Cooper’s whaaaat? Hawk, that is!

I have to admit I have a FAV new restaurant and I capitalize it because it’s a MUST to visit. Cooper’s Hawk has seriously made a dent in my food budget, and I truly relished my many visits to the International Drive location in Orlando, FL during the International Christian Film & Music Festival last week!

This is the first restaurant where I can say that I totally delighted in each bite of a Brussels sprout salad – amazingly light and lemony, it was a wonderful addition to the carne asada flatbread…..I liked it so much, I had it twice in one week!

For $14.99, a large plate of carne asada flatbread with the Brussels sprout salad could very well feed two, but I admit I enjoyed every single bite and finished my plate.

In South Florida, there’s one in Doral and another in Pembroke Pines. You have to visit so you can see and taste their wide variety of white and red wines…..definitely appealing, as well as their home made chocolates…..envision a bite of cheesecake enveloped in white and dark chocolate…..5-5-2019 After ICFF 4275

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Was it the Limoncello Lemon-Lime or the Banana & Dulce de Leche mini cupcakes that opened the door???

It was overcast last Friday afternoon.   By the time that I made it to West Kendall, I wanted to get some yogurt.  I had seen advertisements for Tart & Berry’s, but had never stopped in, so once I arrived at Kendall and 122nd, I made a right, another right and followed the signs to the Cafe.   Soon after I arrived, it began to pour! Talk about a rain shower.  I decided to hang out at the cafe for a while until it abated.

So what did I choose to do? Chat with one of the owners, Rosy.  We had a great conversation and I found out that not only do they have some awesome tasting yogurts, including pistachio (one of my favorites), strawberry, tiramisu, cheesecake and many others, they also have chicken pesto paninis, salads and wraps!  I felt compelled to share all about my new cooking ventures and healthier way of cooking and she shared that they also sell baked goods.  That was when I felt that I had to offer something different….and she was open to having a weekend taste test with some of my mini cupcakes!!!!

I was soooo excited I could hardly contain myself.  Practically running home, I went through my cupboards and decided to make some mini dulce de leche and banana cupcakes and then came up with a new recipe…..the Limoncello Lemon-Lime Mini cupcake!!! Talk about delicious…..tart and sweet at the same time, with that hint of Limoncello.  Yum….severe yum factor. 

The good thing about these is that they are MINI cupcakes.  I do believe in moderation, and yes, I struggle at times myself in stopping before eating way more than I need, so in making these small cupcakes, it allows you to make better decisions regarding just how much dessert to have!

In one of my cooking segments on I mention that portion control is important and that one basic size cupcake is enough, but some people told me that one is not enough!  It is a decision for every one to make but with the mini cupcakes, you can have two and not feel like you are falling off your diet.  You won’t be. 

These Limoncello Lemon-Lime Mini Cupcakes are worth their calories (approximately 100 calories)!  They do not have a lot of sugar – they are not the typical cupcake.  When we did the taste test, Isabel shared with me that customers found that they enjoyed the taste but that they did not find them as sweet as they thought that they would be.

When I bake, I opt to use pureed fruit as that sweet quotient.  I also use cake flour. It’s that mixture of using fresh lemon juice with  lime and the awesome Limoncello that adds that added “zing” that make these mini cupcakes worth the drive to Tart & Berry’s, located at 8711 SW 124th Avenue (at the shopping center where the Regal Cinemas is located right across from the Barnes & Nobles).

Be sure to go to Tart & Berry’s this weekend and try out the Limoncello Lemon-Lime Mini Cupcakes, and let me know what you think!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Who are you loving this Valentine’s Weekend?

Yes, it’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day and I am enjoying every single moment of it!  This weekend I choose to enjoy every minute of it, as I did this amazing lunch that I just had at Seasons 52, Miracle Mile, in downtown Coral Gables.

Running errands, I heard a certain grumbling and it wasn’t the weather! My stomach let me know it was time for fuel again…….and my thoughts turned to what I could eat that would be extremely flavorful, as well as good for my body, because at the end of the day, whose’s going to hold me up? You got it!

So off I went and promptly arrived at Seasons 52, sat at the bar and the moment that the server was in front of me with a menu, I said with a smile, “I know exactly what I want….an order of edamame and a salmon salad!” and it was the best, the absolute best choice that I could have made. 

What an amazing salad! Talk about presentation, talk about flavor, talk about just amazing amount of food for less than $15!!!! Just sooo good, and the greens were not just greens for show….they were surrounded by bits of chopped mango, cranberries, sesame seeds and a lovely light vinaigrette.  Chef Matt McCormick deserves much praise for his awesome food at Seasons 52!

And that green tea sea salt that they serve with the edamame is also amazingly flavorful…..I will find a way to make my own as this is absolutely one of the most delicious flavorful additions to veggies!!!

But back to the question……I choose to love God. I choose to worship and praise my Creator, the One who chose to give me life, through Whom I get to enjoy every day…and I also choose to love my body by making better food choices, as the fuel will certainly keep me going, going, going – and I have many places to go this weekend!

So do make some time for those people that are the most important to you this weekend and take some time to Praise your Creator, as well as take good care of yourself…..stay tuned as I will be posting a new recipe that will make your mouth water just reading about it. Something easy, light and terribly delicious….and yes, it includes Chocolate!!!!!

Have a blessed weekend!