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Bottled wellness shots at Carrot Express in South Florida
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Shots for a Cause at Carrot Express

Carrot Express is serving shots for a cause through the end of July at all South Florida locations.

The healthy eatery has partnered the American Cancer Society and $1 from all 4 oz. health boosting shots will be donated directly to the organization, running now through the end of July.

Make an impact by ordering shots that include:

  • Flu Shot ($4.95) - ginger, lemon, honey
  • Ginger Shot ($3.50)  - ginger
  • Immunity Shot ($4.95) - turmeric, ginger, lemon, orange and black pepper

While you're at Carrot Express, try some of their new menu items including:

  • Tuna Melt ($13.95) - served open face. toasted sourdough bread spread with smashed avocado, topped with albacore white tuna salad,  tomato & jack cheese
  • California Eggwich ($11.95) - toasted sesame bagel, 2 cage free folded eggs, smash avocado, arugula, tomato, lime juice and olive oil
  • Scottish Salmon Wrap ($16.95) - avocado, arugula, brown rice, cilantro, lime juice, pico de gallo & roasted jalapeño aioli
  • Chicken Caesar Wrap ($13.95) - grilled chicken, romaine, kale, homemade croutons, parmesan cheese and our signature Caesar dressing

To find a Carrot Express location near you, head to carrotexpress.com.

Carrot Express is serving shots for a cause through the end of July at all South Florida locations.

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Restaurant wall of Vale Food Co in Brickell, Miami
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Vale Food Co Finds a New Home in Brickell

After five years looking for a home in Miami, Vale Food Co is set to debut the seventh location of its Florida-grown restaurant brand in Brickell this week. Vale, an old English word that means “to live an earthly life”, is committed to the values of health, quality food, sustainability and community.

After five years looking for a home in Miami, Vale Food Co is set to debut the seventh location of its Florida-grown restaurant brand in Brickell this week. Vale, an old English word that means “to live an earthly life”, is committed to the values of health, quality food, sustainability and community.

“I’m thrilled to finally introduce Vale Food Co to Miami and offer an all-day restaurant where visitors can enjoy high-quality, healthy food with quick service in one spot,” said Sunny Ilyas, CEO and Founder of Vale Food Co. “I’m confident that our food offerings will be a new elevated option to meet the needs of the fast-paced Brickell market and the lifestyle of our guests who are on-the-go, working or into wellness.”

Ilyas launched Vale in 2014 as a meal delivery service and quickly pivoted the brand into a fast-casual restaurant when he opened the first location in Tallahassee in 2016. In 2017, Vale Gainesville and Tampa opened their doors to the public. The following year, he opened a fourth restaurant in Jacksonville and in 2019, he opened Fort Lauderdale and a second location in Tallahassee. Today, Ilyas manages the brand, recipe development and catering services for all locations.

Vale Food Co attracts locals and visitors alike with its vast array of healthy and high-quality protein, açai and poke bowls accompanied by a full beverage and bakery selection. The Brickell location shares the same design backbone as all other Vale locations but offers a unique Miami flair. The 3,000 square foot restaurant has a 23-seat dining room with plants draped throughout the ceiling to define Vale’s mission to go green and eat green. A colorful hand-painted Vale mural and rotating Miami-inspired artworks are displayed throughout the space. Located outside is the restaurant’s 35-seat patio. The area offers additional relaxed alfresco seating with patio couches beneath white shade umbrellas, coffee tables lining the exterior surrounded by greenery and stringed lights for an elevated dining experience.

Vale Food Co’s menu is divided into a cold “superfood” station and a hot food station along with a selection of grab-and-go snacks and bakery items, popular freshly baked whole grain chocolate chip cookies and a full beverage program including matcha, smoothies and coffee. Superfood menu highlights include: Smashed Avocado Toast; Chia Pudding; Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl; Açai Smoothie and the Dragonfruit Lemonade. New to the menu is the matcha line with KombuMatcha; Vale Matcha Blast; Vale Matcha Latte and Dirty Matcha Latte. The fresh and healthy-forward menu offers a variety of items perfect for year-round weather in Florida.

The hot food station consists of build-your-own protein bowls where guests can customize the bases and add on veggies, proteins, boosts and sauces. Classic and fan-favorite proteins include Vale’s signature turkey spinach feta meatballs, southwest braised beef, ancho pulled chicken among others. Signature hot bowls include the Sweet Earth Bowl made with sweet potato noodles, roasted broccoli, teriyaki chicken and curry honey mustard; Out of This World Bowl with cilantro lime brown rice, roasted broccoli, ancho pulled chicken topped with chipotle ranch; and the Great South Bowl with chipotle mac and cheese, roasted broccoli and braised beef. All ingredients are sourced from local farms and menu items rotate seasonally with a selection of vegan and gluten-free options.

Vale Food Co currently has six additional locations in Florida including two in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale with plans to expand throughout South Florida and into different markets.

Vale Food Co is located in Mary Brickell Village at 900 S Miami Avenue #125 and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 9 am - 11 pm. For more information, please visit www.ValeFoodCo.com or follow on Instagram at @ValeFoodCo.

