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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Five Best September Miami Spice Menus

    Have you been late to indulge in Miami Spice meals? Have no fear, some of the September menus were worth waiting for. While it isn't necessary to change up your spice menu from August to September, some restaurants choose to do so, and we are grateful. (There are even those who do it weekly -- wink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Miam Cafe & Boutique: European Cafe Life Comes to Wynwood

    Two years ago, Miam Cafe's owner, Alexis Jacot, was on vacation with his wife from Switzerland, when he fell in love with the idea of opening a cafe in Wynwood. The former Proctor & Gamble executive noticed a vacancy inside the Wynwood Building and, right then and there, made a deal to snag the spac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Ten Best $5 Lunches in Miami

    After previously covering Top Ten Lunch Specials in Miami for Under $10 and Best Food Items in Miami for $1 it was time to find some middle ground with that midday meal. A $5 lunch should leave you just full enough and with the sweet satisfaction that you got a good deal. The following meals don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Tamarina to Replace Lippi in Brickell

    The husband-and-wife team of Yona and Tunu Puri are opening Tamarina, a new restaurant-bar concept at 600 Brickell Ave., in the former Lippi space. See also: Ten Best Brickell Restaurants

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    The Vagabond Hotel's Pool Bar Is Open for Business

    The much-anticipated pool bar at Vagabond Hotel is officially open for business. The place received its liquor license just this week and is ready to welcome the neighborhood and hotel guests in the newly renovated, retro-luxe space. While the pool is open to hotel guests only, the hotel's bar will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Brickell's Bistro BE Brings Cold-Weather Comfort to a Hot Neighborhood

    The rust-hued gravy enveloping tender, slightly gamey braised rabbit is a textbook winter dish. The salty bacon matchsticks and tangy, sweet prunes are intensely satisfying, especially paired with a Belgian tripel ale so deeply colored that sunlight doesn't pass through. But on a Miami summer night, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Ironside Pizza: Italian Off the Beaten Path

    Just south of NE 79th Street and west of Biscayne Boulevard is a soon-to-be-hot neighborhood called Ironside. Started by a local visionary, Ofer Mizrahi, it is still mostly warehouses and commercial space on the railroad tracks. But it is becoming a trendy, unique, and green-friendly atmosphere of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Marlins Park Hosting Miami Octoberfest October 4

    Marlins Park is turning out to be a handy location to host a beer festival. The baseball team announced that the stadium will host the Beck's 2014 Miami Octoberfest, formerly known as Brickellfest, October 4. The worldwide beer festival celebrating the fall harvest will be an extravaganza of Germ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Five Wines in Two Hours, Half-Off Tapas, Ceviche Delivery

    How is it September already? With only a couple of more weeks's left of Miami Spice and 174 restaurants serving up three-course meals, you have plenty to do this week. But just in case you're craving ceviche or copious amounts of wine for $10, we've rounded up this week's best eats and drinks. See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Lee Schrager on SOBEWFF 2015: Meatopia, Tiki Cocktails, and the Cronut King

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival returns to the sands of South Beach February 19 through 22, 2015, and this time, expect to choose from more then 75 dinners, tastings, seminars, and parties over the four-day span. The official SOBEWFF website goes live today, featuring the entire celebrity-fil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Ten Best Spicy Dishes in Miami

    Some do like it hot. And in Miami, we're bringin' the heat for real. When we are not quoting Marilyn Monroe movie titles and Will Smith lyrics, we are stuffing our faces with a rainbow of hot peppers thrown into every cuisine imaginable. It doesn't help that our beloved sports team is named the Hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Beer, Baseball, and a Toast to Summer

    Summer may be unofficially over, but there's still plenty of life left in the 'ole girl. This weekend is all about getting in those last summer-related activities. So, whether you enjoy a tail-wagging yappy hour that benefits puppies, sample craft beers and take in a ball game, or savor a Miami Spi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Cafe Mistral Brunch: Bottomless Mimosas or Passion Fruit Bellinis for $5

