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Abuela de Miami: Wining & Dining at Bonefish Grill – Aventura #incredibleis

In About on March 29, 2015 at 1:45 pm
With the great crew and one of the owners at the Pre-opening event at Bonefish Grill - Aventura

With the great crew and one of the owners at the
Pre-opening event at Bonefish Grill – Aventura

Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini at the Bonefish Grill - Aventure

Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini at the Bonefish Grill – Aventure

Tuna Street Tacos at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Tuna Street Tacos at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Cilantro Lime Salad at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Cilantro Lime Salad at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Surf & turf mixed grill at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Surf & turf mixed grill at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Strawberry shortcake at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Strawberry shortcake at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Do it yourself donuts with caramel and chocolate at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Do it yourself donuts with caramel and chocolate at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Espresso Martini at Bonefish Grill Avetura

Espresso Martini at Bonefish Grill Avetura

Abuela de Miami received a wonderful invitation to attend a private, VIP, one of a kind, special preview, pre-opening, five course meal at the new Bonefish Grill in Aventura.  On the eve of its grand opening, Abuela de Miami, along with a number of other local influencers, was warmly received by the bright, young staff whose eagerness and enthusiasm was refreshing and contagious.  Abuela de Miami loves and rewards excellent customer service so I had to immediately take a “selfie” with this memorable crew and one of the owners.

We were received with signature cocktails like the Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini which was exquisitely prepared and then were led into one of the two beautiful private dining areas to start our gastronomic experience. Each course from the appetizers to the desserts was accompanied by a special wine or a signature cocktail.  Scrumptious tuna street tacos were accompanied by a Chandon rosé; a cilantro lime salad was paired with a Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand; a surf & turf mixed grill was enhanced by the exceptional Conundrum Red Blend from California.  Talk about smooth, melt in your mouth flavor.  We didn’t just have one dessert, we had two!  The strawberry shortcake with fresh berries and real whipped cream was then followed by the new do it yourself donuts from the bar menu with the option to fill the donuts with caramel or chocolate.  The evening was topped off by a one of a kind espresso martini with house made vanilla vodka, which was amazing and definitely gave you a jolt of energy!

This truly was a memorable night and the new friends I made were a special bonus! Miami Al Maximo is definitely placing this location on its summer production list.  Bonefish Grill – Aventura is a must visit when you want to have a delicious contemporary American meal in a sophisticated yet casual environment with great service.  They are located at 18713 Biscayne Boulevard and although reservations are not required I would definitely take advantage of their online reservation system so that you have a table ready and waiting.  Long lines are sure to form at this location as soon as the word is out that they are open for business.  For more information and reservations go to https://www.bonefishgrill.com/Aventura and make sure to follow them on twitter @bonefishgrill.

P.S.  Each of us was given a bottle of Conundrum Red Blend from California to enjoy at home! Yay!!

Provecho! from your favorite.

Abuela de Miami

@abuelademiami

PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day @ Cadillac Championship #EWD

In About on March 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm
Cadillac Championship Crystal Ballroom at Trump National Doral

Cadillac Championship Crystal Ballroom at Trump National Doral

PGA Tour Executive Women's Day - Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day – Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

Bloggin Mamas at PGA Tour Executive Women's Day:  Sonia Guerra, Heather Lopez, Mar Rodriguez, Janie Flores #EWD #Influencers #socialmedia

Bloggin Mamas at PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day: Sonia Guerra, Heather Lopez, Mar Rodriguez, Janie Flores
#EWD #Influencers #socialmedia

PGA Tour Executive Women's Day @ Cadillac Championship Strategize to Win by Carla Harris, Keynote speaker

PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day @ Cadillac Championship
Strategize to Win by Carla Harris, Keynote speaker

Abuela de Miami "paseando" at the PGA Tour Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

Abuela de Miami “paseando” at the PGA Tour Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

Abuela de Miami had the awesome experience of attending the PGA Executive Women’s Day at the Cadillac Championship, Trump National Doral on March 2, 2015.

