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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Try Vegan Bubble Tea at North Miami's Shing Wang

    When I made the decision to go vegan, I was as mentally prepared as possible to sacrifice milk and dairy, but there were a few favorite items that made the choice more challenging. Namely, cheese, Wet Willie's Bahama Mamas, and boba milk tea. For anyone not lucky enough to have experienced the wo ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    Noa Café in Wynwood Is a Hidden Gem of a Lunch Spot

    The 30-something gentleman leaning against the counter said it best: "Such a cute little place. I'm so glad I found it," he told the waiter. Sporting a newsboy cap, a T-shirt, and jeans, he hummed along to UB40's "Red Red Wine" while waiting to grab his take-out from Noa Café. It was lunchtime, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Where Did the Celebrity Chefs Eat in Miami During SOBEWFF?

    Each year, hundreds of celebrity chefs descend upon our fair city to work and play at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. And, while their dance cards may seem full with all the fabulous parties and events they host and attend while "on duty", there always seems to be just enough free time to g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Daniel Boulud Cooks Four-Course Meal at DB Bistro Moderne (Photos)

    On Saturday afternoon, one of the world's most talented chefs dropped into his Miami outpost to cook lunch for his fans. Daniel Boulud joined his DB Bistro Moderne executive chef, Jason Pringle, and team to cook a meal straight out of his latest book, Daniel: My French Cuisine. The book celebrates t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Sweet Treats and Wines at Confections of a Macaron Maker

    These days it seems as though most everyone knows a little something about wine. You may not be a pro, but you can probably tell the difference between a cabernet sauvignon and a pinot noir, and a port and an ice wine. At the very least, you know white zinfandel is made for people who don't like w ... More >>

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    February 23, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Master Griller Chris Lilly Shares Barbecue Tips, Recipe for Sauce

    The only problem with Chris Lilly's beef brisket is that from here on in -- all others will pale in comparison. Tender and expertly seasoned, the succulent meat was all anyone wanted to talk about during the question and answer session following yesterday's barbecue seminar. Titled "Mapping the Sauc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: SOBEWFF, Eats and Beats, and Brunch for a Better World

    The world culinary spotlight is trained on Miami this weekend as the South Beach Wine and Food Festival takes over most of our city. With dozens of celebrity chefs like Anthony Bourdain, Rachael Ray, Eric Ripert, Geoffrey Zakarian, and April Bloomfield cooking for us and posing for countless picture ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Danny Grant's 1826 Restaurant Opens Tonight

    At 1826 Restaurant, expect to indulge in intricate dishes. Sure, some sound ordinary at first: ratatouille, seared scallops, and roast chicken. But here, classics are finished with sea urchin emulsion, caviar, and Alba white truffles. And then after your dinner, you move from the dining room to th ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2014
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    February 20, 2014

    Follow Your Favorite SOBEWFF Personalities on Twitter, Instagram

    With the SoBeWFF just days away, celebrity chefs are leaving their hometowns to flood our sunny city with big personalities and debaucherous dalliances. This is their version of spring break, after all -- so anything can happen. This tendency towards troublemaking means you'd be wise to follow your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Dinners and Pop-Ups During the Festival

    With about 70 different parties, dinners, and seminars to choose from, you'd think there wasn't room on your culinary dance card to fit in one more morsel of food or one more sip of a delicious libation. Of course, to the truly insatiable foodie, there's always a bit of wiggle space for just one mo ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Boulud's Daniel: My French Cuisine Book Signing and Recipe-Inspired Lunch This Saturday at DB Bistro Moderne

    Today kicks off the most exciting weekend of the year in food. Thousands of visitors will make their way to the Magic City to eat, drink, and partake in revelry with the nation's top culinary toques. But in case that's not enough, Daniel Boulud is giving foodies another reason: an exclusive meet-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Jennifer's Cafeteria: Baleada Beats Breakfast Burrito

    There's nothing worse than driving around aimlessly and starving on a Sunday afternoon. You want to stay clear of the brunch crowds and at the same time find something filling and affordable. Thankfully, on a recent Sunday we found Jennifer's Cafeteria in North Miami Beach. We walked into a pretty, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Alfred Portale's Advice for Vegetarian Diners: "Call the Restaurant in Advance"

    Considering he's the dude behind Gotham Steak, Chef Alfred Portale's expertise on all things vegetable might surprise more than a few people. But expertise, he has. So much so that he recently released a vegetarian recipe journal, Greenmarket to Gotham, and he's hosting a vegetarian dinner at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Lure Fishbar Excels at the Simple Things

    Find a yellowtail jalapeño roll at your neighborhood sushi joint and compare it to the one served at Lure Fishbar. They look similar enough: Coiled nori and rice are crammed with wasabi-spiked fish and then topped with jalapeño. But inside the grand Loews Miami Beach Hotel, the yellowtail tastes d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Ten Reasons the Design District Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

    Dear Design District: Thank you. On any given day, your restaurants know what I want and have what I need. Although I'm not in the habit of picking favorite neighborhoods, your eateries have impressed me the most. And they've done so consistently, which is no simple feat. It's no secret your small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Tom Colicchio to Open Farm-to-Table Restaurant at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach

