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Kicking Off the Holidays with Lunch at the Beach and an Impromptu Dinner Party Featuring Squid Ink Pasta and Seafood

I just love “the holidays”, don’t you?  But, sometimes, things get a little hectic — like this week when I scheduled a holiday lunch at a beachfront restaurant on the same day I was supposed to meet 4 people for an early tapas dinner in a Spanish restaurant. Feeling sorry for me? Hah, I thought not. Continue reading Kicking Off the Holidays with Lunch at the Beach and an Impromptu Dinner Party Featuring Squid Ink Pasta and Seafood

Still the Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine: de Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean

I’ll admit it. I’m a fool for “Nuevo Latino” as witnessed by the many times I’ve dabbled in that category on this site.

In fact, a lot of my fearlessness and creativity in the kitchen was inspired a long time ago by a few chefs like Douglas Rodriguez. He’s the undisputed “Godfather of Nuevo Latino” and a member of the critically-acclaimed Mango Gang that revolutionized the Floribbean concept in the late eighties-early nineties.

Over the years, I’ve been to at least 4 of his restaurants (Yuca, Patria, OLA and this one), each multiple times — and his Nuevo Latino cookbook is one of the few cookbooks that survived my move from New York to Florida (and is still with me after 3 more moves in FL). It’s a treasure.

Yes, I’m fan. Let me show you why. Continue reading Still the Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine: de Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean

Savor-the-Avenue 2013: It’s Still Great!

You may remember all my photos and gushing about this event in 2011 and 2012. Well, I’m back to gush once again.

Savor-the-Avenue is an exciting annual foodie event. The main street of trendy Delray gets closed for about a mile while 1000 people dine al fresco on one never-ending table. But, although it’s one long communal table, each restaurant decorates their section and vies for the ‘best table’ award. Continue reading Savor-the-Avenue 2013: It’s Still Great!