad with chicken. So light and refreshing.

And, of course, you have to eat their baklava. All I’m going to say is you might want to order seconds.

And make sure to pair all of this delicious food with their very own Aegean Sangria, which is absolutely perfect for these hot summer Miami nights. Their sangria is made with white wine and rose water.

Mandolin is truly a place to not only feed your stomach, but also your soul!

Location: 4312 NE 2nd Ave. | Miami, FL 33137
Website: http://www.mandolinmiami.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mandolin-Aegean-Bistro/109031872494349 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mandolinmiami 

Turkish Sampler

Turkish Sampler

Baklava

Baklava

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Turkish Coffee

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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

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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/ 

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Frita burger

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