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NEWS FROM DADE

Peacock Garden Café

2889 McFarlane Road

Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Lulu

3105 Commodore Plaza

Coconut Grove, FL 33133

305-447-5858

Crumb on Parchment

3930 NE 2nd Ave

Miami Design District

305-572-9444

Sustain Restaurant and Bar

3252 NE 1st Avenue

Midtown Miami

305-424-9079

Blade Sushi

Fontainebleau

4441 Collins Ave

Miami Beach, FL

305-674-4730

Soya e Pomodoro

120 Northeast 1st Street
Miami, FL 33132-2502
(305) 381-9511

Pita Plus

18833 Biscayne Blvd

Aventura, FL 33180

305-935-0761

Michael’s Genuine

130 Northeast 40th St.

Miami, FL 33137

305-573-5550

Gems Café

7000 SW 62nd Ave

Ssouth Miami, FL 33143

305-663-1228

Exquisito restaurant

1510 SW 8th St.

Miami, FL 33135

305-643-0227

Asian Fusion café

17043 s. Dixie  Hwy

Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

305-278-6888

Trio on the Bay

1601 79th Street Causeway

North Bay Village Miami, FL 33141

305-866-1234

Makoto

9700 collins Ave #107

Bal Harbour, FL 33154

305-864-8600

El Carajo International Tapas and Wines

2465 SW 17th ave

Miami, FL 33145

305-856-2424

Hong Kkong Noodles

1242 NE 163rd St

North Miami Beach, FL 33162

305-956-5677

Buena Vista Bistro

4582 NE 2nd Ave.

Miami, FL 33137

305-456-5909

NEWS FROM BROWARD

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar

5250 Town Center circle

Boca Taton, FL 33486

561-416-2131

Deenie Asian Bistro

4345 North State Road 7

Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319

954-486-6700

Keese’s

4350 N Ocean Drive

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308

954-776-4616

Saia

999 North Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

954-564-1000

Coconuts

429 Seabreeze Blvd

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

954-525-2421

Saigon Cuisine

1394 N. State Road 7

Margate, FL 33063

954-975-2426

Charcuterie Too

100 S. Andrews Ave.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

954-463-9578

El Agave Azul-tacos

13040 W. St.Road 84

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

954-336-6103

Bourbon on 2nd

201 SW 2nd Street

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

954-522-1253

NEWS FROM BOCA RATON

Kagura Japanese Restaurant

5030 champion Blvd

D#8

Champion Boulevard and Military Trail

Boca Raton, FL 33496

561-241-5958

Ham and Wild Mushroom Quiche

I like to serve a warm, inviting quiche for a quick midweek supper, but don’t want to fuss with pastry dough. The secret to saving time and calories is to use bread crumbs for the crust instead. You can still slice and serve the quiche with this crust.

Completed with tossed green salad made with reduced-fat vinaigrette, this meal has 478 calories with 30 percent of calories from fat.

Restaurant Reviews

Join me Thursday, 1 to 2 PM ET for our south Florida restaurant review program.  WLRN, 91.3 FM, streamed live www.wlrn.org, or podcast on this site. Click the on air tab for a link to the podcast.

A list of the restaurants mentioned will be on this blog by Friday.

Fred Tasker’s Wine Suggestions

Passover begins at sundown Monday, so many people who are hosting seders are looking for the proper kosher wines. Some people are looking for square bottles of sweet kosher wine – out of preference or tradition. This is fine.

Others want to take advantage of the fact that there now are literally dozens of wines that are dry and excellent and just as kosher as the square bottles. You can get zinfandel from California, merlot from Israel, sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, Bordeaux from France. Pretty much whatever you want.

The rules for kosher wines are pretty straightforward. To be kosher, a wine must be made according to Jewish dietary laws. Often, the word kosher does not appear on the bottle. Instead, it may be identified by the symbol of a U in a circle, meaning it has been approved by the Orthodox Union.

If the letter P follows the circled U, it means the wine is made to even stricter standards and is kosher to Passover. This may be what you want.

If you see the word “mevushal” on the back label, it means the wine has been “flash pasteurized” and may be poured for observant Jews by non-Jewish servers. Mefushal in Hebrew literally means “cooked.” This could come into play if you’re having a Seder at a big hotel.

Here are a couple of examples of excellent kosher wine:

  • The Barons Edmond & Benjamin de Rothschild Bordeaux Blend. This is a fine red wine from France’s famous Bordeaux region. It’s about $30.
  • The Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. New Zealand makes the best sauvignon blancs in the world. It’s about $20.
  • The Hagafen Lake County White Riesling, from California. It’s very crisp, almost spritzy, and slightly off-dry. It’s also about $20.

So now you can raise a toast to a happy and blessed Passover.

Miami Dade Culinary Institute

This new addition to Miami Dade College boasts a 4-star restaurant with a Chef’s Table.  It has state of the art cooking labs, organic kitchens, food and wine theater and student run cafe.  There will be classes and events for the general public as well as a full student culinary program.  For more information go to www.miamidadeculinary.com.

This spicy Italian chicken dish is devilishly easy

Chicken breasts cooked in a spicy tomato sauce is an easy recipe that you can assemble in 5 minutes. Buying roasted or rotisserie chicken breasts and a good, bottled marinara sauce makes assembling this dish a breeze.

Look for a marinara sauce that is low in sodium. Find a brand you like and keep it on hand for quick meals.

There are many types of flavored pasta available in the supermarket. Just boil and toss with a little olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Open a bag of Italian-style, ready-to-eat salad, and the entire meal can be ready in 15 minutes.



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