Birthdays are the best. Full of FOOD and FRIENDS and FUN. Since I am hitting a power number year of 44, my clubbing and intoxicated adventures are behind me and relegated to the fond memories file (also marked OMG How Did I Survive My 20′s???). Instead, FOODIE Adventures have become my focus for birthdays!
Last year was an iconic birthday with great food and dinner cooked by Todd English! This year, I am following in those Foodie Footsteps that made such a memorable birthday last year and heading out to enjoy some truly awesome food.
After much reflection and poring over menus, here is the birthday schedule …
Lunch Friday (the actual BIG DAY) – lunch with the awesome Eleanor Hoh, Wok Star who was also part of my birthday last year! On her recommendation, we are headed to Preservation in Sunny Isles (North Miami). This restaurant also came HIGHLY recommended from Marnely of Cooking with Books who knows the Chef and Owners – Chef Ryan and Nicole. This will begin the birthday fest and I am looking forward to indulging in all things cured, pickled and smoked. *SWOON* Check out the menu and I am seriously checking out the Short Rib Tacos and the Charcuterie, especially after hearing rumors of Salmon Diablo on Chef Ryan’s Instagram!
Dinner Friday – I am so excited about dinner and an evening with my best friend – it is Birthday Heaven! I pondered long and hard on this choice because I have not yet been to Khong River House OR the new addition to my Beloved Pubbelly Boys (Pubbelly Steak) but in the end, I went with The Bazaar South Beach under the auspices of Stellar Super Star Chef Jose Andres. The fusion of Spain, Singapore and Japan and tons of “little plates” to choose from was simply tooooo tempting to me. Little plates are really how I like to eat and share food. The Bazaar was listed in the Top Ten of best restaurants in South Beach at #3 and since I have been to #1 and #2 – this was the next logical step. Bring on the wee plates and definitely take a moment to drool over THIS menu!
Saturday Brunch – I cannot leave South Beach without indulging in a Yardbird breakfast/brunch. I had a birthday lunch there last year AND I have had several brunches. This is Southern Food taken to an OMG level. This is also the place that gave me a love and appreciation for true, stone-ground Adluh grits. They have a new Chef as of this summer and I am excited to see what Chef Clay Miller has in store! The menu is gorgeous Southern food that leaves me craving their particular spin.
Dinner Saturday – The foodfest continues with an invite from one of my favorite Dessert Goddesses – Betsy from Desserts Required! Besides creating the most mouthwatering desserts, Betsy sets up Road Trips for Food and this one is headed to my neighborhood and the Boca Raton Restaurant – Rebel House. There has been quite a bit of buzz around Rebel House and their creations which include liberal use of bacon and pork belly. They are speaking my language! Plus, the real highlight of the night is hanging out with Betsy and other foodies.
This picture is not Rebel House but is the Apple Cream Torte from Desserts Required. I had to share it. Pics from all the Foodfest will be coming next week!
As if this was not enough, I still haven’t covered the sushi dinner with my son, prime rib dinner with the family and a visit to Out of Denmark in Delray Beach which is the new place that Chef Alex is cooking and Sous Chef Jaz is spreading her sparkling personality. I just cannot stop LOL.
PHEW. I think I will just call the next few weeks The Season of Eating. Stay tuned for Hungry Goddess Culinary Adventures and pics coming!
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