Monday, February 28, 2011

South Beach Wine & Food Festival: Best Thing I Ever Ate @ The Beach

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Picture overload, I know, but I didn't want to spare you any fabulous detail. No pictures or words can describe but I'll try so let's continue on to the highlights/lowlights segment of the show, shall we?

Highlights
+ Hosted at the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach. Literally, on the beach. Now as a born and somewhat raised South Miami-an, I know the truth...sand is your enemy, not your friend but with the perfect ocean breeze flowing through the tents, you couldn't help but appreciate the whimsical effect it had.
+ I think everyone was drunk or on drugs. Everyone was so smiley and friendly. A conga line was started. It was all very hippy-ish.
+ Godiva upon arrival. Unlimited. All night long. Hello.
+ KC & The Sunshine Band. I had no idea all those 70's hits belonged to them! They definitely brought their A game.
+ Iron Chef Marc Forgione's pierced nipple flirting with Angie.
+ Beautiful people everywhere. & then there was Anne Burrell. Yikes.

My Faves
+ Claire Robinson's chocolate & peanut butter s'mores from Prime 112. Holy shit, these were amazing. I had about 4 and had I brought a larger purse, I'd be having one right now.
+ db bistro moderne's croque monsieurs. Melted cheese. I was done for.
+ Ceviche with Pop Rocks. POP ROCKS!
+ Some sort of creamy ravioli from Casa d'Angelo.
+ Guess what, Skinnygirl Margarita's are actually really, really good!
+ Cake pops from Joelle's Desserts.

Lowlights
+ Champagne ran out. That's shitty.
+ I didn't get to meet Bethenny Frankel. I can no longer go on living.

Angie and I had a delicious time. Who's joining us for the wine & food fest in NY in October?

I'm tired. Goodnight.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Intuition



A map is more unreal
Than where you've been
Or how you feel
And it's impossible to tell
How important someone was
And what you might have missed out on
And how it might have changed it all

And did I, did I...
And did I, did I miss out on you?

-- Feist, Intuition

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Spartacus: Blood and Sand

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The weather in Miami has been pretty much perfect for the past couple of days but I've been holed up watching this awesome show. I'm usually not into series about historical anything and Gladiator was 3 hours of my life I want back but man, I'm obsessed with this show. It has a lot of nudity and unnecessary, excessive use of the word "cock", which makes me really uncomfortable but that aside, the writing is genius. You can watch it on Netflix's Instant Play. Give it until episode 3 to pass judgment. I promise you it's so good.

& um, is that not the most beautiful human being? I'm pretty sure it is.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Por Fin

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Por Fin is spanish for "a Groupon popped up and I finally had an excuse to visit".

We ordered all the things people have raved about like the huevos por fin, pa am tomaquet, costilla de res and Chilean sea bass but were disappointed.

For what it's worth, it's a beautiful restaurant, the service was on point and their white sangria was deliciously refreshing.

Monday, February 21, 2011

My cousins are the best.

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My cousin Rosanna and her husband, Manny baptized their son, Andres (the little yummy one) and had a "little" afterparty at their amazing new home in their equally amazing backyard. My cousin Sixto Jose joked that all we needed were some hammocks and Sade playing in the background. See where I get it from? Fun fact: Rosanna is the one who got me into Sade. I was like 10 and she'd play Cherish The Day repeatedly.

& by "little" I mean they had nice, happy people serving coconut shrimp, cod fritters, tostones rellenos, paella and Dominican cake all night. That's what I'm talking about.

Food aside, it was one of the far and few times we got to get together as a family aside of major holidays/birthdays and it was the best time. My stomach literally hurt from laughing so hard.

We're already planning the next cousins gathering.


And, uh, we demand we have waiters at every family function from now on.


Pictures #1 & 7 via aanaizphotography.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cupid

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For Valentine's Day, I bought my dad a heart shaped box filled with Snickers from CVS.

Around 9:30pm, he shows up at my door, holding that bouquet.

He's cute.

I was without internets for over a week but it's back and that doesn't suck.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

STK

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Celebrated Valentine's day this Saturday at STK at the Gansevoort Hotel. They had a badass DJ playing everything from These Boots Were Made For Walkin' to Soldier Of Love. My kind of party!

We had wagyu burgers with truffles, 5 mac & cheese, parmesan truffle fries, filet with bordelaise sauce and pink elegance cocktails. It was a fun night. I request a repeat.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Labor of Love

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I'm talking French macarons, people! I've been wanting to make these for a while but knew they were a task. What better reason to make them than for my valentines (plural, mhm)?

They're not the prettiest macarons but they were tasty.

Happy 14th, lovers! Do something nice for someone who deserves it! & call your mother!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Morgan's

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Did I make you hungry? 'Cause I made me hungry.

Before heading to my cousins baptism, Amy (whom, I'm sorry if I've confused you but does not live in Miami. She just flies down for work almost twice a month) & I played catch up over brunch.

Morgan's was fantastic. Pastries & danishes to start, raspberry flat cakes, turkey sausage, "voluptuous" grilled cheese and apple pie for dessert. Everything was so fresh. This place beat's Balans and Michael's Genuine, for surrrre. Can't wait to go back for the smoked salmon eggs benedict & beignets.