Photos by SalarIabduziz
Cereal in a bowl with a spoon
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Grab Your Spoon & Bowl, It’s National Cereal Day

Frosted Lucky Charms may be magically delicious, but this colorful cereal along with some other childhood favorites are laden with sugar and hard to pronounce ingredients that might make you think twice about putting them in your body. In honor of National Cereal Day, we found four sugary cereal alternatives that pack a protein punch, have a good crunch and are the perfect way to start your day. Or hey, end your day, if you’re a cereal for dinner type of person. 

Frosted Lucky Charms may be magically delicious, but this colorful cereal along with some other childhood favorites are laden with sugar and hard to pronounce ingredients that might make you think twice about putting them in your body. In honor of National Cereal Day, we found four sugary cereal alternatives that pack a protein punch, have a good crunch and are the perfect way to start your day. Or hey, end your day, if you’re a cereal for dinner type of person. 

1. Magic Spoon

Magic Spoon cereals are low-carb, high in protein, and made with zero sugar. Don’t let that deter you, they are perfectly sweetened with a blend of monk fruit, stevia, and allulose in its offerings. Magic Spoon has plenty of flavors to choose from including Peanut Butter, Blueberry, Cocoa, Fruity, Frosted, Cinnamon, and more.  $39 for 4-Pack, magicspoon.com, @magicspoon

2. Incredi-Bowl

Incredi-Bowl is available in three make-you-want-to-get-out-of-bed flavors including Chocolate Crunch, Frosted Flakes and Honey Nut Hoops. These low sugar, Keto-friendly, grain and gluten-free cereals are high in protein to keep you full and fueled throughout your morning. $40 for 4-Pack, incredibowlcereal.com, @incredibowlfoods

3. Three Wishes

Three Wishes is made from chickpeas and delivers 3g of fiber and 8g of protein per serving to help avoid that mid-morning crash that happens if you were to eat high sugar, high carb, low protein options. You won't find wheat, corn, rice, dairy, oats, soy or peanuts in the ingredient list, but you will find a ton of taste in their flavors, which include Cinnamon, Honey, Unsweetened, Cocoa, Fruity and Frosted. In honor of National Cereal Day the brand is offering 20% off on their website. $9.99 per box, threewishes.com, @threewishes

4. Catalina Crunch

Catalina Crunch, a brand that we personally keep stocked at all times, has released a limited edition-flavor,  Triple Berry Blast Cereal, a  blend of strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry that tastes like a berry pie. Gluten and grain-free, vegan, low sugar, non-GMO, keto-friendly, and high protein, Catalina Crunch delivers satisfying cereals (and snacks) without sacrificing nutrition.  $39 for 4-Pack, catalinacrunch.com, @catalinacrunch

A salad, smoothie, and nuts from Carrot Express in West Boca
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Carrot Express Opens Newest Location in West Boca

Carrot Express opened their doors in West Boca this week, bringing their nourishing foods to a 2nd location in Palm Beach County. Since 1993, Carrot Express founder Mario Laufer has been on a mission to create Miami’s healthiest dishes with a flavorful twist.

Carrot Express opened their doors in West Boca this week, bringing their nourishing foods to a 2nd location in Palm Beach County. Since 1993, Carrot Express founder Mario Laufer has been on a mission to create Miami’s healthiest dishes with a flavorful twist.

The menu has something for every kind of dietary restriction including a wide range of salads, smoothies, bowls, wraps, fresh pressed juices and smoothies.

Carrot Express West Boca is located at 20642 State Road 7 in the Shadowwood Plaza in Boca Raton. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 am until 9 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 9 am until 9 pm. Delivery and takeout orders can be made directly through the Carrot Express website.

There are 7 additional locations coming soon, including Fort Lauderdale, Pinecrest, Plantation, Pembroke Pines, West Kendall, and, their first location outside of Florida, in New York City.

Stay updated on their future openings and visit www.EatCarrotExpress.com or follow along on Instagram @CarrotExpress.

New Pura Vida location in Brickell Miami
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Pura Vida Opens 10th Location in Brickell

Pura Vida is opening its 10th Miami location today in Brickell. The new restaurant is located at 1104 South Miami Avenue in the heart of Brickell.

Pura Vida is opening its 10th Miami location today in Brickell. The new restaurant is located at 1104 South Miami Avenue in the heart of Brickell.

Since their first location, Pura Vida was meant to be a place where you can eat at any time of day. Serving breakfast, acai bowls, wraps, salads, coffee, and more, not only is the menu healthy but it uses locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible.

New menu items will be available only at the Brickell location to celebrate the opening, including beet juice, sweet potato dishes, and a variety of new wellness shots. You will also be able to take advantage of Pura Vida's all-day breakfast menu here.

“Brickell, in my eyes, is the perfect bustling central location for Pura Vida’s next home,” said Omer Horev, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Pura Vida. "New concepts, businesses, and people from all over the world are coming to Brickell as it has quickly become a hub for every industry under the sun. We are continuing to leave our mark on Miami as Brickell will be our tenth expansion location. We couldn’t be more proud of our brand’s growth and the support we’ve received from the community throughout the years which has pushed us to continue to grow and tap into every market of this great city of ours.”

The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating across 2,400 square feet and will have the bright inviting vibe patrons have come to expect.

Next up for Pura Vida are the upcoming locations in Sunset Harbour, Miracle Mile, and South Miami.

To learn more, head to puravidamiami.com or find them on Instagram @puravidamiami.

