Best Mediterranean in Miami!

Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Located in the Buena Vista area of Miami on 2nd Street, just outside of the Design District. Perfect day, perfect food, perfect service.

You’ll walk in from the street and into the beautiful courtyard seating area. Right away I knew this was a going to be an extra long extended lunch! Beautiful! They do have a few tables inside, but plan on patio. It’s all shaded and stays pretty cool. 

  
Start off with the Turkish Trio; Hummus, Beet salad, and Tomato Walnut Dip served with crusty bread in little paper bags. 

Turkish Trio

Grilled Octopus

First time trying grilled octopus, pescatarian delight! It was marinated and then grilled perfectly. Topped with a squeeze of lemon,
so tender and delicious. Must try!

Tzatziki

Can not pass up tzatziki when I’m eating greek!

Roasted Vegetable & Spicy Hummus Sandwich

Amuse Bouche

Not sure what this chocolate cake is called because it was not on the menu, but all of the tables around had it. YUM! Reminded me of graham crackers and chocolate pudding layered together, yet not too sweet or rich. Perfect with a little Turkish Coffee!

Next time your in Miami and feeling Greek, check out Mandolin, it might be your new favorite! 

Ambience: Crushed it

Food: Flavor and kick, killed it

Service: All over it 

Quality: High

Price: A little pricey, but average for Miami

  
Happy and Full, we didn’t move off that patio for several hours! Go Mandolin!

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Anna Wall’s House is my House

Out now: TRAXX Volume 2, My House is your House

 

Loving this lady and her chill house mixes out of the UK! You can check them all out on Soundcloud. My favorite is definitely The Soundcloud Mix Vol 5, The Bricks that Built my House.

Anna Wall was just featured in the May edition of DJ MAG, she’s got a magic touch and consistent style that I really enjoy. 

She started out as a bedroom DJ and friends suggested she go public with her passion and it stuck. Years later she’s touring, producing, into radio, and promoting.

Just released: TRAXX Volume 2, My House is your House is available from the Needwant label on iTunes for $5.99 or Beatport for $9.99.

Here’s a video of her DJ’ing from Miami on YouTube:

Anna Wall & Treasure Fingers in Miami @ DJ Mixlab

Check out her sounds and let me know what you think, her music style is perfect for beach, relaxing, studying, road trip, pretty much anytime you just want to chill and don’t want anything heavy or too crazy and beat heavy in your face like dubstep!

Hope you enjoy!

  

Falafel Time in Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

 Mmmm, best falafel in a long time! On Las Olas – Hummus, pickled onion, baba ganoush, eggplant tomato dip,
jalapeño sauce, tahini sauce, and spicy preserved lemons! All so fresh and very potent flavors. $10, served with a delicious pita bread…excellent pre-beach meal #foodie #fortlauderdale #humbleberrypie #lasolas #awesome #nomnomnom 

Going to Club Space Miami? Info for you party people! 

Looks like a good night tonight at SPACE tonight!

MATTER on the Terrace Victor Calderone, ALX, and Mike Frade (I LOVE ALX) CLICK For Tickets for Club Space tonight!  

    

SPACE just got voted number 46 in the top 100 nightclubs in DJ MAG last month! If you’re going anytime soon and have not been there yet, here are some tips so that you have a smooth evening/morning! Here’s the pics and story from my most recent experience at The 15 year Anniversary of Club Space In Miami, with Erick Morillo. Oh what a night and on into the morning! Got into Space at exactly 3 AM and Morillo started soon after. The place was packed! They open at 10 PM, but it’s a huge place and doesn’t fill up until after midnight. Crowd The crowd was really cool and diverse. Every body there is VERY into the music and pretty friendly. Lots of fun people on the dance floor and the vibe is really good. All smiles. The dress style is mixed from somewhat casual to very dressy, just depends what kind of party everyone came from because Space is definitely the best after hours spot in Miami. Tickets Definitely get tickets ahead of time if you want to get into Space quickly on a night that they’re headlining a well known DJ. If you sign up for the mailing list from the Club Space website, they will text you a code to get a further discount of about five or ten dollars. You can choose to arrive before 1 AM for about $20, or before 3 AM for $30. I believe it’s $40 or $50 at the door.

