The Verdict Is In :: What To Do In SoFL 7/8 – 7/11

Friday, July 8thSushi & Stroll at the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens (4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach) Stroll the beautiful gardens at your leisure while indulging in the delicious fare from the Cornell Café. Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 children; 561-495-0233 or http://www.morikami.org
Restaurant SuggestionBlueFin Sushi and Thai Grill, 6694 Parkside Drive, Parkland or 861 Yamato Road, Boca Raton

Saturday, July 9th“Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television” at the Norton Museum (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) every week Tuesday through Sunday. Get up close and personal with costumes from popular movies like Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. There will be special presentations every Thursday and film viewings on Saturday. Admission is free for museum members and children 12 and under, $5 for visitors age 13 to 21, and $12 for adults. Call 561-832-5196, or visit norton.org.
Restaurant SuggestionBuccan, 350 S. Country Road, Palm Beach

Saturday, July 9th – Sunday, July 10th -Celebrate Mangos of Hawaii at Fairchild’s 19th Annual International Mango Festival (10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy lectures, indulge in tropical smoothies and take part in the world’s only mango auction. Admission is free for Fairchild Members and children 5 and under. Non-member tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children ages 6-17. For more information call 305-667-1651.
Restaurant Suggestion: On Saturday only, Miami’s top restaurants, caterers and businesses alike will be sampling their best mango dishes and products. Arrive early for this free sampling as this is the festival’s most anticipated event.

Sunday, July 10thRiverhouse Ghost Tour at the Stranahan House (335 SE 6th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale) at 7:30 p.m. Tour the historic Stranahan House and hear tales of the life during the great depression. The tour starts in Frank Stranahan’s home and includes a river boat ride where you’ll hear even more unforgettable stories of Fort Lauderdale’s greatest ghosts, including one who haunts the Downtowner Saloon to this very day. You must reserve your spot in advance by calling 954-524-4736.
Restaurant SuggestionRocco’s Tacos, 1313 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Monday, July 11thFlying Yoga at the South Florida Circus School (15161 NE 21st Avenue; North Miami Beach) Fly through the air with the greatest of ease with the help of master-level circus performers. The aerial fitness classes cost $25 and are held daily at 9 a.m.
Restaurant SuggestionLime Fresh Mexican Grill, 14831 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami

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New Restaurants Around Town

Steakhouses to Sustainable : South Florida Restaurant Openings

Texas De Brazil is opening their fourth location in Fort Lauderdale on June 29th. The 9,200 square foot restaurant will offer an extensive menu of grilled meats, including seasoned cuts of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and Brazilian sausage, all prepared in the traditional Brazilian method over an open flame and carved table-side.  The restaurant also features a  40-60 item fresh salad bar area, which includes appetizers, homemade soups and dressings and an assortment of gourmet cheeses.  For more information or to make a reservation click here.

Texas De Brazil, 2457 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale


Max’s Harvest
, a farm-to-fork concept recently opened in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove district serving American fare in a comfortable and contemporary setting. The menu includes, Free Range Deviled Eggs with Chives and Truffle Sea Salt ($14), Pan Roasted Poulet Rouge Chicken ($23) and Cedar Key Clams and Florida Shrimp plus more naturally delicious dishes. The restaurant offers a small outdoor patio, perfect for intimate get-togethers. Max’s Harvest will be open from 5pm to 10pm Monday through Thursday,  5pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday and 4pm–9pm on Sunday. For more information call 561-381-9970

Max’s Harvest, 169 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach

DIG (Doing It Green) is an Eco-conscious restaurant  in Delray Beach serving big flavors with a small footprint. The entirely organic menu includes grass-fed chicken and beef, wild seafood,  a huge salad bar plus an organic juice bar and organic wine and beer. One of the coolest parts of this restaurant is the table side humus!  DIG will be open from 11am to 11pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am to 2am on Friday and Saturday. For more information or to make reservations, call 561-638-0500.