Pop Up Grocer Miami Ad with details
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Pop Up Grocer to Debut in Wynwood on January 28

Pop Up Grocer is coming to Miami for a month beginning Friday, January 28 and will be located in Wynwood at 171 NW 23rd Street. The traveling grocer store is bringing a selection of the newest and most innovative, better-for-you products, including those from Miami-owned, women-owned and BIPOC-owned brands. Discover items like milk made from bananas, chips made from cactus, plant-based deodorant, matcha pancakes, probiotic mouthwash, fizzy functional beverages and more.

Pop Up Grocer is coming to Miami for a month beginning Friday, January 28 and will be located in Wynwood at 171 NW 23rd Street. The traveling grocer store is bringing a selection of the newest and most innovative, better-for-you products, including those from Miami-owned, women-owned and BIPOC-owned brands. Discover items like milk made from bananas, chips made from cactus, plant-based deodorant, matcha pancakes, probiotic mouthwash, fizzy functional beverages and more.

Founded by Emily Schildt, Pop Up Grocer's robust selection features 100% interesting, 100% natural, majority plant-based, and sugar-conscious choices. Dedicated to connecting with consumers in a new and unique way, Pop Up Grocer brings all the buzziest brands on Instagram under one roof, and to your favorite cities. The Miami pop-up was designed by Chaz Capobianco, owner of Miami-based design studio Capoco, and Elizabeth Jaime, a Miami-based prop stylist and florist.

Pop Up Grocer creates an environment that still feels like a grocery store – product, shelves and fridges – but intends to stimulate your senses and take you out of your normal, routine shopping mentality. Unlike a traditional grocery store, Pop Up Grocer is built for discovery. Just over 400 products—as opposed to 40,000—line its shelves, across categories: food, beverage, home, pet, and body care. And to the Miami location, Pop Up Grocer will bring 3 newly-launched categories: Mood Boosters, Saucy + Spicy, Human + Pet Care. The goal is to increase visibility for emerging brands and their founders.

Miami-based Fernanda Quintero aka nacoooks, will debut as the store’s bakery partner, offering a daily selection of cookies and exclusive menu of baked goods that blend food, culture and design. Liger’s Cookies, famed as the best cookies in Miami, will also sell fresh cookies on the weekends only. The Miami store will also showcase Florida-based brands, like The SisterYard, Big Easy, Vacation, and brands that are otherwise exclusively available online, such as Superfrau, Kiki Milk, Bonito; and just-launched brands ZORA, Supr, De Soi.

“We’re thrilled to kick off the new year in Miami, a city with such unique energy, and one that has experienced immense growth in recent years. And with all that is happening in the dining scene, we are looking forward to meeting the appetites of those searching for something equally exciting in grocery," said Emily Schildt, Pop Up Grocer Founder & CEO.

Pop Up Grocer will be open from 10am to 7pm daily from Friday, Jan 28 through Sunday, Feb 27. 5% of in-store sales will be given to one emerging, consumer packaged goods brand, for whom the donation has immediate and significant impact. For more information, visit popupgrocer.co or find them on Instagram at @popup.grocer.

Girls enjoying food at Smorgasburg Food Festival
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Smorgasburg is Coming to Miami This Spring

Smorgasburg, the largest weekly open-air food market in the United States, and can already be found in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Jersey City, Los Angeles, and now it's coming to Miami! Featuring local vendors, Smorgasburg Miami is ready to showcase the best of South Florida's food concepts right here in Wynwood.

Smorgasburg, the largest weekly open-air food market in the United States, and can already be found in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Jersey City, Los Angeles, and now it's coming to Miami! Featuring local vendors, Smorgasburg Miami is ready to showcase the best of South Florida's food concepts right here in Wynwood.

In other markets, Smorgasburg has played a big role in helping food vendors gain exposure and customers to eventually open their own store locations. Smorgasburg Miami will be 50,000 square feet and accommodate 60 food vendors. In the middle will be a variety of seating options including picnic tables.

Smorgasburg is still accepting applications for food vendors. Some of the confirmed local eats include Eleventh Street Pizza's new sandwich concept Hero, Sisteryard's popular coconut cold brew, and handcrafted arepas from The Maiz Project.

Smorgasburg Miami is set to open in March and will run every Saturday from 11am-6pm.

For more information, head to smorgasburgmiami.com or their Instagram @smorgasburgmiami

Bols from Bolay on a table
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Bolay in Brickell Will Celebrate Grand Opening with a Week of Free Bols

Bolay is coming to Brickell at the end of this month! You will be able to find the chain's latest location at 801 Brickell Ave.

Bolay is coming to Brickell at the end of this month! You will be able to find the chain's latest location at 801 Brickell Ave.

This fast-casual restaurant specializes in healthy bols built with fresh ingredients and customized by you. Bolay has something for everyone with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. You start with a base, which includes options like cilantro noodles or forbidden black rice, and top it with roasted veggies and perfectly seasoned protein. Featured proteins include BBQ chicken, savory miso glazed tofu, and spicy Thai shrimp. Each bol is topped with add-ons like fresh cilantro and parmesan cheese and followed by signature sauces.

To celebrate their opening, Bolay is giving Miami lots of chances for free Bolay during a week-long party. Here are all the dates you need to know below!

  • Jan 27 - The grand opening! The first 100 guests receive $50 worth of Bolay
  • Jan 27 - Feb 2 - Enjoy a complimentary Regular Bol (value 8.99) when you register for tickets here.

