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At the Chef Talk event at the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival

14 Dec

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Connor with Chef Irvine

14 Dec

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Blocks Pizza Deli in Miami Beach – Some of the Best Pizza Around (aka Home of the Mother Dough)

2 Dec ConnorsTasteBuds and the Pizza Chef at Blocks Pizza Deli

I was on Miami Beach renting a Trikke with my family when we decided to stop and have some pizza.  When we went inside, the restaurant was small.  I ordered the bacon and rosemary pizza which was very good.  My sister had the basil and cheese pizza.  She liked it also.  We also had some cheesy focaccia bread sticks.  They were a bit too cheesy for my taste.  We ended the meal with an awesome banana and nutella pita.  Mmmmm good!  I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are on Miami Beach.

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UPDATED – Watch me try my first oyster at the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival

20 Oct

Video Review of Sushi Samba in Coral Gables, FL and Upcoming Coconut Grove Seafood Festival on October 20

6 Oct

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Simple Seasoned Breaded Chicken Thighs

12 Aug Seasoned Chicken Thigh

This summer I went to culinary camp and learned to make lots of cool dishes.  Here is a simple and great tasting recipe for chicken.

Ingredients

  1. 1 pack of chicken thighs;
  2. 1 cup of all purpose flour;
  3. 1 egg;
  4. Kosher salt to taste; and
  5. butter or olive oil

Preparation

  1. Beat the egg;
  2. Place the chicken in the egg to coat the chicken;
  3. Then place the chicken into the flour until evenly coated;
  4. Heat a pan with either olive oil or butter;
  5. Place the chicken on the heated pan and cook for about 4 minutes per side or until golden brown; and
  6. Remove and sprinkle with salt.

ROK:BRGR – Lunch at Rok Burger in South Miami

11 Aug

My family and I ate a Rok Burger for lunch. The food is very good the service is ok. They have inside and outside seating. We ordered the slider sampler it has eight sliders.  My favorite was the “bacon jam” burger.  We had bread pudding for dessert.  I would definitely go back.

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Ahi Tuna Poke

30 Jun Ahi Tuna Poke

We recently took a family trip to Hawaii.  I had a great time.  I played on the beach, in the pool and went on an off-road Segway tour.  I also tried lots of Hawaiian food.  My favorite was Ahi Tuna Poke.  Here is the recipe.

Ingredients

  1. 2 pounds of fresh sushi-grade tuna (check out that massive tuna at the fish market);
  2. 1/4 cup of soy sauce;
  3. 2 tablespoons of sesame oil;
  4. 2 stalks of green onions, thinly sliced;
  5. 1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger; and
  6. 2 tablespoons of toasted chopped macadamia nuts.

Directions

  1. Toast the macadamia nuts in an oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees;
  2. Cut the tuna into 1 inch cubes;
  3. Chop the macadamia nuts;
  4. In a large bowl, mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, chopped macadamia nuts, and sliced green onions;
  5. Add the cubed tuna and mix gently;
  6. Placed the tuna into the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes;
  7. Serves 6 to 8 people.

Sweet and Salty Kale Chips

22 May

I like roasted seaweed snacks and I take them to school all the time.  My friends ask if they can have any and sometimes I will share them.

We got the idea to make kale chips when my older sister came back from visiting our aunt Leslie in Vancouver.  They made kale chips up there and when she came back, she made them for us.  They were OK, but I thought they were too salty.  So I decided to make them myself and use less salt and some sugar to make it sweet.  The kale chips taste less oceany and more potato chipy than the seaweed.  I love them!

By the way, we got the kale from Endlessly Organic.

Ingredients

  1. 1 bunch of kale
  2. 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  3. 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon of sugar

Directions

With a knife, cut out the stalk of the kale leaf.  Place the kale leaves into a large bowl. Combine with the olive oil, sugar and salt.  Mix together. Try a piece to make sure it has the right amount of sugar and salt.  Next, place them on a large baking pan and put them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Sweet and Salty Carrot Chips and Sticks

19 May

I like kale chips (I will post the kale chip recipe later). I decided to try something different which was sweeter than kale.  We had some leftover carrots from a boat trip, so we used them.  They taste like crunchy sweet potatoes.  I hope you enjoy them.

Ingredients

  1. 4 carrots
  2. 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  3. 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon of sugar

Directions

With a peeler, peel the entire carrot.  With the leftover stumps, slice thinly into disks.  Place the carrot peels and disks into a large bowl. Combine with the olive oil, sugar and salt.  Mix together. Try a piece to make sure it has the right amount of sugar and salt.  Next, place them on a large baking pan and put them in the oven at 200 degrees for about one hour.

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