Saturday, October 31, 2009

Food & Beer Pairing Seminar @ Hollywood Vine w/ Lola's on harrison

Hollywood Vine
Food & Beer Pairing Seminar

Next Saturday
 November 7th, 2009
2-5 p.m.
Hello everyone, we’re emailing you on a Saturday to announce the latest installment in the series of beer oriented informative tastings at Hollywood Vine next Saturday. Amy Marcoux of Shipyard Brewery, our friend and self proclaimed “Beer Pimp” will be leading us through a beer and food tasting and pairing seminar with delicious culinary delights provided enthusiastically by Chef Michael of Lola’s on Harrison. As seating will be limited to 20, we must urge strongly that if any of you are planning to attend this “reservation only” event, that you give us a call at the shop or send back an email to reserve your spot.
The event will consist of 7 “tasting” courses with a total of 10 beers paired:
1)   Pistachio crusted goat cheese, white endive w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette      Seadog Raspberry Wheat Beer
2)   Nacho w/ MJack, tomatillo salsa, smoked tomato relish, green onion crème fraiche       Hazed & Infused PA
3)   Salmon Tartar, sesame lemon vinaigrette, crispy wonton, red topiko caviar, chile oil     Shipyard XXXX IPA
4)   Maryland Blue Crab Cake w/ carrot-mango slaw, herb tartar sauce        Avery White Rascal & Victory Golden Monkey
5)   Ricotta Gnocchi, wild mushroom cream, white truffle oil        Shipyard Prelude & Sawtooth ESB
6)   BBQ beef short rib w/ Coca Cola sauce         Stone Arrogant Bastard & Stone Smoked Porter
7)   Scharfenberger Dark Chocolate            Peg Leg Stout
$20 per person
Reservations Necessary, please be prompt
Call today or email us back to reserve your spot,
credit card will be necessary to confirm but will not be charged

@ 954-922-2910

Hollywood Vine
2035 Harrison Street
Hollywood, FL 33020
954-922-7660 fax

Friday, October 30, 2009

Top Chef Masters part II

Top Chef  Masters II starts filming next week.(Enjoyed the first one)  Any contestant spy reports out there? Chef Bernstein or Schwartz?? 
I also read that they are doing a Top Chef: Just Desserts.  Is Hedy Goldsmith above it?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

2009 NFL Suicide Pick Week 8

Did anyone out there really think Tampa was going to beat New England? Didn't think so.  
We can no longer use Baltimore, Washington, Minnesota, Indy, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New England.

This week features two huge favorites and both are still on the board for us.  Chicago is home against the lowly Browns and should have no problem winning this game.

San Diego is home against the Raiders.  I don't even think Norv Turner can mess this one up for us. I think the Browns are better than the Raiders so I'm going with the Bolts.

Official pick is the Chargers


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Graham Elliot (Chicago) 10/24/09

OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!! The best pork belly dish I've ever tasted.  Menu describes it as glazed with butternut squash, dandelion greens, pepito praline and burnt honey.  Off the charts good.  The chicken fried foie served on a buttermilk biscuit and maple syrup was almost as outstanding as the pork belly.  The chedder risotto with green apples, crispy bacon and cheez-its, the duck confit agnolotti and  the caeser with brioche twinkie croutons were all delicious too.

Graham Elliot is my kind of place and I would frequent GE regularly if I lived in Chicago.  Great vibe, great music, great service, great cocktails and great great food.  GREAT night!!

Graham Elliot

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Hot Doug's (Chicago) 10/23/09

Wow,  waited over an hour in 50°F/rainy weather with the W (minimal to no complaining!! the pre-stop at Chanel and Barney's didn't hurt of course) for a hot dog(s).  They were awesome.   I went with the foie gras and and sauternes duck sausage with truffle aioli, foie gras mousse and sel gris. Ridiculously good.  Chased it down with the Selma Hayek (andouille sausage), and a side of ddduck fat fries.  Mmmmmm.

Hot Doug's

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Had a great meal at Frontera Grill last night.  Rick Bayless was in the house.
Next stop Alinea

Thursday, October 22, 2009

2009 NFL Suicide Pick Week 7

Still alive.  We've now utilized Baltimore, Washington, Minnesota, Indy, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  Indy at the Rams is a logical play if available.  It's not an option for us though so we must look across the pond to the New England/Tampa game.  

I don't care where they play this game, Raheem Morris is out of his league here.  Belichick and Pats roll.  If NE and Indy are off the board for you I would give serious thought to the Giants,  Tough trip East for Zona and playing an angry Giants team...

Official pick is....
bill belichick

Friday, October 16, 2009


I don't do the Twitter thing...  but I just had a great lunch over at Pho 78 in Pembroke Pines.  Started with the shrimp and pork summer rolls and followed it up with  a  Banh Mi Dac Biet (grilled chicken, pork and fried egg sub) Solid!!!

