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Aloha!

September 19, 2013

I had the best vacation this summer. I hit the beach, drank Mai Tais and went sightseeing at some amazing places. Of course, I’m talking about the one and only Hawaii!

Apart from being excited to finally work on my tan and ignore my email for a while (which is a vacation within itself!), I was stoked to try new flavors and dishes in the Aloha state.

Early on in my trip, I tried the iconic Hawaiian poke – a dish normally made with fresh, Ahi tuna, scallions, cilantro, onions, soy sauce, sesame oil and a little chili pepper for a kick. Poke actually means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and this dish is reminiscent of an insanely fresh ceviche.

Super fresh and ridiculously tasty Hawaiian poke

Super fresh and ridiculously tasty Hawaiian poke

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This Restaurant Knows Exactly What It’s Doing

July 16, 2013

Yes, I am a foodie. But I am also in the PR world where social media and marketing are key. So, naturally, when I saw this video about a New York City restaurant capitalizing on the marketing prowess of Instagram, my interest piqued.

Cómodo, a Latin restaurant in Manhattan, is intriguing foodies diners everywhere with what they’re calling “The Instagram Menu.” It’s genius, really. Nestled at the bottom of the restaurant’s menu are the words “#ComodoMenu on Instagram.” Guests are encouraged to take pictures of their food and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #ComodoMenu. The idea is that guests who can’t decide what to eat, or simply want to browse through a more visual menu, will search #ComodoMenu and filter (see what I did there?) through the dining options that their fellow diners have so nicely uploaded for them.

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Recipe: Puerto Rican Red Beans

June 17, 2013

When I try something for the first time and really love it, I know that I’m going to attempt to make the dish from scratch in the next few days. This has happened to me with cakes, rice, meat and vegetable dishes.

With so many tools out there for us fellow foodies to use, there’s a plethora of resources for us to find inspiration after the first bite. My favorite of them all? Yummly.com.

Anyway, I especially found this magical website useful when I tried to make a dish last weekend: Puerto Rican red beans. I originally tried these at my best friend’s house a while ago when her mom made the dish (the family is from Puerto Rico). I instantly fell in love with the flavorful beans and the complexity of the dish as a whole.

I asked my friend’s mom for the recipe but wasn’t able to write it down at the time. Luckily, living in Miami will allow you to meet lots of Puerto Ricans! I asked a co-worker who’s Puerto Rican for the recipe and, while I didn’t put it down on paper, I took note of the key ingredients: sofrito and recaito from Goya and cooking ham.

Now, the original dish I tried at my friend’s house used butternut squash, homemade sofrito (usually a mix of garlic, onions, peppers and tomatoes)and no cooking ham. But I decided to mash up these two recipes and make my own version.

I searched “Puerto Rican red beans” on Yummly and on Google and found a ton of variations until the point that I tired myself out looking for the perfect recipe. Although both search engines really helped me decide what I wanted to and didn’t want to use in my dish, I decided to fuse my friend’s mom’s recipe, my co-worker’s recipe, the variations I saw online and a little of my own twist.

The beans turned out exquisite! While not exactly how I tried them at my friend’s house, they were very close to the original flavor but unique enough that I was extremely proud of my creation. I even gave some to try to my friend’s mom and my co-worker and they both gave me a seal of approval!

While I don’t have the exact recipe that I made last weekend, here is a list of ingredients and some rough instructions for you to follow, if you want to try this absolutely delicious dish! I mean, come on, why wouldn’t you want to try these?!

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Kale is the New Black

May 22, 2013

For me, kale is like the edgy, new kid in the class. Everywhere I look, I find a recipe with this trendy superfood. Kale stew, kale crostini, fried kale, kale chips, steamed kale… The list goes on and on!

A bag of kale chips I mysteriously found in my pantry one day...

A bag of kale chips I mysteriously found in my pantry one day…

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My Top Three Picks from the 2013 SOBEWFF’s Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village Weekend

May 6, 2013

Well helloooooo! I’ve been interning at a PR agency for the past couple months so I’ve been crazy busy! But I realized I never wrote about my experience at the 2013 South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF). I wrote a post about some cool free events from SOBEWFF, but never recapped my time at festival.

Like I’ve said in previous entries, I worked as a press and media associate in the festival last year and had a great time. But this year, I was so stoked to actually go as a guest to both days of the Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village and enjoy all the celebrity demonstrations and yummy food!

So what were my favorite parts of the SOBEWFF this year? Here are my top three memories of the Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village:

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Taste the Food, Experience the Culture!

January 8, 2013

This past summer, I was lucky enough to study abroad in Spain and visit many places in Europe and Africa. I became obsessed with authentic Spanish cuisine so I wrote this entry for the blog I kept while I was living and studying in Spain. Hope you fall in love with la comida Española like I did!

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I Ate a Piece of NYC

November 13, 2012

Ah, New York City. One of my favorite cities in the world, if not my all-time favorite, NYC holds a beloved spot in my heart for two reasons:

  1. It is the home of NBCUniversal, my dream work place.
  2. The food is ridiculously delicious.

In regards to the grub you can find in the City, I’m always bewildered at the different types of establishments that I find in the Village, SOHO and even Midtown. Anything from bakeries, Indian food, specialty delicatessens… You name it, you can definitely find it in Manhattan.

In my recent trip to NYC last month, the city was more or less the same- busy, crazy cab drivers hogging up the street and smoke coming up from the sewers (I’ve always thought this was weird). I had very limited time to actually venture and explore the city since I was spending my days with friends I hadn’t seen in a while. However, I did manage to do something that I hadn’t done before – eat a hotdog from a street vendor.

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