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My Passion for Food

Yes, I love food (too much sometimes), but my latest obsession isn’t even related to COOKING, per se.  I’m just addicted to cooking shows.  I can’t stop watching them.  It’s not like I sit around eating bonbons and watching the shows, but I have the TV on when I’m cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and other mundane chores, etc.  My DVR is busy all the time capturing what might become my favorite episode.  Well, you get the picture.  I love, love, love the following:

The Next Food Network Star

Cupcake Wars

Chopped

Georgetown Cupcakes

Sigh!  I need to find a “help” group for this 🙂

How about you?  Do you watch cooking shows?  I’m almost afraid to ask for fear of discovering ANOTHER show, but WHICH ones do you like the best?

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According to Wiwipedia, “The word barista is of Italian origin, and in Italian, a barista is a male or female “bartender“, who typically works behind a counter, serving both hot drinks (such as espresso), and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, not a coffee-maker specifically.”

Okay, so I’m not a BARISTA, but I do enjoy coffee…a lot. My typical way to start the day is with a general mild to moderate wake-up morning blend.

Once I’m alert and going about my day, I reach out for more exciting flavors to tickle my taste buds. I live in South Florida and thrive on Cuban coffees. My favorite when I want something sweet is Cafe Con Leche, which is a sweet Cuban espresso mixed with milk. When I’m in a strong but sweet mood, I order a cafecito or Cafe Cubano, which is espresso brewed with sugar to be very sweet. Yummmm.

Switch the scene to my kitchen. Last year I bought a Keurig Mini to make single serve cups of coffee (I’m the ONLY coffee drinker in my home). I love this brewer for basic brews and a few flavors, such as French Vanilla, Donut House, and Caribou. HOWEVER, I’ve been itching to expand my repertoire to cappuccinos (espresso, hot milk, and steamed foam froth), lattes (espresso with steamed milk), and macchiatos (espresso stained with a bit of milk foam). Hmmm. Gotta love some of those fancy layered drinks with espresso and hot foamy milk.

Sooooooo, yesterday I purchased a Bosch brewer that was on a major sale at BB&B (think 20% off, big rebate, and other credits I had). When all is said and done, my $169.99 brewer cost me only $65. Not bad for something that is sooooo much fun and satifying my craving of the moment.

I brewed my first cup a while ago…Skinny Cappuccino. My review is: I love, love, love my Bosch for specialty coffee…and My Keurig Mini for everyday, go-to-work beverages. The best of both worlds!

Cappuccino Anyone?

Peaceful Coexistence

More Than Enough Caffeine

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Yes, I’m still playing tourist where I live <g>.  Today was my South Beach excursion and going to a restaurant I’ve never eaten at before…BIG PINK…on South Beach.  What fun!  I guess you could say BIG PINK is a diner, but it’s so much more.  It’s casual to the nth degree…but has an extensive, interesting menu.  Yummy!!!

 

Cobb Salad

Reuben Sandwich

 

Amazing Cheesecake, which I did NOT eat!

Bigggggg Cookie at BIG PINK

 

And then after lunch a walk to the beach to appreciate the perfect blue sky and scent of the briny breeze.  I live in South Florida and haven’t even been NEAR the ocean in a long time!

A perfect beach day!

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Craving Cuban Cuisine

I started this blog with “Reading, Writing, and Cruising” as some of my favorite things, but I’ve decided I’d also like to talk about some of my other passions…food, movies, and music. 

First up is my craving for some really good Cuban food.  The best I ever had was many, many years ago in Miami at a restaurant called Bilbao.  Has anyone heard of it?  Better yet, does anyone here remember it?  I enjoyed the BEST Paella and Sangria there.  That was my first time experiencing either, and I’ll never forget how delicious they were. I can almost taste the red wine and fruit in the Sangria even now. 

What Cuban food do you like to eat the most? 

 

As a tribute to my passion for Cuban food (which I really should learn how to make),  here is a recipe for Sangria that sounds really yummy.

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SANGRIA

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups carbonated water (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.

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