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Ready-To-Grill Meal Kits from Pollo Tropical

Ready-To-Grill Meal Kits

Step up your grilling game for this Memorial Day Weekend with the new ‘Ready-To-Grill- meal kits from Pollo Tropical.

The grill masters at Pollo Tropical have put together two perfect “ready-to-grill” meal kits and recipes to take your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ to the next level. The kits feature your choice of fresh, citrus-marinated chicken or marinated USDA Choice churrasco steak, along with fresh produce, one of Pollo’s signature sauces and a recipe card. The meal kits serve four people and are priced at $15 for the chicken grill kit and $27 for the steak option. Both will be available this weekend, Friday through Monday, at all company owned locations across Florida.

The grill kits include: your choice of six citrus-marinated boneless chicken breasts and eight ounces of guava bbq sauce or two pounds of USDA Choice churrasco steak and eight ounces of homemade chimichurri sauce, plus produce and skewers to grill up six to eight veggie kabobs, featuring tomatoes, onions, and peppers. There’s also a recipe card included for those who want some tips directly from the experts.

Along with the limited-edition meal kits, the Pollo Pantry menu continues to offer fresh, citrus-marinated, ready-to-cook whole chicken for $5 and 6 boneless breasts for $10 and has recently expanded to include fresh produce, USDA Choice churrasco steak, shrimp and 16-ounce portions of Pollo Tropical’s famous sauces.

All of the items are available for drive-thru, takeout and mobile pick-up at all of the brand’s 141 Florida locations. No other discounts or offers can be used as part of the Pollo Pantry pricing, however there are no quantity limits and items are available during all operating hours of each participating Pollo Tropical location.

If you prefer that Pollo do the cooking for you, you can get all of your favorites through delivery, drive-thru and mobile pick-up. Dining rooms are now open with limited capacity at many locations. The brand has also extended free delivery on orders over $10 placed through the brand’s website www.PolloTropical.com or the MyPollo® app. No coupon code is required.

Follow @PolloTropical on social media for other special offers.

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What is Old Greg’s Pizza?

You probably seen this square pizza taking over social media over the past month or so. You’ve wondered what and where I can get this pizza right? You click on the tag and notice, it’s called Old Greg’s Pizza and you wonder who is Old Greg and where can I get this greatness Old Greg is putting out right?

First, let’s get down to what makes Old Greg’s so special. It’s Miami’s first naturally leavened pizza.

The pie Old Greg is known for his his OG Pepperoni Pie. It has shredded mozzarella, fresh hand-wrapped local mozzarella, Ezzo Sausage pepperoni, hot honey drizzle on a naturally-leavened dough 😱

I got a chance to try this greatness and I can tell you it’s everything you imagine it is and more. It’s so freaking good. You’re going to love it. Trust me!

Old Greg’s Pizza was supposed to kick off it’s pop-up in Miami, but due to the pandemic that has been delayed. For now, Old Greg is putting out pies out of his old house and he’s giving you a chance to try it for yourself.

Well, lucky for you Old Greg’s Pizza has created a lottery system for you. You sign up and if you win, you have a chance to purchase your very own Old Greg’s OG Pizza Pie.

To win a chance to purchase Old Greg’s Pizza for yourself, click here to enter the lottery and follow them on Instagram to see when they pop-up in Miami.

For now, I can just dream of having more Old Greg’s Pizza. It’s that good!

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Miami’s Takeout Guide During the Pandemic

The Coronavirus has thrown Miami’s Food and Beverage industry into survival mode.

This is clearly a unique situation and not a good one, so we must do all we can to stand behind our friends in the food and beverage industry and support local as much as we can.

Our family in the food and beverage industry need us now more than ever.

On March 17th, the City of Miami ordered that all restaurants must stop dine-in services and can instead switch to takeout and/or delivery.

My good friend Miami Food Porn has helped put together a master list of restaurants with delivery and takeout options in Miami.

The master list is fluid and being updated everyday.

Please share this list with anyone who finds this helpful or any restaurant owners that are not listed.

Let us continue to order local and support our local food and beverage community during these hard times.

They have been with us during the good times, not let’s do our part so we can emerge from stronger than we have ever been.

Stay safe fam.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL GUIDE.

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A Food Paradise Aboard the Carnival Horizon

When it comes to planning a cruise, Carnival Cruise Line is always at the top of the list.

In 2018, Carnival set sail to the Carnival Horizon. The newest ship in the Vista-class ships from Carnival. The Carnival Horizon offers fun, comfort, dining and awesome destinations.

In October of 2019, I got a chance to sail on the Carnival Horizon with my family for a week of fun, amazing eats and all around an outstanding week. The Carnival Horizon was sailing to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico.

I hadn’t been on a cruise in over 6 years, so I didn’t know what to expect or about all the changes to the cruise industry over the years including all the new dining options available. Nonetheless, we were excited for the week ahead.

