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Spain’s Lizarran Restaurant Launches Miami Food Truck

Lizarran Food Truck

I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the Lizarran food truck in Miami. It was quite a treat to sample the menu. Fresh ingredients prepared into great looking flavorful comfort food that are easy to enjoy on the go.  The food truck is huge decorated with twinkling lights, potted plants and painted tiles evoking an authentic Mediterranean feel.

About Lizzaran

Established in a coastal town just outside Barcelona, Spain, Lizarran is transforming the American culinary scene with their fusion of Mediterranean and Spanish flavors. Combining the social and familial element of Spain’s culture creating an inviting and enjoyable dining experience for guests. With over 270 restuarants in Europe and around the world it is finally making it’s way to Miami.

Internationally recognized for the pintxos, cones and homemade recipes, Lizarran infuses fresh Spanish and Mediterranean ingredients, modern culinary technique and inherently Spanish presentation to their innovative dishes.

Foodies can mix and match combination and flavors to satisfy their specific cravings. Tasty ingredients include the finest olive oil, jamon Serrano and fresh seafood.

Lizarran Collage

About the Food

Lizarran’s Spanish Mediterranean cuisine is made up of bite sized recipes which take comfort food to a new level. Pintxos are small snacks served atop sliced bread distinguished by the skewer, a culinary stape of Northern Spain’s Basque region. Cones are handheld dishes that are ideal on the go menu items consisting of croquettes, fries and churros with Nutella.

Lizarran Food Truck

I recommend experiencing the food with friends because there is so much good stuff to sample and plenty to share. The gazpacho is something you must try. It is a creamy cold Andalusian soup with ripe tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper and garlic bursting with flavor.

The potato salad is quite refreshing and made with fresh ingredients, potatoes, carrots, eggs, tuna, sweet pepper and olives.

One of my favorites are the croquettes witch are the perfect bite sized fritter treats filled with jamon Serrano, cheese or vegetables.

When eating Spanish food another must have is the tortilla Espanola; eggs, Yukon gold potatoes, onions and Spanish ham. So so good.

Lizarran Food Truck

Another of my favorites was the sautéed vegetables; brie cheese, zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms and carrots.

Like I said there is so much great food to sample you should definitely bring along good friends.  They will thank you later.

You can find out where exactly to find the food trucks on their facebook page and check out the menu at their website.

 

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Sampling the Miami Spice Menu at Toro Toro Miami

Toro Toro Miami Spice

This week I was invited to experience the Toro Toro Miami Spice menu and it was one of the most amazing food experiences of my life. Miami Spice is a mouth-watering restaurant promotion highlighting the very best of Miami cuisine. Running from August 1st to September 30th restaurants offer three course meals featuring signature dishes by world-renowned chefs at reduced prices. It’s an affordable way to try something new.

Toro Toro is located in the elegant Intercontinental Hotel near the American Airlines arena where the Miami Heat plays. The restaurant was brought to heart of downtown Miami by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval. Chef Sandoval is known for combining authentic Latin ingredients with international flavor and inventive techniques to create new and unexpected cuisines such as modern and coastal Mexican, Latin Asian, Peruvian and Pan Latin. The food is an array of hot and cold plates tapas style, steaks served a la carte and savory side dishes meant for sharing plates.

Enthusiasm is contagious. When you get a sneak peak behind the scenes of a restaurant you get to experience this first hand. The passion and zeal of the staff and chefs for what they do comes across in the service and the quality and flavors of the food. My impression was that everyone there was happy to be there and really enjoyed their job. Seeing the care that was taken with the preparation of the food highlighted my eating experience.

Toro Toro Miami Spice

Upon our arrival we were taken to a private area near the kitchen for special guests and greeted with cocktails and h’ordevors. I enjoyed a very sweet Downtowner, which is a citrus, and vodka based drink garnished with orange peel. After a delicious appetizer, stuffed shallot with a buttery white sauce we were escorted to a private dining area with views of the kitchen to sample the Miami Spice menu.

We were brought course after course a large variety of plates with distinctive flavors. This is a great place to go with a group of friends to have drinks and share plates to explore and discover new favorites. Toro Toro’s Miami Spice menu is impressive for its variety.

If you enjoy meats I highly recommend ordering the generous Churrasco Platter. A selection of the best meats and cuts of picanha steak, prime ribeye, lamb chop, chorizo sausage and achiote chicken.

If you enjoy spicy food with bold flavors I recommend the Smoked Swordfish Dip. It’s a smoky spicy dish with pickled chilies, aioli and tomatoes served with plantain chips.

Toro Toro Miami Spice

If you appreciate seafood like I do Toro Toro has lots to offer. I sampled and enjoyed the freshness of the Ceviche Nikkei with tuna, avocado, ponzu, leche de tigre, cucumber and quinoa. The Chicharron de Camarones is another dish you must try especially if you love shrimp. And my favorite dish of the evening, which just melts in your mouth, was the Chipotle Miso Seabass. The fish was perfectly seasoned with sesame seeds and eel sauce. This is a great example of how Chef Sandoval combines Latin flavors with seasonings of other cultures.

