The Hands Behind Your Plate

Today is my first "Perfectly Plated" that doesn't involve a recipe. I absolutely love doing recipes but the whole point of this segment was to bring you more than fancy fast recipes. While on vacation I got to thinking about how The Keys are very known for their food. I mean you basically can't get a bad meal. So I thought about the hands that create this amazing food and where they have been but more importantly what they've learned. When I was in hair school one of my teachers said you always have to keep learning or else you'll go stale. I took that and used it in all aspects of my life ever since.


I decided to interview a couple people in the restaurant industry so see what they've learned while making people happy with the food served. The first Chef I spoke with was Vinny from Mangia, Mangia a Pasta Café in Old Town, Key West. He was kind enough to talk to my in the middle of the dinner rush. Originally from Los Angeles he's been a Chef for 15 years. I asked him what was the one thing he has learned in his many years of being in the industry.

I would have to say I totally agree with what he said.


Next, was Castaways because I needed Sushi in my life. There is no better place for sushi than in The Keys! So fresh and so delicious! This is Conner and he was serving up the sushi that night. Also very busy and also sweet enough to talk to me. I asked him the same question. What have you learned being in the industry? The first is my favorite but the second means it gets busy and you just have to roll with it. 

Can you even handle the sushi hearts?!


Not that I didn't already have much respect for people in the industry being that I was for years but it was really cool to get their perspective. a lot of times when we go out to eat it's about the food this was a good way to think about a little more.

Happy Wednesday!

Everything is hot and everything is sharp.
— Kai, my Aunt's Boyfriend and has been in the industry for many years

Brunch, Baby, Brunch

My Slow Down Sunday is BACK! Sunday's are for relaxing and mimosas and brunch! Thats my motto and since wedding season is quickly approaching I am really taking in two day weekends while I can. Brunch food is hands down the best food ever so I'm sharing with you this epic and easy crowd pleasing recipe. 

Brunch Monkey Bread

1 can refrigerated biscuits  

3 tbsp butter

6 large eggs

1/2 pound sausage 

1 cup cheese of your choice

White Sauce: 

1/4 cup low fat mayo

1/2 light sour cream

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp mustard

Yellow Sauce: 

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup milk

add cheese until it is smooth and mixed (I used cheddar)

dash garlic salt

What you do:

Preheat your oven to 350

- Cook meat and eggs

- Cut your biscuits into fourths and add to a large freezer bag with melted butter

- Add the cooked eggs and meat and shake around to combine everything

- Pour mixture into 6 cup greased bundt pan

- Bake for 30 minutes, while it bakes make your sauces. 

- Give it 5 minutes to cool and add your sauce. 

Believe me when I say this is delicious, lopsided yes, but delicious nonetheless. I hope you have a relaxing and fabulous Sunday full of all the things you love..including brunch.