The Brickell Bolay will be the 22nd Bolay store and the chain continues to expand around Florida.

Photo from Bolay's Facebook page
Naked Nutrition Chocolate Protein Bar
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Miami Supplement Company Naked Nutrition Introduces New Protein Bar

Miami-based Naked Nutrition, a leading protein and supplement brand, announces its newest product, Naked Bar. Naked Bar is the first protein bar for the company and is available in two flavors: Peanut Butter Crunch and Chocolate Fudge. Packed with 15 grams of Grass Fed Whey Protein and under 200 calories, Naked Bar is a perfectly packaged balance of smart and sweet.

Miami-based Naked Nutrition, a leading protein and supplement brand, announces its newest product, Naked Bar. Naked Bar is the first protein bar for the company and is available in two flavors: Peanut Butter Crunch and Chocolate Fudge. Packed with 15 grams of Grass Fed Whey Protein and under 200 calories, Naked Bar is a perfectly packaged balance of smart and sweet.

Naked Nutrition was founded in 2014 by Stephen Zieminski, a former college athlete who noticed many supplements included numerous ingredients of little nutritional value. Naked Nutrition is dedicated to pure ingredients and transparency so people know exactly what is going into their body. With the addition of Naked Bar, Naked Nutrition continues to shorten steps between the farm and you.

Naked Bar is low in fat, calories, and carbs while high in fiber to provide long lasting satisfaction and energy. Unlike many other protein bars, Naked Nutrition’s Naked Bar is made from premium grass fed whey protein. Naked Bar is gluten-free, soy-free, and free of sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors.

Chocolate Fudge Naked Bar starts with premium grass-fed whey protein, and includes other natural ingredients like almond butter, cocoa powder, and monk fruit juice. Peanut Butter Crunch Naked Bar also starts with premium grass-fed whey protein and is complemented with natural ingredients like almond butter, peanut butter, and monk fruit juice.  

Peanut Butter Crunch and Chocolate Fudge Naked Bars are available in a box of 12 bars for $29.99. You can get yours at NakedNutrition.com or on Amazon.

Breakfast items at Carrot Express
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Carrot Express Expands to Brickell and Debuts Breakfast Menu

With 10 locations already in South Florida, Carrot Express is opening in Brickell this Friday, November 12 at the Sabadell Financial Center. Carrot Express Brickell will be the first location to debut a breakfast menu, with all locations joining by the end of the year.

With 10 locations already in South Florida, Carrot Express is opening in Brickell this Friday, November 12 at the Sabadell Financial Center. Carrot Express Brickell will be the first location to debut a breakfast menu, with all locations joining by the end of the year.

Founder, Mario Laufer is thrilled to grow the wholesome legacy throughout South Florida. Since 1993, Laufer has been on a mission to create Miami’s healthiest dishes with a flavorful twist.

“Over the past few years, it’s been incredible to watch Brickell grow. With so many residents and businesses, we knew there was room for Carrot Express to be in the middle of it all," said Laufer. "A lot of these individuals in Brickell are passionate about taking care of themselves and we’re thrilled to offer locals and visitors healthy choices that are good for your body and soul.”

Carrot Express features something for every kind of dietary restriction in addition to their vast and expansive menu including a wide range of salads, smoothies, bowls, wraps, fresh pressed juices, and smoothies.

Highlights include:

  • Josh’s Overnight Oats – Oatmeal, almond milk, toasted coconut flakes, chia & flax seeds, cinnamon, blueberries, strawberries, Mario’s granola, almond butter, drizzled honey ($9.95)
  • Quinoa Breakfast Bowl – Quinoa topped with roasted cremini mushrooms, sautéed spinach, avocado, pico de gallo, cage-free sunny side egg ($13.95)
  • Smoked Salmon Omelet - 3 cage-free eggs omelet with smoked salmon, shallots & capers. Served with toasted #ZTB multigrain sourdough, side of low-fat cream cheese ($13.95)
  • Berry Almond Butter Toast – Toasted Zak the Baker, multigrain sourdough topped with almond butter, strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds, cinnamon & toasted coconut flakes, drizzled honey ($8.95)
  • Huevos Rancheros Burrito – 2 cage-free scrambled eggs, brown rice, black beans, avocado, fresh corn, jack cheese, cilantro & pico de gallo. Perfectly wrapped & toasted on a whole wheat wrap. Served with cilantro-lime dressing ($13.95)

Takeout and delivery will be available immediately after opening. The 2,000 square foot space will incorporate the similar relaxed atmosphere of other Carrot Express locations, featuring their branded colors of orange and green and 51 indoor seats.

Hours of operation are 7:30 AM – 9 PM Monday - Friday, and 9 AM – 9 PM Saturday and Sunday. Delivery and takeout orders can be placed directly through the Carrot Express website or on ChowNow, Toast, Postmates, UberEats, and GrubHub.

Stay updated on future openings and by visiting www.EatCarrotExpress.com or follow along on Instagram @CarrotExpress.

Trader Joe's Coral Gables, Miami
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Trader Joe's is Now Open in Coral Gables

Trader Joe’s opened at its third Miami-Dade store in Coral Gables last week. This is the 22nd location for the grocery chain in South Florida.

Trader Joe’s opened at its third Miami-Dade store in Coral Gables last week. This is the 22nd location for the grocery chain in South Florida.

