The 22nd Annual International Mango Festival was a succulent celebration this year. The mangos of Colombia were honored and the abundant harvest could be tasted all over the park. The festival transpired over two days and included an exquisite mango inspired brunch, yoga, children activities, lectures, cooking demonstrations, beer and wine tasting among many more events. The Edward mango, one of Miami’s sweetest and sexiest was voted as the fan favorite in the Mango Tasting Room. At the Mango Auction, Thailand’s Nam Doc Mai, one of Asia’s most sought after mangos, fetched the highest bid. In addition to the mangos, it was serene to wander through the rainforest and experience the Butterfly Conservatory. We will definitely be back next year for the 23rd installment.
Taste of the Nation South Florida Review & Photos
Photographs by Paula Echevarria
South Florida (the non-confederate flag waving part of our paradise state) has been elevated into a serious “Foodie” region. While we are still anxiously awaiting our first Michelin Star, we do possess exquisite food, sexy chefs and a deeply diverse restaurant scene with an eclectic compilation of stellar dishes.
If you were unfamiliar with how fantastic our restaurants truly are then Taste of the Nation South Florida was the event to acquaint yourself with Miami’s finest. Almost 700 gastronomes showed up for this exquisite event held at the Loews Hotel. The lavish bash raised funds for Share Our Strength, an organization that aims to end childhood hunger in America. The irony of us stuffing our gluttonous faces to end hunger was not lost on us, but the event did raise almost $100K!!! With the exception of the renowned South Beach Wine and Food Fest, Taste of the Nation is the apex of culinary events in South Florida. [Read more...]
Planet Kitchen celebrated its maiden voyage of its Planet Kitchen Healthy Organic Food, Drink and Wellness Tour, highlighting a growing trend towards healthy and sustainable living in South Florida. It also showcased local farms, markets, restaurants and businesses who make real food and drinks to heal us naturally from the inside out.
We started our tour at Trio Studio, located in between Wynwood & the Design District (Midtown) in Miami. There we had a wonderful grounding meditation to start our journey followed by an awesome demonstration of Budokon Yoga, AcroYoga, and Aerial Yoga. Tour participants had an opportunity to get in on the action and try out AcroYoga for themselves. It was really beautiful to participate and watch.
Afterwards, the folks at Sambazon shared a refreshing fruit, mint and frozen acai concoction called an “acai bowl.” This superfood charged treat is also non-GMO, Fair Trade and b-certified. We enjoyed it so much, we purchased a bottle that same week. I’m sure it will be a permanent part of our refrigerator as we support conscious companies and healthy nutrition. [Read more...]
Toro Toro is an Exquisite Experience
You only get one chance to make a first impression and Toro Toro at the Intercontinental Hotel floored us in all respects. We were joined by Maria the Foodaholic for a remarkable dining experience at this stunning locale. She co-authored this review with us.
From the moment we stepped into the lobby, we were taken aback by the gorgeous beige marble décor lining the walls, and the captivating neon lights around vivid color changing screens. The gargantuan marble sculpture in the middle of the lobby conveyed a sense of historic grandeur balanced against the modern Miami flashing neon screens connecting the second and third floors. It was truly a seductive entryway to an amazing, yet under-the-radar restaurant.
The resplendent allure continued with dark brick wooden tables inside Toro Toro and the beautiful supple oak colored leather booths. Rustic lanterns hung from the ceiling contrasting majestically against the red candles on the table. An artistic tree branch hung from the ceiling, seemingly crowning the robust red and white flowers below, adding vibrancy to the unique décor. [Read more...]
Wynwood Kitchen and Bar has launched a European summer tasting menu. We swung by to try the Spanish menu last month. Currently, they are serving German dishes, and will serve Portugal treats in August.
The Duck Prosciutto was a brand new flavor for us. When the salty, bacon like duck meat was combined with the San Simon and Tetilla cheese and the crunchy toast it was delightful. The Quince paste jam (similar to guava) tied everything together splendidly. The sweet sauce was a nice contrast to the savory duck and cheeses.
The Stuffed Piquillo Peppers were a tasty beautiful plate. It was comprised of crabmeat, Manchego cheese with a aji amarillo sauce.The Manchego melded with the crab giving it a creamy consistency. The aji amarillo sauce had some heat, so don’t douse the pepper in it if you are spice adverse. [Read more...]
Huahua’s Happy Hour Specials to Launch Tuesday, July 1
Huahua’s Taqueria, the laid-back Mexican eatery from the guys at HaVen Hospitality Concepts, will celebrate its one year anniversary by launching a new Happy Hour on July 1, 2014. The playful taqueria will be offering an array ofdelicioso food & drink specials Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.Drink specials include $3 beers from Huahuas’ list of authentic Mexican cervezas such as Corona, Dos Equis, Negra Modelo, Victoria and Pacifico; $4 house-made margaritas featuring a rotation of seasonal fruit flavors; and $1 off nachos with all the fixings – choice of meat (citrus chicken, pork green chili or carne asada), queso blanco, Mexican cheeses, refried black beans, sour cream, tomato, onion, pickled jalapeño and cilantro. For an extra kick, top it all off with one of Chef Todd Erickson’s own signature hot sauces.
Those looking to satisfy late-night cravings can rejoice with Midnight Munchies – a continuation of Happy Hour specials on Friday and Saturday evenings from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Huahua’s Taqueria, located at 1211 Lincoln Road, is open for lunch and dinner daily; Sunday – Thursday, noon – 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon – 4 a.m. Telephone: (305) 534-TACO (8226); www.HuahuasTaco.com. Ample street parking is available.
Follow Huahua’s at: www.facebook.com/HuaHuasTaco; Twitter/Instagram: @HuaHuasTaco
About HaVen Hospitality Concepts
HaVen Hospitality Concepts is a group dedicated to developing innovative business opportunities with cutting edge digital technology applications and the best food, drinks and culinary arts. In addition to Huahua’s, HHC also operates HaVen South Beach, which opened at 1237 Lincoln Road in May 2011. Now in its third year, HaVen now features a new design and menu with custom hydraulic matte tables and a menu of more than 20 new dishes. The team is developing additional locations for both Huahua’s Taqueria and HaVen South Beach.
Feel the Ancient Castle Energy
San Gimignano (or Sangiin local parlance) is an ancient walled city with impressive Game of Thrones like towers spanning up to the heavens. The town is located atop a mountain overlooking a 360 degree view of serene picturesque landscapes, which amplifies its gravitas and sheer elegance. Although most of the original 72 towers have not withstood the test of time, the city is still very much intact and a handful of towers still reign over the city in a majestic regal fashion.
We stumbled upon this castle online and were instantly drawn to it. Since we were travelling to a fable-like city, we felt compelled to stay at a castle that is over 1,000 years old. One of our favorite facets of Europe is the venerable spirit that permeates throughout the historic cities. One can intensely feel the energy of a city and the structures that have absorbed so much history over thousands of years. We thought a castle of this timeworn magnitude would be cool, unique and overflowing with these vibes. [Read more...]