For dessert I highly recommend La Bomba which is dulce de leche mousse, strawberry ice cream, almond cookie crumbles, berries served in a chocolate shell.  You will get a kick out of the way it’s served right on the table.

 

You can check out what else is on the Toro Toro Miami Spice menu by clicking here.

Have you been to Toro Toro Miami? What was your favorite dish?

 

 

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Travel Food Recommendations Where to Eat in Chicago 2015

 

Food Recommendations Where to Eat in Chicago 2015

Best food recommendations from locals and travel pros on where to eat in Chicago. I’m planning a trip to Chicago, Ilinois and have asked the experts where I should go to eat. These are their recommendations.

Orgullo de Mexico’s recommendations:

Puerto Rican Food

La Bomba located at 3221 W Armitage is a casual neighborhood eatery serving Puerto Rican fare & soft drinks amid colorful murals & TVs.

La Plena located at 2617 W Division in Humboldt Park is an upbeat eatery offering homestyle Puerto Rican cooking amid tropical murals & a thatched-roof patio.

Mexican Food

If you are in Chicago on Sunday visit Maxwell St Market, outdoors, 6am-2pm, Desplaines & Roosevelt Rd’s for great Mexican. Maxwell Street Market is located at 800 S. Desplaines St.

Cemitas Puebla located 3619 W North Ave in Humboldt Park/West Loop is inspired by the food made by cemiteros & taqueros of Puebla, Mexico.

Carnitas Uruapan is a Foodie Favorite serving up the best authentic Carnitas in Chicago since 1975 located at 1725 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 in Pilson.

In May of 2008, Chef Carlos Gaytan opened his own restaurant Mexique on Chicago Avenue in Chicago. With great creativity, love, and dedication he applies his knowledge of French cooking techniques and ingredients to his roots of traditional Mexican cuisine, creating a revolution of Mexican gastronomy.  1529 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Mezcalina Restaurant is upscale Mexican Dining in the Lakeshore East area of Chicago. Come experience the authentic flavors of Mexico and a Mosaic of Ingredients from its regions.

Xoco Chicago by Chef Rick Bayless. Order Online! Pick-Up and Delivery. Open early and closing late, this quick-service café from Rick and Deann Bayless proffers contemporary expressions of Mexico’s most beloved street food and snacks: flaky empanadas, hot-from-the-fryer churros, frothy Mexican hot chocolate, crusty tortas and meal-in-a-bowl caldos. Located at 449 N Clark St in  Wicker Park.

Frontera_Grill The place to savor authentic and scrumptious regional dishes and stellar margaritas.” 445 North Clark Street.

@ELSanPatricio  recommends

Latin Fusion

Carnivale located at702 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60661.  Engages colors, glamour, wild design, global flavors, Latin Music, and savory aromas in each dish.

 

Pizza

Gulliver’s located at 2727 Howard St. is an established venue for deep-dish pizza & Italian grub, with antiques, Tiffany-style lamps & a patio.

Lou Malnati’s Pizza is considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Malnati’s has been serving slices of delicious deep dish for 44 years in 41 Chicagoland locations.

Gino’s East Pizza The Gino’s East story began in 1966 when two taxi drivers and a friend, frustrated with rush hour traffic, decided to open a pizzeria just off Michigan Ave. and Superior St. in Chicago.

Nancy’s Pizza is the official inventor of stuffed pizza in Chicago. Started in 1972, now we’re here. Inspired in Italy, perfected in America!

 

Choose Chicago’s recommends I do some patio dinning and check out the outdoor festivals.

Patio Dinning

IO Godgrey is a Chicago rooftop lounge offering state-of-the-art retractable roof which allows the outdoor space to evoke a unique in-is-out and out-is-in vibe. Enjoy the day, revel the night, and discover your element in the rooftop bar. Dress to impress. I|O Late Night requires upscale casual attire as it is located inside a 4 star luxury hotel. I|O in The Godfrey Hotel Chicago 4th Floor 127 W Huron and LaSalle.

Three Aces where the Italian countryside meets the American farm house… in Keith Richard’s basement bar located at 1321 W Taylor St.

Big Star Chicago Tacos, Whiskey, Hillbilly Music.  Big Star is a bourbon and beer-focused, taco-slinging, late-night honky-tonk in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood located at 1531 N Damen.

Festivals

Chicago Blues Festival at Grant Park. June 12 to 14 2015. Enjoy the largest free blues festival in the world!

Ribfest – It’s no wonder that Ribfest Chicago has been recognized as Chicago’s “Best Food Fest” for the past three years. This festival remains one of the city’s best summer attractions. At the intersection of Lincoln Avenue / Irving Park Road / Damen Avenue  Friday 5-10 PM, Saturday Noon-10 PM, Sunday Noon-10 PM

Andersonville Midsommarfest  Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s annual summer street festival, now entering its 50th year! Each year, nearly 50,000 people throng Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell their wares to passers-by, while ethnic dance troupes and cutting-edge bands keep the party going.

 

Have you eaten at any of these places?

What was the best thing you ate there?

Do you have any recommendations for me?

 

 

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