The new Trader Joe’s will cover 9,600 square feet and will be decorated with murals of famous local sites such as the Biltmore Hotel and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Trader Joe’s is known for its customer favorites like Everything But the Bagel seasoning, frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken, and Two-Buck Chuck.

Proud of their reputation as a national chain of neighborhood grocery stores, Trader Joe's has a Neighborhood Shares Program where 100% of unsold products are donated back to the community and local nonprofits.

This local approach can also be seen in the 85% of the new location’s employees who come from Coral Gables and neighboring cities.

Trader Joe's Coral Gables is located at 211 South Dixie Highway.

Photo by Madalyn Cox

photo of the sweetgreen Sunset Harbour storefront exterior
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Fourth Miami sweetgreen Location Now Open in Sunset Harbour

The new sweetgreen location on Purdy Ave. marks the first Miami Beach location for the fast-casual healthy eats concept, and the fourth location in the Miami area since December 2020.

Sweetgreen is now calling Sunset Harbour home. The new location on Purdy Ave. marks the first Miami Beach location for the fast-casual healthy eats concept, and the fourth location in the Miami area since December 2020. The locations in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and Wynwood have been instant hits with locals, due largely to the brand’s strong nationwide presence with over 120+ locations.

Known for their menu of core and seasonal salads, warm bowls, plates and sides, that use fresh ingredients and produce delivered that same day, sweetgreen brings a lot of local love to each location, highlighting different artists to feature custom pieces in their restaurants. 

“We were drawn to Miami because it’s truly a hub for real food, art and culture, a place we strive to be at the intersection of in all our stores,” said sweetgreen co-founder and CEO, Jonathan Neman. “We are passionate about entering new markets the right way, working with local partners to ensure our restaurants reflect and feel unique to the surrounding community. Our hope is that our Miami guests will experience that each time they walk into one of our restaurants.”

For more information on sweetgreen Sunset Harbour and their other Miami locations, visit www.sweetgreen.com. Follow sweetgreen on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @sweetgreen.

Chef Robyn Almodovar
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Robyn Almodovar Shares Tips for Eating More Sustainably

We had a chance to catch up with Chef Robyn Almodovar, a competitor on several Food Network shows, to learn more about her new role as Corporate Chef of PAOW! and learn a bit more about what eating sustainably really means.

We had a chance to catch up with Chef Robyn Almodovar, a competitor on several Food Network shows, to learn more about her new role as Corporate Chef of PAOW! and learn a bit more about what eating sustainably really means.

A Le Cordon Bleu graduate, Almodovar served as the Corporate Chef for The Stanley Hotel and The Palm Hotel & Resort before hitting the South Florida Streets with her award-winning 24-foot food truck “Palate Party.”

Now she is at PAOW!, an acronym for People And Our World. PAOW! is a new plant-based protein and meat substitute and they are the title sponsor of the upcoming SEED Food and Wine Festival.  PAOW! proteins were created to appeal to everyone from vegans to meat eaters and are made of three simple all-natural ingredients - non-GMO soy, water, and salt.

“We aren’t telling people to not eat meat, we are just challenging them to not limit their culinary creativity to just meat,” explains Almodovar.  “PAOW! offers an infinite number of plant-based possibilities so you can make all your favorite dishes with delicious plant-based proteins which are healthier for you and the planet.”

Almodovar answered some questions for us about eating more sustainably!

What does sustainable eating mean?

"Sustainable eating means considering the effects of what you eat on our planet and making the necessary changes to protect humankind and our ecosystem by preserving natural resources for future generations."

Why is it important? What should people know about sustainable eating?

"According to the United Nations, more than three billion people are malnourished today and many of our planet’s 7 billion inhabitants are forced to eat a low-quality diet. At the same time, the world’s population is rapidly expanding, and it is estimated there will be close to 10 billion people on our planet by 2050.  Achieving a healthy and sustainable food future is an urgent matter. The goal is to ensure a future when this expanded population has both enough food available to eat and access to high quality, nutritious foods."

What is the easiest way for someone to start eating sustainably?

"It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! The first thing you can do is support, buy and eat local.  Become a patron of your farmer’s market.  The second thing you can do is eat foods that are in season. The third thing you can do is eat less meat, especially red meat. Gradually adopt a diet that derives “most” of its protein from plants. When a recipe calls for meat, incorporate plant-based protein alternatives such as PAOW!.

PAOW! offers selections such as Chef Style, Pieces, Burger Patties, Veggie Bites, Mini Bites and even Dark, Light, Italian Sausage, and Pepperoni Flavored Pieces. With zero compromise on texture or flavor profiles, the ingredients can be modified to make virtually anything including sautéed, grilled, baked, sous-vide, boiled, and fried foods with a consistency ranging from sushi to crispy fried chicken."

What are your top 5 tips for eating more sustainably?

  1. "Be mindful of what you eat – consider where it came from and how it arrived to your plate"
  2. "Practice “mindful meat-eating” by eating less animal product and more plants"
  3. "Reduce food waste by creating a weekly food plan and strategically utilizing leftovers and freeze what you can’t eat while it’s still fresh"
  4. "Eat local & seasonal"
  5. "Grow your own food"
Light Philly Cheesesteak made with PAOW!
Coyo Taco new promo for collaboration with Daring Foods
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Coyo Taco Goes Plant-Based with Daring Foods

National Taco Day was Monday, October 4 and Coyo Taco is giving taco lovers and plant-based eaters something to 'taco bout. The taqueria located in Wynwood, Brickell, and Coral Gables is rolling out new planted-based dishes in collaboration with Daring Foods, the leading plant-based chicken brand.

