Mrs. Carla Monti

Mrs. Carla Monti

Friday, May 11, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Here are some of the goodies I put together for the wonderful teachers and staff at Giuliana's school this week.

Taiwan Ice!

I love bubble tea, and wish there was a place in Boca that had it!

Grandview Public Market - West Palm!

My parents and I explored Grandview Public Market, a fun indoor market with different food stalls and bars. I enjoyed tacos and a grapefruit margarita, while they had pizza.


Yet another awesome new donut shop (donuts are SO trendy)! Doughboy features mini, freshly baked vanilla cake donuts, where you pick the toppings! Very similar to Duck Donuts, and so delicious!

Recent Weeknight Dinners!

1. Sauteed Mexican blue shrimp with baby asparagus and brussel sprouts:

2. Fig toast - toasted ciabatta rounds with melty brie and sliced dried figs. Perfect with a nice Cabernet!

3. Ground turkey bolognese! I like to top it over spaghetti squash. Yum!

Strawberry Muffins!

When I have four or five large strawberries left in my container at the end of the week, I like to chop them up and bake up some warm muffins to go with Sunday brunch.

An ode to the humble sweet potato!

I LOVE sweet potatoes. I don't like them in desserts, but prefer to use them in savory dishes. Here are three recent dishes I made using this fantastic vegetable.

1. Quinoa, chicken and sweet potato stew (crockpot), with cheesy cornbread muffins!

2. Sweet potato and white bean burgers!

3. Sweet potato and chickpea nuggets with chipotle mayo dipping sauce!

Easter Cookies!

I got bunny and chick cookie cutters and made sugar cookies for Easter!

Cauliflower Pizza!

I am obsessed with Trader Joe's, and one of my favorite items to purchase is their frozen cauliflower pizza crust. I top it with jarred marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese - it is SO tasty!

Burton's Grill!

I recently met a good friend for lunch over at Burton's Grill, a new restaurant that opened up by my work. Their grilled halibut over corn risotto was very tasty!

Banana Oat Bites!

These healthy energy bites are baked, and packed with fresh banana, rolled oats, honey, cinnamon and greek yogurt!

Visiting Friends!

My mom and I recently went down to Miami to visit a good friend and her sweet baby boy. She ordered from a local Italian-Venezuelan hybrid restaurant and the dishes were super interesting!

Tap 42 - Brunch!

I enjoyed a very boozy brunch with some of my favorite mom friends one recent Saturday - the unlimited mimosas sat right on the table (versus the server bringing you an individual glass every time you ask) which I really liked!

Delray Farmer's Market!

The Delray Farmer's Market is a colorful, fun place to spend a sunny Saturday morning. Fresh produce, cheeses, flowers and baked goods are definitely inexpensive and yummy!

Avant Delray!

My girlfriends and I went out for Cinco de Mayo and had dinner at Avant, a relatively new restaurant in Delray. The food was delicious and we enjoyed plenty of margaritas!