Now in its fourth year, the event was sponsored by Astellas and the setting was the elegant Crystal Ballroom at the Trump National Doral.  I was invited as part of the influencer group of South Florida Bloggin’ Mamas and from start to finish we received VIP treatment.  The PGA Executive Women’s Day succeeded in creating an unforgettable experience for the participants, and from valet parking, special gifts, delicious lunch, networking time, special tour and event photos, the attention to detail was evident.

My favorite part was listening and interacting with the panel of speakers at the event.  These are women who have succeeded in their fields and are now giving back and empowering other women for success.  Moderated by Local 10 anchor, Kristi Krueger, the real life experience, practical advice and accessibility shared and demonstrated by each of these exceptional women was invaluable and paid dividends on the investment of a few hours of my day.  The Power Panel discussion was led by Michelle Beauchamp, USA Brand Director for Grey Goose & Bacardi, Sonya Canas, Senior Vice President/Commercial Banking Manager of Mercantil CommerceBank, and Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President of Sales & Trade at Celebrity Cruises.  Keynote speaker Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director & Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley rounded out the event with wisdom from years of experience:  “if you consider yourself a leader in the 21st century you must be comfortable taking risks!”

I returned over the weekend to watch the tournament and I have to give an honorable mention to Imagination Playground Kid’s Zone located at the 18th Hole Fan Zone.  What a great idea and a wonderful experience for the children who attended the event!  The playground was composed of large shaped blocks which included cubes, cylinders, cogs and allowed the kid to create whatever they wanted and as far as their imagination would take them.  Imagination Playground manufactures these innovative playgrounds which encourage creativity, camaraderie and collaboration among the children.  You can get more information at http://www.imaginationplayground.com.

Make sure to be on the lookout for the PGA Tour’s Women’s Executive Day in your part of the country, and definitely plan on attending next year’s event in the south Florida area.  For more information you can visit their website at: www.pgatour.com/woman.html.  You can also follow them on their social media platforms at:

Facebook:  PGATOURWoman

Twitter:  @pgatourwoman @AstellasUS

‘Til our next adventure, hugs & kisses from your favorite,

Abuela de Miami

@abuelademiami

Abuela de Miami makes Carnitas al Horno!

In About on January 18, 2015 at 1:19 pm
Abuela De Miami's Carnitas al horno #SabiosdelSabor #PorkTeInspira

Abuela De Miami’s Carnitas al horno #SabiosdelSabor #PorkTeInspira

Carnitas al horno #SabiosDelSabor #PorkTeInspira

Carnitas al horno #SabiosDelSabor #PorkTeInspira

Abuela de Miami Makes Carnitas al horno!
#SabiosDelSabor #PorkTeInspira

Abuela de Miami had to get in on the #PorkTeInspira #SabiosDelSabor contest by sharing a picture of a favorite pork dish: Carnitas al Horno! #AbueloDeMiami loves tacos de carnitas, but I want to keep them as healthy as possible for him so I skip the traditional frying method and I roast the pork shoulder instead. Although using the roasting method takes longer, the preparation is easier and more importantly most of the fat is rendered out. I save the rendered fat and use it to prepare refried beans or other recipes that call for tasty fat! Here is the recipe:

Carnitas Al Horno

Ingredients
3 – 4 pounds of #Pork shoulder cut into four or five large chunks
4 Tablespoons Goya Adobo Sin Pimienta (Adobo without pepper)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
5 Cloves of garlic
1 Onion Sliced
½ Orange – juiced
Corn tortillas
Coarsely chopped cilantro
Coarsely chopped onions
Lime wedges
Salsa

Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 375º
2. Season the pork pieces with Goya Adobo, which you can find in the Hispanic section of your supermarket. If not then make a spice blend with a base of salt and garlic powder. Get creative!
3. Add olive oil to a Dutch oven (deep pan with lid that goes from stove to oven) and heat to medium high heat on the stove
4. Add the pork sections and sear on all sides. This should take about 10 minutes. Turn off burner
5. Add the garlic, onion and pour the orange juice over the meat. Add the orange peel if you like
6. Cover the Dutch oven with foil and then place the lid on the pan
7. Place the Dutch oven in the oven at 375º for an hour, then lower the temperature to 240º for two hours
8. After three hours remove the pan from the oven and gently take the meat out of the pan and place it on a plate to rest and drain for twenty minutes. Pull apart meat to assemble tacos
9. Warm up corn tortillas and assemble the tacos adding cilantro and onions; sprinkle with lime and add your salsa
10. EAT!

