Since my birthday celebration, we have been eating. A LOT. There is usually a weekly rush for recipes and prep for the site but this month has been about eating out. A LOT. I am not whining … more like looking back in awe. It has been an eating marathon and I wanted to share some highlights with details coming.
Bev, The Healthy Goddess and I live in South Florida and we will be sharing more of our Culinary Adventures in South Florida here on the site. We are also going to be inviting our contributors to share there adventures in respective areas. If you are interested, contact me!
My birthday celebration really kicked off the Eating Marathon. Besides having the great dinner with Chef Todd English and Chile Olive Oil, I had a birthday lunch at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar with Bev, The Healthy Goddess and Eleanor Hoh, Wok Star.
Southern food obsessions are so wonderful and Chef Jeff McInnis and his creations at Yardbird in Miami, Florida are my favorite way to indulge those obsessions. We rolled through dishes like Grilled Hen of the Woods Mushrooms with Butterbean Risotto, Shrimp and Grits and still managed to fit in Chocolate Bread pudding and Peach Cobbler for dessert. These are from my Instagram …
I first experienced the Pubbelly Restaurant Group when I had brunch at Barceloneta (one of my fave South Beach restaurants). After that stupendous brunch, we had to go back for more and eat at ALL four of the Pubbelly restaurants: Barceloneta for dinner, Pubbelly Gastro Pub for dinner, Pubbelly Sushi for lunch and Macchialina for dinner. Each one was so unique and SO delicious … small plate eating is how I like to dine so I can TASTE EVERYTHING!
The Pubbelly Crawl included decadent seasonal dishes at the Pubbelly Gastro Pub like Braised Berkshire Pork Cheeks with potato foam, horseradish cream, caviar jus and Housemade Gnudi with braised shortrib, pumpkin, spinach, shiitake, parmesan and black lager jus. Barceloneta is Tapas at its best and the potato foam appeared there as well with grilled octopus and chorizo. Pubbelly Sushi still makes sure that you get the pork opportunity with a porkbelly and clam roll. The hamachi ceviche with tostones has been haunting me – I could eat it again and again. Macchialina brings the Italians to the Pubbelly table – their seasonal offering of Beet Filled Mezzaluna with brown butter sauce and poppy seeds was a dish that I could eat daily.
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Somehow, we also managed to fit in lunch with some of our amazing Foodie Friends (Eleanor & Linda!). We hit the Design District and Michael’s Genuine to munch our way through delights like the Florida Rock Shrimp & Chorizo Pizza with escarole & manchego cheese (who knew manchego melted so beautifully??) and Mussels with Bacon & Fingerling Potatoes.
In the Design District, we also got to visit with Chef Dena Marino and a sneak peek at the construction going on for the upcoming MC Kitchen due in November. It looks great and an attached market is also something to look forward to!
One of my favorite experiences of the past month was with the Fantabulous Shelley Belly and her Underground Dinner. If you love underground dinners and want to meet and eat with other foodie-type people AND experience outstanding food, then Shelley Belly is the lady to know. It’s all a secret (including the menu) but a secret that tastes divine! Quail eggs with 7 unique salts, Parmesan Brulee, Pork Belly, Fig Tart … your palate will love you and Shelley forever.
The best part about being the child of Foodies is that my Mom is always up for Culinary Adventures. We had a great Sunday Brunch at Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach. I love that they are locally sourced for their food – Heritage Hen Farm being my FAVE. They also have a $15 all you can drink Bloody Mary (or Champagne Cocktail or Sangria) Bar. Great food and I even headed back recently for dinner! Donuts, Pork Belly Benedict and Chicken and Waffles rounded out our brunch visit.
Green Market season is finally starting in South Florida – we are on the flipside schedule. Mom took me down to the Pompano Beach Green Market to meet Captain Norm – her smoked fish guy who also happens to make the BEST smoked mahi fish dip that I have ever had in my life. I have been eating it for lunch! Local veggies were to be found but he is really THE table to visit there! I also picked up some Black Mangrove Honey so look for that to be figuring into upcoming recipes!
After the Green Market, seafood was on our minds. Papa Hughie’s Seafood World in Lighthouse Point delivers fresh seafood to the table at the restaurant and at home when you stop by their incredible seafood market. I had never tried Hog Snapper – it is delectable! Firm and buttery – we had it a Meuniere sauce that gave it a lemony tang. Steamed Ipswich Clams and Grilled Conch meant no room for Stone Crabs which came into season on October 15. I will have to save that for later!
PHEW. And these are just the highlights.
October is shaping up to be a serious FOOD month. This weekend we are attending the Wok Star classes with Eleanor Hoh AND attending a Chile Olive Oil house party with Chef Alex and Sous Chef Jaz.
Stay tuned to Culinary Adventures to see where the Goddesses are eating next!