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Written by Rachel Garber. Visit her on Instagram at @biggirlgottaeats

Do you have a favorite restaurant (like Luma on Park Avenue) that has come and gone? Are you curious about others experience? Local food Influencer Rachel Garber, the blogger behind @biggirlgottaeats, takes us on a stroll down memory (food) lane in Winter Park, FL.

Everyone has a favorite childhood restaurant, but is that place still around today? Sadly, my favorite spot that was always my go-to for birthday dinners, family occasions, and girl’s night outs during college break has just closed. Luma on Park Avenue, located in Downtown Winter Park, shut its doors this passed fall.

Luma was a high-end, American cuisine gem with a splash of jazz. With its white leather couches and dark dim lights, you could mistake yourself for being in a classy Miami club. I even walked passed Paul McCartney during dinner one time.

My first Steps down Memory (Food) Lane

As a middle schooler, this was the most fabulous place around that I could go to and feel like a young adult (not to mention walking distance from my childhood house). The atmosphere was electric, and the servers had contagious warming attitudes. 

Not only was Luma one of THE most poppin’ places on the Ave, but it was also one of the most delicious. My hands-down, favorite dish was the Pasta Bolognese. It was fettuccini pasta with finely chopped veal, marinated in a red tomato sauce & a hint of red wine. The garnish of parsley made the pasta dish picture perfect.

Now I know I said this spot was American-cuisine, so why is my favorite item the Italian dish? Funny you should ask. Growing up, I was one of those annoying, rebellious kids that never wanted to blend in. I also had this characteristic with food choices. The fact that everything on the menu was within the same food category, I looked for the one item that stood out. I was the boujiest, most intense food critic at the age of 11. I am pretty sure that is the only thing on their menu that I ordered starting at age 11 until 19. 

More than a Food Memory: An Elevated Experience

Luma’s unique presence on Park Avenue brought up the real estate around it. Having the establishment there made the area more appealing and honestly just made you feel chic walking by it. You could go from an average lost college student to feeling like a young professional about to model on the cover of Vogue. The outside avenue seating was almost impossible to reserve unless you called a week ahead, but the extra effort to do so was absolutely worth it.

Once I hit 21, a night out on the avenue became an annual girl’s event every Thanksgiving Break. Luma became the go-to spot once again. Their signature White Linen cocktail is so exceptional that customers began asking other restaurants on the Avenue if they could replicate the drink. The only thing I can compare it to is a crisp fall day, 72 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. The drink consists of Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice, a dash of sour mix, and a sprig of mint. 

Walking in the Shadows of Luma: Prato and Luke’s Kitchen & Bar

Luma was so successful, the owners opened up two more spots with slightly different themes: Italian and Southern fare. Prato, the Italian sector, is also located on Park Avenue about 5 blocks down. The rustic farm-to-table venue quickly became just as popular the minute it opened.

The reputation of Luma paved the way to success for Prato. This quickly became a destination spot in Winter Park and people from outer Orlando would drive all the way to Winter Park just to try the one-of-a-kind Prato Meatballs. Not to mention their happy hour will make 4-6pm the happiest hours of your day.

Their third spot, Luke’s Kitchen & Bar, located just outside of Winter Park, has also become a destination spot. Locals know how unique Prato and Luma are, so why not venture outside of Winter Park for another remarkable meal with a change of scenery? 

The ghost of Luma lingers on that Park Avenue corner and I often ponder if any restaurant will ever fill the kitchen that once glowed. I actually hear locals and Winter Park visitors discussing where and when Luma may go to next, “I wonder if they’ll take Dexter’s old spot, or go into the empty place on that street..”.

These conversations are endless because Luma was a staple cuisine. Although Prato and Luke’s are incredible, I wonder if Luma will make its way back to Winter Park. I am grateful to have experienced the restaurant throughout my childhood. From family gatherings to graduation dinners to happy hour, Luma can never and will never be replaced.

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Written by Angela Pawlik. Visit her on Instagram at @a_ct_baker

Does the pandemic have you considering a new cookbook project? Or curious to learn about others’ journey to baking? Learn from a local food influencer like Angela Pawlik the blogger behind @a_ct_baker

Cookbook Project: How my Journey Baking Began

I am not a ‘pandemic baker’ in that I did not just start baking during isolation. I have been baking (and cooking) on my own since I was 8 or 9. The first thing I remember baking is brownies from scratch to earn my baking badge for – ironically enough – Brownies, (as in Girl Scouts).

As I recall, I quickly moved on to a honey yeast bread from a children’s book, Italian cookies with my grandmother’s supervision, and various other recipes from the cookbook my mom used in her high school home economics class.