    Last month we discovered the best mimosa brunch deal in town over at Love is Blind where a dollar gets you a long way. But over at Café Mistral, an extra $5 will get you unlimited mimosas poured throughout your entire meal all weekend long. Did we mention the orange juice is freshly squeezed (that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Best Places to Watch the Dolphins Opener

    The Miami Dolphins open the season this Sunday at home against the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. And it seems the same old questions loom: Will quarterback Ryan Tannehill improve? Will the offensive line hold it together? Do we have a running game? Is Bill Lazor's new offense going to bring some e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    My Ceviche and George Stone Crab to Open at Miami International Airport

    Grabbing a bite at Miami International Airport is improving vastly from the usual pre-made sandwich with the announcement of My Ceviche and George Stone Crab inking a deal to open a location there. The co-branding, a seafood lover's dream, will be located at American Airlines Terminal's new marketp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Is Scott Conant Opening a Second Miami Restaurant?

    Celebrity Chef Scott Conant has a lot on his plate. The chef, who is frequently seen on many Food Network shows including Chopped, is a successful cookbook author and restaurateur. His Scarpetta first opened in New York City in spring 2008. A Miami Beach location, at the Fontainebleau, opened late ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    The Seven Dials in Coral Gables: Foie Gras on Zak the Baker Toast and Fried Kalamata Olives

    Coral Gables isn't nationally known as a dining destination, but the place is actually swarming with hidden gems and restaurants that have put the area on the map. Sure, you have the ever-popular Ortanique on the Mile, Eating House, and Swine. But there are also lesser-known options like Uvaggio and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    August 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

    August may be traditionally a slow month for Miami's restaurant industry, but you could hardly tell from the extensive list of openings. Notable openings include Mignonette, the intimate oyster bar by chef Danny Serfer (Blue Collar) and blogger Ryan Roman; and Cantina la Veinte, the first foray int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Drunken Dragon Fires Up Trendy Korean Barbecue in South Beach

    The waiter says he can't leave the ripping-hot, onyx-colored stone bowl on the table. There's some kind of legal/insurance issue. Someone might get burned. He has to spoon its contents into serving bowls and take the hot pot away.

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Estrella Damm Tapas Journey: Three Tapas and a Beer For $20 Through September

    When was the last time you had three plates and a beer for $20? If this sounds familiar, you probably participated in last year's Estrella Damm Tapas Journey, which took lovers of the Barcelona beer through Wynwood for a taste of Spanish culture. Estrella Damm has brought back the tour, extending ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 28, 2014
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    August 28, 2014

    Ten Best Restaurants in North Miami Beach

    North Miami Beach is extremely confusing. First, its name is a misnomer. It is not part of Miami Beach (or North Beach) and no longer has a beach in its city limits. It is also distinctly different from neighboring, similarly named North Miami. Though Miami doesn't have a Chinatown, Thai Town, Jap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Mojito Madness Now Available at TK's at the Villa Mayfair

    Cuba is the birthplace of the mojito, so it should be no surprise that the cocktail can be found almost anywhere in Miami, especially at TK's at the Villa Mayfair where Mojito Madness is now available. Mojito Madness is an all-mojito cocktail menu. It includes at least 20 flavors: classic, watermel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    American Social: Fort Lauderdale Gastropub to Open Brickell Location

    American Social, the Las Olas gastropub that features dozens of craft beers and tap tables, is expanding to Brickell. American Social, or AmSo, will open just after Labor Day at 690 SW First Ct., on the ground floor of the Neo Vertika building. The Miami-area location, nearly triple the size of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Cigar City Beer-Pairing Dinner at Verde Thursday

    When thinking of Verde, Stephen Starr's restaurant at Pérez Art Museum Miami, craft beer doesn't necessarily spring to mind. Yet this Thursday, chef Nicolay Adinaguev will be collaborating with brewmaster Wayne Wambles of Tampa's Cigar City to create a beer-pairing dinner that will be sure to pleas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Finka Table & Tap Takes Bold Flavors to Miami's Hinterland

