Miami Spice

July 30, 2010 Comments Off on Miami Spice

Miami Spice

There are many great restaurants in South Florida and for two months every year The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau showcase the best restaurants Miami has to offer.

So what does that mean for you, a three course prix-fixe lunch or dinner at five-star restaurants like, Emeril’s, Gotham Steak, Mr. Chow, Blue Door at the Delano and many more. Every lunch and dinner includes an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Lunch is $22 and dinner $35. 

I think that’s pretty exciting, most of these places are $22 and $35 just for main plates.

Miami Spice starts August 1st and ends on September 30th. Most of  these places take reservations, to see a complete list of participating restaurants and make reservation  click here.

I plan on hitting up quite a few of these restaurants between August and September. I will be sure to give a full report after my visits.

Happy Eating!

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Hammer Time

July 21, 2010 Comments Off on Hammer Time

Any one remember MC Hammer? I loved his songs You Can’t Touch This and Too Lagit to Quit . I had the cassette tape (whoa remember cassette tapes) and I even had an MC Hammer doll. Yes, I’m serious a doll….it was a birthday gift.

I love fashion, but this trend is a bit much for me.

See any resemblance?

Everytime I see a pair of Harem Pants I think of Mc Hammer and The 357 doing the type writer across the stage.

For some reason I thought these pants had quietly made their exit, but when I turned the page of my US Weekly there were not one, or two, but three celebrities shown strutting down the street in these pant….. Oh boy

Some one please find Mr. Hammer and give him his royalties for starting this trend.

 

Burger Mania

July 7, 2010 § 1 Comment

 

         

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend and it was filled with great food, family, friends, and fun fireworks. We unfortunately experienced wet weather so no fireworks for me. To get everyone excited for the holiday weekend we through an “indoor” BBQ at work .  My contribution to the party was mini cupcake brownie sliders. What’s a picnic without a great burger, right.       

I got the idea to make these here . They are very easy to make. The great thing about these mini burgers is, they can be made for any occasion.        

         

Cupcake Brownie Burgers          

Ingredients:        

1 Box of yellow cake mix        

1 Box of brownie mix         

2 Containers of vanilla frosting         

Wilton red, yellow, and green icing colors         

Sesame seeds for garnish        

      

When finished baking the cupcakes and they have cooled cut them in half

 

Cut the brownies with a round cookie cutter

 

 
 

Put the icing in ziplock bags and clip the tip

 

Squeeze out an equal amount of ketchup and mustard first and slightly more for the lettuce

     

Here are a few helpful tips for making these:      

– Make it a two day process. Bake your cupcakes and brownies the night before and assemble and decorate the next day.      

– If baking the day before, as soon as brownies and cupcakes are finished cover with foil and do not unwrap until you are ready to decorate. Do not refrigerate them. This will keep them nice and moist.      

– If possible, purchase pre mixed colored icing. Wilton sells most of their icing in ready-made colors.      

– Boil a 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. If you brush this on top of the cupcakes the sesame seeds will adhere better.      

– Last it’s your Burger, have fun with it. Be as creative as you want!      

For Fur or Foe Fur

June 18, 2010 Comments Off on For Fur or Foe Fur

 

If you are a fan of Bravo‘s Real Housewives series you may be familiar with Kelly Killoren Bensimon. During the season and last nights reunion show, Kelly stirred up a little controversy by making several contradictory statements referring to the organization PETA  and wearing fur. Kelly states “She does not support the abuse of animals, but who are they to stop her from wearing fur” 

Umm huh !?! Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t you have to kill and skin an animal to wear fur? Isn’t that a form of abuse?  

I work with similar raw materials on a daily basis, so as the saying goes “those living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I have no issues with Ms. Bensimon, those who wear fur, or those who protest against it.   Ultimately you do what you feel is morally and ethically right for you, just do your research, know the facts, pick as side, and stick to it.

The “rather go naked than wear fur” campaign derailed people from wearing fur for years. I’m not sure what changed peoples minds but fur has made a huge comeback. Micheal Kors debuted fur coats and vest for fall 2010 at New York Fashion week earlier this year. Micheal Kors is such an influential designer, one would think he would shy away from such a controversial trend for fear of ridicule. I guess for some wearing fur is simply unnecessary and others it’s about affluence. 

What side of the trend fence are you on?

Pasteles De Guayaba

June 7, 2010 § 3 Comments


It’s difficult to live in S.Fla and not notice the melting pot of different cultures. The diversity is so influential at some point without realizing it you start to fuse parts of other cultures into your own life.

One of my mom’s favorite desserts is Pasteles De Guayaba or as we americans call them Guava and Cheese pastries. This popular Caribbean dessert is found at most chain grocery stores and latin markets. I have had them several times and thought they were just okay. Then I got this bright idea that maybe she and I could do a better than the grocery stores. 

So after 4 hours of trial and error, a little bickering, and some frustration. We conjured up a final product that is truly to die for.  It has a tender interior texture  with a perfect mixture of guava and cream cheese. Also the simple syrup mixture bakes the crust so flaky it crumbles in your mouth when you bite into it.

