Mango Madness

Mango Lassi






Cutting Mango Cubes

Cut off the sides of the mango on either side of the pit.  Score the flesh into squares and turn the skin inside out.  Or, simply cut the sides off and scoop out the pulp with a spoon.

The Hamburger Revolution

The burger from BGR the Burger Joint in Coral Gables, Fl.

Tips on how to build the best burger

Food News and Views Thursday, June 16, WLRN NPR, 91.3 FM or  Mark Bucher founder of BGR the Burger Joint talks about the hamburger revolution and how to make a great burger .  If you miss the program, listen to the podcast here.  Click the on air tab.

Hamburger Joints and Restaurants

Miami and Coral Gables

BGR the Burger Joint, 232 Miracle Mile, 305-461-9989,

Burger & Beer joint, 900 S. Miami Ave Suite 130 – Miami (Downtown Miami)

Miami Beach

5 Napkin burger, 455 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach,

One Burger, 367 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables, 305-529- 5555,

8 Oz Burger Bar, 1080 Alton Rd – Miami Beach (West Avenue)

Shake Shack, 1111 Lincoln Road – Miami Beach (City Center)

Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries (240 locations) South Florida locations

1818 Cordova Road, Harbor Shops, Fort Lauderdale, 954-358-5862; 7268 W. Atlantic Blvd., Margate, 954-975- 4818; 11320 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-625-3888; 3401 N. Miami Ave., The Shoppes at Midtown Miami, 305-571-8345. Other locations opening soon in Tamarac, Kendall. Five Guys Famous Burgers 3401 North Miami Ave, Suite 124 – Miami (Edgewater),

North Miami Beach

Twenty One Toppings, Twenty One Toppings: 14480 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305-947-3433,


Le Tub, 1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-921-9425.

Here’s a challenge to all the women in the lives of all the fathers out there – be they daughters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, twitter-buddies of Congressman Weiner, whatever. Go against all of your instincts, walk out onto the patio in the 95-degree heat, fire up the 1,500-degree grill and make daddy a big steak for Fathers’ Day.

It’s what he wants, no matter how much he might try to be politically correct and deny it.

I know it’s a sacrifice. I once asked Stephen Raichlen, the global barbecue book author, why women mostly don’t grill, and he said it’s because it never occurred to most of women that standing downwind from a smoky fire was, you know, fun.

But don’t you love your daddy?

Oh, and make it a prime rib-eye steak. I know a filet mignon is more expensive, but what daddy wants is that wonderful marbling – also known as fat – that you get in a rib-eye. That’s where the flavor is, right, Joe? Sure it’s unhealthy. You can feed him Brussels sprouts starting Monday.

What about wine? Just one rule. Don’t skimp. It needs to be big and red and hearty.

Here are a few examples (you can see these on Linda’s website):

  • Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere from Chile: Carmenere is similar to merlot only better – big body, huge flavor, with big, ripe tannins to go with that wonderful steak. It’s about $30.
  • This second wine is going to make everybody mad, because it costs $90 a bottle. But it’s one of the top five wines I’ve ever sampled in my life. It’s the Fuedi di San Gregorio Serpico from southern Italy. Made of grapes from 200-year-old vines. It smells like rose petals and earth, and tastes like mulberries and vanilla. Fabulous.
  • So now I’d better list a good but cheap red wine. Try an Argentine Malbec by Valentin Bianchi. It’s hearty and red and tastes like black cherries and dark chocolate. Great with that steak. And it’s only $12.

So don’ t write in. And have a happy father’s day.

Pulled chicken a quick alternative to pork

The popularity of pulled pork inspired me to try pulled chicken. It’s a tasty, quick alternative and takes only 20 minutes to cook.

Plump chicken thighs that are cooked in red wine flavored with cinnamon, star anise and an orange. Star anise, which has a licorice flavor, is the seed pod of an evergreen tree and is used in many Chinese dishes. Add a couple to the pan when cooking rice or add it to a stir-fry sauce. It also adds an intriguing flavor to hot chocolate sauce.

Slider rolls, or mini burger buns, are available in most supermarkets.

A quick, fresh coleslaw is easy to make with shredded cabbage from the supermarket, defrosted chopped onion, mayonnaise and vinegar.

This meal contains 645 calories per serving with 27 percent of calories from fat.

Fred Tasker’s wine suggestion: This tasty slider would be nicely matched by a soft red wine such as an Australian shiraz.

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