House Heaven    This is what it looks like when the sun comes up in the morning and the party gets good and lively! The best time of the night at Space is between 6 AM and about 8:30 AM when the sun is coming up! There’s even a fresh crowd of people that come in the morning, like a brunch crowd. In fact I would do that, get up at about 5 AM and head to space for some early morning dancing! #sundayfunday Check out my activity on My Runkeeper APP, yup I counted my dancing as exercise! I don’t know about the 3000 calories though!    Eric Morillo was relentless, I kept thinking it was almost over and then he ate breakfast while he was spinning and kept it going! We finally threw in the towel at 11 AM but he kept playing until 2 PM! Some more tips for your Space Outing! Don’t forget the cash! – They only take cash or tickets at the door Don’t bring your American Express card! – I tried to use mine at the bar and had no other card! No drink for me. Earplugs! -You will be hard of hearing for the next 24 hours! If you’re nice and leave a tip on water, the bartender won’t mind giving you a cup of water, rather than paying $8 for one. I did buy an Oculto beer for $10. Guest list You can try to get on the Guest list by going to the website or contacting a promoter on Twitter or Instagram! There are often contests to enter on their social media and website to win a VIP table or a spot on the guest list with open bar but only until 12:30 AM, and not on major nights. The good stuff happens in the morning though so plan to be there for that!

Have FUN!  

Are you looking for espresso in Fort Lauderdale?

Gran Forno & Gran Forno Pronto serve Illy espresso on Las Olas!

After a big lunch, I was in the process of getting geared up for a evening run. I start around 6:30/7:00 when the day finally cools down. What I needed was an espresso.

Hopped in the car and headed to Las Olas, as I remembered I saw several little coffee and dessert places. I passed two Starbucks on the way, but I think we should all be on a mission to find other options. Support local!

Parking can be a little tricky on this busy street in Fort Lauderdale, but I got a spot a short walk away.

The restaurant is almost all patio, and it’s a large one at that. The inside is just a counter and kitchen. I ordered the espresso and asked for biscotti but they were out.

The lady asked if I wanted something from the dessert display case, but everything was too big! She then recommended the Sfogliatella, a small ricotta filled pastry.

I asked if it was made there but she informed me that it was made at their bakery down the street.

Just looking at this little pastry, you wonder how they get the layers of dough to look like a shell, must be very labor intensive.

She brought out my espresso (ILLY, YUM) and sfogliatella. The ricotta filling had a little lemon zest so I thought to go for a dunk in the espresso. DELISH!

I’ll be frequenting this place often! I can’t wait to try the brick oven pizza and visit their bakery down the street.

I really wanted stay and kick back on the patio because the music was just getting started, but still went for the run.

RUN to EAT!!

#treatyourself #fortlauderdale #lasolas

Super easy & healthy, Bomb Bean Salad!

Hi friends!

This is a healthy and tasty recipe for your repertoire!

Why bean salad?

Beans are an awesome source of fiber and protein, and are also really satisfying. Not only that, they are inexpensive and easy to prepare.

Since I stopped eating meat and became Pescatarian two and a half years ago, I’ve been trying more recipes using plant based protein foods like beans, eggs, and nuts. And since it’s summer, I’ve been craving a lot more cold/fresh/salad type foods.

When you eat a totally plant based meal, you’re likely to feel hungry again in a couple of hours, unless of course you add a scoop of this tasty bean salad!

Try it!

 

This dish is so good all by itself, or on top of a greens salad with feta crumbles. YUM!