Mexicans only place onions, cilantro and salsa on our tacos de carnitas because we expect the flavor of the meat to be so delicious and succulent that we don’t want anything to cover it up! I typically serve the tacos with Mexican coleslaw (shredded cabbage, cucumber, onion, cilantro, salt, lime juice) on the side. The acidity of the salad helps cut through the richness of the meat. You can add toppings to your liking and serve with your favorite side dish.

Thank you to Latina Mom Bloggers for letting us know about this contest. Get in on the fun and share a picture of your favorite pork recipe using the hashtag #SabiosDelSabor on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a VIP getaway for two to Miami! Go to http://www.porkteinspira.com/dalailomo for more information.

And if you try my recipe let me know how it comes out!

Love,
Abuela de Miami

Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation Annual Christmas Gala 2014

In About on December 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm
Annual Christmas Gala 2014 Kiwanis Club of Little Havana

Annual Christmas Gala 2014 Kiwanis Club of Little Havana

Abuela de Miami and Abuelo de Miami attended the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation Annual Christmas Gala at the Miami Seaquarium on Saturday, December 6th.  It was one of those rare, beautiful, cool South Florida evenings accompanied by a gentle breeze.  Hundreds poured onto the Seaquarium grounds where tents had been set up.  Food and drink were aplenty, and the music was jammin’.  The highlight of the night for abuela and abuelo de Miami was Grupo Niche.  They delighted the crowd with their classics as everyone sang and danced along.  From the iconoc “Revolotea” to “Gotas de Lluvia” to “Una Aventura” they gave their all to Miami that evening. You can visit Abuela de Miami’s Instagram account @jflores111 to watch a couple of videos which I uploaded.

The grounds were so large that I didn’t see any of my fellow Carnaval Miami VIP Ambassadors although I knew they were there because I was continually receiving their posts on social media.  It was the perfect event to kick off a very busy holiday season.  Looking forward to the upcoming events.  Follow here or at @abuelademiami, @carnaval_miami to receive updates.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Abuela de Miami

Abuela de Miami VIP Ambassador for Carnaval Miami 2015

In About on December 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm
Carnaval Miami Preview Party at Open Stage Coral Gables

Carnaval Miami Preview Party at Open Stage Coral Gables

Carnaval/Kiwanis/CalleOcho

Abuela de Miami named a VIP Culture Ambassador for Carnaval Miami 2015!

Abuela de Miami had so much fun at Carnaval on the Mile 2014 and Calle Ocho 2014 that she was thrilled when she was chosen for Carnaval Miami 2015 as a VIP culture ambassador!  As a member of South Florida Bloggin’ Mamas she had the opportunity to submit her name for consideration, and at the Carnaval Preview Party on November 10th at the Open Stage Club in Coral Gables she was given the great news along with a number of the other VIP ambassadors in attendance.

Carnaval Miami is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and includes a number of events during the months of February and January which include Carnaval on the Mile, Miss Carnaval Miami, Carnaval Miami Domino Tournament and the nation’s largest Latin street party, CALLE OCHO!  For the past 37 years these events have made it possible for the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana to raise funds for scholarships, projects and programs which benefit the youth in the community.  Many of the youth who participate in the educational and recreational programs start as small children remain until they become young adults heading off to Florida universities with the scholarships given to them by the Kiwanis Club.

Carnaval on the Mile is a two day festival located on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables filled with art, music, food and fun for the entire family.   Next year it is from Saturday – Sunday, March 7 – 8, 2015.

