oh how i miss 190, but wait, it’s back!

May 22, 2007 § 2 Comments

Yes, you read that header correctly, 190 restaurant is back in a new location . . . but they’re keeping the same name. I credit this restaurant with being the first place where I knew my hunny was for me. After my very first 1/2 marathon, the Inaugural West Palm Beach Marathon, she took me there for brunch.

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tea and cupcakes: miami

May 9, 2007 § 6 Comments

I have long dreamed of opening my very own tea place.  And, my love of cute little treats leads to pairing cupcakes with a cup of tea.  However, until I open my very own place (which will be a very long time from now considering I’m in grad school), I like to make the rounds at other shoppes. 

Miami, sometimes so ahead of the game on some levels, also lags behind certain national trends.  Case in point: cupcakes are booming all over the country, and Miami folks are only now seeing them pop up in places besides the grocery store or the next door neighbor’s birthday party.

I’m not in Miami now, so I’ll have to send you to scout out Amate and Sticky Fingers Cupcakes.  They are housed in the same location, at 811 NE 79th St., Miami, FL.  Their hours are 4-11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

From browsing Sticky Finger’s blog and flickr page, I have already selected my favorite cupcake: oye como va.  This is Miami in a cupcake for sure! It’s a guava and cream cheese cupcake, and it looks so freakin adorable.

I found out a bit about Amate, from this nice write-up in the Tropical Life Section in the Miami Herald. The shoppe is owned by two women, life partners for 10 years, who met at a spirituality workshop. The name, Amate, means “love in action.”  They explained that the reason the shoppe isn’t open until 4pm is that they both still have their day jobs.  However, once business picks up, they say they will extend these hours. (there is more info in the article)

So, if you are in Miami, and get a chance to check them out, help them leave their day jobs, drink tea, eat cupcakes, and send me your comments, suggestions and pictures.


recipe: sesame spinach

February 24, 2007 § 1 Comment

I was inspired by this bento box lunch at teaism in Washington, D.C., to make my own little version at home.  The recipe here is for one component: sesame spinach. 

 Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant LowFat Favorites:

16-20 oz baby spinach

2T seasame seeds

2t sugar

1T soy sauce

In a dry skillet on medium heat, roast the sesame seeds, stirring continuously, for a couple of minutes, until the seeds are fragrant and golden.

In between two sheets of wax paper, roll and crush the sesame seeds.  Stir the sugar and soy sauce together until the sugar dissolves, then add the crushed sesame seeds.


Wash spinach, shake off excess water and place in covered pot.  Place the pot of spinach on high heat and steam for 2 – 3 minutes, until it is wilted but still bright green.  Drain.  Toss the spinach with the sesame past to coat the leaves evenly.

Combine the spinach with other tasty treats like rice with rice seasoning, potstickers, edamame, or steamed buns, and you’ve got yourself a nice light lunch or dinner.

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