Monday, March 2, 2015

You Won't Be Feeling Blue Once You Arrive at The Blue at the Boca Resort!!!



Hello Foodie Friends,

Boca Food Finds and Take A Bite Out Of Boca were out and about again, doing what we love to do- dining our way through South Florida covering the best restaurant finds to share with you, our readers. The Blue (formerly Cielo)  is a fine-dining restaurant at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, serving innovative New American cuisine – sophisticated and contemporary with some unexpected flavors and modern takes on classic dishes. Exclusive Dining - In order to dine here, you must be accompanied by a resort guest or member.  

Shaina and I met at the bar where we were introduced to Jeffrey, the Beverage and Lounge Supervisor. We were both open to suggestions as we glanced at the cocktail menu. Jeffrey explained to us that he and Roberto (the GM) had created the cocktails on this menu- and creative they were. You'll find about a dozen or so unique concoctions here. The Sweet Carolina caught me eye. This consisted of Domaine Canton, Chambord, cranberry juice and topped with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sweet Carolina
Shaina chose the French 27 which comprised of Bols Genever gin, mint, fresh lemon and Prosecco. Soon it was time to sit down for dinner where we had the most fantastic view of the city. A better view of the city, you'd be hard pressed to find, I assure you.

Oysters from the State of Washington
FL Winter Salad
Tatsoi blend, beets & pear, with dried cherries, pecans, goat cheese, & white balsamic-lime vinaigrette.


The kitchen was kind enough to split the salad in the back for us.
Brussels Sprout Hash with Caramelized red onion & bacon.
The Brussels were so cute and tender and the caramelized red onion & bacon sauce it came with elevated this dish to the next level. It really was unique and very tasty!
One of tonight's specials: Ribeye with asparagus served with Blue's signature steak sauce.

Another special of the evening: Snapper with cauliflower puree served with broccoli & kale
Grilled Portobellos Sherry vinaigrette & Parmesan cheese.

The portobellos were meaty, cooked perfectly and had lots of great flavor!
I particularly liked how the shaved Parmesan and Sherry vinaigrette played so well together!
Apple Fritters with a creme fraiche semifreddo & candied cranberries
Photo Credit: Shaina Wizov, Take A Bite Out of Boca

While I was completely satisfied at this point, and could have gone home a happy camper, my skinny cohort with the insatiable appetite, particularly when it comes to sweets, will not let us leave a restaurant without sampling their dessert creations. I may hem and haw, but inevitably, I always cave in. lol! These apple fritters were fantastic though, so I am glad I conceded.  Each one was so unique. My favorite was the apple fritters, with the carrot cake, coming in as a close second.
Lala's Carrot Cake with caramelized pineapple, coconut marshmallows & crispy carrot chip
Photo Credit: Shaina Wizov, Take A Bite Out of Boca

Queen Victoria Sponge Cake with cream cheese mousse, blood orange & toasted croissant
Photo Credit: Shaina Wizov, Take A Bite Out of Boca
The menu changes frequently, depending on local, seasonal offerings. THE BLUE uses the freshest and most succulent ingredients while placing emphasis on sustainable and organic foods from local farmers and local waters, complimenting offerings like the Maine lobster, which arrives daily, fresh from its source. Don’t miss the unforgettable Claw Bar, serving the freshest treats the ocean has to offer including Lobster Claws, U-12 Shrimp, Stone Crab, Pacific and Atlantic Oysters, and King Crab Legs.
Only the freshest and most succulent ingredients are used while placing emphasis on sustainable and organic foods from local farmers and waters, complementing offerings like the Maine lobster, which arrives daily, fresh from its source.
  • Sophisticated dining restaurant serving New American cuisine
  • Innovative dishes by Executive Chef Christie Tenaud
  • Fresh, locally sourced ingredients with an emphasis on organic and sustainability

Blue Bar Specials

  • Elevate your nightlife – Special guest DJ Saturdays 8pm – midnight
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Until we eat again...
I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

 Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WHOLE FOODS MARKET® WELCOMES WEST PALM BEACH LOCATION


Hello Foodie Friends,
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a pre-opening tour of the latest Whole Foods store scheduled to open tomorrow morning in West Palm Beach in the beautiful Palm Beach Outlets. The Grand Opening celebration will begin at 8:45 am, with the traditional bread breaking ceremony commencing at 9:00 am. The first 500 guests to walk through the doors will receive a surprise gift card worth anywhere from $5 - $500. Customers can also take advantage of some great deals within the first two weeks of the store opening.

