Come Taste The Caribbean

Come Taste The Caribbean

The Caribbean is unlike any place, it’s laid back vibe and pristine beaches have long been a draw to folks looking to get a little sun and have a lot of fun. Known for their unmistakable rhythmic sounds and impeccable cuisine. Being Latin, and having roots in the Caribbean myself, the sights, sounds, and smells always feel like home. Even though I was raised in a city far from the islands I love, there is a peace that comes over me whenever I visit. I imagine it’s that way for most, the Caribbean vibe invites you in with the promise of making sure every little thing is gonna be alright.

The city of Miami, home to many Caribbeans, knows just how to celebrate the flavor of the islands with their annual “Taste the Caribbean” competition. Only here can you experience ALL the flavors of the Caribbean under one roof. The best of the best come out ready to show the pride and prestige of their local cuisine. This event is the talk of the town drawing crowds just to see what each island has to bring to the table. Let’s talk food people…

Taste the Caribbean

Taste of the Caribbean, for 23 years, has been the most prestigious culinary event in the Caribbean.

 Thirteen national Caribbean culinary teams representing thirteen Caribbean nations unite in Miami from June 6-10, 2016 to demonstrate their skills, present the most creative culinary creations and compete to take home the highest honors. But there is more to Taste than the competition…
Taste the Caribbean
Taste the Caribbean
This event is perfect for food and beverage professionals, students, and foodies alike. ALL are welcome!
Join your culinary peers at a forum where industry experts will share their knowledge and insights at sessions designed to grow your individual food & beverage skills, as well as contribute o the overall success of your business.
Taste the Caribbean
Prepare for a gastronomic delight! Experience the amazing dishes created by the 13 Caribbean national teams. Join us for the three course sit down lunch and dinner competitions. The perfect treat for any foodie! Attendees must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to select the table and country you would like to savor.
For Lovers of all things Caribbean… Party All Night at Taste of the Islands!
Join us on Thursday, June 9th at 7:00PM at the Taste of the Caribbean’s Culinary and Cultural Festival. Get ready to party around the Caribbean in one night! Get a taste of the food, libations, music and culture that make the Caribbean the most desirable vacation destination in the world, enter to win fun prizes. You can purchase tickets HERE to any of the two-night events.
All of my readers can use promo code TASTEEE for $15 off your tickets! As an added bonus and just to make things a little bit interesting… I will be posting to social media and promoting any social outlet of anyone who purchases a ticket to the event! Email me (essentiallyerika@gmail.com) once your tickets are purchased and I will personally give you some social media love, it’s free advertising!
Purchase your tickets and join the hottest ticket in town, I’ll see you there!
Taste of the Islands
Essentially yours,
Erika
How Well Do You Know Your Food?

How Well Do You Know Your Food?

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central

 

Each weekend I hit the local farmers market for some Fresh from Florida produce. I choose to buy from local Florida farms not only to support local farmers, but also because of its fresh organic produce. We are big fruit and veggie folks in my house, so I always keep the fridge and fruit basket stocked. It feels as though we are all so disconnected in this technical age, I love putting a face to my food. I enjoy getting to know our local farmer’s practices and building relationships within our community. You never know who you’ll meet!

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We’ve made it a weekly event. The boys and I get dressed, and head out to pick our bounty. They learn all about Florida Agriculture and the world around them. They ask questions, taste and smell different food, and usually end our trip with a cool refreshing natural popsicle! Not a hard sell here people…

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Cherries

I love seeing the harvest change with the seasons and enjoying all of the different flavors they each offer. Since we have pretty much 365 days of sunshine in South Florida, you can grow all year round. I recently enjoyed growing my own food in a plot at my local community garden. The satisfaction that comes from watching your seed come to full harvest is incredible and I always think I will grow my own. There is so much to learn from tending to your soil, caring for and planting seeds, practicing patience while you prepare for harvest. There are some invaluable life lessons there I hope to pass on to my boys.

