|What every woman wants: a handsome man to serve her good food. Westin Colonnade chef Andres Muñoz plating up Mango Butter Lobster and Scallop Risotto in the VIP room.|
Last Thursday, Taste of the Gables hosted several local bloggers in the opulent rotunda at the Westin Colonnade.
Guests at the one-night affair previewed bites from participating restaurants in the 5th annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week, June 4 - 17 (yes, it's actually two weeks, not one.) Over 25 establishments will offer prix fixe, three-course lunches and dinners during the fortnight -- a great chance to enjoy some fine meals without breaking the budget.
|A social media savvy event: twitter hashtag #tasteofgables was projected live in the rotunda.|
|Mini-desserts, low-calorie but packed with flavor, have long been approved by Sex and the Beach. Find them at Seasons 52.|
Hungry foodies had the opportunity to vote for their favorite samples in the two-hour festival. The winner, Ernie Fernandez of Caffe Vialetto, certainly deserved the popular vote for a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth homemade ravioli filled with pears and blanketed in a creamy gorgonzola sauce. One of these heavenly raviolis is a tease. Two would be foreplay.
|If I were Oprah, I'd hire this man. Chef Ernie Fernandez from Caffe Vialetto.|
But equally wonderful (and my favorite) was the Chianti Braised Short Rib from Cibo Wine Bar, served by Chef Gianattasio himself over gorgonzola polenta with crisp onions. One bite and I was instantly transported to a log cabin somewhere in Tuscany with a very handsome and brawny man stoking the fire. When food makes you fantasize, you know it's good. This was sexy comfort food at its best.
|All good food should fire up the imagination. Braised short rib from Cibo Wine Bar.|
Restaurant Week starts tomorrow. Bring your appetite.