A glimpse at the new Rotisserie Bar
I have to tell you, I was completely wowed! This 42,000 sq foot Whole Foods has some exciting exclusive additions that are unique to this location. One such addition is La Crêperie, A Parisian-inspired venue serving sweet and savory made-to-order crêpes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For just $5, customers can enjoy both savory and sweet classics such as the Croque Monsieur Crêpe featuring Creminelli ham, Swiss cheese and Béchamel and Crêpe Au Chocolat et Banane.


Another new and exciting addition is the Palm Rotisserie: A full service venue featuring rotisserie meats du jour, charcuterie boards sliced to order, and signature sandwiches and sides.

Enjoy all kinds of sandwiches and plates with daily specials


Made to order charcuterie boards,from only the finest products available on the market
Made-to-order bites include the Rotisserie Porchetta Sandwich – pork loin seasoned with fennel, garlic and orange wrapped in pork belly; Prime Rib rubbed with cracked pepper and garlic; Rotisserie du Jour – Herbes de Provence turkey breast; Crispy Pork Leg rubbed with salt & pepper; and Merguez Frites – Moroccan lamb sausage with French fries. All sandwiches are served with garlic aioli potato salad. Charcuterie accoutrements will include slowly dry-aged beef crudo, slow-roasted and smoked salami cotto, and fermented and aged salami.



Top of the line espresso machine.
Get your reusable machine washable Sippy Cup for $1.50 and  come back for refills for just $1.00
I'll let you in on a little secret: they are so environmentally friendly, that you can bring any ol' cup in, right from home in fact and they'll fill ya up for the same $1.00)
Allegro Coffee Bar


Get your Neapolitan Pizza here, made with the finest of ingredients, including Double Zero Caputo Flour

A gourmet selection of cookies by the pound. Yum!

Artisan Breads created from scratch on premise.

Meet Fishmonger Hans Charles

Dave explains that their smoked salmon comes from Norway, Scotland and Iceland. They've got some great deals going on during their Grand Opening including a six pack of salmon fillets on sale for $19,99.

Juicera – Watermelon Fresco and Sunny State

U RAWk Raw Energy Bars 

Amazing Produce. All Fair Trade.

Whole Planet Foundation helps empower entrepreneurs through micro loans in the global communities that supply WF stores with product.

Nice display. The pineapple was so sweet and so are the prices, check it out!

Another new addition to Whole Foods being introduced in the West Palm Beach store is 
Palm Beach Brews, is a 10-seat bar in the Specialty Department where customers can enjoy gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, artisan cheese boards, bar specials and local seasonal craft beers on tap, including Kombucha beer varieties.
Relax at the Palm Beach Brews Bar with hundreds of wines and craft beer with great charcuterie, aged cheeses, olives and specialty nuts



 






When/Where:           Whole Foods Market – West Palm Beach
                                    1845 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
                                    West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Bread Breaking Ceremony to begin at 8:45 a.m.
Store opens at 9 a.m.

 Follow the store on facebook.com/WholeFoodsMarketWestPalmBeach and Instagram @WFMWestPalmBeach.

Until we eat again...
I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

 Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events & Savor Our City™

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Shrimp House

Hello Foodie Friends,

My second new BocaFoodFind this week brought me to the Town Center Mall here in Boca Raton. This is a first in the 5 plus years that I've been writing reviews that I have actually reviewed a restaurant that was located in a mall's Food Court, but there's a first for everything, isn't there?!?

The Shrimp House, with 6 locations in the U.S., all here in South Florida, originated in Brazil over 30 years ago. The concept: serve delicious shrimp, seafood and pasta meals at reasonable prices - has developed into one of Latin America's fastest growing chains. They are located in malls throughout Latin America and now, having expanded into the U.S. market, opened their first location in the Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs in December of 2013. Their plans are aggressive, with a goal of opening up a total of 98 locations in the next couple of years.

