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Kicking Off Miami Spice at Zuma

August 13, 2014

Just the same as people wait anxiously for Christmas every year, foodies in Miami wait for Miami Spice

Miami Spice is a two-month culinary celebration of the best of the best restaurants in Miami. 

To kick off this year’s Spice, I went to the very exclusive, very high-class Zuma for dinner at the EPIC Hotel.

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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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Exotic Snacks in Macau

July 15, 2011

Next on the Asia itinerary was Macau. Often coined the Las Vegas of Asia, Macau is one of two special administrative areas of China. The other special administrative area is Hong Kong.

Macau was a Portuguese colony until late 1999 so many of the typical dishes have heavy Portuguese influence. Lots of fish and rice is eaten in Macau, as well as hearty Portuguese stews. However, the South Pacific traditions are still readily available at the table.

One example of typical South Pacific influence is the choice of fruits in Macau. Everywhere I looked I saw (and smelled!) the infamous durian fruit. Shaped like a hedgehog, the durian fruit has a sort of rancid, putrid smell. To an outsider, it would seem ridiculous to even come close to such a fruit, let alone eat it! But my mom and I had our eyes set on trying this weird fruit and so we did.

We saw an ice cream shop that sold durian ice cream and decided to try it in ice cream form first to see if we really liked it. When I saw the ice cream, I remembered watching episodes of “No Reservations” and “Bizarre Foods” on the Travel Channel where the durian fruit was mentioned and always wanting to try it.

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