Hey everyone! Sorry again…it was a slow month last month, and with quite a few different things going on in March, I was again left without much time to read other blogs, come up with recipes, or even cook anything worthwhile. Hoping to make the time soon as things are hopefully calming down as April nears. Life takes over sometimes, right? Lol.
I missed out on the opportunity to go to the Grand Tasting event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami due to scheduling issues and the tickets selling out on the day I wanted to go in February. I was able to attend the 2011 Boca Bacchanal Grand Tasting event at Mizner Park in Boca Raton though. This was my third time going. It’s always an enjoyable event, with vendors from various wine companies and Boca Raton restaurants giving out samples of some of their best or favorite beverages and foods. And it’s all you can sample…lol. A noticable absence was Bluefin Sushi…that booth was really popular last year, as was Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, also missing this time around.
I didn’t get a chance to try many of the wines due to not feeling great and also having a few things to do after the event, but the ones that I did try were good. A couple of my favorites were from Candoni Wines, which were a Prosecco and a Sparkling Moscato. I’m not very knowledgeable about wine, but these were both crisp, refreshing, and delicious. Check em out!
I also tried a strawberry balsamic vinegar from I Heart Olive Oil (they are a web-based retailer only at this time). It was really tasty and would go great on a salad or as a finisher on a dessert even.
There were quite a few people and several restaurant booths. I was able to sample a wide variety of the foods, but I only got a few pics and descriptions (I was busy walking, snapping pics, trying to eat, and avoid other people at the same time, lol).
Here are a few of the foods that I tried (In order of photo):
1) Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp – Bonefish is a restaurant chain, and this appetizer is always delicious!
2) Texas de Brazil’s Chimichurri Steak and Truffle Mashed Potatoes – The steak was melt-in-your-mouth tender, and the potatoes were creamy and rich. Amazing!
3) Casa D’Angelo’s Pear and Fig Raviolini/Pasta Pouches – These were really tasty! They were filled with a ricotta, fig, and pear mixture and served with a Sage cream sauce.
4) Rocco’s Taco’s Rock Shrimp Ceviche and Guacamole – This was…just okay? The chips were seasoned pretty well, though the ceviche coulda used a little salt. There was another booth (Brook’s restaraunt) that was serving a BBQ shrimp and corn/guacamole mixture. That was well-seasoned and had a great flavor compared to this. It was still good though. I’ve heard some people who like this place and would give it another shot.
5) Rack’s BBQ Pork Slider – The pork was tender and the sauce was tangy and smokey. It was served with slaw and pickles…it was a good slider!
6) Capital Grille’s Steak – The steak was well cooked (Medium-rare) and the sauce was pretty tasty too. I didn’t see the description, but it looked and tasted like a bearnaise sauce. Caramelized shallot, tarragon, butter, etc.
Other dishes I tried were Mahatma’s (the rice company) lime and coconut rice pudding, La Cucina Mia’s Portabello and cream cavatappi, a red snapper carpaccio with a sweet potato and some other vegetable type of relish, and some chowder and crab cake dishes. Oh, and I also had some good Tiramisu, as well as some mini cupcakes (Red Velvet, and a S’more cupcake…both were awesome!).
All in all, another great time. Next year, I’m going to the SoBeWFF no matter what!
Take care, and I’ll work on getting some recipes written and posted soon…Thanks for the patience and understanding!
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