La Centrale – Bubbles and Truffles

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Who loves Italian food, truffles, and sparkling wine?! ME! I am so excited to share with y’all about an amazing event that I attended this past Friday, February 22nd, 2018!

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I was invited to an event named, “Bubbles and Truffles” at La Centrale, a Miami Italian Food Hall at Brickell City Centre. I was already a huge fan of this place, and I definitely recommend a visit if you’re traveling to Miami!

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Over the last few years, I have been discovering a new love of WINE! So I was so excited to try a new brand, learn about their process, and taste their wine! Ferrari Trento hosted the event with La Centrale and Urbani Truffles to pair their sparkling wine with delicious truffle dishes!

Let’s get to the dishes and sparkling wines shall we?!

When we arrived to the event, we were immediately greeted with a glass of Ferrari Brut, crafted in mountainside vineyards in Italy. Matteo Lunelli, the President of Ferrari Trento, graciously welcomed us and informed us that this particular sparkling wine is often used for celebrations in Italy. How cool is that? This was probably my favorite sparkling wine, the bubbles were fine and the wine was tasty. I just love the way it sparkles! I was so happy to have been gifted with a bottle for home for my next celebration!

Ferrari Trento began in 1902 with a man named Giulio Ferrari – who wanted to compete with French Champagnes by creating a sparkling wine in the Trentino Mountains in Italy. Bruno Lunelli became the successor of Ferrari Trento, and Matteo Lunelli, the President of Ferrari Trento today, continued on the tradition as the 3rd generation of Lunelli’s to share the passion of their company.

Urbani Truffles began in 1852 with a man named Constantine Urbani, who began exporting fresh truffles from Italy to France.

After we had been seated, we were served Ferrari Perle Rosé Riserva. FANTASTIC! I’m already a huge fan of Rosé and this sparkling Rosé wine was just perfect. It was fresh and fruity, with the flavor of sweet almonds, and I loved the copper color.

The Ferrari Perle Rosé Riserva was served with La Cesare (Caesar Salad), Beef Carpaccio with black truffles and dijon mustard (incredible!), and Blueberry Flatbread (mascarpone, gorgonzola, almonds and honey – oh my goodness!). They were all absolutely fantastic and expertly paired!

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Beef Carpaccio

Matteo spoke about the importance of family and the significance of sitting down as a family to share a meal and sparkling wine. He spoke of the Italians’ way of appreciating the time spent with each other and taking the time to slow down, eat, drink, and enjoy. I really appreciated this and feel that is something I need to do more of in my own life!

Matteo spoke before each wine and plate pairing about the expert way in which they produce their wines in the Trentino Mountains of Italy. I especially loved learning about the way the sparkling wine is made and aged – as it is different than champagne and other wines.

As we moved on to our main course, we had the choice of Truffle Risotto with Urbani Truffles, Ossobuco Benedict (veal shank, poached eggs, focaccia, spinach, and hollandaise), or Speck E Tartufo Pizza (black truffle, mozzarella, ricotta – my fave, mushrooms, and soft-farmed egg).

Speck E Tartufo Pizza with Ferrari Perlé

I had the opportunity to have the Truffle Risotto and to try the Speck E Tartufo Pizza – both excellent and delicious with their Ferrari Perlé sparkling wine! It was similar to Chardonnay with a bit of almond flavor. It sparkles like gold!

Truffle Risotto with Ferrari Perlé (and my leftover Rosé)

We were then served delicious macarons and biscotti from La Centrale and shared our final toast of the afternoon with a vintage 2006 sparkling wine, called Giulio Ferrari Reserve del Fondatore – incredible! After aging more than ten years, it has an elegant and velvety flavor that I loved!

The food was incredible. The sparkling wine was incredible. What truly stood out to me at this event was the passion of Matteo and his company. I love getting behind companies that live their passions, and Ferrari Trento truly shows it through their sparkling wines.

I had the most wonderful and DELICIOUS time at La Centrale’s Bubbles and Truffles with Ferrari Trento and Urbani Truffles. If you have a chance to share a bottle of Ferrari Trento with your loved ones, I highly suggest you do so! A special thank you goes to Erica Nonni @ La Centrale for inviting me to this event! Salute!


This concludes my Bubbles and Truffles @ La Centrale Blog Post. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions!

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Museum of Ice Cream – Miami

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I dream, you dream, we all dream of ice cream! I recently had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) at their Miami pop-up location! I wanted to share my photos, tips, and thoughts with y’all!

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This IS a limited-time pop-up museum, however they have other locations that you can visit and often offer extensions on their museums! If you’re interested in jumping into a pool of sprinkles, tasting delicious ice-creamy treats, and bringing out your inner child,  then check out their website here for details of current locations!

Tickets were $38 and sell out quickly. Tickets are sent to your mobile device and cannot be bought at any location. Join me as I walk you through MOIC – MIAMI.

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A pop-up milkshake diner with sparkling stools and a Gold Glitter floor? YES. The wonderful MOIC workers serve up milkshakes with whipped cream and a HOT PINK cherry on top! I had a chocolate milkshake and it was yummy!

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Are you an ice cream fan? I am, and this room is filled them! Well, with Giant Ice Cream Cone Fans! They play fun upbeat music and if you so choose, the MOIC workers will teach you a little dance! Everything looks so good that you could just eat it up!

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Tyler had an awesome time too!

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Who doesn’t love cherries?! This swing was the Cherry On Top of this MOIC experience for me! It was fun to get pictures on this cute little swing in the Jungle Room! The sparkly pink floor is amazing!

banana.jpgWhen you enter the Jungle Room, you’re offered a frozen chocolate covered banana, yum! Also in the jungle room is the banana swing! Swing away in the middle of pink palm trees, and yes, it reallllyyy swings! Look up at the ceilings into the jungle at the candy bars, bananas and cherries!

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A blingy, bright, magical room of mirrored coconuts! Get ready for your close-up! Prepare to wait in a little line to get into the shimmering, shiny coconut room! But it’s totally worth it! You only get a very short time in here, so be prepared with your poses!

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Don’t you hate it when your ice cream melts? Well, you won’t anymore! This melted ice cream is DELICIOUS. I had vanilla, yum! How dreamy are the exhibits of toppings?!

I love all of the pastel pink and mint all over the museum! Instagram dreams are made here! Let your imagination and taste buds wander!

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The Pink Sandcastle room is filled with fun pink sand-cone-castle creations and kinetic sand to play with as well! It is a princess meets mermaid dream come true!

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As you walk through this room, you get to try more ice cream! I had Key Lime Pie – YUM! If you’re here during the day (I was here at night), the balcony offers ocean views and cute little gum drops to hop around on! The popsicle gallery was super fun and colorful!

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THE SPRINKLE POOL. It’s now famous for a reason, it is so crazy fun! You get about TWO minutes in here, including the time it takes to take off your shoes (I took mine off in the elevator thanks to a tip from a blogger friend!). So get your phones/cameras ready, jump in, and just have fun!

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My sprinkle throw made a heart!

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I was really having this much fun!

I hope you get a chance to visit one of the locations for the Museum of Ice Cream! Thanks for journeying with me!

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This concludes my review of Museum of Ice Cream – Miami. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions about my trip!

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All photos are my own and are not to be used without the blogger/photographer’s permission. Thank you.


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