Dig, 5199 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach                                                                                                                             

CG Burgers recently opened in Coral Springs with an additional location set to open soon in Fort Lauderdale. The casual fast food restaurant serves burgers, french fries (potato and zucchini), roasted wings, milk shakes, and sandwiches. If you are looking for a lighter option, they also have a salad bar. CG Burgers is open 7-days a week, 11am to 10pm.

CG Burger, 4320 N. State Road 7, Coral Springs

Hello Weekend! South FLA Happenings June 24 -26

It’s finally Friday! This weekend is the perfect time:

To Attend: If you have the attention span of a Twitter update, Summer Shorts at the Adrienne Arsht Center is made especially for you.  See seven of the nation’s best plays in one funny, fresh, and fast paced program. For details click here.

To See:The Art of Caring” opens up at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, June 26th and runs through September 25. The blockbuster photography exhibit includes 200 pictures of life’s most pivotal moments. Tickets cost $10 or less. Call 954-262-0241, or visit moafl.org.

To Drink: The Summer Craft Dinner Series at Himmarshee Bar and Grill (210 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale) kicks off Monday, June 27th at 6:30pm. For $35 you will get to sip gulp four of the most popular specialty beers from Widmer Brothers and indulge in tacos, sliders, and pork tenderloin. For more details call 954-524-1818.

To Help: The Macy’s Chef A-Go-Go Food Truck is hitting the streets of Miami on Tuesday, June 28th and features local chef Michelle Bernstein. From 5:30pm to 10pm participants will enjoy tasty treats while helping a good cause. Proceeds donated at the event will help Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. For every $1 donated, Feeding America can help provide seven meals to those in need on behalf of local food banks.

To Pencil In: Miami Spice returns on Monday, August 1 st and lasts until the end of September. The mouth-watering affair allows patrons to enjoy three-course meals at some of Miami’s hottest restaurants for a fraction of the price. To see participating restaurants click here.

Las Olas Wine and Food 2011

Las Olas Wine and Food

The 16th Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival was held on Friday, April 29th on Las Olas Blvd with proceeds from the event benefitting the American Lung Association in Florida.

This year, the street festival had over 60 restaurants and 40 wine tables and Foodies on the Fly was there to sip, swirl, savor, and tweet about every last morsel.

Although it was a little hard holding a Blackberry (the phone not the fruit), a plate full of food, and a wine glass…We managed to snap some pictures throughout the evening and listed a few of our favorite things from the event.

What we sampled:

Shula's on the Beach, Las Olas Food and Wine

The line to try Shula’s on the Beach was long but worth every minute we spent waiting. They served a sample of three delectable dishes: Sauteed mushrooms, beef filet and horseradish mousse.  The beef was tender, flavorful and perfectly paired with the savory mousse and mushrooms.

Dos Caminos, Las Olas Wine and Food


Dos Caminos
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the newest addition at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale teased guests with their freshly prepared creamy guacamole. The appetizer was served with two house-made crispy tortilla chips but one scoop was definitely not enough!

Fresh Mozzarella from Da Campo Osteria by Todd English – We heard about their signature fresh-made mozzarella (rumor has it, they pull the mozzarella table side at the restaurant…)and were really excited to try it out at the event.  The warm cheese, freshly pulled while we were waiting in line was paired with truffle balsamic and was better than we could have imagined. If you couldn’t make it to the event you are in luck. This incredible treat is served daily at their restaurant, located in Ft. Lauderdale. A must try if you are cheese fanatic.

Cupcake Battle, Las Olas Wine and Food

This year The New Times introduced a Cupcake Battle and area bakeshops competed for title of Best Tasting, Best Decorated, and Fan Favorite. We tried them all and although our favorite cupcake, the Margarita Cupcake by Spiked Bakeshop didn’t win, we were happy to indulge in such a sweet event.

Slow Food Truck, Las Olas Wine and Food


Slow Food Truck
graced the streets of Las Olas and served up mini short rib sliders, The bite sized sandwich was topped with watercress and cheese. Amazing!

The Chocolate Coconut Lollipops from Chef George was the last dessert we tried.  Served on a stick, similar to the infamous cake pops, the truffle was rich, chocolatey and the perfect conclusion to an eventful night!