    Top Chef mentor/judge Tom Colicchio will officially join the roster of celebrity chefs with Miami Beach restaurants when his new restaurant opens at the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach in fall 2014. The chef co-founded Gramercy Tavern with Danny Meyer in 1994, then opened Craft in 2001. He also owns s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    From Burger Bash to the Q, the High-Profile Events at SOBEWFF

    In its 13th year, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is bigger than ever. Even the most fit fan will likely get exhausted just reading the roster of 70 seminars, parties, and dinners -- up from last year's 50 or so offerings. How does one choose from the extended list of parties hosted by luminar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge: Animal Prints, Italian Fare, and Pink Drinks

    An homage to both the striking patterns the designer is known for, as well as the man itself, Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge is visual overload. Zebras, leopards, and flowers play together on the tables, seats, and the servers' uniforms. Roberto Cavalli's image is plastered all over the walls, and gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Five Awesome SoBeWFF Events That Aren't Sold Out

    The biggest boozy, bon vivant blowout of the year is almost upon us. Hello South Beach Wine and Food Festival, we've missed your many charms. Even if you're been procrastinating like crazy ahead of the big affair, you're in luck. There are still tickets available to some of the best events. Here ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Mmmm to Open in Wynwood

    "It's somewhat of a miracle," Cathy Vedovi says of the way her new endeavor, Mmmm, came about so quickly. The cafe, located in the former Lester's space at 2519 NW Second Ave. in Wynwood, is set to open any day now. "Hopefully by the weekend," she says as she nearly avoids a head-on collision with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Versailles Cited For 52 Safety Violations During Routine Inspection

    Of the many cultural artifacts one would think to find at Versailles perched in the heart of Little Havana -- ventanitas, ropa vieja, a strong disdain for Fidel Castro -- mold growing in the ice machine likely isn't one of them. But that, according to a safety report late last month, is just what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Get a Free Lobster Tail at Whole Foods Plus Valentine's Recipe

    With Valentine's Day just a couple of days away, you're probably scrambling to get reservations at one of the many places offering a romantic dinner for two priced at less than $100 per person. Let's face it though, going on to dinner for Valentine's Day is overrated. The kitchen is more often tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Valentine's Day Dinners in Miami

    Valentine's Day is this Friday, February 14 and if you haven't made your dinner reservations, we suggest you stop whatever you're doing and get on that! Luckily, just about every restaurant in Miami has a special offering. From complimentary champagne to dining in the dark, here's a rundown of roma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Hong Kong Noodles and Hitching Post BBQ Among Six Dade Restaurants Closed for Health Violations

    Hong Kong Noodles in North Miami Beach and Hitching Post BBQ in Hialeah were among six restaurants in Miami-Dade closed last week for health violations. Other restaurants ordered to close include Jennifer's Cafeteria in North Miami Beach, Mindy Supermarket in Hialeah, Nacha Cafeteria in Allapattah, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Bocce Bar Is Midtown's New Italian Darling

    Timon Balloo doesn't want to dazzle you. At Bocce Bar, he cooks things simply -- braising duck legs in stock before plunging them into a pan with orecchiette, squash, and Parmesan. They are finished in a sauce that's thick enough to coat a wooden spoon and tastes of sage and thyme. They are unencumb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Eats N Beats Caters To Locals During SoBeWFF; Short Order Readers Get Discount

    Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time in Miami knows what areas to avoid during certain times of the year. Unless you are in the mood to dodge obnoxious tourists and pay exorbitant amounts of money, South Beach is a no-no during the upcoming SoBe Wine and Food Festival February 20-23. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Bacon Jam at Crackers Casual Dining in Miami Springs

    A trip to Miami Springs requires maneuvering over one way canals and a circle park, but it is so worth it. We came for the deep fried bread pudding and fried chicken at Crackers Casual Dining but we stayed for the bacon jam. This homey restaurant serving delicious Southern comfort food is run by a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Brunch at Soyka: Live Music, Bottomless Booze, and Sunny-Side Up Egg Pizza

    Before the Design District became what it is today, few restaurants dared open north of 36th Street in Miami. Soyka took a chance. In 1999, the restaurant began operating after its owner, the legendary Mark Soyka, purchased the space as a garage for his vintage car collection and then realized the E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Make Perfect Strawberry Ice Cream For Valentine's Day (Photos)

    Know this: When making ice cream, water is your greatest enemy. It forms tiny icicles in your sweet treat, tarnishing its smooth texture with a harsh frost. Worst of all, it sneaks up on you in many ways. Water is in milk, fruits, mix-ins, even on your rinsed ice cream scooper. The key to making p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Recall of Nearly Nine Million Pounds of Beef Could Affect Florida

    A California-based meat processor has issued a recall of nearly nine million pounds of beef products, and Florida is one of the states involved. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website, Rancho Feeding Corporation, based in Petaluma, is recalling approximately 8,742,7 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Kitchen Hop Takes Off at Mary Brickell Village

