Ring in the New Year with Risotto at Sonoma!

What sane person out there doesn’t love a good risotto?  So creamy!  So flavorful!  So… delicious!

I think my favorite risotto in Doral might be the Seafood Saffron Risotto at Olivos — which I have yet to blog about — but a close second would likely be the seafood risotto at Sonoma Restaurant*.

123114_sonoma_risottoGarnished with clams and mussels, Sonoma’s seafood risotto did not disappoint.  It didn’t taste overly salty or overly sweet, and was even the slightest bit tangy, likely because of the tomato in the recipe.  Overall, not only a nice presentation, but also a great fusion of flavors.  And the large portion size didn’t hurt either.  (I had enough leftovers for a full lunch the next day!)  Rating?  I think I’ll give this a good.

The rest of the menu at Sonoma looks pretty good too.  There’s a variety of entrees to choose from, and the restaurant also has daily specials.  If you’re into lunch specials, try something off the “Executive Lunch” specials menu.  Just north of $10 each (unless you order fish)!

Not convinced to go yet?  Well, this “New American” restaurant has outdoor seating and a great view from the back!  Let’s just say it’s not something you’d expect to find in a location like Doral.  And that’s all I’m sayin’.  If you want to find out more, you’ll just have to see it for yourself.

*Location:
2475 Northwest 95th Avenue
Miami, FL 33172

From Farm to Grill, Sea to Table at Green Plate Asian Bistro

Noodles, sushi, and meats.  How could a menu get any more complete than that?!

A frolleague of mine recently introduced me to an Asian restaurant she stumbled upon in a suburb of Miami.  Green Plate Asian Bistro* in Doral opened in July 2014 and claims to be “a combination of authentic Chinese, Thai, and Japanese culinary culture with a modern twist.”  Given my inclination towards fusion cuisine, I didn’t hesitate to give it a go.

I went for lunch and tried the Steak Teriyaki Bento Box.  I originally asked for the Sushi Bento, but decided to pick something else since my waitress couldn’t tell me what the chef’s choice sushi was — and I wasn’t in a very risky mood that day.  I was impressed with the extensive menu of bento boxes Green Plate offered.  (Each bento box comes with a choice of miso soup or house salad, a California roll, a spring roll, and seaweed salad.)

Feeling healthy, I started off with a house salad with ginger dressing.  Standard fare, nothing special there — but not that I was expecting anything extraordinary.  I’d give it an okay.

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Rabbit Ravioli at Zagat-Rated Olivos

Hi, first and foremost, Merry Christmas, everyone!  Glad to be sharing my Christmas with you and hope you’re enjoying the holidays, wherever you are.

I know I haven’t posted in a very very very long time.  Sadly, my life has been entirely consumed by school work — along with work, of course — for the past couple of months.  I now have a short hiatus before I begin course number two in the series-that-has-been-referred-to-as-a-beast-by-the-professor-that-teaches-it.  So here we go… !

I recently ate at an Argentinian restaurant in Doral called Olivos*.  It’s one of my favorite restaurants in Doral.  The food is delicious — I’ve never had anything there I didn’t like — and the ambiance is super modern and white-themed!  I ordered off the specials menu.

Rabbit ravioli.  Haven’t had rabbit in a really long time.  In fact, I think I may have only had it one other time in my life.  There is is below, floating in a pool of gravy-like sauce.  Portion size was more than adequate, and plating was great as usual, topped with Parmesan cheese and the usual flower.  (FYI, every plate is garnished with the same flower.)  I think I’d give this at least a fine.

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Best part of the meal?  It was paid for by one of our vendors!  🙂

Here’s a link to Olivos’ fixed menu in case you’re interested in checking out the fare they usually serve.  Just don’t blame me if you accidentally drool on yourself.

*Location:
10455 Northwest 41st Street
Doral, FL 33178