Baking is something I have always done well. Sometime during my mid-twenties, I went from being ‘the girl who brought the beer’ to ‘the girl who brought the cake’ (or cookies, etc.). In my thirties I began entering local baking competitions at annual agricultural and fairs.

My passion lead me to Success

I took home a few blue ribbons at the local level, but never placed higher than second or third in the State Baking competition or the King Arthur competition. I was, however, subsequently and frequently asked to donate baked goods for community fundraisers and church events.

In August 2019, I won first place in The King Arthur competition by baking a perfect Cinnamon Star Bread and went on to take tenth place (out of 20 entries) at the state level the following October. It was the inability to compete during the pandemic combined with my sudden awareness of the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion that prompted me to begin baking with the purpose of completing every recipe in that tome and documenting it all on Instagram @a_ct_baker.

Lesson Learned: There are No Guarantees in Baking

Baking is an activity I find relaxing yet challenging at the same time. There are so many factors to consider. Even if you are following a recipe to the letter, there are no guarantees. Outdoor temps, indoor temps, humidity, aridity, whether your oven is electric, gas, convection, as well as the age and accuracy of the oven can all impact your recipes.

And, of course, enthusiasts of the Great British Baking Show know to not over-proof or under-cook if you want to avoid that raw middle or the dreaded ‘soggy bottom’. I think the reason King Arthur recipes are perfect for a competitive baker is because they are not just about the ingredients. These recipes are detailed. They require attention and precision.

Learning the hard way: The Beaten Biscuit

Yes, I have learned this the hard way. In the same way I make the sign of the cross over pizza gain before closing the oven door simply because my grandmother wrote that into her recipe, I would turn counterclockwise three times on one foot wearing tap shoes while waving my rolling pin in the air if King Arthur told me to. It might not be evident, but there is a reason for it. Do not question it.

Allow me to illustrate. My very first recipe of this project was the Beaten Biscuit. Why that recipe? I needed a starch to accompany dinner and thought, ‘Biscuits. Easy-peasy’. Forget that up to that day I had never successfully made a good scratch biscuit… or that my food processor had recently crapped-out and the recipe specifically says, “If you don’t have a food processor, it would probably be best if you didn’t try this recipe’. ‘Pfft. Silly, inconsequential details’, I thought, ‘I’ll just use my Martha’ (my nickname for my KitchenAid) ‘and it will be fine’. The result was most definitely not fine. What I ended up with was 2 dozen flat, rock hard discs that crumbled into tiny bits when I tried to slice them. They would not have even made good hockey pucks due to their fragility. Hashtag: Fail. I posted them anyway. Whether you are an experienced baker or a novice, you will have bad baking days and I think it is important to show that right along with the successes. 

My Cookbook Project

I am roughly 70 bakes into the 450 possible recipes contained in the Baker’s Companion. Most have gone swimmingly. I enjoy reading the comments and I appreciate the supportive foodie-bakers-cooks community I am now a part of. I am baking at a rate with which my family cannot keep up.

My daughter and her boyfriend have accused me of trying to fatten them up a la the witch from Hansel and Gretel. Friends and neighbors just happen to pop by more often – outside and at a safe social distance of course, and I have a freezer full of baked goods for ‘when company comes’.

There is something rewarding and joyful in surprising an appreciative friend or relative with something homemade from your kitchen. I treat my #CookbookProject like a job, but I do not think it could feel any less like work. 

Interested in connecting with Angela about her cookbook project, connect with her at:

Angela Pawlik

IG: @a_ct_baker

bakinginct@gmail.com

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Written by Myriam Bernal. Visit her on Instagram at @mygleehub

Are you looking for a quick, easy and delicious recipe to try? Or curious what the Sweet Chili Ginger Chicken is all about? Learn from a local food influencer like Myriam Bernal the blogger behind @mygleehub

The new year has started, and the routine is settling in. This could mean returning physically to our regular activities or squeezing each member of the family in a home corner to attend a Zoom class or have a conference call. Life gets busy and it is challenging to find moments to slow down.

As a full-time working mom and homemaker, every evening I try to reclaim an hour to reunite my family over dinner. This is the time to reconnect, talk about our day, laugh and make family memories.

Create Family Memories with an Easy, Fast & Delicious Recipes

It has been my goal to come up with recipes that are fast and easy but also delicious for my family to share around the table. This is the food that hopefully someday my kids will crave when they are gone, and the flavors that will bring them back home excited to visit.

Growing up, I was not much around the kitchen. I just knew a few cooking basics when I got married. It was not until my husband and I moved abroad to Los Angeles as newlyweds, that I found myself in my own tiny kitchen. Being a student, I did not have much time to cook and the budget was tight. Additionally, our little university apartment kitchen came without a stove, which we solved buying a countertop 2 burner hot plate for 20 bucks… a bargain! 

