Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce
Neige Premiere “Apple Ice Wine” from Quebec
Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney and Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Carib Lager from Islands of the Caribbean
Trio of Artisan Cheese
Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust
Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel
Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise in Hawaii
Blood Orange Margaritas in Mexico
Hello from China!
Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice
Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket with Mint Raita
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese
Lebkuchenherz: Decorated Gingerbread Heart
New England Lobster Roll
Prosecco in Italy
Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça
St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower liqueur
Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley in France
Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with Housemade Rasberry Jam in France
Rose & Crown Pub in England
Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce
My girl Shaina and I go way back — we’ve been friends for about 17 years — and every so often we plan a fun girls’ weekend together. This year we ate and drank our way around the world at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida. Everything was fantastic — from the weather and cocktails to the friendly people and live bands we encountered. Here are a few of our favorite festival bites.
My Top 5 Bites at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (described in 3 words)!
#5 — Braised Beef “Stroganoff”: Silky. Meaty. Noodles.
at The Cheese Studio
#4 — Schinkennudeln: Cheesy. Ham. Pasta.
#3 — Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings: Tender. Tangy. Spicy.
#2 — New England Lobster Roll: Fresh. Buttery. Succulent.
at Hops & Barley
#1 — Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon: Truffle. Butter. Sauce.
Southern Kitchen Brunch
Southern Kitchen Brunch
Smoked Brisket Hash with Fried Egg and Chimichurri from Howard Kleinberg, Bulldog BBQ
Avocado Toast from Frederic Delaire, Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Nashville Hot Chicken Biscuit and Gravy from John Lasater, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Sautéed Chicken Livers and Cornbread from Tren-ness Woods-Black, Sylvia’s Restaurant
Duck & Waffle from Kenichi Tajima, Mountain Bird
Breakfast Taco from Roberto Espinosa, Tacodeli
Orange and Olive Oil Cake, Pink Champagne Cake and Spice Cake from Anne Byrn, American Cake
Whiskey Buttermilk Pie with Tipsy Berries from Elizabeth Karmel, Carolina Cue To-Go
With the lovely Trisha Yearwood
With Chef Art Smith
The past two years we’ve enjoyed the all-day gluttony of the SOBEWFF Grand Tasting Village. But this year we decided to switch things up and opted to spend Sunday morning with country queen Trisha Yearwood at the Loews Miami Beach hotel. We not only filled up on delish southern eats and bourbon Bloody Marys, but we also got to watch the Grammy Award-winning singer perform a few songs! Here are our favorite bites of the day.
My Top 5 Bites at the Southern Kitchen Brunch
(described in 3 words)!
#5 — Pulled Barbecue with Zucchini Fritter:
Smoky. Moist. Spicy.
from Trisha Yearwood, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen
#4 — Signature Honeybee Doughnut:
Sweet. Flaky. Decadence.
from Karen Muirhead, Honeybee Doughnuts
#3 — Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Maple Biscuit and Sawmill Gravy:
Crispy. Tender. Substantial.
from Chef Art Smith, Blue Door Farm Kitchen
#2 — Key West Pink Shrimp and Grits:
Meaty. Creamy. Fresh.
from Jeffrey McInnis and Janine Booth, Root & Bone
#1 — Fried Shrimp Gumbo and Carolina Gold Rice:
Rich. Deep. Roux.
from Mike Lata, FIG
Wynwood Culinary Tour
I highly recommend Miami Culinary Tours!
R House Drag Brunch
Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop
Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop
Kenny and I eating pie at Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop
Made in Italy Gourmet
Our goofy group had a blast!
For my birthday last month, I gathered a crew of my family and friends for a walking food tour through Miami’s art-centered Wynwood neighborhood with Miami Culinary Tours. We strolled through the colorful Wynwood Walls district, learning about the local artists and their eclectic street artworks. Our informative guide led us to an assortment of five local eateries in the area, where we ate everything from empanadas and fresh ceviche to key lime pie and cannoli. Pretty much everyone agreed the ropa vieja empanadas from Wynwood Kitchen was our favorite bite of the day. All in all, everyone really enjoyed themselves — especially the live drag show entertainment at R House — and we hope to take the Little Havana tour sometime soon!
STOP #1: WYNWOOD KITCHEN
Ropa vieja empanadas, tequenos, maduros and Wynwood Brewing’s La Rubia
STOP #2: GK BISTRONOMIE
Mahi mahi ceviche (not pictured: hand-crafted Pisco Sours)
STOP #3: R HOUSE
Yellowfin tuna tartare, short rib sliders and jalapeno margaritas
STOP #4: FIREMAN DEREK’S BAKE SHOP
Key Lime Pie!
STOP #5: MADE IN ITALY GOURMET
Cannoli with a chocolate drizzle