Sunday, January 28, 2018

Cobaya Ariete with Chef Michael Beltran

Cobaya underground and experimental dinner #71 went down on December 18th, 2017 at Ariete in Coconut Grove.  Chef Michael Beltran treated the guinea pigs to a classically inspired delicious meal from start to finish.  His flavors were great and execution was solid.  Chef Beltran is a young rising star chef who has worked for some of Miami's best chefs including Norman Van Aken and Michael Schwartz.  Miami needs more home grown talented chefs like Michael so head to the Grove and support a local chef and restaurant doing things the right way.

herb butter, truffle butter

stone crab beggars purses, cherries and chicken liver, tostone smoked fish rilletes

Quintero Farms egg, malanga, sugar cane, herb, caviar

foie gras and eel, confit plum, white bread

Pot au Feu
oxtail, carrot, zucchini, bone marrow, consommé

heirloom tomato confit, ravioli of tomato and salt cod

Crown of Venison
roasted stone fruit and sauce Diane

honey, apple, frangipane

Tea service (missed the shot) was courtesy of another great local product JoJo Tea

Tibetan tea, Ya'an city, Meng Ding Mountain

3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

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.