Find your Kitchen Passion and Build your Recipe Repitoire

Fast forward 20 years and here we are. Life took its course and this wonderful country adopted us and became home. We grew our roots and with time became a family of 4. Slowly, I also started finding my way in the kitchen. I developed a deep love for cooking books, especially those with pretty and colorful pictures. I started exploring new ingredients.

My recipe repertoire started growing and changing with time, but still I was always on the hunt for easy, fast and tasty dinner options. Restaurant escapades, cooking shows and friends from all over the world, kept adding new flavors to my book. Lalaland is a rainbow of colors, rhythms and flavors. However, with routine, a challenge has always been to keep the recipes varied and not getting stuck preparing the same things.

Important Tip: Keep Simple and Versatile Ingredients

When it comes to a quick weekday family dinner, simple and versatile ingredients are always the best. Since those years of student’s budget and cooking in a hot plate, chicken has always been on my list. Some might find it boring, but with the right ingredients and spices, chicken can be a party in your plate! 

Sweet Chili Ginger Chicken: The Recipe Inspiration

This recipe is a big family favorite. It came to me years ago, when my cousin Luis came to visit from Australia. Single and a student overseas as well, he had learned some kitchen tricks of his own. At the end of his short visit, Luis asked gracefully if he could make dinner. What a treat for us!

As we shopped together, I noticed two ingredients that I was not familiar with. Ginger, I had not used much; but the real discovery was Sweet Chili Sauce. I had never heard of it! That evening Luis prepared a delicious dinner in a blink of an eye. There were no ingredient measurements or a written recipe. I just watched him and mentally took note as we shared a beer. Since then, when I make this recipe, I simply eyeball and adjust the flavors to my liking, and it always hits the spot!

My Secret Fresh Flavors with a Kick

This chicken dish is an explosion of flavor. The ginger and cilantro make it fresh to the palate, and it has a kick to it without being spicy. My older son has loved this dish since that first day we tried it when he was 2 years old. As he was growing up, he would simply call it “chicken, peppers and rice”. 

We have informally kept the name, and when I announce there is “chicken, peppers and rice” for dinner, there is always excitement in response. There is nothing more gratifying than cooking something you know your loved ones are going to enjoy. And what a bonus if it’s an easy recipe!

I hope you try it and like it as much as we do. I have cooked this dish for many family members and friends. Once they try it in our home, they never leave without asking for the recipe. 


Sweet Chili Ginger Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

(4 people)

3-4 chicken breasts

2 red Bell Peppers

1 white or yellow onion

½ cup chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon finely chopped or grated fresh ginger

½ cup Sweet Chili Sauce

Garlic Salt 

Pepper

Cube the chicken breasts in even bite size pieces. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Add oil of preference to a wok or pan and set the stove to high heat. When sizzling hot, cook the chicken until golden brown but not totally cooked through. Remove chicken from the pan. Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil. Julienne (cut in long thin strips) the onion and the red bell peppers, add to the pan and cook until smooth. Add chicken and its juices back to the pan with the vegetables and cook together for a couple more minutes until the chicken is cooked. Add sweet chili sauce and chopped ginger. Mix and let cook for a minute. Add the chopped cilantro to the pan and mix.

Serve over rice with additional cilantro as garnish.

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Written by Samantha B. Visit the Wisconsin Cheese Queen on Instagram at @wisconsincheeseplease

Are you looking for a local Milwaukee Cheese to try? Or curious what Deep Fried Cheese Curds are all about? Learn from a local food influencer like Milwaukee’s Samantha B. the blogger behind @wisconsincheeseplease

Every city has amazing local restaurants with secret food and menu items that only locals know about. In this blog post, you’ll learn more about Milwaukee’s Deep Fried Cheese Curd’s with a special feature on the award winning Lakefront Brewery.

Milwaukee Food Secrets: Deep Fried Cheese Curds

If you are from the Midwest – Wisconsin especially – you know how important cheese is to “the locals.” It’s simply a way of life for folks out here. Many restaurants in Wisconsin serve up deep fried cheese curds. What are those, you ask? Cheese curds are chunks of cheese that are breaded or battered, melty, and served with a side of decadent dipping sauce. 

Award Winning Cheese Curds: Lakefront Brewery

One spot in the Milwaukee area that is especially known for its cheese curds is Lakefront Brewery. Lakefront has been in business since 1987 and they have brewed thousands of beers since… as well as created one of best cheese curds in the area. 

