Having Your Cake and Eating It Too? 

October 14 celebrates my favorite part of a meal….it is National Dessert Day, and who doesn’t love dessert (well most of us do anyway)?  For just one day, forget about the calories and high fat content, tomorrow you can go back to your healthy ways.  And if you’re one of those people who leaves some food on the plate, because you need to save room for dessert, then today is your holiday!

In honor of this yummy day, here are a few of my favorite recipes from where else…Pinterest (yes I am a Pinterest addict).  I’ve only tried making a few of these, but they all look delicious!

Salted Caramel Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars, recipe here.

Salted Caramel Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars, recipe here.

Mini Cannoli Cream Cups, recipe here.

Mini Cannoli Cream Cups, recipe here.

Strawberry Ricotta Popsicles

Strawberry Ricotta Popsicle, recipe here.

Key Lime Pie Bars, recipe here.

Key Lime Pie Bars, recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots, recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots, recipe here.

Mason Jar Strawberry Shortcake, recipe here.

Mason Jar Strawberry Shortcake, recipe here.

Alfajores, recipe here.

Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie, recipe here.

Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie, recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe here.

Guava and Cheese Flan, recipe here.

Guava and Cheese Flan, recipe here.

No Bake Cookies and Cream Cake, recipe here.

Cookies and Cream Cake, recipe here.

Mini No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecakes, recipe here.

Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes, recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars, recipe here.

And  in case you’re not much of a baker don’t worry, here are some of my favorite store-bought desserts:

Cheesecake Factory "Original" Cheescake

Cheesecake Factory “Original” cheesecake

My favorite ice creams!

My favorite ice creams!

Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake

Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake

La Lechera Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk in a squeezable bottle! Great to pour on almost anything!

What are some of your favorite desserts? Will you be having any of them today?

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Pincho Factory

We’ve all heard of the Cheesecake Factory, well in Miami, we also have the Pincho Factory.  They serve beef, chicken and shrimp skewers, but ironically, this little gem, was made famous by it’s signature tostón burger, a beef patty between smashed fried plantain “buns” topped with Jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and a homemade cilantro sauce. Pincho Factory opened up its first location in Miami in 2010 and now has another location in Coral Gables.  They have plans for expansion and are scheduled to open up a third restaurant in Hialeah.  The chef-owner, Nedal Ahmad was recently featured on NBC’s Today with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, cooking his famous tostón  burger!

Aside from burgers, there are other yummy items on the menu.  Hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, salads, and side items such as fried cheese and bacon cheddar ranch fries.  I had the grilled shrimp skewer with a salad, and hubby had the tostón chicken sandwich with a side of the sweet potato tater tots (which were delicious). Now, we did have to wait quite a while for the order to be ready, as there was a bridal party group in the restaurant at the time, but good things come to those who wait!

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Yummy tostón chicken sandwich

 

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Shrimp skewer “styled” with a salad and a side of sweet potato tater tots.

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Photo Courtesy of Pincho Factory

Pincho Factory
30 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Gables Location)
9860 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165 (Bird Road Location)
http://www.pinchofactory.com