Corey Bousquet…The Brick

“..One day I want to open a farm to table style restaurant..” a boyhood dream, and at 28 years old Corey Bousquet did it. It’s called The Brick, located at 8955 SW. 72 PL Kendall, in one of South Miami’s most up and coming neighborhoods, Downtown Dadeland.

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His first exposure to the business came from his neighbor who owned an Italian style pizzeria sit down restaurant where he started as a busboy at 14.

The owner’s mother had a two acre farm on Eastern Long Island where she grew and picked fresh vegetables for the menu.

“..there”s something special about working with smaller local farmers.. being able to name where the produce comes from in the salad that one of my guests is eating..”

Working his way up and gathering  experiences from many different types of restaurants, Corey advanced to a manager, learning the business inside and out.

With a great investor behind him who believed in his vision, he proceeded to do his research that would lead to the best location and with a new design for today’s market.

” I spent a year before opening, doing my homework with demographic researches, target markets, advertising strategies…in order to set myself up for success..”_MG_4642-3BW

The next step was calling out to one of Miami’s longtime well known chefs, Chef Allen Susser’s   consultation for a sound operation.

Corey’s advice to newcomers in the business…” Do your homework…it pays to know your stuff..”  “I have put everything on the line to see it succeed, my employees can see and feel my passion , in turn making them passionate about it. ” _MG_4659-9

” At the end of the day, I wouldn’t change what I do for anything..”

Got Crabs?

Who would want that!!! Actually I did and it was the kind of challenge I enjoy doing, and of course eating. My client has a top end product, canned crab meat…all kinds. My job , just the type  I love to do, style,prop,light,create,shoot…

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Colossal crab,squeeze of lemon,sweet onions,tomato,lettuce,thousand island,on multi-grain bread…mmm… if you eliminate the bread,chop up the rest,you would have a great crab salad as well.       P.S. goes great with a cold Pinot Grigio, maybe two.

 

Sudado de Pollo..( you don’t want to know what this means)

Here’s a Colombian recipe we tried that proves to be a whole lot better than its name translates to, take my word along with a cold glass of white or rose wine and a good loaf of crispy bread. It also gets better the next day…

Recipe:
5 yellow potatoes (peeled and cut in half)      miamifoodphotography_IMG_7875
1 package of frozen yuca
8 pieces of boneless/skinless chicken thighs
1 package of corn on a cob (cut corn in half)
1 red pepper
2 tomatoes
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
2 cups of water
1/2 tsp of ground cumin
1 small sweet onion
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp live oil
Goya sazon with achiote
salt and pepper to taste

Brown the chicken in 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside when done.
Saute chopped red pepper and onion.  Once the onion is translucent, add the chopped garlic and sauté for another 5 minutes at low heat.
Add 2 cup of water.  When boiling, add yuca, corn, and potatoes.
Add Goya sazon and cumin.
Add browned chicken and cook for another 15 minutes so all the flavors can blend together.

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Rosy’s Mango Colada

Hey it’s mango season, the fruit some love and hate…but one thing is for sure, you can’t not like this!!

Rosy’s Mango Colada

 

1 cup mango juice ……………………………………..(Looza)
*the pulp of 2 large mangoes

1/4 cup dark rum
………………………..(Barcelo Anejo Dominican Rum or Meyers)
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract………………………….(Nielsen Massey)

1/2 pint of mango ice cream…………………..(HagenDazs)

3 cups of ice.

In a blender mix all the ingredients except the ice.
* If the mangoes are not very sweet, you can add a little sugar.
Then add the ice little by little and blend until the mixture is frothy.

Pour and enjoy!

Caution… may becoming habit forming drink with care..do not overpour too much rum unless you are with someone you like or want to like.

A Plate of Health or Get’s You Going

This is a different kind of back of camera and camera as well …my Iphone, also one of my favorites , forget the phone part ,who uses that today anyway! I love to cook especially in my new place that offers a great kitchen that opens into a large dining area…great to shoot in,good light … sorry for the plug.

Let’s first say that I have been using Organic items as much as possible and of course affordable. So start off the same in this recipe to really taste the goodness of this earth. I’m not specific on amounts because they can be varied according to taste and preferences… but here is mine for this very simple dish:

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one head of Broccoli ..I use the florets…

( yeah I know, why not use buy the florets instead of chopping? Because like a fish with its head on, the net product stays fresher in the end, not dried out and tasteless like the packaged one)

two Zucchinis ..cut in chunks,not slices…

( why? they stay better firm rather than slices do that will appear like a Salvadore Dali painting)

Half pound of mushrooms quartered… (why? see above Dali )

One red pepper or orange if you prefer…( why not a green one? This isn’t chile amigo,next time)

Half an onion…I first slice then half the slices…( really? see above )

One clove of garlic diced…. ( two or three if you’re over your love life )

A little sea salt or that pink one from Tibet ( yeah sure ) and a little Herbs de Province…you can make your own if you like..(recipe another time )

Swiss cheese shredded or Mozzarella and grated Parmesan (amount to taste )

One cup of white wine,the cheaper the better..

Start by steaming the broc its quicker, and lighter in final taste.Don’t over steam it..keep sticking a fork into it to test…usually 6-8 minutes…but test it. Meantime saute all the other items, adding herbs etc… together in olive oil, a good one, not the 99cent one at GoodGuys..( why? Reality check..) keep stirring them around or flipping them in the pan like a real Saute Chef…feel the food young Jedi. Meantime in a deeper baking dish put a layered amount of cheeses…In about 10 minutes all should cooked…mix all ingredients together and start layering them in dish one layer of mix and one of cheese…

When you run out top it with Parmesan and add one half the cup of white wine…drink the other half. Put into oven ( 325 for those who count) just for a few minutes to melt it all…don’t try to make a baked dish out of this one,it should stay firm with melted cheeses…

Bon Appetite MF…if there’s wine still in the bottle, finish it off !

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