Calle Ocho is held on a Sunday in Little Havana between SW 8th Street and 27th Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.   There are blocks full of booths with Latin food from every country, stages with the hottest Latin performers, children’s activities and companies giving away samples to the hundreds of thousands who show up to party!  Next year the event is on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Abuela de Miami will be posting on the events taking place as we head into Carnaval season.  Follow on Facebook and Twitter @AbuelaDeMiami and @Carnaval_Miami for the most recent updates.

“Trump”isms for success!

In About on March 7, 2014 at 9:10 am
@abuelademiami enjoying the @web.com #smallbizsummit

@abuelademiami enjoying the @web.com #smallbizsummit

“Trump”isms for Success

Abuela de Miami had the privilege of attending the Web,com Small Business Summit recently held at the Trump National Hotel in Doral, Florida during the Cadillac Championship. Web.com Tour hosted hundreds of small business owners in the south Florida area at the luxury resort and were given special VIP treatment that started with Preferred Parking, luxury shuttles, tickets to the golf championship, exquisite bites at the welcoming reception, an evening reception at the International Club on the 18th Hole aaaannnnddd…the Donald himself made an appearance and shared some of the wisdom that has made him successful.

1. You have to have “tremendous passion” for whatever it is you are doing.
– If you don’t have passion it’s never going to happen.
– You have to love what you do
– If you love what you do it is never really work
– “My vacation is my work” – Donald Trump

2. You have to develop the ability to never quit or give up.
– “People who quit are frickin losers” – Donald Trump
– When he experienced financial difficulty in the 90’s he came up with a slogan to motivate himself, “Survive til ’95”

3. Everybody makes mistakes; you must learn from your mistakes
– Use the laws of the country to your advantage, i.e. bankruptcy laws

4. Opportunity is the greatest when things aren’t going well
– The economy is going to get worse, there are some great deals available, this is a great time to have cash so you can buy

5. Momentum: many people don’t understand the word ‘momentum’. When you lose your momentum your business will suffer. Work to maintain your momentum

6. Pressure: many people cannot handle pressure.
– If you cannot handle pressure you should know that about yourself
– You have to understand what it is that makes people tick, but most importantly you have to know what makes you tick.

7. You never know what’s going to happen. Sometimes you have to take risks.
– You have to have great confidence
– You have to have great knowledge
– But you have to be willing to take risks

8. “One thing I learned about life: it’s not about money”
– Happiness is what it’s all about. Some of the richest people are mean, unhappy
– You need to do what makes you happy
– Having a family, a great life, real relationships supersede tremendous success!

Thank you Donald! And thank you Web.com for the special treat! #SmallBizSummit

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Shop Small Saturday, November 30, 2013

In About on November 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm
Shop Small Saturday, November 30, 2013

Shop Small Saturday, November 30, 2013

Today is Shop Small Saturday and Abuela de Miami is in full swing encouraging you to support small independent businesses in your community. You know, the small mom and pop shop down the street, the cute little boutique with the great window displays, the photographer that is just starting their business, the tiny cafeteria on the corner, the bakery that makes delicous pasteles, the tamaleria that’s across town, the catering company that prepares lechon and congris for the holidays, or like Abuela de Miami, the independent production companies that count on each project to keep their doors open.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) indicates America’s 28 million small businesses create two out of every three net new private sector jobs and are the backbone of our economy, with half of working Americans either owning or working for a small business. And of those 28 milliion small business over 3 million are Hispanic-owned according to a report released in September by the US U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Geoscape. Small Business Saturday is a nation-wide initiative held on the Saturday after Black Friday that brings Americans together to support small businesses, with the money you spend going right back into your local economy.

So there it is folks! Every time you buy your cafecito at the cafeteria on the corner, every time you shop at the local tiendita de mercado where the butcher knows your name, every time you take your kids to eat “una frita y un batido de mamey” you contribute to the economic growth of this nation and more importantly of your “comunidad.” And in honor of this important day, Buena Vida Media is offering 25% off of your video productions needs today! Send Abuela de Miami a message! Felices fiestas from Abuela de Miami!