National Taco Day was Monday, October 4 and Coyo Taco is giving taco lovers and plant-based eaters something to 'taco bout. The Mexican taqueria located in Wynwood, Brickell, and Coral Gables is rolling out new planted-based dishes in collaboration with Daring Foods, the leading plant-based chicken brand.

In spirit of the launch, Coyo Taco and Daring Foods have been hitting the road all week with a special edition food truck and will continue through Sunday, October 10. Enjoy a complimentary Pollo al Carbon Taco and a signature cheese Quesadilla filled with Chicken by Daring Foods as a special sneak peak. The truck will be roaming throughout Miami all week and stopped at various locations including Coyo Taco Brickell and Wynwood.

Next Monday, October 18, all Coyo Taco locations will debut the below dishes. Guests can also add Daring products as their protein for quesadillas, burrito bowls, burritos and salads.

  • Daring “Pollo” al Carbon Tacos - grilled marinated Daring Chicken, queso, pico de gallo, salsa fresca (vegan and gluten-free)
  • Daring “Pollo” Milanesa Torta - fresh baked bolillo roll, black beans, queso mixto, avocado, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli, pickled jalapeños and onions with original breaded chicken breast by Daring Foods (vegan upon request)

Daring chicken is 100% plant based chicken packed with protein (14 grams per 2.5 oz.), low in calories (90 calories per 2.5 oz) and gluten free.  Daring was founded with the mission of removing chicken from the global food system.

The new meatless menu items will be available at all Miami outposts for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. For more information, visit www.coyo-taco.com and following along on social @coyotaco.

Light up sign that spells coffee
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Celebrate National Coffee Day With These 5 Caffeinated Creations

Wake up and raise your mug as this Wednesday, September 29th is National Coffee Day. In honor of the day dedicated to our very favorite way to start our morning, we’re sharing some of our top picks from cold brew to lattes. 

Wake up and raise your mug as this Wednesday, September 29th is National Coffee Day. In honor of the day dedicated to our very favorite way to start our morning, we’re sharing some of our top picks from cold brew to lattes. 

1. Brooklyn Roasting Company

We first fell in love with Brooklyn Roasting Company when we learned of their peanut butter coffee creations (which, like coffee, we just can’t quit). The company also has sustainable coffee beans in a number of varieties for the ultimate pick me up. Never be without your daily dose when you opt for Brooklyn Roasting Company’s  subscription service. It’s simple. Pick your coffee type; choose how much you want, either two 12oz tins or a 5 pound bag; select your delivery frequency be it weekly, every 2 weeks, or monthly; and choose your grind type, Whole Bean (you grind at home), French Press (Coarse), Pourover (Medium), Espresso (fine) and then eagerly await your delivery, mug in hand. https://brooklynroasting.com, @brooklynroasting

2. Bulletproof

If you’re following a Keto lifestyle (or even intermittent fasting) chances are you've heard of Bulletproof. Known as the coffee that has butter, ghee or MCT Oil added, drinking a Bulletproof coffee for breakfast, in lieu of carbs or anything else, can help you stay satisfied and energized for hours. The brand has a number of products to power your mornings from Cold Brew Black to two new flavors of their 3x sold out Original Creamer,  French Vanilla and Hazelnut. Bulletproof has been a mainstay in our AMs for a while, not only for the energy boost and mental clarity, but also because they screen their beans for mycotoxins (aka mold) to ensure your cup is as healthy as possible. Don’t miss out on your coffee savings. Until October 1st, all coffee and coffee-related products on Bulletproof.com will be 30% off. No code needed. https://www.bulletproof.com, @bulletproof

3. Daysmith

If you’re looking for a little extra boost, and here we mean vitamins, not an extra dose of caffeine, Daysmith has you covered. These canned coffees come in three flavors, Multi Straight Black Cold Brew, Focus Vanilla Oat Milk Latte, and Immunity Mocha Oat Milk Latte, are 100% plant-powered, infused with vitamins, and are also low in sugars. Depending on which flavor you choose, expect to get the added benefits for Vitamins B, C, D, Zinc, L-Theanine and Omegas with your coffee. https://drinkdaysmith.com@drinkdaysmith 

4. Lucky Jack

Lucky Jack Coffee, a small batch, hand-crafted, independently owned, organic, sustainable coffee company, has four new ready-to-drink oat milk lattes, all of which are certified organic, gluten-free, nut-free, and kosher. Choose from four flavors Caramel, Mocha, Vanilla, and Golden Milk + Turmeric, which are blended with functional ingredients to enhance your day and your body. The oat milk lattes follow the same slow cold-steep brew process as Lucky Jack’s cold brew and coffee concentrates to remove acids and tannins while maximizing taste, so they never taste burned or bitter. https://www.luckyjackcoffee.com, @luckyjackcoffee  

5. Three Commas Colombian Coffee

We can’t think of a better way to start the day then with caffeine and inspirational quotes. Enter Three Commas Colombian coffee, founded by entrepreneurs Michael Chaffin and Mark Cuban (yes, the Mark Cuban). The direct trade, organic Colombian coffee, sold in 12 oz bags or 4 reusable K-Cups, each have a motivational quote from Mark Cuban on the bag. And if you need a little more inspiration, just remember the name three commas is because there are three commas in a billion. Sip hard, dream hard.  https://threecommas.com/collections/coffee , @threecommas 


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Doral Yard Finally Opens The Backyard for Live Music, Events, and More

After months of anticipation, The Backyard at The Doral Yard in Downtown Doral is now open to guests.

