Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cobaya Rancho Patel with Chef Niven Patel 2/11/17

Chef Patel hard at work.  

Cobaya experiment #69 took the guinea pigs on a trek down to Homestead on a beautiful Saturday night.  The dinner was located at Chef Niven Patel's backyard farm where he prepared several courses of farm-to-table Indian cuisine.  It should be noted that he had serious help in the kitchen from his mother and mother-in-law.  
This was a great meal and a very fun night.  

Niven opened his first restaurant this year, Ghee in Downtown Dadeland which specializes in flavorful Indian fare.  He recently opened a second location in the Design District.  I highly recommend paying him a visit. 

Photo Recap Below

Rancho Patel in Homestead.

The calm before the Guinea Pig Storm...

Welcome Cocktail courtesy of the now open Edukos.

ghee wiz sake | basil infused mango juice | clove and coriander simple syrup

80 die hard Guinea Pigs made the drive down to Homestead and enjoyed a fantastic meal.


chickpea roll up | black mustard  | cilantro

Florida shrimp toast | charred scallion | sesame

backyard pakora | taro leaf | sweet onion

Kid 'n Play in the house on the farm....



roasted chicken samosa | peanut chutney | pickled garlic | green papaya

beet cured cobia | grapefruit | puffed rice | avocado | pickled turmeric

roasted green millet | red onion | heirloom tomato | sev | cilantro chutney


dry aged ribeye | eggplant | heirloom tomato sauce

lamb kofta | fenugreek | plumped raisins | cashews

baby cucumber | green mango | radish | chaat masala

black eyed pea basmati | lentils | curry leaf

purple yam puran puri | cardamom | Florida strawberries | almonds

Spice of Life

Niven and family with his Ghee team.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cobaya DK with David Lanster & Kelly Moran 1/12/17

Experiment #68 took place on January 12, 2017 at Pietro Morreli's fantastic loft space overlooking  Biscayne Boulevard in the MiMi District.  Big thanks to Pietro for his generosity and hospitality.  And for connecting us with  Paolo Dal Gallo of Zonin Wines for pouring some excellent pairings throughout the night.

The stars of the night were the aspiring young chefs who were home on college break.  David Lanster and Kelly Moran have been hosting tasting menus is Miami since 2013 called DK Culinary Adventures.  There style of cooking is experimental in nature and thought provoking.  Science is at the forefront of their techniques along with creativity.  At the time of the dinner they were both still teenagers.  I introduced them as "kids" because what they are doing at a young age is very impressive.  Plus I am more than double their ages... 

This was a fun night in a great venue with a good group and wonderful host.  oh and the food was good too.  

house salad | sunflower | macaron | mojito


root vegetable antipasto
goat cheese gelato | rye crumble

chicken liver pâté
blueberry | pickle | sesame

pine nut risotto
youthberry | pumpernickel | basil

pulled pork in cubism
pullman texas toast | cole slaw terrine | bbq

this is not a strawberry
organic compounds | modified dna

fried strip steak
smoked carrot | quail egg


cellars at jasper hill
seasonal garnishes

date bread
toffee | cinnamon | maple

rooibos | bee pollen

Thanks to the guinea pigs whose interest and support makes these events possible.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Proof Burger a MUST Eat!

Burger Fans of Miami, drop what you are doing and run to Proof for this burger.  Look at it.  You know you want that bad boy.  

This posts been in the hopper since I ate this burger in September but I neglected to actually finish the post.  Better late than never!

This is THE BEST burger in town.  Trust me on this.  I don't know much but I do know great burgers and this is as good as they get. I must admit that I do not recall the blend and Justin can add a comment here but it was cooked perfectly and full of juicy flavor.  He also bakes his buns in house every day and they pass the bun/burger test, yes the bun lasted until the last bite.

Background - as many of you know I am a huge burger fan and have posted my Best Burgers South Florida for several years.  However, I unintentionally stopped eating burgers over the past two years.  9 year old twins and a long commute have limited my dining opportunities so when I'm at a restaurant I usually shy away from their burger.  

That being said, the Proof burger has been on my radar since Justin added it to the menu last year.  I must admit that it is hard to go to Proof and order the burger.  Justin's menu is that good.  But go for the burger and stay for the pasta and any special he has.  

Proof has been highly ranked on not only on my Best Restaurants in Miami list, which is also do for a major update... but my Best Pizza South Florida list too.  Justin also crushed one of my Cobaya Miami dinners.  His burger will now be ranked VERY highly on my best burger list too.  Stay tuned for that.  

In a nutshell, I've known Justin and his food since his days working under one of the best chefs in town, Gabe Fenton at Bourbon Steak.  Watching a young chef succeed and grow is very rewarding for a food fanatic like me.  He's passionate about his food, hard working and one of Miami's best young chefs.  

This is a chef and restaurant that we, MIAMI,  need to support.  

Phone Number

3328 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
On the corner of North Miami Avenue and NE 34th Street- Midtown Miami


Tuesday-Thursday -Lunch  Noon – 3:00pm  Dinner 5:00-10:00 pm
Friday Lunch- Noon- 3:00 pm   Dinner  5:00-11:00pm
Saturday Lunch- Noon-3:00pm, Dinner 5:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday Lunch- Noon-3:00pm, Dinner 3:00pm-9:00pm

Closed Mondays

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Riverside Market Plantation (Craft Beer Fans)

Riverside Market PLANTATION logo JPG

Great news for craft beer fans in West Broward.  Fort Lauderdale favorite, The Riverside Market recently opened its third location in Plantation.  The 2,300 square-foot space will seat up to 70 people, making it the largest location.  Hours of operation will be from 8 am to Midnight, daily.

Husband and wife Julian Siegel, a former real estate developer, and Lisa Siegel, a former school teacher, opened the first Riverside Market at 608 SW 12th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale in 2008. In 2015, they opened their second location, Riverside Market South, at 3218 SE 6th Avenue. The duo now look forward to opening Riverside Market Plantation with business partners and real estate developers, Moshe Mizrahi and Benjamin Mizrahi. 

The Riverside Plantation will offer 24 beers on tap, and an  assortment of 650 cans and bottles. With the Riverside Market’s “honor system”, customers grab what they please and pay at checkout. The bottle cap-lined coolers will also hold family-friendly items such as specialty sodas, kombucha and fine teas.

There is also a  full kitchen serving Fish Tacos ($10), Carolina Pulled Pork ($8), Margherita Pizza (small $10, large $15), Vegetarian Wrap ($8) and a selection of artisanal cookies including Red Velvet ($2). There is also a grab-and-go cooler stocked with salads, sandwiches and other easy eats.

6900 Cypress Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

Mon – Wed 8am to 10pm
Thur – Fri 8am to 12am
Saturday 9am to 12am
Sunday 9am to 10pm

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cerda, Llanos y Cia Wine Dinner at Proof 12/2/17

Wine fans or Miami, this looks like an interesting night.  You know Chef Flit will deliver an outstanding meal and you can learn more about the winemakers HERE.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bourbon Steak's 10 Year Anniversary !! 12/11/17

A Decade with Bourbon Steak

This December Marks Bourbon Steak's 10 year anniversary and they are celebrating big! 

December 11th 7-10 pm  

Live music, cigar rollers, all you can drink beer, wine, champagne, specialty cocktails, passed canapés and food stations highlighting their "Best of the :last Decade" favorites.  


Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina
19999 West Country Club Drive
Aventura, FL 33180