We step onto the ship and head to our room.

Our room was located on Deck 6 and had a balcony. I’ve never been on a cruise and stayed on a balcony room, but I can tell you it’s amazing and makes your own experience so much better.

Upon leaving our bags in the room, before sailing off for the week, we decided to take a look around and see everything the Carnival Horizon has to offer.

The Carnival Horizon is the everyone ship. For kids and adults alike, there is a waterpark on-board called Dr. Seuss WaterWorks. Dr. Seuss WaterWorks has all kinds of different water features to play and interact with including two slides and a huge bucket that drops water on the park every couple of minutes. I can tell you, my family and I personally spent most of our days in this area. My son loved all the slides and different water features. I do have to admit, I loved the water slides too!

For a break, the Carnival Horizon has a full sized IMAX theater. I headed over to see what films were being played and the Joker was showing. I bought my tickets, loaded up on popcorn and a beer and sat back to enjoy the movie. It’s insane to think you’re watching a feature film that’s out in theaters on a cruise ship.

Every night, there are also Dive In Movies shown on the pool deck. This is really fu and they show a variety of movies and you can enjoy popcorn poolside while watching a movie on a lounge chair.

If you’re looking for a little adventure, check out the SkyRide, which is a bike ride above it all overlooking the water. You can use the SkyRide as a workout or just to cruise and take in the view.

Playlist Productions puts on amazing shows you cannot miss.

For adults, there is a Serenity Adult-Only Retreat and Cloud 9 Spa. There is the Havana Bar and Pool that offers Cuban cocktails for you to enjoy poolside.

Now to what’s important… the food. The food on-board the Carnival Horizon is really, really good. There are three dining rooms on board plus extra restaurants that you can enjoy for an added charge, but worth it!

Let’s break it down by night.

On night one, we checked out one of the main dining rooms on board called Meridian. We had Chilled Vietnamese Roll, Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Calamari, Sweet & Sour Shrimp, Flat Iron Steak & Tiramisu.

On days at sea on-board the Carnival Horizon, brunch is served in the Meridian Dining Room. Here you can order fresh press juices like this Green Juice we had.

Green Juice

Plus we had Smoked Salmon, Hueveos Rancheros, Fluffy Omelet, 12 Hour French Toast, Signature Tower with Egg Salad, Ahi Tuna Salad, Skillet Pancake and more.

For lunch, we enjoyed pizza which is offered 24 hours a day on the Carnival Horizon.

On night two, we checked out Jiji Asian Kitchen. At Jiji Asian Kitchen, you can find your pan-Asian favorites. Shrimp Dumplings, Peppered Beef, Kung Pao Chicken, Wide Noodles, Chinese Broccoli, Fried Wontons, Homemade Fortune Cookies.

On day three, for breakfast we enjoyed a Bruleed Florida Grapefruit, White Egg Frittata, Avocado Toast, Broken Egg Sandwich, Vanilla French Toast.

Guy Fieri has two restaurants on board the Carnival Horizon. One of those is Guy’s Burger Joint and sure enough we tried for lunch.

We had the Straight Up Burger with Fries. After, we stopped by the Lido Marketplace and grabbed a slice of Red Velvet Cake and Soft Serve ice cream.

The Lido Marketplace is a great place to stop by for lunch or dinner. The buffet there changes daily, but there is always soft serve served 24 hours a day.

For dinner, we were invited to Chef’s Table. The Chef’s Table is created for an experience of a lifetime. This is a multi-course dinner hosted by the Master Executive Chef. You are treated to a dinner in the galley. Not only do you enjoy dinner in a private dining room for you and 14 others in the galley, but you always get a tour of the galley. Your dinner consists of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular dining menus.

Some of the dishes enjoyed were Floating Mushrooms, a Crab Pop, Duck, Surf and Turf, Sea Bass, Lamb, Veal and more.

On day four, for breakfast we enjoyed a Yogurt Parfait and Pancakes before heading off the ship to Grand Cayman island.

Yogurt Parfait

For dinner, we were invited to Fahrenheit 555. Fahrenheit 555 is a steakhouse on-board the Carnival Horizon. On the menu, you can find premium cuts of beef cooked to your order, plus a selection of seafood, entrées, and a wine list that got the nod from Wine Spectator.

One thing that stood out to me about Fahrenheit 555 was the ability to pick your seasoning when you order your steak, which was awesome!

Spice Box

We also enjoyed Sliders, Tuna Tartare, Steak Tartare, Shrimp Cocktail, Surf and Turf, Prime Ribeye, Sautéed Mushrooms and a Chocolate Bomb for dessert.

On day five for breakfast, we enjoyed an Omelet and Vanilla French Toast before we headed for Cozumel, Mexico.

For lunch, we headed back onto the Carnival Horizon and had lunch at the Lido Marketplace. Not only do they have a variety of different buffet items, you can also order sandwiches that are made to order.