7849 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
(954) 989-6770

American Regional Cooking


Presents our new

Presents our new

regional cooking series banner

                     Hosted by Chef Michael Wagner

Chef Michael Wagner and the staff at Lola's on harrison have put together an amazing six month regional cooking series to be hosted Sunday evenings through the winter season.  The two hour live cooking demo will include all recipes, a three course meal, a live cooking demonstration, and a beer or wine pairing of your choice.  The events will be hosted Lola's brand new private dining area which just opened a few weeks ago. Reservations are required, please call ahead to reserve.

Cost: $50 Per Person
Call to reserve: (954) 927-9851

american regional cooking series       Upcoming Menu:

             October 25th, 2009


               FIRST COURSE

     Nantucket Scallop Chowder

             SECOND COURSE

New England Yankee Pot Roast
        Butternut Squash Puree
        Winter Root Vegetables

              THIRD COURSE

    Vermont Maple Cheese Cake

Thursday, October 15, 2009

2009 NFL Suicide Picks Week 6

As we expected, the Eagles and Giants both won easily last week.  Our official pick was the Eagles so they are now off the board along with Baltimore, Washington, Minnesota and Indy.

Week six features some more one sided matchups.  Green Bay is coming off a bye and is at home against the Lions.  I gave Green Bay serious consideration for my official pick but I'm just not sold on Green Bay yet. This could be one of those games that knocks out a lot of people and I don't  want to be on board.

Pittsburgh has not played as well as everyone expected this year but they should dominate at home against the punchless Browns.  This should be a blowout and a possible shutout.

If you have already used Pitt and Green Bay, I would consider rolling the dice with the Jets at home against the Bills or New England at home against Tennessee.

Official pick is Pittsburgh      
Good luck

Stoney's Are Back

Welcome to Stone Crab Season.  If you are looking for great stone crabs I highly recommend stopping by Triar Seafood off of Dixie Highway in Hollywood.  I had their stone crabs several times last year and they never disappoint.  They are worth the trip.  They are only open Monday-Friday.  I would call ahead to confirm times.

Triar Seafood Company
2046 McKinley St. #7 (off dixie highway)
Hollywood Fl 33020

M-Th 7-7
F 7-noon
Phone (954) 921-1113 | (800) 741-3474 | Fax (954) 921-2388 |


For discriminating chefs

"These guys at Triar® Seafood are great. Not only are they connected to the best small dayboat catch fishermen, but they respond to every twist and turn of our business.
Great fresh fish from Florida waters and great service are an unbeatable combination."
Rick Bayless, Chef/owner
Frontera Grill/Topolobampo, Chicago

When I get a craving on Saturday I head over to Captain Mike's on  441 and Griffin in Hollywood. 

4191 N State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33021-1510
(954) 967-1184

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Burgundy Wine Tasting @ Neomi's Grill 10/15/09

Burgundy wine tasting at Neomi's Grill on Thursday, October 15th, 2009 at 7:00pm.  They will be tasting 2006 Burgundy wines along with a few other vintages from the DC Flynt portfolio.  These outstanding wines will be accompanied by some exceptional hors ‘d oeuvres from Neomi's Grill. Host for the evening will be DC Flynt, Master of Wine. This promises to be an exceptional tasting of some of the best wines produced!   

Wines to be Tasted

White Burgundy
Gilles & Natalie Fevre Domaine A’Dair Chablis 2006
Moret Nomine Meursault Clos du Cromin 2006
Moret Nomine Meursault Clos du Cromin 2005
Moret Nomine Puligny Montrachet 2006
Moret Nomine Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Folatieres 2006

Red Burgundy
Jean Jacques Girard Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2006
Roland et Vincent Rapet Corton Grand Cru 2006
Marc Roy Gevrey Chambertin Vielle Vigne 2006
Anne et Herve Sigaut Chambolle Musigny Les Bussieres 2007
Anne et Herve Sigaut Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Charrieres 2006
Henri et Gilles Remoriquet Nuits Saint Georges 2006
Henri et Gilles Remoriquet Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Dessus Malconsorts 2006

Hors ‘d oeuvres
Created to compliment the wines

All of the wines being tasted will be available for purchase at special pricing for attendees only.

Date:               Thursday, October 15th, 2009
Time:               7:00pm Sit Down Tasting
Reservations:   RSVP at 305.692.5770
Neomi’s at Trump Miami, 18001 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL  33160
Price:               $40.00 per person all inclusive (including tax & gratuity) Payment required at time of reservation.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

2009 NFL Suicide Picks Week 5

Still alive!! We hit with Indy last week and the other two mentioned games also came through.  No major upsets last week so most survived.  Week 5 features two strong plays with the Eagles at home against Tampa and the Giants at home against the Raiders.  Both should win easily but I'm going with Philly this week as the official pick.  
Good luck