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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Macchialina's Dim Sum-Style Brunch Adds Bottomless Cocktails

    Jen Chaefsky celebrated Mother's Day at Macchialina, which was fitting given the rustic Italian eatery is her love child. For the special day, chef Michael Pirolo did things a little differently. Rolling carts stacked with minuscule bowls of homemade pasta and other hot and cold delicacies darted in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Ten Reasons to Try Bellmont Restaurant in Coral Gables

    Bellmónt Restaurant quietly opened on Miracle Mile last fall. On a busy street that seems to have a restaurant pop up weekly, it's not always easy to be the new kid on the block. Owner Sergio Catalina Bellmónt knows this firsthand. While the restaurant was originally set up to also be a bakery, he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Tap 79: New Gastropub Features Beer, Burgers, and Scooby Snacks

    Tap 79 opened just about a month ago on 79th Street, providing a much-needed local haunt to grab a burger and a few beers. The gastropub, located just west of the first bridge to North Bay Village and the beach, takes over the old Buddha Sushi Bar space, and is the younger, more casual brother of wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Cavalli Miami: Fashion World Meets High-End Italian Food

    It starts before you arrive: the low guttural hum of expensive Italian sports cars -- vivid-yellow Lamborghinis, sleek black Maseratis, fire-engine-red Ferraris -- idling out front at the valet stand. Once you're inside, the opulence of Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge only escalates. Mismatched ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    DB Bistro Brings Back Its Wine Dinner Series, Miami's Own, Tonight

    If you enjoy wine, and we mean good wine, you'll be excited to hear that DB Bistro Moderne has brought back its wine dinner series, Miami's Own. The event aims to promote awareness of local organizations through its "intimate dinner party" format, where guests and leaders can mingle and discuss th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Cecconi's Introduces 4-to-7 Happy Hour (Photos)

    Set in the posh Soho Beach House, Cecconi's Miami Beach serves up a taste of the sweet savory and boozy life for an affordable price. As the clock climbs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, you can get drinks and small and medium plates priced at either $4 or $7. "This is the first time w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Best of Miami 2014 Readers' Poll: Vote for the Winners!

    This is the final round, gamers. All that frenzied, Mountain Dew- and Fruity Pebbles-fueled nominating action is over. But it's still Game On! for New Times' Best of Miami 2014 readers' poll. So loosen up those stiff wrists. Massage that that worn-out trigger finger. And chiropracticize your prec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Best of Miami Readers' Choice 2014: Vote Now!

    June is right around the corner and Miami is really heating up. No, we're not talking about the onset of summer humidity, we're talking about the annual Best of Miami edition, which hits our fair city on June 19, naming the best places to eat, things to do, and people to watch in 2014.

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Ten Best Food Items in Miami for One Dollar

    Miami may be home to a thousand dollar ice cream sundae, a $65 burger, and other extravagant offerings, but this fair city can also offer affordable fare. But looking beyond the golden arches for dollar menu items is not easy. We scoured the city on a George Washington dollar bill budget. We will a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Burgers and Mother's Day Brunch

    This weekend might just be the biggest brunch day of the year. It's Mother's Day, and if you've got a mom, auntie, abuela, or big sister in MIami, Sunday is the time to celebrate -- and there's no better way to say thank you. So whether you've turned out to be a store clerk or a brain surgeon, it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Rouge Flavor Fail Should Make Chef Blush

    As advantageous as fresh ingredients are to the quality of a meal, flavor is equally, if not more, important. We recently stopped by Rouge, a French-Morrocan restaurant in Normandy Isle, for dinner. The wide chasm that can exist between fresh ingredients and taste has rarely been more apparent. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    BLT Prime Opens at Trump National Doral

    It makes perfect sense. Maybe that's why it was two years in the planning, but BLT Prime has opened at the Trump National Doral. The restaurant, designed by Peter Niemitz, along with Eric Trump, replaces the former Mesazul and features scrolled ceilings, a circular bar, and Corinthian columns in a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Miami Mother's Day Brunch Guide UPDATED

    Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 11. It's payback time. Payback for all the laundry and cleaning. Payback for the meals she made for your lazy self. Payback for those twenties she peeled out of her wallet to help pay your electric bill -- after you were way too old to ask for allowance. She did all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Beer 360 Opens: 360 Different Brews and Filet Mignon "Christ Redeemer"

    Close your eyes and think of the first food fantasy that comes to mind. No...not the one where you slather Chrissy Teigen with chocolate. The one where you eat copious amounts of beef and beer. Ms. Teigen is unavailable, but you now can have your share of steak and your choice of hundreds of beers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Miami Shores Couple to Village: Let Us Grow Our Vegetable Garden