Lakefront has won the Shepard’s Express “Best of Milwaukee” award for “Best Fried Cheese Curds” FIVE years in a row. Eating them is like having a cheese party in your mouth. The curds are fried to perfection in batter made with Lakefront’s own beer and served with a side of homemade garlic ranch sauce. Recently, Lakefront has started presenting a “Curd of the Week” which has included different flavored curds such as: Pesto, Apple Crisp, Bourbon BBQ and Sour Cream & Onion – just to name a few.

Where to try it…The Curd Wagon vs. Beer Hall

Lakefront also has their own “Curd Wagon” which is a food truck that travels around the area serving up fried cheese and other items such as chicken strips, tacos and sliders. The Curd Wagon is used at several local events and sometimes just sits in a parking lot of a local beer store. I’ve had curds from both the wagon and the Beer Hall and you won’t go wrong with either option. 

Inside of the Beer Hall, you’re able to order other items that Lakefront is known for – giant pretzels, salads, mac & cheese, sausage flights, chicken wings, French fries and of course … craft beer. If you’re interested in learning more about Lakefront’s beers, their brewery tours are given on a regular basis and will definitely add more excitement to your visit. Believe it or not, the tours are top rated too! The brewery tour has won the Shepard’s Express “Best of Milwaukee” award for TEN years in a row. 

More than just a deep fried cheese curd – but a unique experience

If you’re wondering how they’ve pulled that off, I can tell you that it’s because of the energy that goes into the tour. The tour guides have so much knowledge on the beer creation process, ingredients that go into the beer and the different flavor profiles of each one. They engage the customers and entertain them with lots of facts and jokes throughout the experience.  At the end of the tour, you will receive four different beer samples as well as a souvenir glass. If you choose to go on the “technical tour,” you get beer & snack pairings during your visit. You’ll also receive a coupon for a free beer at one of many local establishments. That’s a heck of a lot to get out of a beer tour!

Virtual Tour Options

In case you’re not comfortable going inside, you’re able to take a virtual tour of their establishment through their website. You can navigate through the different rooms – the beer hall, the tasting room, the fermenting room, the tour room, the labeling room and even the outdoor patio area – all within the luxury of your own home. 

Where to experience it

Lakefront Brewery is located right on the Milwaukee River. If you are ever in the area and are looking for somewhere to really give you a good feel of the Milwaukee culture – Lakefront should be your top choice. Sit alongside the water, drink some craft beer and eat some of the best cheese that Wisconsin has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.

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Written by Allison C.. Visit her on Instagram at @food_of_ct

Are you looking for new Connecticut food to try? Or curious what New Haven Style Pizza is all about? Learn from a local food influencer like Connecticut’s Allison C. the blogger behind @food_of_ct.

Every city has amazing local restaurants with secret food and menu items that only locals know about. In this blog post, you’ll learn more about Connecticut’s New Haven Style Pizza including Pepe’s, Modern, and Sally’s “Apizza” as well as a few other honorable mentions.

Connecticut Food Secrets Revealed: New Haven Style Pizza

If you’re local to Connecticut, you know that “apizza” and pizza are two very different things. Pronounced “ah-beets”, the style was created in New Haven by the legendary Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. For it to be considered an apizza, some necessary characteristics are that the crust must be thin, chewy, and charred.

The Great Apizza Debate

The ideal level of char is often a subject of debate, as some are quick to deem any blackness on the crust as a sign that it is burnt. Every establishment that serves apizza in Connecticut is truly unique. They all have different ratios of sauce to cheese, levels of char, and specialties on the menu.

Connecticut Food: 3 Must-Try Destinations for Apizza

In New Haven, there are three restaurants that serve as the benchmark for all other apizzas. They are Pepe’s, Modern, and Sally’s, and most people in Connecticut are fiercely loyal to one of them.

Wooster Square, the Little Italy of New Haven, is home to Pepe’s and Sally’s. In 1925, Frank Pepe opened his pizzeria, and in 2021, there are twelve Pepe’s locations across Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. Meanwhile, Modern is located on State Street a short drive away. In a pre-COVID world, you would often see long lines of people waiting to get their hands on some famous apizza. Currently, the restaurants are only offering takeout, but in the parking lots or on Wooster Street you will find multiple people eating in their cars or having a small tailgate. The menus here are simple, as each place only offers pizza and salad. With the volume of their businesses, it would be difficult to have a more extensive menu, but everyone that comes only has apizza on their mind anyway.

Apizza Specialties to Try

Each of the pizzerias has a specialty that sets their apizza apart from one another. At Pepe’s, you will find their specialties to be a white clam, or in the summertime, a fresh tomato apizza. It is also not uncommon for the chefs at Pepe’s to cut the apizzas into uneven rectangular pieces.

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Frank Pepe Pizzeria – @food_of_ct

Meanwhile, the specialty apizza at Modern is called the “Italian Bomb”, which is topped with bacon, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and garlic.