After months of anticipation, The Backyard at The Doral Yard in Downtown Doral is now open to guests.

The community gathering concept created by Della Heiman Goldkind of Yard Hospitality and Joseph Furst, founder of Place Projects, is an outdoor addition to The Doral Yard’s existing indoor food hall and events space, which opened in October 2020.

The Backyard features a large live outdoor music stage with covered turf, bar and self-serve seating, as it looks to recreate some of the magic guests grew accustomed to at The Wynwood Yard. Catch live performances by local talent playing everything from Cuban son montuno and bolero son to jazz, soul and R&B, every weekend from Thursday through Saturday evenings and DJs on Sundays.

The Backyard also offers semi-private event spaces, a garden by Little River Cooperative and is also home to existing The Doral Yard sweets culinary vendor, Santo Dulce! Churros. A large screen for showing movies and sporting events as well as a private event space is coming soon, too.

The Backyard will continue to iterate post-open, with the final stage opening this fall, that brings Barbakoa by Finka, the full service restaurant by Chef Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap, featuring a fusion menu revolving around coal-fired fresh ingredients, along with Pokekai, creators of customizable Hawaiian poké bowls. Paletas Morelia will also set up a bigger, better kiosk in The Backyard. 

Existing vendors at The Doral Yard include: 

  • Plant-based and globally-inspired della bowls 
  • Authentic Venezuelan comfort food like 'pollo en brasa' or rotisserie chicken from un pollo
  • Dim sum made from scratch daily by Yip
  • The Bar at The Yard, a full-service bar serving cocktails, beer, wine, coffee, juices and more

The Doral Yard in Downtown Doral is located at 8455 NW 53rd St. Suite G106, Doral, FL. For more information on The Doral Yard, follow @DoralYard on Instagram and Facebook and at www.thedoralyard.com. The Yard is actively hiring for all front-of-house and back-of-house positions as well. Interested candidates can visit www.thedoralyard.com/careers for more information.

Healthy Eating Miami
Food

4 Healthy Spots To Fuel Your Body This Summer

Summer is in full swing and if you’ve been partaking in too many BBQs or boat days filled with beer, you might want to consider adding some nutritious bites back into your daily routine. Not only will your body delight in nutrient-dense meals, but maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can help fuel your workouts and keep you from crashing. And since we know meal prep doesn't always happen (if ever), here are some local spots to help you stay fit, healthy and full. 

Summer is in full swing and if you’ve been partaking in too many BBQs or boat days filled with beer, you might want to consider adding some nutritious bites back into your daily routine. Not only will your body delight in nutrient-dense meals, but maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can help fuel your workouts and keep you from crashing. And since we know meal prep doesn't always happen (if ever), here are some local spots to help you stay fit, healthy and full. 

1. Chicken Kitchen 

This is a Miami institution for a reason. Their Chop-Chop®  put healthy bowls on the map and their World Famous Mustard’n Curry® Signature Sauce is legendary. Chicken Kitchen only uses fresh, never frozen, all-natural & locally-sourced food and their chicken is always juicy, tender and white meat chicken breast (which is healthier than dark meat.) We’ve always marveled at the plethora of chicken that they have grilling at one time, not to mention the way in which the staff wields their knife to precisely dice it for the Chop-Chops® , Wrapito® and salads. If you’re looking for a healthy lunch or dinner, or even catering for a party, make sure to add Chicken Kitchen to the top of your list. And lucky for us, they have plans for 18 more stores in the next 18 months. 

Multiple locations, https://www.chickenkitchen.com, @chickenkitchen

2. Miami Squeeze 

Recently opened in Midtown Miami, you can stop in the new location of this North Miami staple for healthy wraps, salads, melts, juices, and smoothies. Try the Falafel Salad, Wrap Me Wrap, and Salmon Platter paired with iconic drinks like the Vitamin C juice, Mango Loco smoothie, and Mint Lemonade. We love the casual vibe along with the refreshing smoothies to help cool off in the summer heat.

Miami Squeeze Midtown, 3252 Midtown Blvd #117, Miami, FL 33137, http://miamisqueeze.com/, @miamisqueeze

3. Carrot Express

Brickell residents get ready - Carrot Express is opening in just a few weeks. Founded in 1993, Mario Laufer saw the lack of nutritious cuisine in Miami Beach and started serving a balance of delicious and healthy fare inside a gas station on Alton Road in South Beach. Nearly 20 years later, Carrot Express now has ten locations in South Florida including Aventura, Coral Gables, Midtown Miami, South Beach, Dadeland Miami, North Beach, Downtown Miami, Miami Shores, Boca Raton and Doral. We have so many favorites (tuna topped sweet potato being one) and are excited to try some of their newest additions, like the Middle Eastern Platter, Salmon Buddha Bowl, and Chicken Goddess Sandwich.

