Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Chicken Avocado Salad Recipe


Looking for a quick, easy and healthy meal? Then this is it:

3 chicken breasts or a Rotisserie Chicken shredded
1/4 Onion chopped (I prefer red onion)
1 avocado
2 Tbs cilantro
Juice of one lime
Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine.

Super easy and gluten free. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

S'macks



I love a good burger, like most people in this world and S'macks definitely has them.  Located on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota, S'macks has both indoor and outdoor eating.  What I like best about them in the concept of "farm to fork" S'macks sources all of their food from local farms.

They offer hormone and antibiotic free hamburgers as well as Bison Burgers from a ranch in Punta Gorda as well as locally sourced potatoes and sustainable produce.

In addition, S'macks has amazing old fashion custard shakes made fresh daily.  Right now they have a Pumpkin Spice flavor that is amazingly suited for the Fall Season.

So if you are craving an amazing burger and want to support local farmers, check out S'macks. It's worth the visit.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

My Favorite Dessert Ever

This dessert is my all time favorite dessert.  It hails from the infamous Ivy Restaurant in London. 

What is it? Frozen berries in hot white chocolate. I'm salivating just as I type this. 

If you can make it to this fabulous restaurant in London then I encourage you to go as the other food they serve is delicious as well. 

However, I'd you can't, below is a recipe so you can make this treat at home 

Chilled Berries w/ White Hot Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients:
4-6 cups fresh berries, I like to use a combination of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries
6-7 ounces good quality white chocolate, chopped (I use Ghiradelli or Lindt)
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
1. At least 60-90 minutes before serving time, spread the berries on a baking sheet and place in the freezer.

2.While berries are freezing, place cream in a medium size microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes or until cream just begins to bubble around the edges. Remove from microwave and immediately add white chocolate. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and alllow to sit for several minutes then stir well until all chocolate is melted and sauce is smooth. Set aside, covered until serving time.

3.When ready to serve, divide berries among 4 dessert plates or 4 pretty bowls. Re-heat white chocolate sauce for 40-50 seconds. Drizzle sauce generously over berries. Serve with a mint sprig for garnish.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cucumber Salsa

For an easy side salad try this Cucumber Salsa

2 cucumbers, peeled and diced 
1 shallot, minced 
Zest of one lemon
Lemon juice from one lemon 
Handful of dill, chopped 
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
Salt and Pepper to taste 

Enjoy! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Drunken Poet Cafe






The Drunken Poet is a Thai/Sushi restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Sarasota. This Thai Bistro and Sushi Bar has a vast selection of Thai dishes with a smaller sushi menu.  The specialty rolls tend to be the "specials of the day" and written on a chalkboard over the sushi bar.  Be careful when you order though, some of them can be quite expensive.  Just the other day, I noticed a lobster tail roll for $29.95

However, with the two different types of cuisines here and the broad menu, there is bound to be someone for everyone here.  The staff at the Drunken Poet is also extremely friendly and attentive, which always makes for a pleasant dining experience.

If you are looking for a quiet little spot to have lunch in Downtown Sarasota then check out the Drunken Poet.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Bacon and Sautéed Cabbage




Try this for a super easy side dish! 

  • 6 oz low-sodium bacon
     (I like thick cut for this recipe)
  • ½ head green cabbage
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

 

1.    Cut bacon into small pieces (I like scissors for this job). Place into a cold skillet (cast iron is great here) and then heat over medium-high heat.
2.    Brown bacon, stirring occasionally, about 7-8 minutes.
3.    Add cabbage with 1 Tbsp water.  Cook, stirring frequently until cabbage is cooked (soft but firm, about 8-10 minutes).  If cabbage starts to stick, add another Tbsp of water. 

Lucky Pelican Bistro







I have been debating on whether or not to write this post, since I feel like the Lucky Pelican is a hidden gem that I don't want anyone else to know about.

I say hidden gem because the Lucky Pelican really is hidden in a strip mall in Lakewood Ranch east of I-75, you would literally never know that it's there since it can't even be seen from the main drag that is University Parkway. 

The Lucky Pelican was introduced to me by another couple and I would imagine that this is how everyone else knows about the Lucky Pelican Bistro, through word of mouth.

They have the best, most fresh seafood on a consistent basis I have had in this area.  Lucky Pelican Bistro also has a seafood market and if you are a seafood lover like me, there are no "fish markets" besides Publix.

My favorite is the Tuna Tartar and the mussels which that are offered 3 different ways. Thai Style are my personal favorite.  As far as dessert goes, their Chocolate Mousse is to die for, literally one of the best desserts I've ever had.

In addition, they also have Happy Hour (usually two for ones) which is bound to make any patron happy.

Make sure you get there early, especially during season because I can guarantee you that there will be a wait.

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