Modern’s Apizza – @food_of_ct

At Sally’s, the two specialties are their tomato sauce and white potato apizzas. The white potato apizza should not be confused with mashed potatoes, as this apizza is topped with thinly sliced potatoes and rosemary. To stay consistent and appeal to the majority of palates, we included pictures of a regular mozzarella cheese apizza from each restaurant.

Sally’s Apizza – @food_of_ct

Apizza Honorable Mentions

Though Pepe’s, Modern, and Sally’s are the most well-known, some honorable mentions for New Haven-style apizza are BAR and Ernie’s, also in New Haven, Zuppardi’s, located in West Haven, and Roseland, located in Derby. There are so many other fantastic places for apizza in Connecticut that are on our list to try!

Want to dive deeper, join a Facebook Group

On Facebook, there are two popular groups called “Pizzaholics” and “All About New Haven Style A’pizza (Ah-beetz)™”, where members will post a picture of their pizza to spark a discussion, or ask for pizza suggestions in a specific area.

Members of the group are located all across the country, but the majority of group discussions are often centered around Connecticut apizza. The admins of the “All About New Haven Style A’pizza (Ah-beetz)™” group are referred to as The Pizza Gavones, and they post video reviews of apizza from around Connecticut. They rate each apizza out of 10, similar to Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports. Portnoy himself has brought nationwide attention to the New Haven pizzerias, as well as many others in Connecticut, through his “One Bite” reviews.

When a celebrity is in the area, you will often hear that they have been spotted grabbing a slice of apizza. It is truly inspiring to see the effect that New Haven apizza has had in and beyond Connecticut. If you have the opportunity to visit Connecticut, make sure to plan a visit to New Haven for some authentic apizza!

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Written by Eunice Cheah. Visit her on Instagram at @bakingwitheunice

If you love chocolate and coconut dessert, then you won’t want to miss out on this Chocolate Coconut Bars recipe – it’s easy to make and delicious.

If you have ever been to Vancouver Canada, you would have definitely heard of the dessert, Nanaimo Bars. It is named after the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and it consists of three layers: a nutty coconut crumb base, a sweet middle custard filling and a chocolate ganache on top. Inspired by the amazing dessert, I decided to make my own version of the bars! 

This is a chocolate coconut almond bar, with a crunchy graham cracker base. I wanted to create a dessert that was easy to make and with ingredients that can be found in most grocery stores. In fact, I would not be surprised if you are able to find most of the ingredients in your pantry. It is also a very customizable recipe, so you are able to swap out the ingredients with any toppings of your choice. 

This is such an easy dessert to whip out for any occasion, and I highly recommend trying it out for your next get-together! 

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE COCONUT BARS

Below is a detailed walk through of the recipe with pictures, but there is a recipe card below. 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grab an 8×8 square pan and line with foil or parchment paper. If you are using foil, grease the foil to avoid sticking. 
  1. Combine crushed graham crackers with butter and sugar and mix until it is the texture of wet sand.
  2. Press graham crackers evenly onto the base of the pan and baked in the oven for 15 minutes.

  1. Ones the graham cracker base has been in the oven for 15 minutes, let cool for a few minutes before sprinkling the sweetened desiccated coconut and almond slices onto it. The almond slices are optional, but I thought it would be a great compliment to the coconut. However,  you are welcome to add any toppings of your choice. Adding more toppings will give the dessert more texture. Then, pour the sweetened condensed milk on the top and bake for another 15 minutes.

  1. Combine chocolate and vegetable oil into a bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. I used high quality baking chocolate, but you can use chocolate chips as well, but it does take a longer time to melt. Stir between each burst to prevent the chocolate from burning. You can also use the double boiler method to melt the chocolate if you prefer doing that as well. 
  2. Once melted, spread the chocolate onto the bars and let sit for a few hours to allow the chocolate to harden. I would recommend placing it in the refrigerator for it to set quicker.

  1. Cut the bars into squares using a sharp knife to prevent the chocolate from cracking and serve while chilled. 

Ingredients for Chocolate Coconut Bars

  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers 
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup melted unsalted butter
  • 300 ml sweetened condensed milk (one can)
  • ½ cup sweetened desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup almond slices
  • 1 ¼ cup (10 oz) semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a square baking pan with foil and grease the foil so that the bars can be easily removed. 
  2. Pour melted butter and sugar into the crushed graham crackers and mix until combined. It should be the texture of wet sand. Press the crumbs evenly into the square pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Ones baked, sprinkle the desiccated coconut and almond slices onto the graham cracker base before pouring the condensed milk over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  4. While baking, combine chocolate and vegetable oil into a bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir between each burst to prevent from burning. 
  5. Spread the chocolate over the top of the bars and let cool in the fridge for a few hours. 
  6. Cut the bars into squares using a sharp knife to prevent the chocolate from cracking and serve while chilled.