Multiple locations, https://eatcarrotexpress.com, @carrotexpress

4. FlyFuel 

From the creators who started Raw Republic, this Aventura spot offers a menu of ingredient driven bowls, nutritious salads, tropical and coffee based smoothies, and healthier treats for everyone on every diet (vegan, gluten-free, animal-based) at an affordable price. From the PB&A Acai Bowl made with acai, banana and peanut butter topped with granola, cacao nibs and banana to the Curry Bowl that is prepared with roasted chicken, warm quinoa, baby spinach, warm chickpeas, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, cilantro and curry yogurt sauce, you’ll leave feeling satisfied knowing you’re fueled up on healthy wholesome eats.

FlyFuel, 20804 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180, https://eatflyfuel.com, @flyfuel

FlyFuel Aventura
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FlyFuel in Aventura Celebrates 1st Anniversary With Free Drinks This Weekend

FlyFuel in Aventura is celebrating their one anniversary this weekend and is giving out free drinks to customers! Today through Sunday, get a free liquid fuel with a minimum purchase.

FlyFuel in Aventura is celebrating their one anniversary this weekend and is giving out free drinks to customers! Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8, stop by and get a free liquid fuel with a minimum purchase.

This includes their signature coffee creations, iced teas and refreshing lemonades including Dirty Matcha Latte -- coconut water, almond milk, matcha and a shot of cold brew or a tropical Dragonfruit Coconut Green Tea -- cold brew green tea, coconut milk, dragonfruit and agave. 

FlyFuel features a vast menu including healthy salads, acai creations, smoothies and ingredient driven bowls.

“Since opening in Aventura, we’ve noticed an incredible rise of new fitness studios and more people are becoming health conscious,” said Jesse Gimelstein, co-founder. “As much as we loved our vegan fare, we wanted to offer more fueling options – especially for a post-workout or hearty meal. Our goal is to give back to the community and provide the best of both worlds.”

FlyFuel prides themselves on only using the freshest, cleanest ingredients in every dish. Vegetarians and vegans alike can enjoy a spin on tuna salad made with chickpeas or delight in a wild caught roasted salmon. New items incorporate chicken roasted in-house and sustainably caught ahi-tuna including the Curry Bowl and Avocado Ahi Wrap.  

Other menu highlights are Cauliflower Crust Pizza topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce, arugula and olive oil, Sweet Potato Toast layered with almond butter, honey, berries and coconut, and a Lentil Veggie Salad filled with arugula, chopped romaine, black lentils, shredded carrots, avocado, roasted sweet potato, roasted asparagus, almonds and honey balsamic vinaigrette.

FlyFuel has something for everyone and Gimelstein wants his guests to become family - even dogs are welcome! FlyFuel is located at 20804 Biscayne Blvd in Aventura. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 8 AM until 7 PM, and Sunday 10 AM until 7 PM. For more information, visit www.EatFlyFuel.com or call (305) 894-6936.

Chef Nicole Miami Meal Delivery
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Let Chef Nicole Miami Deliver Flavorful, Healthy Meals to Your Door

Eat healthy without the planning, prepping, and portioning that comes with meal prepping. Let Chef Nicole Miami deliver flavorful, well-balanced meals right to your door!

Eat healthy without the planning, prepping, and portioning that comes with meal prepping. Let Chef Nicole Miami deliver flavorful, well-balanced meals right to your door!

For Nicole Retchin, providing Miami with a healthy meal delivery service is her passion. About 6 years ago, Nicole started small and part-time out of her own kitchen before beginning to rent kitchens, and as the business really took off, she purchased her own.

The meal plans are portion-controlled into two sizes - Lean Machine with meals between 400-500 calories and recommended for someone who is looking to maintain or lose weight and learn proper portion control, and Ultimate Warrior, with meals between 700-800 calories and recommended for people who live an active lifestyle.

Chef Nicole's meals are healthy but not restrictive. They are made with whole foods and real ingredients, without eliminating any food groups. All meals are comprised of lean protein, complex carbs, and vegetables.

Some of her recent meals have included: 

  • Turkey vaca frita with brown rice and black beans, grilled plantains, and asparagus.
  • Dijon salmon over farro with orange-grated brussel sprouts and goat cheese
  • Slow-cooked brisket with cauliflower mac and cheese and green beans
  • Sauteed shrimp linguine with saffron garlic cream over spinach

Nicole loves trying new foods and that inspires her weekly menus, which are anything but boring. There will always be lots of cultures represented with new meal options every week. The menus feature as many seasonal options and locally sourced produce as possible. Nicole also has breakfast and snack options available, as well as kid’s meals.

We love that Nicole acknowledges that food is fuel for your body and you don't have to eat less, you just have to eat right!

"I have been an athlete my entire life running high school cross country and track & field, to training and completing half marathons and triathlons," said Nicole. "I am very passionate about the role proper nutrition plays in overall health and well-being, and athletic performance. Food is fuel for the body and mind."

To order, head to chefnicolemiami.com and check out the menu. Orders are due by midnight on Thursdays for delivery the following week. Deliveries take place on Mondays and Wednesdays across the greater Miami area.  First-time users can get 10% off their first meal plan order with promo code STAYFIT10.

Lastly, be sure to follow @chefnicolemiami on Instagram for all the mouthwatering food pictures and the latest menus.