Novo Cucina. A review.
Stepping inside you won't see a hint of what used to be, as it should be. Wonderfully airy and a striking decor. Gelato case (do not miss the gelato here as it is without question the best I've had anywhere), open kitchen with countless mounds of fermented dough portioned out to cook to order, chipper tidy staff and an incredibly welcoming indoor with outdoor seating type area.
May Barilla Goodness Oh My! Thanks Degustabox!
Barilla's American line of Mulino Bianco cookies and breadsticks: Ultra crunchy and tomato basil seasoned breadsticks are great with a cool drink or cocktail. There are a handful of cookie varieties and this month the classic shortbread style, galletti was included. Melt in your mouth crunch and large sugar crystals for extra texture. YUM. Crunch addiction solved! For now anyway.
Les Dames d'Escoffier International
Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide non profit comprised of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities.
No fat crispy roasted potato technique
This is inspired by Serious Eats tip of alkalizing the cooking water to change the texture just like we do with pho noodles. Baking soda changes things. Note: MORE IS NOT BETTER. We're not adding oil to ours like they do. The fat you eat is the fat you wear. We can get plenty of flavor and crunch without that useless ingredient.
Crickets and Caramel are what this months' Degustabox is all about
I didn't know this but Cafe Bustello comes in single serve instant espresso pouches. This is so great because I use it to enrich recipes. Brownies, chili, banana nice cream, home healthy frappucinos in my nifty new vitamix and even to adult up a cup of hot cocoa.
Conch Heaven. A review.
I am from South Florida and seeing conch outside of the super southeast coast is unheard of. I had to check it out for a taste of home. Truth be told it's more notably a Carribean native shellfish but it makes its way to Miami fairly effortlessly. If you've never had conch I don't know what you're doing with your life.
Mindful eating happens the Aryuvedic way with Nalini Mehta
This is not just any interactive cooking class, this is a whole life-altering experience. When we know better we do better and Nalini shifts your focus to calm and the way to keep that gentle relaxed feeling going through your entire meal preparation process. You will find her charismatic without being exhausting.
The Art of Wine and Chocolate
Sweet Tomatoes Dunwoody. A review.
The hot bar and dessert area is another playground in and of itself. 6 soups, small cuts of pizza type flatbreads, white and sweet potatoes, custom pasta bar (there is some sausage pizza sauce on the rigatoni), cookies, some pudding du jour and fresh whole fruit pieces.