    A new concept put together by Zevents called Kitchen Hop kicked off its first event Saturday in Mary Brickell Village. For just $35, guests enjoyed a dish from seven different restaurants: Delores, Brother Jimmy's, Tapas Benidorm, Toscana Divino, Oceanaire, Balan's and Taverna Opa from 2 to 4 p.m.. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Gigi Hosts Valentine's Day for Singles: Leave With Someone New, Get a Free Dessert

    Valentine's Day can be a bummer if you're single. As if you need any reminder love is elusive, cutesy couples haunt you with their cuddling and holding hands. If you're smart, you'll avoid restaurants and movie theaters. But if you're really smart, you'll go to Gigi in midtown. Instead of offering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Five Reasons Brunch Is So Overrated

    Express your unpopular opinion. That Twitter hashtag gave me the courage to admit the unthinkable: I really hate brunch. OK, I know what you're thinking. Whenever I admit this to someone, I'm confronted with looks of disbelief and the follow-up question, "Do you hate puppies?" Though I dressed up ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2014
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    February 6, 2014

    Food Network Filming New Show in Miami

    It's all so hush, hush and top secret that we can't share the name, but a new Food Network show about food trucks is filming in Miami tomorrow and next week -- and they're looking for people to be on camera. The competition-type show is looking for people to act as audience, with some people having ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Sumi Yakitori Sold to New Owners, Now Serving Sushi

    Sumi Yakitori was unlike any other restaurant in Miami. Its hamachi was shipped daily from Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. Its menu featured sautéed tofu skin, whole deep-fried quail, skewered chicken hearts, and wild mushroom kamameshi. There was yakitori -- meats skewered on bamboo sticks and cooke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Ten Valentine's Day Dinners in Miami Under $100 Per Person

    Maybe it's fitting that Valentine's Day's beginnings were filled with tales of saints and martyrs. If you feel forced to celebrate the day with poems, hearts, and flowers, blame it on 18th-century England, where the day evolved into what we now recognize as the opportunity for confectioners and flor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Carol's in Downtown: Affordable Italian-Brazilian Fare

    When Carolina Moura worked long hours as an implementation consultant for restaurants, she would eat at Gigi -- a lot. A regular at the bar, she quickly bonded with sous-chef, Kris Hillborn. In fact, Moura even went so far as to tell him: The day she opens her own place, she's going to hire him as e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Michael Mina 74: Like You're at the Club, But With Really Fancy Food

    Michael Mina 74 might remind you of a nightclub. Lingering behind the ivory counter in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach lobby, a leggy hostess in a tiny red dress is the restaurant's gatekeeper. She subtly eyes you and then escorts you downstairs, her black heels clacking on the marble steps. Inside th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Doma Polo Bistro: Now Serving Tapas Towers

    Would you leave everything you know behind just to help a friend? Hernan Rodriguez traveled 4,408 miles from Buenos Aires to downtown Miami to help Doma Polo Bistro owner Diego Verzino, his friend of 23 years. "That's the way people in Argentina are," Rodriguez says. "We will do whatever we can to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Norman Van Aken Leaves Tuyo and MDC's Miami Culinary Institute

    Chef Norman Van Aken has stepped down from both his post as director of restaurants at Miami Dade College's Miami Culinary Institute and executive chef at Tuyo restaurant. Van Aken, who recently released his memoir, No Experience Necessary, is busy promoting the book. The chef recently appeared on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    January 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    The first month of the new year included the opening of many anticipated restaurants including Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge, the chic Italian bistro by famed designer Roberto Cavalli, and Batch Gastropub, which features upscale takes on pub grub, like chili-glazed chicken wings with blue cheese esp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Miami Marathon Carbo-Loading, Cheering, and Super Bowl Watch Parties

    This weekend is all about sports, and it's your choice. You can be an athlete by running the Miami Marathon or Half Marathon this Sunday, February 2, which takes runners on a 26.2- or 13.1-mile journey from downtown Miami, through South Beach, and then to Coconut Grove before finishing near Bayfront ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Super Bowl Party Grilling Tips From Meat Specialist Pat LaFrieda Jr.

    Super Bowl Sunday is just a few days away and Miamians have one large advantage over just about any place in the country for the big game -- It's one of the few places warm enough to fire up the grill without your beer freezing inside the can! With grilling for the game in mind, we asked meat maven ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 30, 2014
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    January 30, 2014

    Barmeli Miami: Wine and Tapas in the Upper Eastside

    When Liza Meli closes one restaurant door, she doesn't waste any time opening another one. The former owner of the now-closed Ouzo's Greek Island Taverna, Meli is currently at Barmeli Miami -- a wine shop that serves Mediterranean tapas in Miami's Upper Eastside. Fans of Ouzo's will be pleased to ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014
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    January 30, 2014
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    January 29, 2014

    Hakkasan Debuts Prix-Fixe Menu for Chinese New Year

    This week might be just another week to you, but on the other side of the world, China is gearing up for their big New Year's celebration this Friday, January 31. To welcome the year of the horse, Hakkasanis offering a special family-style, prix-fixe menu for $128 per person all week. On Friday, a ... More >>

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