We ordered the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and a Classic Turkey Sandwich.

For dinner, we headed to Cucina del Capitano. Cucina del Capitano is classic Italian dishes served family-style. On the menu, you can find antipasti, entrées, pasta and desserts — inspired by our Italian captains’ and officers’ childhoods. You might even find the captain dining at his own table in the corner, which was totally true because the captain was dining there at the same time we were.

At Cucina del Capitano, we enjoyed Garlic Parmesan Bread, Meatballs, Calamari Fritti, Caesar salad, Pappardelle, Pasta Palate e Provola di Rosario, Fingerling Potatoes, Eggplant Parmigiana and Chocolate Cannoli.

On day six, we were invited to a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast. This is a character breakfast featuring Dr. Seuss and friends. Not only is the food good, but the kids will love it.

We had the Cereal Crusted French Toast, Green Eggs and Ham and Steak and Eggs.

For lunch, we checked out Bonsai Sushi. At Bonsai Sushi, there’s sushi, sashimi, rolls, soups, sides, sakes and desserts. We had Miso Soup and a Sushi Boat.

Sushi Boat

After, we headed to the Lido Marketplace for a slice of Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Since we had a chance to try most of all the culinary restaurants on-board, dinner for the final night was back at the Meridian Dining Room.

One thing that is awesome about the dining rooms is there is a party element to every dinner. This is all lead by Sr. Maitre d’ Amith or Mr. A, who was outstanding the entire cruise.

For dinner, we enjoyed Beef Carpaccio, Shrimp Cocktail, Prime Rib, Tiger Shrimp Creole, Chocolate Cake and Baked Alaska.

The two culinary outlets, we didn’t get to try were the Seafood Shack and Bonsai Teppanyaki.

The next morning, we had an early wake up call and had to leave the Carnival Horizon. Even though it was sad, we had such an amazing time and I highly recommend booking a cruise on the Carnival Horizon.

Downtown Miami early in the morning

When you add everything this ship has to offer, you got a vacation on Carnival Horizon that truly brings it all together.

Book your vacation aboard the Carnival Horizon here.

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Top 5 South Florida Dinner and Nightlife Spots

It’s basically always summer in South Florida, right? Just because the weather is cooling off everywhere else in the country doesn’t mean it has to be here. With consistently nice weather, it’s a great time to check out local restaurants and nightlife. If you’re looking for delicious food and an incredible atmosphere, give these 5 spots a try for dinner and nightlife in South Florida.

1. Beaker and Gray

If you’re looking for a classy, upscale vibe in Miami, you won’t want to miss Beaker and Gray. With delicious, flavorful food and creative cocktails, this spot is hard to beat. From dishes like roasted cauliflower and wild mushroom to octopus and grass fed hanger steak, your taste buds will be thanking you throughout the whole meal!

2. The Historic Downtowner

A genuine local landmark to Ft. Lauderdale, the Historic Downtowner has been around since the Roaring 20s. This is the perfect place to go for those beautiful nights when you’re just craving fresh seafood and dinner outdoors. Live entertainment, craft cocktails and views of the water while yachts float by are just a few of the Downtowner’s perks.

3. Bolívar | Miami Beach, FL

Do you want authentically delicious Colombian food in South Beach? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Bolívar offers a casual lounge vibe that’s both welcoming and lively. With mouthwatering foods like ceviche, seared salmon, and pork belly straight out of South America, you won’t be disappointed at Bolívar!

4. Toro Toro | Miami, FL

Dimly lit with an elegant ambiance, Toro Toro offers the perfect atmosphere for dinner and drinks. Their dishes are flavorful, creative and stunning with a Pan Latin vibe. Don’t miss the Parmesan crusted sea scallops, their signature Toro Toro, or the delicious La Bomba for dessert.

5. YOLO | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Perfectly situated on Las Olas Boulevard, YOLO has great outdoor seating and views that are sure to keep you entertained! If you’re looking for a fun evening out, check out their Happy Hour every Monday through Friday. YOLO’s menu offers mouthwatering American cuisine and refreshing craft cocktails.

A Note on Safety

No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, there’s no way to predict another driver’s behavior. It’s always a good idea to call an Uber or a Lyft after a night out to help protect yourself and others from a potential accident. Car accidents can happen at any time, and it’s much better to play it safe. Make sure you have a sober ride lined up, and enjoy your night in South Florida.

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My Favorite NEW Salsa – Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa

I love a good salsa and chips so when I came across Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa I knew I had to try it.

Sure enough at first taste, I knew I would never eat another salsa again.

Check out my taste test below:

Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa has no water and no tomato paste. It’s simply darn good salsa. Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa is available in Mild, Medium and Hot. Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa is a family recipe made right in South Florida. You need to try Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa ASAP!

Order yours today right here and you won’t regret it.⁠