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Written by Jennifer the food blogger behind Instagram at @jeyang.foodfunadventures

Are you traveling and looking for a Must Try Detroit Area Restaurant? You won’t want miss out on Luigi’s Trattoria and Pizzeria.

Hi. I’m Jennifer from @jeyang.foodfunadventures. In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an order to close all bars and restaurants dine-in from March 16th, 2020. With my outgoing personality and not getting to celebrate my birthday in late March during the stay-at-home order, I missed the experience of dining in. With small businesses in the restaurant industry struggling, I decided to take the opportunity to help out. So, over this past year, I have been working with various mom and pop restaurants in Metro Detroit, to promote their product, and increase their carry out sales, during these trying times. 

On December 11th, 2020, I visited a family-owned restaurant in Livonia, Michigan called Luigi’s Trattoria Pizzeria located at 31530 Plymouth Rd. Where did the restaurant’s name come from? Filippo Mainella, who is the owner, named it after his father, Luigi. Luigi moved to the United States from Italy when Filippo was a child. Filippo gets to work alongside with his son, Tommaso Mainella, who is the General Manager.

History of Luigi’s

Now, let us go back 20 years. When Luigi’s first opened in October 2000, it began simply as a carry-out pizzeria with a counter service. But as the years moved on, the Mainella family realized a shift in dining, and evolved as a full-service restaurant to serve their hungry customers. With the existing infrastructure and more customers ordering entrées other than pizza, the kitchen was not suited properly to handle the high volume, so they addressed the situation by closing the restaurant for two months at the beginning of January 2020 to remodel, something they had been discussing about since early 2018.

Usually right after the New Years is when the restaurant is less busy, so the family remodeled the kitchen, and spruced up the dining room and bar area. Filippo was ecstatic about the new updated kitchen. He brought in an additional stove and changed the setup in the kitchen, to better handle customer’s orders, and make it easier to continue serving its trademark foods. With the reopening on March 1, 2020 comes a new identity, which better reflects its mission and menu. The restaurant got rid of its old name: Luigi’s Pizza Café and replaced it with the name that it is today: Luigi’s Trattoria and Pizzeria.

While the menu remains the same as before, listed below are some of the dishes I got to try!

Let us start with the appetizers.

Must Try Detroit Area Restaurant: Luigi’s Trattoria and Pizzeria – Featured Food:

Arancini

Arancini is an Italian snack consisting of a ball of rice; typically, risotto, vegetables, mozzarella coated with panko breadcrumbs, and deep fried with a side of marinara sauce.

Chicken Marsala

One of their most popular Italian entrees is the Chicken Marsala. The chicken breast is coated and briefly sauteed. It is then removed from the pan, which is then used to make a Marsala reduction sauce with cream and mushrooms.

Build Your Own Pasta

Everyone has their own preferences, so Luigi’s offer an option to build your own pasta. For example, I built an angel hair with Norcina sauce topped with Italian Sausages.

Popeyes Pizza

You of course cannot forget about their pizza since it originally specialized as a carryout pizzeria. One of their popular pizzas is called Popeye. It is a white pizza topped with spinach, roasted red peppers, fontina, provolone, mozzarella, and herbs.

You do not want to miss out on the desserts from Luigi’s because they offer tiramisu and cannoli with chocolate chips!

Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a no-bake Italian dessert combining espresso-dipped ladyfingers, and a creamy sweet mascarpone cream, topped with cocoa powder.

Cannoli

Cannoli consists of a tube-shaped shell of deep-fried pastry dough that are filled with homemade cream sprinkled with chocolate chips.

Food Spread

Luigi’s Trattoria Pizzeria is hands down one of the best Italian restaurants I have been to and a must try Detroit area restaurant. Although I have not tried their entire menu, everything I have eaten was absolutely delicious, and I highly recommend it for anyone in the Metro Detroit area. 

The current full menu for the restaurant can be found at http://luigistrattoriapizzeria.com. If you want to place an order at Luigi’s Trattoria Pizzeria, you call in at 734-261-0600 or order online! They also offer delivery up to a 6-mile radius.

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Written by Tiffany Guckin. Visit her on Instagram at @Foodswithfinn:

Are you planning a road trip and looking for Connecticut restaurants to try? Here is a list of 7 must try restaurants you won’t want to miss while visiting or passing by the Connecticut Shoreline.

2020 may be behind us but the year has left quite a mess for many to pick up after.  Small business and Connecticut restaurants have been hit hard. However, their ability to adapt and pivot throughout the course of the pandemic has truly been impressive. 