BJ’s Holiday Shopping Tour

In About on November 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm

#BJsHoliday

#BJsHoliday


The holidays are upon us and Abuela de Miami was invited to an Exclusive Holiday Preview Event at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Kendall. Just in time, because with the launch of her new show, handling the marketing for an upcoming short film and preparing for a phenomenal 2014, the holidays were the last thing on my mind.

We were welcomed by the friendly staff at BJ’s and taken on a tour of the club, where our guide highlighted some of the unique policies and items offered at BJ’s. One of the most important policies is that BJ’s accepts manufacturer’s coupons! This is fabulous news for a startup business owner like Abuela de Miami who has to make her money stretch. Another interesting note is that many of the toys sold at BJ’s come with a bonus item in the package. Christmas Cheer!

Abuela de Miami’s tight budget is accompanied by a tight schedule and thankfully BJ’s makes it very convenient for Abuela de Miami to do grocery shopping and Christmas shopping all at once. While I was touring the store I made a mental note of some great holiday gifts for family, friends and clients. Of special note are the “break-apart” gifts like Ghirardelli’s 4 Pack Cocoa Mugs for $19.99 which are individually packaged. 4 gifts for one low price!

Abuela de Miami was not a member of any large wholesale club because it is just Abuelo de Miami and me at home, and buying in bulk seemed like a waste, particularly for grocery items like meat. However, BJ’s has an in store butcher who will repackage the meat items to your specifications and the value price remains the same. Add to that the great prices on gas and Abuela de Miami considered it worthwhile to sign up for a membership.

The tour was capped off by a luncheon where Abuela de Miami had a taste of some of the delicacies found at BJ’s like specialty cheeses, lobster dip, fancy crackers, vegetable trays, fruit trays, sausage and cheese trays and decadent desserts which you can quickly pick up on your way to that holiday party or family potluck.

Getting ready for the holiday season is easier than ever if you use BJ’s as a resource for your holiday shopping while saving time and money.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad!

Parenting and Cell Phone Use 101

In About on November 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Abuela de Miami spent a pleasant morning at the event hosted by Los Tweens and AIO Wireless: Parenting in the Age of Technology.

Christy Clavijo-Kish and Katherine Doble of Los Tweens along with Errol Flynn of AIO Wireless led a lively and interactive discussion over the cell phone use among children and some of the apps offered by AIO Wireless which help parents keep them safe such as MamaBear, which tracks your child’s location and monitors their Facebook feed for any signs of bullying or harsh language.

Abuela de Miami is very impressed that AIO has been proactive about developing apps that help parents safeguard their children when the time comes to get them a cell phone.
Parents in the age of technology

AIO Wireless is a new wireless company offering consumers first class service at a value price, with no annual contract, unlimited talk, text, and data. You can visit http://www.aiowireless.com for more information.

NAMI Walk, Saturday, November 9th

In About on November 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

One of Abuela de Miami’s fellow abuela’s, Bohemian Babushka is very involved with the National Alliance for Mental Illness, which is an organization dedicated to bringing awareness of mental illness. Today they are holding a walkathon in Coconut Creek, Fl. They have a schedule of great activities for the whole family during the event. Here are some of the activities taking place at the walk:
Walk Warm-up
Team Poster Making Station
Meaningful Messages Wall – Create your own words or pictures of inspiration to share with walkers on our Meaningful Messages Wall. We provide the supplies, you supply the inspiration!
What does mental health mean to you?
Have a favorite quote? Share it!
Draw a picture of Walk Day activities
Words of encouragement
Positive Thoughts
Chair Massages
Doggie Treats and Water Station
Dog Costume
Pet Parade with prizes for
Best Pet CostumeNAMI walks
Pet/Owner Look Alike
Best in Show
Mental Health Therapy Dog Exhibition
Arts & Crafts for children
Face Painting
Special Animal Characters

Hula Hoop Contest
Bean Bag Toss
Fire Truck Demonstration courtesy of Coconut Creek Fire Department
Broward Sheriff’s Office Display Cars and Information
Line Dancing

Wow! Sounds like fun! So do something meaningful and educational for the kids while having fun together!