Category: Restaurant Review

I love when a restaurant sources its ingredients locally.  I also love when a restaurant serves the freshest, most inventive menu and changes it regularly based on what can be sourced locally.  This past weekend I had the pleasure of dining at MIA Kitchen & Bar in Delray Beach, Florida.   Chef Blake Malatesta and his crew did not disappoint!  I will definitely be back!



Brule Presentation

At Brule, it is all about the amazing sauces, unique combinations, tremendous presentation, and layers upon layers of deliciousness!

Last night, we ordered venison (but failed to take a picture of it – I borrowed a pic from a review on TripAdvisor showing the duck to give you an idea of how well presented their meals are).  It has been over 40 years since the last time I ate venison, so aside from remembering that it was gamey and sometimes chewy, I just wanted to see Brule’s take on it.  The waitress recommended it, and she was not wrong!  The meat was cooked to a perfect medium rare atop sweet potato ravioli (freshly made in house).

The sauce was beyond words.  Perfect in every way!  We ordered a side of asparagus and a potato croquette – both were scrumptious!

Brule Outside

We sat outside under the stars and will continue to go there regularly.

Daniel's Birthday

l to r:  Anandi, Daniel, Bree, Austin, Andyy, and Jeannine.  Enrique, Terry, and I were also there, but seated facing the kids.

September 1 was my surrogate son Daniel’s 22nd birthday.  His parents treated us all to Red Cow Barbecue.

We didn’t take photographs of our food, but I found the below picture on Red Cow’s website.  They smoke the meats in house.

Red Cow Smoker

We ordered Cornbread, Empanadas, and Pork Rinds for appetizers.  The cornbread is amazing and moist.  The empanadas were a special and had a yummy cilantro sauce – one of our party liked them so well, she ordered them as her meal.

I had a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw on it.  The sauces on the table were bold, sweet, or tangy.  All three were delicious.  The Gobbler Club sandwich was a hit with its bacon jam.  The fried brussel sprouts were also a big hit!

The maple bacon wings are just as good as they sound.  The avocado salad with grapefruit vinaigrette is also a good choice.

They have a great selection of craft beers and cocktails.  We really enjoyed it!

Dessert was a smore sundae that we all shared.

I looked at their brunch menu, and can’t wait to try it!

PS.  Poor Jeannine was only their in spirit, as she had to work.  Thank you, Anandi for photoshopping her into the picture!!  I love it.

Tuna PokePork BellyBrule menu

I have a new favorite restaurant locally, and it’s called Brule Bistro!  The flavors of everything are amazing.

I had the Tuna Poke (pictured above) and shared a Pork Belly appetizer.  The sauces are out of this world.  Click on the above link to see their menu.  It changes regularly, though.

One of my fellow diners had the Mahi and raved about it.  We also tried a special appetizer that had fig and foie gras ice cream on a Belgian waffle.  No kidding.  So delicious.  We also shared a coconut key lime tart topped with coconut gelato.



My friend, Danielle (the one who took me to Il Mulino’s Restaurant) shared her secret addiction with me.  She was the first person who ever told me about Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter – which she warned me I may not thank her for!  This is her current stash.


It’s obvious the wild friends Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter is one she really likes.


She said the Justin’s Maple Almond Butter tastes good, but is dry and has a strange texture.  She said the wild friends Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter adds a unique gourmet touch to recipes calling for peanut butter.

Her favorite is Peanut Butter & Co.’s The Bees Knees.


She uses the Barney Butter in her protein shakes.



My daughter Olivia, prefers Biscoff to Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter



I don’t know whether anyone will thank me for this review though.   These butters are addictive!

There is an Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale that in all its years  has never disappointed.  (I’ve been going there since the mid 80’s)

I was treated to lunch there today and wanted to share what a wonderful experience it was!

My friend Danielle had the Spinach Salad with Salmon.  I had the Chicken Anello.

The dressing on the salad is honey mustard seed vinaigrette and the salmon is perfectly cooked and undisputedly fresh.

The Chicken Anello is chicken, dried cranberries, roasted corn, spinach, sun dried cranberries, cheddar cheese and alfredo sauce, all wrapped in a delicious delicate dough with a side of cheese tortellini also in the alfredo sauce, which is made fresh daily on site.

Always a wonderful dining experience.  Four starts on Trip Advisor for a reason!



15th-street-fisheries outdoor dining

It had been years since I had been to the 15th Street Fisheries.  I was reintroduced recently by my boss on Administrative Assistant’s Day, and when my daughter Olivia asked where I wanted to have lunch on my birthday yesterday, I didn’t hesitate to suggest we go there!  The outdoor dining overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway offers amazing views.  We were looking across the water at Steven Speilberg’s yacht.

Seven Seas

Their menu has so many great choices.

15thfisheries_dockside menu

We shared some mahi tacos that were messy and yummy!

mahi tacos

After lunch we took a walk on the dock.  There was a fishing tournament weighing in, so there weren’t as many tarpon to see as usual.  I guess all the boats scared them off.  Usually the place is full of them!

15th-street-fisheries tarpon 15thstreet feeding tarpons

What a wonderful thing to find that it’s still just as good as I remembered and what a wonderful place to see Fort Lauderdale through the eyes of a tourist!

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