Nahuen, Patagonia Flavors

In the mood for an interesting Argentinian dining experience?  Then check out Nahuen*, part food-court, part deli, and part mini supermarket, where you can pick and choose from a variety of empanadas, sandwiches, entrees, and prepared foods!  Also make sure to wash everything down with a nice cup of Lavazza coffee!

When I visited, I ordered the Portobello Caprese for starters, a double layer of tomato and mozzarella atop a huge portobello mushroom, with a fresh basil leaf.  I then continued with a Spicy Chicken Empanada and a Veal Roll.

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Carnival Glory Cruise Day 1: Embarkation Day

As promised, I will share more about my culinary adventures aboard the Carnival Glory last week.  Can’t believe I just got off my cruise only a few days ago — seems like much longer!

Each subsequent day, for the next seven days, I will post either what I had during brunch, lunch, or dinner — or a combination! — onboard the Glory.  On this particular ship, I got to experience Seaday Brunch — best brunch ever! — and American Table and American Feast at dinner.  You can think of American Table as your standard dinner meal and American Feast as elegant night.  I won’t do full reviews, just share some pictures, quick descriptions, and maybe a few thoughts.  Enjoy!

Day 1: Embarkation Day
Dinner: American Table, cruise casual

Appetizer
Croquetas, Empanadas, Black Bean Salsa: A trio of Latin flavors come together in this tasty dish of ham croquetas, homemade chicken empanada and a side of black bean corn salsa

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Rating: Okay.  Standard fare, nothing special here.

Entreé
Grilled Mahi Mahi: Lightly seasoned fillet served with a side of coconut rice, a fresh pineapple and red pepper sauce

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Rating: Okay.  The fish was tasteless, though cooked well, and the rice tasted like coconut, but I’m not sure if I liked it.

Punto Sur, I’m Back Again!

Getting six people to agree on a restaurant for lunch is no easy feat, but since I’m not the type of person to back down from a good challenge… challenge accepted, buck passed — hey, asking colleagues for suggestions is perfectly acceptable — and goal accomplished!

This afternoon’s pick… Argentinian at Punto Sur*.  Though I had eaten there before, the food was decent, so I didn’t mind going back again.

I remember the empanadas from last time being pretty tasty, so I ordered one as an appetizer.  Again, the spicy beef.  When I bit into it this time, I was reminded of a pastelito — one of my favorite pastries!  Not only was the flaky golden crust similar to that of a pastelito, but the meat inside was also flavored in a very similar manner.  I like that this little guy was not too spicy, but just spicy enough.  Woo.

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I also ordered the Flap Meat Sandwich (chimichurri on the side) with thick-cut fries.  Taste-wise, there seemed to be little difference between this and the Skirt Steak sandwich I ordered last time, though I would say this flap (pun intended) of meat was a bit more tender/chewy and less tough.  Overall, fine!

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*Location:
7902 NW 36th St
Doral, FL 33166

Argentinian-Uruguayan at Punto Sur

Happy Friday, everyone!  Do you know what Friday means?  It means lunch out of the office, yay!  (For the record, I don’t always eat lunch outside the office on Fridays, but I try to as much as I can.)

As if I hadn’t had enough Latin American food recently, today I lunched at Punto-Sur, an Argentinian-Uruguayan joint serving empanadas, salads, sandwiches, grilled meats, pastas, and desserts, among other things.  As a small starter for the table, the restaurant offers savory bread with garlicky-mayo (and butter)… mmm, so tasty!  #fatty

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To continue the meal, I sampled some empanadas, Latin American pastries filled with a variety of sweet and savory selections.  I tried the carne picante (spicy beef) and capresse (mozzarella, tomato, and basil) options, which turned out to be somewhere between okay and fine, based on my previous experiences with empanadas.  A little more filling inside would’ve been nice.

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I ordered the skirt steak sandwich with fries for my main entree.  FYI, the sandwich is big enough to share, especially if you’ve had some empanadas or other appetizers already.  The sandwich came with green chimichurri sauce on the side to further flavor my skirt steak.

Did you know that chimichurri sauce generally includes parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano, and white (or red) wine vinegar?  Or so Wikipedia says… but hey, that’s totally a legitimate source nowadays!

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The thick-cut fries were pretty standard fare, though I appreciated that they weren’t overcooked.  I’d say the entree rated between okay and fine for me.  It was generally what I expected it to be, so I’m not complainin’.  Plus, I was with my Toastmasters crew, so it was all good.  Good way to start the weekend.

*Location:
7902 NW 36th St
Doral, FL 33166