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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pumpkin please!

I have a confession to make...I might be just a little Pumpkin Obsessed! I absolutely LOVE this time of year. Pumpkin breads, donuts, bagels, scones, cereal, Pop-Tarts, and of course, my original obsession: Pumpkin Pie! When I was a child, my mother used to make two pumpkin pies for for everyone else and one for Heather. No lie.

So of course when I came across this recipe for Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce in Food Network Magazine, I had to try it. Yes, it was a recipe targeted for "kids" but so what?! I am still that little 9 year old that can eat a whole pumpkin pie herself! The recipe itself was so simple a kid really could make it all by themselves too. A few simple ingredients turned a Tuesday night dinner into a rich, warm, comforting fall meal.

Pumpkin Delight

And yes, it tastes as good as it looks! Will I be sick of all things pumpkin by the time Thanksgiving comes around? Maybe. But just so you know, a pumpkin whoopie pie is the key to my heart!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Boca Burger Battle 2012

Best of the Burgers

Another day, another food event. This time, it was the inaugural Boca Burger Battle. 20 local joints battling for burger supremacy. These events are definitely a test to the limits of one's stomach, but that is just part of the fun. There were burgers of all shapes, sizes, textures and flavors. I only sampled 14 of those 20 burgers up for the big prize, but I definitely found some hits and misses. Top vote in my book was Gimme a Burger from Deerfield Beach. Bacon, a fried egg, and a little spice, all things that equal a winner in my book! Can't wait to try their full menu.

Coming out on top for the judges was Rebel House. As I did not sample their burger, I can only assume it was spectacular to beat out Gimme a Burger. 

All in all, another great event. But then again, sponsored by Jack can it be bad?!
What's up next folks?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Taste of The Nation Palm Beach 2012

Sip. Savor. Repeat.
That was my evening in a nutshell.
I had the pleasure of attending the Taste of the Nation Palm Beach. Top local restaurants getting together to pass out samples to raise money for charity? I'm in! Plenty of good food, wine, desserts, auction items and live music...a perfect Wednesday night if you ask me!

So many bites, so little stomach room

(Mostly) Everything was delicious, but my favorite was definitely from Echo.

Duck Bun with Chili dipping sauce

Served with a berry-infused sake, I can't wait to try out their full menu!

Thanks to Dine Magazine for sending me. A night I am sure to not forget any time soon!
Make sure to check out Share Our Strength to find an event near you. Trust me, giving back never tasted so good!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Riverwalk Burger Battle 2012

20 local burger restaurants battling it out for best of the best, sponsored by Jack Daniels and Barefoot Wine? A foodie's dream! It's no small feet to sample 20 burgers in one night, but I was up for the challenge! Some were big, some small, some juicy, some dry and some just overly-complicated.

In the end, everyone chose their favorite and casted their vote. My vote? Grateful Palate.

{Grilled Waygu Burger with Truffle Foie Aioli and Baby Arugula on a Challah Bun}

Grateful Palate may not have won the competition, but they certainly won a customer! Truffle Foie Aioli...are you kidding me?! Can't wait to check out more of their menu.

Who did win, you ask? Charm City Burger. The very local burger joint I blogged about last month.

{Good Ole Burger}

It's nice to see a local win for once. Congrats Charm City!

Now excuse me while I go work off 20 burgers!


Monday, April 9, 2012

Backyard Bar

For Easter this year, I decided to go a different route. Going out for Brunch instead of cooking. Trying a new place even: The Backyard Bar, the quaint little outside dining area at the Hibiscus B&B in downtown West Palm Beach.

{Plate #1, I forgot to take pictures after this!}

While there was nothing BAD about my experience, I can't say there was anything GOOD either. It all seemed, well, amateur. Late service, not enough food, 3 calls to get a reservation... Not to mention the menu lacked all of the Easter favorites I was craving: not one ham, lamb or egg in sight! I would not recommend this as a brunch spot, but I'd definitely try their happy hour and tapas menu. How can that go wrong?

Charmed I'm sure!

Remember last week, when I told you about my trip to the Burger Battle? And how it got shut down by the Fire Marshall? Well, I took note of some of the burger joints I did not get to sample, and was lucky enough to try one on Friday: Charm City Burger Company. This quaint little Deerfield burger joint has everything you want: delicious food, good prices, friendly staff,  and fast service.

It was tough deciding which burger to try, as all of them sounded so good! In the end we went with The Emperor:

{Kobe beef patty melt, sauteed mushrooms, aged Gruyere, truffles aioli}

More burger than even I can eat! Juicy, savory and delicious. I ordered it to be cooked "Right On" and it was! As my friend Caroline says: "You had me at Texas Toast." I dreamt about this burger that night, and continued to taste it on my tongue the whole next day!

We also tried The Cowboy Style with a Fried Egg:

{Thick cut bacon, aged cheddar, sauteed shrooms, grilled onions}

Make sure to have plenty of napkins on hand for this one! A few dribbles down the chin are a small price to pay for this juicy piece of comfort though. With a side of sweet potato fries and a cold brew, you'd think you died and went to Burger Heaven!

I thoroughly enjoyed every bit (and bite) of Charm City Burger. I can't wait to go back and try more of the menu, including those shakes! Highly recommend you try this place out yourself. It is, dare I say, Charming!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Burger Battle

Having missed out on the Rachael Ray Burger Bash at SBWFF just last month, I was thrilled to learn that a less-popular local version was coming to town. Sample 30 burgers by local burger joints? Sponsored by Blue Moon? Yes please!

Of course, testing 30 burgers is no small feat, even for this girl's appetite! I didn't even get the chance to test the limits of my stomach, because the fire Marshall shut the event down at about 8:45. Just 15 burgers in! eek! Well, although not fair, I had to cast my vote for the best burger of the night. I was torn between the Palm Beacher from Chuck Burger Joint:

{Chuck burger, Tilamook cheddar, mustardy iceberg slaw, Walt's farmhouse tomatoes and pickles on a toasted potato bun}

or the Chuck Norris Frita from Fritaman:

{Chorizo, ground beef  with steak seasoning and julienne fries topped with groundhouse kick zesty sauce}

In the end I went with Chuck burger just for proximity's sake, but it was a close race!
Too bad I didn't get to test the rest of the burgers, some of them looked fantastic!
I guess there's always next year. Hopefully, they will have it in better facility, as to keep those pesky Fire Marshalls away!

Until then....