Friday, June 20, 2008


I've made salsa about 2 dozen times in the last month! lol. Mexico is still fresh in my mind, what can i say. ;)

After using all diff kinds of onions and tomatoes, and playing with heat in different degrees, i FINALLY did it, came up with a great salsa- fresh and bright, with a hint of heat.

After a month of endless salsa concoctions, when i served my hubby this salsa, he said, you need to hurry up and write this version down. lol. So here you have it, my salsa recipe.

Meli's Salsa

Generous handful of cilantro
1/4 large red onion
Juice of 1 lime
1 ripe tomato, quartered and seeded
1 can of Ro*tel Original diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained well
4 slices of pickled jalepeño (optional)
Pinch of salt

Throw the cilantro, red onion and lime into a food processor, pulse a couple times. Add the seeded tomato and jalepeño, pulse some more. Drain the Ro*Tel tomatoes in a mesh strainer, squish out as much liquid as possible. Throw that into the food processor for one last blitz. Sprinkle with salt and turn out into a serving dish. Enjoy!

This can be enjoyed immediately or can be refrigerated. I think it gets better as the flavors mingle.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Miami Spice Sneak Preview!

Guess what, guess what, guess what?! You don't have to wait till August to Spice it up, Miami Spice sneak preview is here!

Miami Spice

Now through the end of June, over 30 participating restaurants are offering their Miami Spice Sneak Preview menu. If you've never Spiced before, Miami’s top restaurants offer three-course meals (Lunch $23, Dinner $36) featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs. It's a delightful experience, and a great way to try something new or FINALLY go to one of those restaurants that don't normally fit into your budget.

And after taking a look at the extensive restaurant list and their mouth-watering offerings, it's a good thing we're getting a preview cause there's a ton of GREAT restaurants on the list this year! :D

So go out and savor the flavor of Miami's best restaurants!

Monday, June 16, 2008

One Blissful Bite

It's party season again (wait, does this season ever really end?)! Anyhoo, i was off on another quest for something different to serve. I came across this mouth-watering recipe on my new fave recipe site RecipeZaar.

Pear and Blue Cheese Tartlets

I made the recipe as written, except i used crumbled blue cheese and chopped pecans. Needless to say, this was fabulous and so easy to throw together.

This tartlet was a perfect little bite: sweet pears, pungent blue cheese and a nutty crunch all in a light crispy shell.

Deliciously blissful!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Coral Gables Restaurant Week Extended!

Coral Gables Restaurant Week

Last week some friends and i were able to enjoy Caramelo's restaurant week lunch special, and from start to finish, it was excellent, especially for the price. It's actually one of the best lunch deals on the list.

But i have to say, the restaurant week dinner menu from Flemming's, looks out of control. I swear i drooled on my keyboard when i read braised short ribs. lol.

Much to my surprise, i just found out that Coral Gables Restaurant Week has been extended until June 15th. I guess when the eating's good, the week is a whole lot longer then 7 days!

So get out there, and indulge in a taste of some of Coral Gables best restaurants!