Although 80 percent of the items on the menu are shrimp dishes, The Shrimp House also offers salmon, cod, trout, tuna and other fare from the sea prepared in traditional Brazilian, Chinese and Thai styles.

This Shrimp House at the Town Center Mall in Boca and the one at the Coral Square Mall are the only two locations that offer a VIP dining area where patrons can enjoy a sit-down dining experience. Here, guests are served their meals on china plates with real silverware and glasses (compared to the plastic stuff people typically get at a food court). Courteous waiters and waitresses are there to serve the guests while they relax and enjoy a beer, wine, or even an original "sakerinha".

The VIP dining area is available for private group functions and can seat up to 36 people and has multiple built in flat screen tvs/microphones with skyping capabilities. There is no minimum food & beverage and is available to reserve with a minimum of 10 people. Contact Marketing Director Felipe Braun at fbraun@oxfordusa.com or 561-674-9999 for information on booking the room for private parties or corporate functions.
Felipe Braun

We were treated to a sampling of 8 of their top selling dishes (which we were told were all low cal, with the exception of the desserts):

Lobster Bisque
Shrimp Moqueca
Brazilian Style Shrimp with tomato sauce, green & red peppers, garlic in a dende oil/coconut milk sauce


Sakerinha
A Shrimp House take on the traditional Brazilian Caipirinha made with sake instead of Cachaca


Shrimp Scampi
Made with garlic, lemon juice, parsley, butter, olive oil and grilled shrimp
Milanese Shrimp Risotto
Traditional Italian creamy recipe with saffron, tumeric, white pepper, white wine & shrimp

Shrimp Paella
Shrimp, Squid, Octopus, Peas, Saffron, Pepper & Tumeric

Thai Pasta
Made with coconut milk, curry, ginger, apricot jam, mushrooms, pepper, spices & shrimp

Breaded Shrimp Parm Sandwich

Passion Fruit Sakerinha

Chocolate Brownie ala mode

Dolce de Leche Cheesecake
The Shrimp House is once again located at the Food Court at The Town Center Mall in  Boca.
Check out their website and facebook page for more info. 

Until we eat again...
I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

 Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
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SanTo's has the S's covered: Sushi, Seafood, Steaks, Salads, Soups and more...

Hello Foodie Friends,
This week, I had the pleasure of dining at the new SanTo's Modern American Buffet & Sushi Restaurant that recently opened up in Boca Raton in the former Gary Woo's location. Boy what a makeover this place received. The new interior was bright, open and inviting. 

SanTo's extensive buffet combines traditional sushi and modern American flavors with innovative twists. The buffet is easy to navigate and is laid out in sections which include Sushi & Sashimi, Grill & Carving station, Raw Bar, Hot Entrees, Salad Bar, Soups and Desserts. There is certainly something for everyone here at SanTo's with more than 120 varieties of sushi, sashimi, grilled steaks, salads, ceviches, and a variety of dishes from cuisines around the world on their buffet. And the price? What a value! With weekday lunches just $12.95/ weekend $16.95 and weeknight dinners just $20.95 / weekend $23.95, I don't know how they do it, especially with the quality of the product they're putting out. Well, one thing's for sure, I have now found my go-to place for a quick and tasty sushi fix.



In addition to the myriad of yummy food choices, we got to try a few of their cold premium sakes. My favorite was the Lychee Sake. It was fantastic!



Under the direction of GM Miranda, SanTo's guests can expect to receive friendly and professional service.







SanTo's is open the following days & hours:

Monday – Thursday:
Lunch | 11:30am-3:00pm: $12.95
Dinner | 5:00pm-10:00pm: $20.95 
Friday:
Lunch | 11:30am – 3:30pm: $12.95
Dinner | 5:00pm – 10:00pm: $23.25
Saturday:
Brunch | 11:30 – 4:00pm: $16.95
Dinner | 5:00pm – 11:00pm: $23.25 
Sunday:
Brunch | 11:30am – 4pm: $16.95
Dinner | 5:00pm – 10:00pm: $23.25

Head into SanTo's on Wednesday evenings for Lobster Night and enjoy unlimited Fresh Maine Lobster any style (steamed, broiled baked) for just $6.95 extra.

3400 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 923-9378  www.santosbuffet.com
Until we eat again...
I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

 Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events & Savor Our City™

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