    For 21 years, Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll have lived in a modest three-bedroom house in Miami Shores, a quiet village of about 10,000 residents with well-maintained houses and well-manicured lawns. There, the married couple grew vegetables on their front lawn for nearly two decades. Ricketts, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Five Unconventional Mother's Day Meals in Miami

    Let's face it: Mother's Day can get a bit, well, stale. This Sunday, instead of treating Ma to a manicure or an overpriced brunch, why not hit her with the best meal of her life? Here are the top five unconventional places in Miami for every type of lady, from the domestic goddess to the big-shot la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Sushi & Sake 101: How Hot Sake Came About and What Ginger Is Really For

    Making sushi is an art, and Sushi Samba Coral Gables' executive sushi chef, Eric Ou, paints a blank canvas with brilliant colors. Red, orange, white, and green all come alive in his vibrant preparations, which take him no longer than 45 seconds to roll. For newbies who recently made sushi during the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    How to Make a Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme (Photos)

    Since I became a kale-carrying vegan, there are but a few things I've missed: pumpkin ice cream, egg sandwiches, and Taco Bell. Sadly, though TB's beans are vegan, its menu items aren't the same without cheese and sour cream. So I pine for an occasional Crunchwrap Supreme. Is it the healthiest foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Go to Seasalt and Pepper for the View, but Not the Food

    A leggy, tan woman wearing a white halter top struts along a worn wooden dock overlooking the Miami River. Her lips curl to smile as she passes a glistening champagne bucket dripping with condensation and tables piled with cracked stone crab claws. A doe-eyed hostess escorts the woman and her husban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    The Forge: Christopher Lee Keeps Things Classic (With a Few Twists)

    In the past few months, The Forge has gone through some changes, announcing the departure of Dewey LoSasso and the arrival of its new executive chef, Christopher Lee. Lee, who was hired by The Forge's owner, Shareef Malnik, back in January, comes with a long resume. The chef received a Rising Star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Lemoni Pizza and Kitchen Launches New Menu, Concentrates on Raw and Vegan Items

    While dining alfresco at Lemoni Pizza & Kitchen in the Design District on a recent Thursday afternoon, I witnessed co-owner Maria Eugenia Pelati cheerfully greet a constant stream of regulars as they arrived via bike, skate, automobile, and foot. She seemed to know everyone, and everyone seemed to k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Zak the Baker's Wynwood Bakery and Cafe Now Open

    How does one celebrate the opening of a new bakery café? If you're Zak Stern, AKA Zak the Baker, you hire a band to play bluegrass tunes, you bake a bunch of bread, and you line your counters with sunflowers, wine bottles, and a handle of whiskey. Donors, supporters, friends, and family gathered ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 1, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Oprah Chai Launches at Starbucks and Teavana, Our Soul Steeps

    Between cafecitos and coladas, Miami is not a tea town. If you are one of the few that doesn't partake in coffee drinking, the Magic City can make you feel a little lonely. Thankfully, once again, Oprah has come to the rescue to grace us with enlightenment. She has teamed up with Starbucks and Tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    April 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    April showers not only bring May flowers -- they bring a host of new restaurants to Miami. This month's highlights were AQ by Acqualina, where chef Dewey LoSasso is making his new restaurant in the five-diamond resort local-friendly and Shikany, the long-awaited restaurant that offers degustation me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Uncle Tom's Barbecue to Reopen in May: Original Menu Items, Secret Sauce Are Back

    Uncle Tom's Barbecue was a Miami staple for generations. One of the last "old Florida" icons, the neon sign pointed weary and hungry travelers to some good old-fashioned grub since 1948, back in the days when SW 8th Street was the main way for folks to get from Miami to Naples. Then, after decades ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Danny Serfer Talks About Mignonette

    Popular comfort food spot Blue Collar is about to get a salty sister with the opening of Mignonette, a new oyster bar concept by Daniel Serfer and Ryan Roman. Roman, by the way, writes the blog miamirankings.com. The restaurant, set to open in June, will be located at the old 18th Street Café loc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Barton G.'s New Cookbook: Bring Over-the-Top Flair to Your Food

    Most Miamians are familiar with Barton G. Weiss, the former professional ice skater, costume designer, and professional caterer who opened his first restaurant, Barton G. The Restaurant, in 2002 on South Beach. The combination of jaw-dropping visuals with fine dining blew minds and wallets wide open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Brunch at Verde: Pancakes and a View