As a local foodie myself, I am seriously missing the simple act of going out to eat or grabbing a cocktail after work with friends. These are things we took for granted since now we’re left wondering stuff like, Do I have my mask, How many people will they let in, and Will this place even be open?

I’ve been lucky enough to still enjoy some of my favorite local Connecticut restaurants this past year, check out some highlights below!

7 Must Try Connecticut Restaurants Along the Shoreline


Moxie, 52 Wall St, Madison, CT 06443

Asian Tuna Tartare with crispy wonton chips and a cocktail to go

Prior to the pandemic, this place was THE spot to be in Madison, CT.  Moxie is a small, unique neighborhood joint offering bar grub with an upscale twist.  The restaurant was always packed, not a table empty on a Saturday night.  Although much quieter these days, I am happy to say I am still able to enjoy the same great food and cocktails, only this time to go!  Don’t feel like calling in an order? Place one online! Make your own menu picks of course, but the fried chicken steamed buns and the Asian tuna tartare  (new menu item) are a must!  Keep doing you Moxie, just want you to know there are fans out there rooting for you!




Chapter One Guilford, 25 Whitfield St, Guilford, CT 06437

Peppermint and Sugar Cookie Martinis to go

Chapter One has brought another great restaurant to the quaint Guilford green!  From brunch to lunch and all that in between, the offerings are aplenty.  In adapting to the new ways of the world, they now have curbside pickup, online ordering, and an outdoor patio with firepits!  Another spot offering cocktails to go, I’d suggest the martini specials (must be 21, you know the rules!).  In addition to the standard menu, Chapter One also runs weekly specials, including the Prime Rib Sunday dinner.  Looking for a lot of food, that’s the special for you!  


Hen and Heifer, 23 Water St, Guilford, CT 06437

Salted Caramel Toffee Cookies

I adore this place.  Although not a typical restaurant, this pastry shop brings a little bit of Europe right to your front door.  The shop has always offered pastries to go but, due to the pandemic, now has a limit to the number of patrons who can be inside at a given time as well as limited shop hours.  It’s never easy to choose what’s coming home with me but my go- to’s are the salted caramel toffee cookies and cream puffs.  Seasonal desserts are also available for a limited time, which you definitely do not want to miss out on.  Don’t be surprised to see a line out the door!


La Foresta, 163 CT-81, Killingworth, CT 06419

Espresso Martini on the outdoor patio

What was once an indoor dining establishment only, thanks to the pandemic, La Foresta now offers outdoor dining on a newly built tented patio.  I had the opportunity to dine outside this past fall (before the cold set in) and it was beautiful.  With plenty of space between tables and string lights draped around the tents, I was able to safely and happily enjoy an espresso martini !  In addition to the patio, like many places, online ordering and family meals are now available.  The calamari is one of my favorite apps and the Gnocchi Di Ricotta has never steered me wrong.  Looking forward to dining here again in the near future!

Okay I could go on and on, so instead I’ll throw out some other favorites that have helped get me through quarantine as well:


P & M Deli Branford, 401 Main St, Branford, CT 06405

There was nothing a Chicken Flag on focaccia or a buffalo chicken wrap couldn’t fix while the world spiraled into a lockdown and I was 6 months pregnant with Finn.  They’ve always been there for me and I continue to rely on them for a quick and easy to go lunch or dinner option.  Online ordering available, pizza specials, and so much more to check out at this Branford favorite. 

Golden House Durham, 325 Main St, Durham, CT 06422

It’s taken almost two years to find “our Chinese takeout” spot but Golden House, you’ve claimed the title! Although we were devastated when this place was closed for the early months of 2020, they have since reopened and are better than ever!  Chicken and Broccoli with an egg roll for me- What are you having?

JavaHut Café Bistro, 20 Church St Guilford, CT 06437 United States

A gem for coffee lovers of all kinds, this place serves up some delicious caffeinated concoctions.  If you couldn’t tell, I am a big fan of seasonal offerings, like the Peppermint Mocha Frappe that was available for winter and now a brand-new Valentine’s Day menu is out on the town!  I know New Year’s resolutions are hot right now, but do yourself a favor and try the crepes.  DO it… just do it.  

We will all continue to get through this together and I’ll keep posting pictures of food with my sweet boy to help pass the time.  Hope you all get a chance to check out some of these spots and continue to support both one another and small businesses. 

Looking for more ideas and places to visit me: https://linktr.ee/FoodswithFinn

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Written by Sarah Gelber a food blogger at www.207foodie.com:

If you’re going to make eating and drinking outside a thing in January, you need to stay warm doing it! The best solution? Hot boozy cocktails of course! Keep reading for a few can’t miss hot boozy cocktails in Portland that epitomizes the way life should be!

