Finally Shakshuka – Easy Recipie

So, I’ve finally made my own version of Shakshouka. The Israeli/Arab/Mediterranean dish is one of my favorites and I always wanted to create my own since first having one on Stirling Avenue in Hollywood Florida. My version is made with eggplant just to make it a bit more ‘meaty’. But do not worry my vegan…

Mazzi Cucina my new Italian Lover!

I found a new Italian Lover… and I want more and more! Recently while visiting a friend in close by North Miami Beach we discovered a small hole-in-the-wall Italian Restaurant. But it’s a hole-in-the-wall that is a portal into another culinary world rarely found in South Florida. The moment you step into Mazzi Cucina, that other world…

Graduate from a kit Salad

I have to admit I love the “kit” salads they sell in Publix and Walmart. I mean how easy is that, you buy a ready-made salad, use your knife to open the bag (or scissors), dump it on a plate and you’re done! But holy S**T that is boring. Why get the dump when you…

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Ok most of us love fried rice, beef fried rice, chicken fried rice, shrimp fried rice and so on. But how healthy is it? We all know it’s not healthy at all. But what if there was an alternative that could give you the same flavor and texture while actually being good for you? There…

Easy Chanukah Latkes

The most celebrated Jewish Holiday is Chanukah. Even non-Jews are taking part in it, perhaps because it is often so close to Christmas. I’ll leave it up to our friends at Wikipedia and Chabad.org to give you the history behind Chanukah, but the holiday has been continuously celebrated all around the world for well over…

Kale Cranberry Pecan Artichoke Salmon Salad

It’s Monday and that means its time for a healthy meal to make up all the indulgences of the weekend. So, to start this week off right, we are going to “eat clean.” One could even say “paleo” but I don’t know if I’ll go that far. In any case, we are saving money by…

3 Days in St. Augustine

Over 500 years ago a group of intrepid men and women set foot on what would become Florida and founded a city that still exists today. The world of history is fascinating – at least to me – and the fact that there is such an old place so close by made the yearning to…

The Historic Dockers

Florida was a far different place in 1947. There were fewer retirees, developments, and much less traffic. But one of the most beautiful parts of Florida was waiting for everyone to come on down. That “part” of course is the fish and our amazing waterfront. And that brings us to The Historic Dockers Bar and Grill in…

Shrimp Caesar Salad 

  This wonderful salad could set you back $14-20 at most restaurants. Here in our house, I’ve managed to make two of these salads for less than $10.   And yes, it’s remarkably easy… At my local Walmart, I picked up a Ceasar salad “kit” – all in one bag – for about $3. This…

Dania Beach Casino Buffet

  There is no shortage of casinos in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The Casino at Dania Beach was completely updated about a year ago when it was called Dania  Jai-Alai. The new casino is a local treat. It is cozy enough so you don’t need a GPS, but large enough to have everything you need in a…

Paolo’s Three’s Company 

  Rather quickly it seems South Florida is recovering from Hurricane Irma. We are thankful that we fared far better than our friends on the West Coast, including Naples and Tampa and were spared the utter devastation of the Florida Keys. I’m hoping I can return to the Keys sometime soon. In the meantime FPL is doing…

Hurricane French Toast

We’re in the middle of a Hurricane Irma (HurricaneIrma) and with mother nature throwing her worst at Florida and Cuba, we’ve become refugees as we flee to higher ground. During a hurricane you can expect the power to go out, thus routine cooking becomes impossible unless you have a gas stove and the refrigerator will no…