    Far beyond Miami International Airport and that tangle of Dolphin Expressway construction traffic, a rising stretch of asphalt threatens to launch you into the sawgrass abyss. Only it doesn't. The road narrows and curves south, spitting you onto SW 137th Avenue and into a maze of low-slung auburn st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    The Seven Dials American Gastropub Opens in Coral Gables

    There's a new gastropub in town, and its chef and owner was the former toque at the Local Craft Food and Drink. Andrew Gilbert, who also worked the kitchens of Michy's and Sra. Martinez, quietly opened the Seven Dials last week on a quiet street in Coral Gables. "My wife and I have been looking fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Florida Blogger on Killing Starbucks Pay-It-Forward Chain: "I Don't Want the Grim Reaper of Karma to Come for Me"

    Last week was tops in sales for a St. Petersburg, Florida, Starbucks. It was also, you might say, a day when the nice guys won -- for awhile. Last Wednesday, a pay-it-forward chain ended when the 379th customer of the day didn't understand the concept and simply wanted to buy her own regular coffee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Miami's Six Best Blood and Guts Dishes: From Veal Kidney to Pig Stomach

    Conventional forms of meat consumption are so passe in our post- Andrew Zimmern world. Ever since Bizarre Foods came on the scene, budding foodies have been trying to outdo themselves in the consumption of exotic and stomach-churning meals. Along with insect larvae, and durian, offal (a euphemism fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Todd Erickson Talks Beer, Hosts Ommegang Pairing Dinner at Haven

    While it is better known for inventive cocktails than craft beer, Haven South Beach is catering to lovers of brew with its upcoming beer pairing dinner. Executive chef Todd Erickson will collaborate with Brewery Ommegang for the dinner on Tuesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. The affair will offer 30 guests ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Whole Foods One Day Rotisserie Chicken Sale: Weekend Recipes for Your Whole Roasted Bird

    Roasted chicken might just be everyone's go-to comfort meal. In celebration of the crispy yet juicy bird, Whole Foods is hosting a one-day national sale today on their humanely raised, antibiotic-free and all organic seasoned whole roasted chicken. Five dollars will get you a long way today -- din ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 21, 2014
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    August 21, 2014

    Vicky Bakery and Cafe Coming to Coral Gables

    Vicky Bakery, the Miami-based chain that features classic Cuban treats, is coming to Coral Gables with an expanded concept. The new location will not only feature their famous pastelitos, cakes, and pastries, but it will offer a full-serve cafe on premises. See also: Mitt Romney to Hang at Vicky B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Ten Best Chicken & Waffles in Miami

    Everybody likes chicken and waffles. How could you not? This dish is having a moment, with good reason. The perfect combination of savory and sweet means you don't have to choose one over the other. In the past couple of years, we've seen this duo pop up in brunches all over town and even claim its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Janette & Co. Opens in Coral Gables: French Macarons Done Right

    Let's start with the basics: macarons and macaroons are not the same thing. So dispel any image in your head of coconutty cake balls (macaroons) and instead, visit Janette & Co for a taste of France's beloved sweet treat (macarons). Quentin and Agnes Garrigou opened their first shop in South Miami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Can National Hotel Chef Gaston Sanchez Match SLS, Delano, Ritz?

    The National Hotel, a Miami Beach landmark, has undergone a $12 million renovation that promises to bring the property up to par with neighbors that include the Delano, SLS, and Ritz-Carlton. Part of the renovation includes the hiring of Gastón Sánchez as executive chef of the hotel. Sánchez is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    L'echon, the Pubbelly Team's French Brasserie, Is a Glimpse of What's to Come

    While navigating Miami Beach's treacherous construction traffic, you zip past the Hilton Cabana. Damn! You circle the block for another pass. The red pin on your cell phone's map must be out of place. It's doesn't seem possible that a hip restaurant sits amid the dozens of hotels on Mid-Beach's chop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Cantina La Veinte in Brickell: A Shared Mexican Meal (Photos)