Bean Salad

Can Chick Peas or White Beans

Can of Red Beans

Can of Black Beans

Can of Corn

2 Jalapeños (remove the insides if you don’t want all the heat)

1 or 2 Chipotle Peppers in adobo from a can

1/2 of a large Red Onion

1/2 Tbsp Chili Powder

1/2 Tbsp Smoked Paprika

1 Tbsp Sugar

1 Tbsp Wildflower Honey

1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tbsp Lime Juice

Half a bunch of Cilantro (1/4 to 1/2 cup)

Clove of Garlic (a big one, or 2 littles)

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1/2 Tbsp Kosher Salt

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

First, make the dressing by combining everything from the chili powder down, in a bowl and whisk.

Small dice the onion and jalapeño, and then mince the garlic and chipotle peppers.

Add that to the dressing and whisk it up.

Rinse the beans really well in a strainer, and then add them to the mix.

Toss it up, put it in the refrigerator to chill, and serve cold!

That’s it, super easy!

Note: You could (I would) add cumin to the mix but my dear friend Sherry, who I always share my bean salad with, hates cumin!

 Let me know what you think!

 

New Mellow Mushroom in Fort Lauderdale

Craft Beer and Yummy Pizza.

So we were on the way to find some sushi the other night when we passed the new Mellow Mushroom in Fort Lauderdale and decided to check it out.

I was really craving something fresh/salad/cold but was easily swayed from that desire to visit another guilty pleasure of mine, beer and pizza! Complete calorie bomb, but I was willing to set it off because I had just run a good 7 miles earlier that evening and was starving. Totally. Justified.

Mellow is on US 1 just across from Fresh Market but a little further down in front of EDGE. The place is huge and very bright with what I’ll call a “wild and neon” style of decor.

They had only been open a week so I was a little weary about going to a place that new because of the kinks you can sometimes encounter at new restaurants. I’m pleased to say there were no kinks.

BEER:

The list of 48 beers is listed on a large chalkboard to the left when you walk in. I saw a lot of the craft beers that I like and started of with an Arrogant Bastard on draft from Stone Brewery. They also had Terrapin, Dogfish Head, Left Hand Brewery, and Goose Island to name a few of the other craft beers on the menu.

Fresh/Salad/Cold Element:

The Greek Salad was calling my name because it had the most variety of vegetables and feta cheese. Love me some feta. The house Esperanza dressing, which sort of resembles a creamy italian dressing, was suggested. So far so good. The vegetables were all fresh in the salad and it was big enough to share.

PIZZA:

The pizza selections all sounded pretty complex and/or meaty, and I’m Pescatarian so we created our own. The waiter warned us to be careful that we don’t end up with a $60 pizza which apparently happened the other day when someone went crazy with the toppings.

We decided on caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, and portobello mushrooms. Delicious! The sauce was very flavorful, there was a generous amount of cheese, and the crust was the best combination of crispy on the outside, and fluffy/soft inside. It came to $17 for a medium.

Details:

I was talking with the waiter after our meal to get some more info about the place:

The kitchen will be open until 11 PM on weekdays and the bar will close at midnight. On the weekends, food is served until midnight and the bar open until 1 AM.

There is a lot of seating inside, and they also have a second bar outside with a huge patio with even more seating.

I’ve been on an Avion tequila or Tito’s vodka and soda kick lately so I noticed that the only tequila on display was Patron and asked about the selections. They have Sauza for the well (least expensive) and shots of Patron are $6 for an ounce and a quarter. Pretty cheap!

The waiter said he thought Tito’s was around $5.50. Pretty good considering I paid $11 for one of those on the beach this week. Ouch.

Beer for dessert:

It was my first time trying the Green Flash IPA, and being that it’s from the West Coast, I was pretty certain I would love it. And I did, SO flavorful. YUM. Huge fan of Stone and Ballast Point as well.

I always go to Riverside Market for my beer and pizza fix and I normally don’t like to eat at chain restaurants, but i’ll definitely go back to this Mellow Mushroom. Everything was really tasty, the service was good, and they have a nice beer selection.

Yay for beer and pizza!

Mellow Mushroom

525 N Federal Hwy #500

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308