There are some crops I won’t be able to grow in my small plot and this is why I enjoy seeing what the local farmers have all been able to grow and share with their community. Never mind the added nutritional benefits from eating farm fresh produce grown on local soil. With summer fast approaching I look forward to what grows best in South Florida summer heat. Any number of berries, my favorite being blueberries. Sweet corn, plump tomatoes, and juicy watermelons. You can even score some fresh-caught fish at some markets.

Fresh from Florida

Blueberries

These are all the makings of some fun summertime outdoor grilling. The amount of delicious recipes you can concoct with these fresh and savory Fresh from Florida favorites are endless! I have plans of redecorating my patio in preparation for some fun outdoor parties this summer, and I just can’t wait to share them all with you!

 

One of my favorite fresh seafood recipes is this quick Poached Lemon Rosemary Salmon. It’s cooked on the grill in some foil and makes for an easy cleanup!

Grilled Lemon Herb Salmon

Grilled Lemon Herb Salmon

Ingredients

  • 4 six oz salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp of Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp of Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp of minced fresh Rosemary
  • 8 Lemon Slices
  • 1/4 cup of Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup of Marsala Wine
  • 4 Tsp of Capers
  • Aluminum Foil

Instructions

  1. Add of the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk until incorporated.
  2. Lightly brush salmon with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Place each piece inside a piece of foil and fold up the sides so the juice won't escape.
  4. Add to each piece of salmon, two slices of lemon and 2 Tbsp of the mixture.
  5. Fold all four sides of the foil until the salmon is completely covered and none of the mixture can escape.
  6. Place a grill pan over medium-high heat and place the tightly sealed foil packets on the grill pan.
  7. cook for 15 - 18 minutes and serve in the foil packets.
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Fresh from Florida

Fresh from Florida

Grapes

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Local green markets in your area can be found online pretty easily, I highly recommend getting out there and learning all about your food!

Essentially yours,

Erika


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Eleven Salon Spa-aah

Eleven Salon Spa-aah

I was recently invited to attend the unveiling of the updated Eleven Salon Spa in Delray Beach. I gather everyone is pretty much a “spa” person right? I mean, going somewhere to get rubbed down until your ready for a nap and relaxing by the pool isn’t exactly a day of torture if you know what I mean.

Eleven Salon Spa

I know, tough day on the job huh?

Eleven Salon Spa

But this spa was different and definitely stood out for me. I’d heard that Eleven Salon Spa was a one-stop-shop, but I had no idea until I saw with my own two eyes. Inside you can find a spa, boutique, salon, and even an event space!

Eleven Salon Spa

The entire spa looks like an art gallery, the walls are lined with funky pieces that are right up my alley! A trendy style added with the soothing zen atmosphere. After being open for eleven years, the location underwent a complete interior renovation this year setting the bar pretty high for anyone else.

Eleven Salon Spa

Outside I was greeted by gorgeous tall trees with the beautiful Delray sunset as my backdrop. As soon as you walk through the doors you are sucked in to the dreamy lobby. I was like a kid in a candy store, I didn’t know whether to go to the spa, salon, or start shopping first! I decided to check out what was available as far as the services. Sometime I cringe when checking out the price list at a spa. Some of these services can be insanely pricey! I was pleasantly surprised to see very reasonable pricing at Eleven Salon Spa, across the board.

Eleven Salon Spa

The chic waiting area doubles as a perfect space for small gatherings. Light coming in from both angles, your eyes are immediately drawn to the serene outdoor area with a pool perfect for relaxing.

Eleven Salon Spa

Courtyard

The courtyard is absolute perfection! Perfect for relaxing by the water after a spa treatment. I can’t wait to schedule a girls day and enjoy this gorgeous space. For a list of services offered and pricing you can visit Eleven Salon Spa online.

Eleven Salon Spa has a new special each week. This week  you can get a complimentary blowout with haircut or hair color appointment, 40% off in the boutique this week only (Art not included), or an 80min Deep Tissue massage for just $115. You can book an appointment online or by phone at (561) 278-1100.

Enjoy the calm, cool, and funky vibe at Eleven Salon Spa and have the best day ever!

Eleven Salon Spa

Essentially yours,

Erika


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