    Driving through Phillipe Starck's columned entrance at the Icon makes you feel as if you're in the Flintstones. Well, prepare to go from the Stone Age to the Roaring Twenties as you make your way back to Cantina La Veinte, Miami's newest high-end Mexican restaurant. This is the Cinbersol Group's f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    OTC Restaurant, Abbey Brewing Company Introduce Growlers

    Growler fever is catching on in Miami. The Abbey Brewing Company will soon receive its own branded growler and OTC Restaurant started using them August 12. At OTC, a one-time fee of $10 (not including the cost of the beer) buys a OTC growler filled with beer, plus unlimited cleanings at the restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    This Week's Best Eats and Drinks: Free Miami Spice Dinner at Red and Happy Hour at 660

    If you're still hungover from National Rum Day this Saturday, it was a successful weekend indeed. Too bad you have to go to work today and be a regular person. Good thing for you there's plenty of stuff going on this week to make it feel like a perpetual weekend. It all starts now. See also: Miam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    For Miami Restaurants, No Such Thing as a Slow Summer Anymore

    It appears there is no place left to hide. Lincoln Road in mid-August is flooded with throngs of tourists who require you to have both twinkle toes and ankle-breaking jukes just to get to Shake Shack. Brickell is slammed, even though few restaurants in the area are worth your time. And despite the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Vagabond Hotel Opens Today; Restaurant Coming in October

    The completion of Biscayne Boulevard's Vagabond Hotel culminates with a party this evening to celebrate the MiMo beauty's full restoration. The Vagabond Restaurant will follow suit shortly, with an opening slated for some time in October. See also: Inside the Vagabond Hotel, Biscayne Boulevard's R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Why Wynwood is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

    Wynwood, why you so cool? Even in this scorching summer heat, you keep us refreshed with all your laid back bars that don't overcharge for drinks. When I've gone over my limit and need something to sober me up on the weekends, you stay up late like a spoiling mom and comfort me with 'shroom buns and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Miami Spice for Brunch: Ten Best Deals for your Sunday Funday

    What's the difference between brunch and lunch? By definition, "brunch" is a breakfast/lunch combo. To us, the difference is that lunch is usually something we grab on the run to eat at our desk. Lunch "fuels" us. Brunch, however, is a more relaxed affair. On the weekends, we gather with friends ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Oysters, Marriage Equality, Rum-B-Cue, and a Beer Block Party

    Happy Friday. Let's not think about the week behind us...let's think of all the possibilities this weekend brings. So much is happening this weekend. From the much-awaited opening of Mignonette, the cool, new Edgewater oyster bar to a celebration of National Rum Day at Broken Shaker. Much to do. Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Bon Appétit! Celebrate Julia Child's Birthday with a Quiche Lorraine

    "I think every woman should have a blowtorch." Today marks what would have been Julia Child's 102nd birthday. If not for Julia -- chef, cookbook author, television host, accidental feminist -- the food world wouldn't be what it is today. If not for Julia, Americans might still be eating TV dinners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Slow Food Miami Accepting Nominations for Snail of Approval Awards

    Just a few short years ago, Miami's food scene wasn't exactly known as a thriving mecca of locavore cuisine. Even with its proximity to oceans teeming with fish and farms that raised everything from tropical fruit to cattle, South Florida establishments ordered more from Sysco than farmer Joe. See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    How Tea Can Change Your Life, According to Master Tsai of Coconut Grove's Zen Village

    Believe it or not, there's more to tea than Oprah's Starbucks Teavana line. Tea's healing history dates back a whopping 5,000 years, and ancient wisdom suggests its influence can be life-altering. This potential impact on our modern lives is what Master Tsai, of Coconut Grove's Zen Village, is look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    "They Just Didn't Sell:" Richard Hales' Struggle to Keep Blackbrick an Authentic Chinese Eatery

    There's little doubt Miami's dining ecosystem has expanded and improved by light years in only a decade or two. Chef-driven concepts and smartly sourced ingredients aren't as pervasive as many would like, but they're here and thriving. However, gastropubs continue reproducing like rabbits. Miami di ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014
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