But…..let me tell you. The puff pastry we used was such a complete (bleep!) to work with I have vowed to not make these for a long time. So if any one has any tips on working with puff pastry I’m all ears 🙂

They do take a little work but the result is well worth it.

  

  

  

  

  

  

Pasteles De Guayaba

Ingredients:
16 oz Cream Cheese
2 Tablespoons Milk
1/4 teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Sugar
3 Eggs

2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons Water
250 grams Guava Paste
Puff Pastry Dough
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Water

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F

In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of sugar. Mix very well and set aside.

In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and 2 tablespoons of water.

Slices the guava into  thin strips.

Cut the puff pastries into large pieces

In the center of each piece place 1 to 2 strips of guava paste and about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture.

Fold the other half of puff pastry over the filling either making a triangle or square and press closed. Make sure to securely close the sides or the mixture will come oozing out.

Cut three slits in the center.Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and brush with egg wash and bake 30 minutes. In the mean time, in a small pot, mix the 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

After the pastries have baked for 30 minutes, brush with the sugar syrup and bake for another 6 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack.

Let completely cool before eating.

Depending on the size the recipe should yield between 8 to 16

Who doesn’t like a sale

May 20, 2010 Comments Off on Who doesn’t like a sale

I receive an abundance of e-mails every day. Most of them are from some retailer. While cleaning up my inbox I realized I am a member of 3 (now 4, thanks to J.P.) sample sale websites.     

Some of these sites feature really great designers. For example, last year Ideeli featured Christian Louboutin for almost half off the regular price and Louboutin sales are rare.     

What is so great about these websites you ask? How about having access to the same sample sales that have been available to those darn lucky New Yorker’s for years and all without having to leave the sofa.     

Most of these sites are invitation only but you can always go directly to the website and request a membership. If you want to speed things up a bit the best thing to do is have a friend that’s already a member invite you.     

Okay down to business …..Tomorrow at 11am Rue La La will feature Hermes & Chanel, you don’t want to miss this. Here is a sneak peek into tomorrows sale. Good Luck and Happy Shopping!     

     

Here is a quick guide of a few sample sale websites and what they offer  

     

    

Who:  Swirl Gilt Ideeli RueLaLa
         
         
What they offer:  Up and coming and Known designers offering up to 80% off  Fashion and Luxury brands up to 70% off Fashion, Home, and Beauty Fashion and Home 
         
         
Membership: Open to all – Free Invitation only – Free Invitation only $6.99 a month for first dibs. Free for the leftovers  Invitation only – Free
         
         
Sales lasts for: 24-72 hours  36 hours  10 – 36 hours  48 hours 
         
         
Perks: Special deals for     Visa Signature card holders  $25 credit when    you refer a friend  and they make    their first purchase $25 credit when    you refer a friend  and they make    their first purchase $10 credit when you refer a friend and they make their first purchase

Le Tub…..Round 2

May 11, 2010 § 2 Comments

 

Let me explain.. About 5 years ago my friend Jenn wanted to visit this restaurant she saw featured on Oprah

Jenn S: “So I saw this place on Oprah the other day that’s suppose to have the best burgers in the United States. Do you know where Hollywood, FL is?”

Jenn B: “Yes, Hollywood is about 10 min from my parent’s house” 

Jenn S: “I want to go there”

Jenn B: How about we go down to S.Fla for 4th of July and we can visit Le Tub while were there”

Jenn S: Cool Beans!”   

Maybe that wasn’t the exact conversation, but from what I remember it went something like that. So we traveled three hours south to Le Tub to feast on their famous burgers. Well, we never got to eat them because there was a 1 1/2 hour wait for ANYTHING coming from the grill. No matter how delicious and famous the burgers we weren’t willing to wait. After being on Oprah they had become so popular it was impossible to get a burger quickly.

So my thought was, after almost 5 years why not give Le Tub another try, things should be different now….right? Wrong! Even getting there at noon, 1 hour after they opened there was an hour wait for ANYTHING coming from the grill. I didn’t leave this time I stayed to sample the food, which was pretty good. I did get a glance at the burgers of those who were patient enough to wait the hour. It is gigantic and looked rather tasty.

Maybe we will try Le Tub again when Jenn visits in the summer, but I won’t blog about it. Maybe Jenn will blog about our experience on BLANK WHITE FRAMES. Jenn, tag your it!!!!  

 

  

 

  

Le Tub menu, hand written and photo copied 

  

Seafood salad with jumbo shrimp, crab, tuna, and shredded lettuce tossed in a vinaigrette dressing 

Barbeque Pork sandwich 

 

  

 

 

Things you should know about Le Tub

the restaurant is outdoors, not a good place on a  rainy day

the tables are all picnic tables

there are only plastic cups, utensils, and plates

cash only!!! if you forget there is an ATM by the bar

 great place on a beautiful day.I took the above pictures while seated at our table

limited parking, get there early or you will have to park at the beach

sodas in the can, beer in the bottle, and get your own damn water from the cooler

seat yourself …..   

  

 

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