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Delicious Puertorican Food in Miami

Puertorican Food!
It"s full of flavor, unique and very comforting to those who don't live in Puerto Rico.
One thing I have never mastered to do well, is cook this type of food.
I have noticed that that ones who do, usually had a grandmother or mother that were experts and passed their recipes to them.
My mom is from Guatemala so this was not my case.

This past holiday season, I was invited to Casa Mofongo Latin Grill and I got the chance to try some real puertorican comfort food with a gourmet twist.
This small yet cozy restaurant in the heart of Miracle mile is the place to go if you are craving some delicious moist mofongo and some real classy alcapurrias among other typical treats.

They welcomed us with a freshly made Sangria in any of the flavors that we wanted: Mango, Passionfruit, Kiwi and Tamarind.
I personally tried the tamarind and the passionfruit and they were really tasty and refreshing.
They weren't too strong as other sangrias though. The garnishes were fresh and added a touch of chic!

The first course was the Alcapurria Duet.
The light colored one is made with yucca (casabe) and the dark one is made from plantain.
Alcapurrias are one of the most classic beach food in Puerto Rico. you can find these along the entire coast of the Piñones Area and no one goes to Puerto Rico without trying one of these.
Casa Mofongo Latin Grill topped them with a brandy aioli, chopped green onion and a few drops of a spicy red sauce.

The other appetizer that they gave us were these fried queso fresco sticks topped with a deliciously sweet guava sauce. the perfect appetizer to nibble while having cocktails without spoiling your appetite!

One of our entrees was the famous Mofongo.
Mofongos can be filled or topped with Chicken, shrimp, or steak, sometimes even fish.
This one was topped with carne frita (pork).
Mofongo is a very distinctive dish of Puerto Rico.
Not everyone can master it.
It takes a long process to make and is very easy to ruin.
Mofongos can be very dry. Casa Mofongo Latin Grill serves it with a side of caldo. 
This one was absolutely delicious with some crunchy bacon chunks. 
Not too garlicky like it usually is.

Next was the Coconut shrimp on a bed of Arroz con gandules.
The sweetness of the shrimp and the savory arroz was a complete delight!

For dessert they served a chocolate souffle with vanilla ice cream.
This was good, but I found the chocolate souffle overcooked.
I would've loved a warm center so I could pour the icecream on top and experience the hot and cold sensation in my mouth.

Lastly, they served a cheese flan with coconut shavings and a crystalized caramel as a garnish.
After this, I definitely needed a bed!!

I encourage you to visit Casa Mofongo Latin Grill on 
130 Miracle Mile Coral Gables Florida 33134

You will feel welcomed by their owners and you will receive a very friendly service, just like in Puerto Rico!

PS: Casa Mofongo Latin Grill invited me to try these dishes but I did not received paid compensation and all of the opinions above are comepletely mine.



My Personal Promises for 2015

Everyone says this year has flown by…
I can’t say I agree nor disagree.
This was my first year as a mom and that brought many challenges, which made this year sometimes feel endless.
However, waking up to a slightly bigger, smarter, cuter baby every single day makes me think it flew by.

Today is the last day of that year.
Instead of resolutions, I want to make some promises to myself. Promises that I will fight to keep them.


Have a very #KiplingHoliday!

Just one more week for Christmas and between the stress of buying the holiday gifts for friends and family, cooking and eating, and attending Christmas events, we sometimes don't enjoy the holidays to the fullest am I right?

This Christmas I have been really laid back.
Too laid back.
With a 15 month old you kind of need to be or you wont enjoy the holidays at all.
This Christmas I decided to do more of the online shopping and avoid the hassle of the crowded malls and my toddler crying because he does not stand being in the stroller.

Kipling USA has an amazing Kipling Holiday Catalog this season and I am so glad and honored they have chosen  me to inform all of my readers of their fabulous discount of $30 off of your $150 purchase of their holiday catalog.
Just use the code HOLIDAYS30 at checkout!
You can find gifts for everyone.

Also, they are having an event December 19th and 20th in Orlando the Kipling Holiday Tour, where attendees will be welcomed to a spectrum of highlights including a #KiplingHoliday show wall, on site monogramming, gift wrapping, photo booths, holiday diy inspirations, personalized sweets and giveaways!!
Make sure you RSVP to the event HERE

I couldn't resist getting the Multiple on the go bag.
Ever since I had my baby, I just haven't been able to use any bag whatsoever and just went out with my wallet and used the Diaper bag as the only bag.
My wallet and cellphone can be at reach without having to get them inside my messy diaper bag!


How to make your baby and dog love each other

I remember it clearly.
The feeling of knowing that in a couple of months I would have my first human baby.
I say human cause I already had a baby...a furry one, and I loved him with all my heart.
I understand that not everyone sees their pet as their babies, but I do, and I also knew that like me, there were other.
If this is your case, read on.


Five secrets to look younger

We all want to look one can deny that.
We all want to look fresh, glowy and healthy.
Some say these "looks" come from within depending on how happy you really are.
I think is a combination of this PLUS a few simple tricks I have learned along the way.

1.Fuller Eyebrows

It is a proven fact that eyebrow hair can thin from aging just like scalp hair does. It is a result form years of plucking, rubbing or painting them with pencils and makeup.
Go dig some old photos of yourself when you were a teenager and there is a high chance you had fuller eyebrows and now you don't, either because you repeatedly plucked them because thinner eyebrows were "in" or because they naturally thinned out.
So, I think if you stop plucking them thin...and maybe let them grow fuller you will get a more youthful effect.

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