Balls and Claws

Yesterday was my dads 74th birthday and being the fat kid I am, I asked my dad where he wanted to eat for his birthday dinner (read: what will get me the most OpenTable points) so we decided to try Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar, Tapas in Coral Springs. 

So many Choices


My dad opted for their velvety Lobster Bisque on this 90° plus day…

This was packed with lobster meat, creamy mouthfeel with the flavor of white wine ever present. The basil Oil on the top gave it a little more earthiness to balance all the rich ingredients.

Next up were my tasty Arancini (risotto balls)

These puppies were about as big as my fist. Filled with a veal raugot, mozzarella and peas, the saffron used in the cooking of the rice was a perfect nuance flavor for this dish. They were a bit heavy so easily shareable… we each had one. (Mmmm leftovers!!!) 

We also shared the Fritto Misto (Fried calimari and veggies)

The delicately flash fried calimari melted in my mouth! That’s my fave!!! The zucchini, squash and sweet red pepper were also fried, so tasty! A mildly spicy marinara coupled with a lemon aioli were they perfect accompaniment to this Mouthgasmic meal. 

We enjoyed everything. The server was good but told us jokingly “I hate when customers ask me what I like, because everything is so good!”. It’s kind of a lame answer but everything we had WAS GOOD! Can’t wait to bring my friends back for happy hour! And that’s #WhatsInMyMouth today…

DELRAY BEACH CRAFT BEER FEST RECAP

To kick off American Craft beer week, we had Leah Arluk cover the Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest on Friday May 13th in Old School Square.


This was the second time I’ve attended and it’s only gotten bigger and better! This year there were over 100 different craft beers sampled but dozens of local and national craft breweries! It was fantastic to see so many new places popping up throughout South Florida with some of our “old” favorites.
The fest was well organized in the placement of booths and ease of movement for patrons. There were food vendors from local restaurants, free snacks and event spirits available for sale. Many times at beer fests that are poorly planned run out of beer quickly but this one didn’t have that issue from what I experienced.
There was a vast array of beers, ciders and even wines for all patrons to try and even timed special releases from some of the breweries.
Some of the standouts that I sampled from Friday were:

Broken Coat Brewing
– Irish Car Bomb Stout: a sweet stout with heavy Carmel malt sweetness that’s quick aged on Irish whiskey chips. TKF (Tijuana Knife Fight): Spicy hot chocolate meets a yummy Porter considered a “Mexican celebration Porter”

NoBo Brewing Company
– Basil IPA: one word… Herbaceous! The basil plays with the hop character very well. Full bodied Nobo Barrel Aged quad: Rich flavor with dark roasted elements.


Hopaholics Home Brewers
K. Love Brewing: Bananas Foster Blond Ale – Light on pallet, banana flavor was natural and refreshing.
 Rebel Suds Brewing: Creme Brûlée Brown Ale – creamy sweetness without the heaviness of a stout or porter. Little carbonation and enjoyable like a cream soda.


Accomplice Ciderworks
– Coffee Cider: This was hands down my favorite find! The nose was a full bodied dark roast coffee but when you take the first sip, the flavor is sweet apple goodness. I would drink this everyday!
This was a great event for everyone from newbies to the craft beer scene to the cicerone certified. I had an intoxicating time and I’m looking forward to next year! L’chaim! 

Thank you to Mike at Floribrew for giving me the opportunity to cover this event!

A Semi-Brunch kinda meal

Today I had the pleasure of checking out a new breakfast spot called The Egg and I in Coral Springs. 

My friend and I tried their Benedict breakfasts. 

Mine was the Crab Cake Benedict… I subbed out the English muffin for a buttery croissant.

Two croissant halves topped with grilled crab cakes, tomato slices, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce and Ranch Potatoes

Two English muffin halves layered with mushrooms, spinach, artichoke hearts, asparagus and tomatoes. Topped with two poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and fresh green onions … almost gone

I have to say, the hollandaise was quite tasty. Not too rich and the eggs were perfectly poached. 

 

I did not leave anything over

 
Our server, Sunshine, was an absolute ray of just that. She brought over a carafe of hot coffee which we finished then gave us to go cups! 

The “Southern Pecan” seasonal coffee to go

This place is a franchise (which I usually do not enjoy) but everything tastes freshly made, the service was great and the atmosphere reminded me of breakfast spot my folks and I went to as a kid. 

The only drawback was that there’s NO MIMOSAS! As someone that works in retail, I don’t get to brunch as much as I would like but this place made it feel like brunch time! If there was some sort of breakfast cocktail I would have been on cloud 9! 

Two thumbs up, I would recommend this spot to anyone asking and that’s #WhatsInMyMouth

Drinking at the House of Friends

Last Tuesday I has the pleasure of attending a private dinner with Swsbevgirl and Casamigos tequila at Bodega South Beach.  

Our Swanky Setup

The dinner was to educate us about Casamigos tequila. This tequila was started by George Cloony and friends on their quest for an ultra smooth drinkable tequila.  

 This is the Beautiful Brand Ambassador, Danay, schooling us on the brand…

 Casamigos different styles; Añjeo, Reposado, and Blanco.  

we got to learn some mixology with the tequila! Our first drink was the Watermelon Mint Margarita 

 Next, we chowed down on phenomenal Mexican fare from Bodega.  

  

Pork Tacos

After We ate, we started working on our second drink, the Casamigos Paloma. 

 This whole evening was fantastic! If you’re a tequila fan and you haven’t tried Casamigos you’re doing yourself a major disservice! Thank you so much to SWSBevGirl, Bodega South Beach, Casamigos Tequila, and my Bestie, Emily Taffel; Founder & CEO of Mugsy PR!  
 I suggest going out, grabbing a bottle of each and having a tasting party with your House Of Friends. That’s What’s in my mouth today. Tell me fiends, what is YOUR favorite tequila???