1. Daily Hot Toddy: Izakaya Minato, 54 Washington Ave

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Enjoying a chai hot toddy at Izakaya Minato.

It’s definitely a bonus when you can enjoy your hot boozy cocktails in Portland somewhere warm outside, and thankfully, Izakaya Minato has outdoor seating that includes heaters! But almost nothing beats the feeling of a hot cocktail in your hand, and this chai hot toddy is one you shouldn’t miss. 

The chai hot toddy may not be available but Izakaya Minato is offering a daily hot toddy, so you’ll be able to order something that’s warm!

If the chai hot toddy is on the menu, it’s a nice choice for anyone that loves things on the slightly sweeter side, but the chai flavor has a little spice, so you’ll stay warm. If you’ve never enjoyed Izakaya Minato, you owe it to yourself to order their JFC (Japanese Fried Chicken) because it is life-changing. 

You won’t find chicken like this anywhere else in Portland!

2. Extreme Hot Chocolate Board: The Yard, 82 Hanover Street, Suite 7

Looking for a hot boozy cocktail that will knock the socks off of everyone around you? That includes anyone on social media as well!

extreme chocolate board at the yard portland maine hot boozy cocktail

You’ll find exactly that with the Extreme Hot Chocolate Board at The Yard. These hot chocolate boards are about as extra as it gets, and bonus points if you also happen to snag a reservation for one of the igloos that The Yard has available as well. 

You’ll be in a literal winter wonderland if you can enjoy your Extreme Hot Chocolate Board inside of one of their igloos! It’s sweet, decadent, and it might be a little much for one person to enjoy on their own, so bring along someone to share it with. 

Don’t forget to take a picture because otherwise, nobody will believe you ordered one of these insane boards! Not feeling an Extreme Hot Chocolate Board? 

The Yard has plenty of other great hot boozy cocktails to choose from, so just ask your server what they recommend!

3. Aztec Xoco: Novare Res Bier Cafe, 4 Canal Plaza, Suite 1

When it comes to staying warm in January, it’s hard to go wrong with a little boozy hot chocolate in hand. Luckily, Novare Res has several different kinds of boozy hot cocktail cocoa available for enjoying in their beautiful outdoor space, making it easy to social distance and stay warm around a fire pit. 

aztec xoco at novare res bier cafe portland maine hot boozy cocktail

If you want to add a little spice to your evening, the Aztec Xoco is a perfect choice! With Mexican spices and a kick of Espolòn Blanco Tequila, you’ll stay toasty warm drinking this delicious beverage by the fire! 

Novare also has plenty of draught craft beer, so even if you don’t feel like having a hot beverage, you can still savor your beer. Don’t forget to check-in inside before taking a seat outside!

4. Hot Boozy Cider: Luke’s Lobster Portland Pier, 60 Portland Pier

Keep in mind, Luke’s Lobster is on the pier so it’s colder and windier. Bundle up! If you feel like you’re wearing enough layers (hat and gloves are a good idea since it’s Maine in the winter) then try the hot boozy cider. 

hot boozy cider at luke's lobster portland pier portland maine hot boozy cocktail

It’s got cinnamon bitters, cloves, and it’s hot so there’s not much more you could want. The $3 fish chowder is a nice bonus for those that enjoy chowder and want to have it right by the ocean! 

lobster grilled cheese at luke's lobster portland pier portland maine

Make it a meal by ordering the lobster grilled cheese or a lobster roll. This is one of the advantages of living in Maine: you can order lobster year round because there’s no “season” for lobster here.

5. Hot Wassail: Maine Craft Distilling, 123 Washington Ave

For many people, wassail is something that sounds vaguely familiar, but they can’t quite put their finger on it! Wassail is actually a drink and you’ve probably heard of it in a few Christmas carols! 

There’s a lot more to the tradition but essentially, people would go around drinking from door to door as they were also caroling. Interesting that you can now get your hot wassail from Maine Craft Distilling, isn’t it? 

hot wassail at maine craft distilling portland maine hot boozy cocktail

Wassail sounds a little silly but at the end of the day, it’s like a hot mulled wine and it’s delicious! MCD’s allows you to choose what kind of alcohol to add. 

fried chicken sandwich at maine craft distilling portland maine

The Fifty Stone Whiskey is a lovely pairing to keep you warm if you choose a heated hut or a fire pit! There’s plenty of food to choose from as well, like the fried chicken sandwich or some nachos, since sitting by the fire and drinking is sure to make you hungry.

Tried other hot boozy cocktails in Portland this winter that you loved? Share your experiences in the comments!