Thursday, August 28, 2008
Mark West Pinot Noir- You can find this in the $8.00 range which is unheard of for Pinot. Best value Pinot out there and a great everyday wine.
Erath-Pinot Noir-$15 range and very drinkable.
Cloudline Pinot Noir- Another great Pinot value wine. Should find in the $15 range.
Big Fire- Pinot Noir- This one is in the $20 range but worth it.
Other value reds worth checking out-
Las Rocas- granacha- This used to be one of my favorite under $10 finds but it has crept up to the $12 range. Still worth it. They also have an even better version for $18 called Vinas Viejas.
Rosenblum Vinters Cuvee XXII- Zinfandel and another under $10 gem.
Four Vines Zinfandel - should be able to find in the $12 range
Marquis Philips Shiraz- $12 and the Marquis Phillips Sarah's Blend $14.
Georges Viorney Brouilly beujolias- under $15
Chowfather doesn't drink a lot of whites but highly recommends the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. Should be able to find this in the $14 range.
Chowfather prefers the real deal Champagne and not sparkling wine but at $9 I highly recommend Francois Montand.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
This Tuesday we welcome our own Cindy Woodman for a very exciting
Producers. Please Come and hang out with Cindy and taste some amazing
No Charge for tastings!
Floral and aromatic, with peach, nectarine and spicy melon flavors that are intense and vivid, lingering on the finish. Has a fleshy texture and refreshing acidity. Sauvignon Blanc,
BTG $9.00 Retail $25.99
Fresh and tangy, with vibrant peach, nectarine and citrus flavors that are clean and refreshing.
BTG $12.00 Retail $34.99
The fruit for this wine comes from a number of coastal vineyards from
BTG $10.00 Retail $27.99
Peppery, with dark fruit flavors and a savory meatiness on a tightly tannic frame. Chewy and dense, with some spicy blackberry flavors that linger on the finish.
BTG $8.75 Retail $23.99
Good ruby-red. Spicy, ripe, highly aromatic nose combines bitter cherry and blackberry. Silky, sweet and feminine, with a fresh flavor of blackberry. This possesses good fat as well as firm underlying structure. Finishes with broad tannins and a suggestion of nutty oak. In the style of a St. Emilion.
BTG $13.00 Retail $36.99
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Chowfather grew up in NY eating pizza on a frequent basis. As many of you know, it is very difficult to find NY style pizza in
Here are my recommendations:
1. Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza- They have several locations in the
2. Piola Pizza- Very good thin slice pizza with a ton of topping options. They also have all you can eat gnocchi on the 29th of every month. The have a location just south of Lincoln Road on Alton in SoBe and another spot on Hallandale Beach Blvd.
3. Pizza Rustica- Italian style gourmet pizza by the slice with great fresh toppings. Several locations in South Florida but I've had an issue with the
4. Capone's Flicker Lite- Located on the water next to LeTub in
Saturday, August 16, 2008
In addition to the three course spice menu, we were served the famous Trio of Duck Fat Fries with dipping sauces. Soo good. Then they brought us a pan of potato focaccia bread that was also very good. I opted to start with the cumin dusted tempura prawns which ended up being my least favorite part of the meal. It was just ok and nothing special. However, the filet rossini with foie gras in a pinot noir reduction was very good. It should be noted that the filet was $10 extra. Desserts (beignets)were good too.
Miami Spice menu
Friday, August 8, 2008
Armadillo Spice Menu
Starting next week they will be offering their Armadillo Spice Menu. A special Prix Fixe menu featuring a three course specially designed menu for $35. A great way to both introduce new friends to the Armadillo and to play with some new creations for those "in the know".
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
A Birthday Celebration
Chefs Allen Susser, Michael Schwartz and Michelle Bernstein
On Thursday, August 21, 2008 Chef Allen will host a special tribute/birthday dinner for the late Julia Child. Joining him for this celebration night in his kitchen will be acclaimed chefs Michael Schwartz of Michaelís Genuine Food & Drink and Michelle Bernstein of Michyís.
ìJulia Childís influence on the food world is incalculable. She was an amazing talent and personality and this dinner is a great way to celebrate her legacy and while raising funds for culinary scholarships.î
Kicking off at 7:00 p.m., the dinner is a fundraiser for the American Institute of Wine & Food, which helps raise funds for scholarships in the culinary and wine arts. Limited to 60 seats and priced at $250 per person, all inclusive, the event will feature a cocktail reception followed by a lavish feast, served family style ñ all created by the trio of acclaimed cooks. The menu is currently in development.
The timing for the event could not have been more perfect. In addition to celebrating Childís birthday ñ which is actually August 15 ñ the dinner will also celebrate the restaurantís re launch. Chef Allenís sports a sleeker, modernized interior, including a larger bar area, and private Florida room. To complement the modernized interiors, a sublime new, contemporary menu, focusing on the best locally caught sustainable fish and seafood and in a movement toward simply great food.
Chef Allenís tribute dinner to Julia Child will take place on Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets for the dinner, please call the AIWFís South Florida office at (954) 396-3875 or (305) 663-9641. Chef Allenís is located at 19088 NE 29th Avenue in Aventura.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Broward starts in October but they are also doing a preview this year that starts Sept 15th.
Upon initial and quick review my early recs based on quality of restaurant, posted menu and spice value are
Grill 66 (never been but on my short list to try and menu looks good
)Hi Life Cafe
Lola's on Harrison