If we missed anything you liked, please forgive us..or better yet, leave us a comment. We are always looking for food/restaurant suggestions

NYC One of my favorite things: Frankies Spuntino

Frankies Spuntino

Serendipitous Event: BF and I were headed down Clinton Street to visit another eatery, when we spied Frankies Spuntino from the cab. We locked eyes and lamented it was such a shame it was our last day in the city and we wouldn’t have a chance to check out the little bistro with cool graphics and menuboard (we are suckers for a great logo). Upon arriving at abovementioned rival establishment, we were underwhelmed by the ambiance, so we backtracked to Frankies.

We were pleasantly surprised with only a 10 minute wait at 11AM on a Sunday, during which we chose to sample their mocha latte and cappuccino made with Stumptown Coffee beans. Both were strong, smooth, and very satisfying.

We were quickly escorted to our table in under the proposed 10 minutes and dove into the menu carefully planning our selections. (We love to share and strove to achieve the right balance of savory –vs- sweet ).

Our selections:

French Toast (utilizing Thick Cut Grandaisy Filone Bread) & Canadian Maple Syrup (Note: BF is a stickler. We’re only allowed Maple Syrup if it’s real, which this absolutely was!) Served with Fresh Seasonal Fruit.

French Toast

Avocado, Green Apple, Field Green Sandwich on whole grain bread with spicy mayo and a generous amount of cheese. (The menu item contains onion too, but we opted out of it.)

Sandwich filled with greens!

2 Crostinis: Cremini Mushroom & Truffle Oil and Ricotta with Local Honey & Black Pepper

Cremini Mushroom & Truffle Oil and Ricotta with Local Honey & Black Pepper

Oh. My. Goodness!
This was literally the best brunch either of us had ever eaten. EVER! The French toast was crusted to perfection with light battering over the artisanal bread. It had a satisfying crunch when cut and was pure heaven when dipped into the real maple syrup.

The sandwich, whose name I have forgotten in my post-food-coma, was a homerun as well. It included a generous amount of fresh avocado and tart green apples, balanced with a spicy mayonnaise. Presented between two soft slices of another artisanal bread, this one featuring oats on top, with field greens and several slices of mild cheese. The combination may sound slightly daring, but it was a phenomenal mouthful.

The crostinis were also delightful. Both were presented on crispy slices of French bread topped with oil and then mounded on top with their main contents. The Cremini Mushroom & Truffle Oil was a savory success, while the Ricotta & Honey was a sweet temptation. We spooned a tad bit of the ricotta onto a bite of the French Toast to create “the most perfect bite ever” and were not disappointed.

Dear Frankies, Phenomenal…..

At the end of the meal BF left a note advising that we will be back whenever we visit the city, and we most certainly will!

The service was as fantastic as the food. The wait staff is very polite and helpful and the kitchen staff extremely speedy.

Visit for yourself at:
Frankies
570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212-253-2303
http://www.frankiesspuntino.com/

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Mother Trucker- The Food Truck Review Part 1

The food truck craze is spreading like wildfire in South Florida and we are 100% on board for the Food Truck movement. So, what makes food trucks so appealing? Maybe it’s the fresh gourmet (oftentimes local) menu items, accessibility to top chefs, or just the witty names & edgy graphics.  Whatever it is, we are willing to try them all and have complied a list of the trucks and food we tasted…so far!

CheeseMe Mobile– On the Menu: The McShane (a house speciality piled high with Pulled Barbecue Pork, Ruthie’s Slaw and Vintage Cheddar Cheese on Garlic Texas Toast)

Ginger Raspberry Drink and the McShane

What we thought: We were told the McShane was their best seller and after one bite we could see why. The tender pulled barbecue pork was topped with cole slaw and melted cheddar cheese. Instead of the Garlic Texas Toast we opted for toasted Brioche and were not disappointed. With all the fixings this sandwich reminded one Foodie of a Pittsburgh classic and we both agreed it was worth every calorie. Make sure to grab a handful of napkins when enjoying this one…it can get a little messy.

