Mrs. Carla Monti

Mrs. Carla Monti

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pizza pizza!

My husband, fabulous chef and pizza maker, treated our family and friends to a pizza feast the other night. He is inventive with toppings and we had various cheeses, grilled zucchini, even clams!






Pumpkin Spice Donuts! (and Whoopie Pies, oh my!)

Any excuse to break out my beloved donut pan!

I came across this fabulous pumpkin spice donut recipe on Facebook, and I knew I had to make it soon! Recipe link here.

I liked that the dough itself was not too sweet, so I didn't hesitate to go with the maple glaze and Halloween-colored sprinkles as garnish. These were a big hit at my weekend dinner party!





My fabulous fellow baker friend made these incredible Ginger Lime Whoopie Pies for dessert, and the lime flavor really packed a punch! This dessert complemented our main dish which was a lovely fall harvest chili (chicken, white bean, spicy pumpkin chili in a crockpot that I FORGOT to take pictures of!). You can find this whoopie pie recipe here!


El Camino Delray!

One of my favorite local-ish Mexican restaurants is El Camino. They have a fantastic happy hour, funky decor and great music, as well as an inventive margarita flavor list.

My first margarita was their pineapple coconut sugar rim one! It was not too sweet, and very refreshing.


I always have to get Mexican corn when I see it on the menu, and with the mounds of cojita cheese pictured below, this dish did not disapoint!


Their brisket quesadilla has been my favorite for years, but be warned, the regular (not on happy hour) size portion is humongous! I ended up taking most of this home.


My friend got the shrimp tacos plate, yum!


Sugar donuts with Mexican chocolate dipping sauce? Yes please! I love Mexican chocolate because it is not sweet at all, like dark chocolate.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mom's Bday Dinner!

We celebrate Mom's bday in style, with a fun dinner at home in excellent company!

Caesar salad - I always add chickpeas to mine!


Corn dog muffins (sliced hot dogs baked in Jiffy's cornbread mix with cheese!)


Beautiful flowers!

My friend's amazing boozy brownies!



Too early for pumpkin?!

It's never too early to start the pumpkin train right? Well starting it in August in South Florida, where temperatures routinely top out in the 90s, just might be too early ...

But I don't care! I love baking with pumpkin. Here's two recipes I made last month.

Mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins - the perfect tasty, bite sized bite to go with coffee or tea!

Recipe link here.



My favorite, pumpkin muffins with a cream cheese swirl! Recipe link here.







Guanabanas!

We were exploring some great new places up in Juno Beach and Jupiter (Loggerhead Marine Life Center) and stumbled across this great seafood restaurant on the water, with a nice Keys feel, called Guanabanas.

We tried their crab cakes, shrimp and cornbread - and of course a mango rum cocktail! Everything was very tasty and it was so beautiful to sit by the water and relax.




DaVinci's!

This is my third post about DaVincis, an awesome Italian restaurant located at our nearby mall. It's a family favorite of ours, and we most recently went last month to celebrate my mom's birthday! They have several memorable delicious dishes, such as the grilled octopus appetizer, and prosciutto and burrata salad, and of course, their incredible tiramisu dessert!






Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Cook & The Cork!

I am not sure how this awesome little restaurant in Coral Springs came upon my radar, but I'm glad it did! I stopped by for happy hour with a girlfriend, and we definitely enjoyed the wine, good and general ambiance.

The Cook and the Cork offers a great happy hour deal on wine - we drank Greystone Cellars Cabernet for $5 a glass, and this was a tasty red that I had not had before. I did not think too highly of the bites options on the happy hour menu (too few options), so we turned to the small plates / appetizers section of the regular menu. It was definitely pricy, so I wouldn't classify this a true happy hour spot, but definitely a great place for a date night or special dinner.



Octopus and potatoes in a spicy sauce, and tempura shrimp. Yum!


Complimentary chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream, with a peanut butter sauce.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Preschool Lunch!

New year, new bento box! My baby girl loves these fun snacking-style lunches at school. I purchased this YumBox on Amazon!




Using silicone cupcake liners makes packing a lunch the night before a breeze! I also purchased these on Amazon.


  • Golfish
  • Sliced purple grapes
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Sliced cantaloupe
  • Cheeze-its
  • Diced chicken nuggest
  • Small sunflower butter & grape jelly sandwiches cut into a mini flower shape (you can also find those on Amazon)



Tostones!

One of my beautiful Dominican friends invited us over for a very traditional meal, needless to say I ate about twenty tostones, YUM!




Paris Morning Bakery!

This new bakery, Paris Morning Bakery is interesting, and a little odd. Even though it's named after the French capital, and most of the decor inside is on theme, there are alot of Asian style pastries, drinks and appetizers.