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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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 

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

Six Pence Pub, Savannah, GA


YUMS!

If your looking for some good food downtown Savannah, Georgia, I highly recommend Six Pence Pub on Bull Street.

In my opinion, there are so many places to eat downtown Savannah, and a large quantity of them are tourist traps.

At Six Pence, the food is awesome, the english pub atmosphere is fun, and the service is good. It’s hard to find all three of those points in one place!

Went to lunch with the family and was pretty excited because I remembered that they have really good french onion soup, but ended up getting one of the special soups of the day, potato leek. I also had the Salmon salad and shared some Creme Brulee for dessert.

Try a Black Velvet!  It’s a Guinness Stout layered on top of a Strongbow Cider in the same glass. It’s pretty delicious and really cuts down on the heaviness of the Guinness.

 

Baked brie & Welsh Rarebit

Potato & Leek Soup

Club Sandwich with Cole Slaw

Grilled Salmon Salad

Bangers & Mash

Pot Roast & Mash

Shepherd’s Pie

Creme Brulee

The restaurant is very close to Chippewa Square so you can take a little stroll after, and there’s a really good coffee shop across the street called Gallery Espresso. I always go over there after a really good lunch downtown. They have a yummy Baklava and Espresso!

Six Pence Pub

245 Bull Street

Rancho Alegre!

YUMS!

Cuban food in Savannah, GA

Had a delicious lunch at Rancho Alegre today! This was the second time I’ve been there, and it was good both times. Excellent reviews on Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Urban Spoon. 

It’s a meat heavy menu, but there are plenty of options for Pescatarians and Vegetarians.

Get some!

 

Tequenos & Plantain Chips

  

Roasted Pork

  

Garlic Shrimp

  

Flan & Cuban Coffee