Website: Cheese Me Mobile Grilled Cheese and Sliders
Twitter: @CheeseMeMobile
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Cheeseme Mobile (Food Truck) on Urbanspoon

Aaron’s Catering Express– On the Menu: Ginger Raspberry Beverage (pictured above with the McShane)

What we thought: Trying every food truck can be exhausting or dehydrating. Instead of trying a food item from Aaron’s we decided on a drink.  The Ginger Raspberry is a refreshing carbonated beverage that has a hint of mint and a lot of flavor. Similar to a Mojito minus the rum… and sugar cane… and cute umbrella straw… add raspberry, mmm maybe not so Mojito-ish, but definitely delish.

Website: Aarons Catering Express
Twitter: @aaronsfoodtruck
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Aaron's Catering Express on Urbanspoon

Montaco Truck – On the Menu: Steak Taco (grilled sirloin steak with minced onion, salsa roja, and cilantro), Taco Playa (grilled chicken, avocado puree, pico de gallo, lettuce, crema, and salsa verde) and the Beaner (black bean purée slice of avocado tomatoes, cilantro and cotija cheese)

Steak, Chicken, and the Beaner

What we thought: This laid back taco truck is sure to please.  From the cool pink and yellow color palate to the freshly made tacos, homemade chips, and friendly staff. These tacos included super-fresh salsa and warm tortillas. The addition of avocado is always appreciated as well! Although diminutive in size, they were large on flavor. Foodies recommend trying an assortment of tacos, since their menu includes a variety!

Website: Montaco
Twitter: @montacotruck
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SugarRush – On the Menu: Cake N’ Shake (vanilla or chocolate ice cream, blended with milk, & your choice of red velvet, vanilla, or chocolate cake, topped with whipped cream & sprinkles), Thrilla in Vanilla, (Madagascar bourbon vanilla cake topped with a vanilla bean buttercream) and Mudslide Cupcake (chocolate coffee cake, filled with Kahlua whipped cream, topped with Bailey’s irish cream buttercream, drizzled with chocolate & crushed oreo cookies).

Red Velvet Shake with a side of Mini Cupcakes

What we thought: There are not enough words to describe the awesomeness of the Red Velvet Cake N’ Shake. It was not to sweet, easy to sip through a straw and absolutely a must try! The cupcakes were also really good (You can’t go wrong with the Thrilla. After one bite, you’ll be wondering why “Vanilla” was ever a synonym for bland, because this cake is anything but.) For $1.10 you can try a few minis or for $5.00 you can indulge in three deep-fried cupcake treats.

Website: SugarRush
Twitter:@SugarRushMiami
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Slow Food Truck: What we tried- Mini Caramel Bacon Cupcakes

Mini Caramel Bacon Cupcakes

What we thought: Bacon is everywhere right now and these mini cupcakes are a great introduction to the newest food trend. The combination was sweet and savory and we thought these little gems would be the perfect addition to the most important meal of the day…breakfast.

Website: Slow Food Truck
Twitter: @SlowFoodTruck
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Click here for Mother Trucker: Part 2

Let Them Eat Cake!

Foodie on the Fly: FASHION

As a connoisseur of the cupcake, and one-time certified cake decorator, I immediately knew I had to attend Sobe’s 10th Anniversary party “Let them Eat Cake”. The event hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart, will feature several of the dessert royalty: Collette Peters, Duff Goldman (I miss Ace of Cakes already….), Jacques Torres, Ron Ben Israel, and more this Friday evening in the uber-trendy new “garage” (really more of a multi-use sculpture that you can shop, eat, party, oh yeah, and park your car in), 1111 Lincoln Road.

For a fete this fabulous, I needed a new dress. My mission this past weekend: A fun yet fashionable frock that  (a.) could be styled up or down (b.)  fit without alterations (c.) looked “dessert” inspired. Not sure what Martha and co. will be wearing, but I’ll be rocking this cute strapless dress from Leifsdottir.

Now which shoes…..

Stayed tuned for my recap after the event! I’ll also be attending Amstel Light Burger Bash (Thurs eve.) and the Grand Tasting Village (Sunday). Tickets are still available for the Grand Tasting, get yours here.

For more dress ideas, check out ModCloth, Nordstroms, and Neiman Marcus.