    It's hard to believe that Verde, the restaurant inside PAMM, opened in just December. On a recent Tuesday, the restaurant was practically filled to capacity during lunch service. It's a Stephen Starr restaurant that we're talking about after all - excellence is expected. Saturdays are no different, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Prime Fish: Myles Chefetz's Newest Is Destined to Be a Winner

    For nearly two decades, Myles Chefetz has made a fortune by using decadence to attract diners. When the South Beach pioneer and chef-partner Michael Schwartz opened Nemo on Collins Avenue at First Street in 1995, the Asian-influenced seafood restaurant became an instant hit with the party creatures, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Five Best Mexican Restaurants in Miami

    In the age of Dorito-shell tacos, burrito bowls, and mango margaritas, it's no wonder most people have no idea what constitutes authentic Mexican cuisine. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of Mexico's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla (not the nation's independence, whose an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Aperol Is Looking for a Chief Brunch Officer

    If you're like most red-blooded Miamians, you spend most of the week just getting by, waiting for that most glorious moment when you can break free of the shackles of everyday life and enjoy the world. That's right. We're talking about brunch! We love brunch. It's a weekly excuse to hang out with f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Shikany Opens on Saturday: Bacon Powder and Multi-Course Degustation Menu

    It's been in the works for over a year, but finally Shikany, Michael Shikany's dining concept opens to the public on Saturday, April 26. The restaurant is housed in a once-abandoned 4,000-square-foot warehouse, where the chef will offer both a la carte dining and a mullti-course degustation menu. ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 24, 2014
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    April 23, 2014

    Ten Best Places to Watch the Heat Game

    The White Hot Heat is back. Whether you're a diehard fan who never misses a game or the kind who digs your number 6 jersey out of the back of your closet when playoffs roll around, it's always fun to rally behind the home team. With one win under its belt and tonight's game at 7 p.m. at home and br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Tasting Party: Clean Bites on the Beach

    On a recent weekend trip to Grand Cayman, I was pleasantly surprised to notice how many restaurants participate in the slow food movement. Even on an island that's not known for its lush, rainforest environment, farmers are successfully growing everything from eggplant to guava. During the island's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    TiramesU Closing on Lincoln Road After 17 Years, Moving to SoFi

    After 17 years of serving al dente pasta alfresco, Lincoln Road staple TiramesU is closing its doors this Sunday, April 27. Fans of the restaurant need not be despondent, however, because the family-style pasta place plans to reopen at 101 Washington Ave., reclaiming the SoFi neighborhood where it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Miami Cocktail Week: Win VIP Tickets UPDATED

    Hold on to your liver, matey. The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival returns to the DoubleTree Hotel Miami Airport Convention Center April 25 to 27. (Friday, April 25, is open to trade only.) Over the years, the festival has grown from a poolside fete to a multiday event that features mixology competi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    15 Steps: Superior Seafood and Seasonal Cuisine in a Confused Space

    On a recent Sunday, two guests stand in front of a muted TV set near the entry of 15 Steps inside the Eden Roc hotel. They're laughing at America's Funniest Home Videos. Rich amber lighting and plush leather seating fill the center of this first-floor restaurant. An out-of-place communal picnic tab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Asian Thai Kitchen: From Bangkok to a Grove Convenience Store

    Homeless men mutter to themselves outside the Kwik Stop on Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove. Yet tucked inside the convenience store, KT Mongkolthalang and her mother, Toya, stand behind a glass case stacked high with cans of Mae Ploy coconut milk and amber bottles of fish sauce while they toss pearl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Norwegian Getaway: Bar Lab Cocktails, Dining by Geoffrey Zakarian on Board

    You might have seen her while driving along the MacArthur Causeway. She's the gigantic ship with the colorful mermaid, designed by Miami artist Lebo, dancing on her hull. That's Norwegian's newest cruise ship, the Getaway. The massive, 145,655-ton vessel can accommodate nearly 4,000 passengers on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Quattro Extends Lunch Hours, Adds Lower-Priced Special Menu

    Eating out can get expensive, especially when you don't cook. It can be tough when you want a nice and decadent meal, but you don't want to break the bank. Quattro Gastronomia, Lincoln Rd's upscale Northern Italian eatery has introduced weekly lunch specials to the menu, giving guests the option of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Red the Steakhouse Introduces Tapas-Style Menu for NBA Playoffs

    At Red the Steakhouse, animal flesh reigns, and it's not limited to beef. There's lobster, duck (liver), pig, and a surplus of charcuterie. In honor of the NBA playoffs, which began last night with a Heat win, and the overall small-plates culture Miami has grown to love, executive chef Peter Vauth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    MC Kitchen Is Miami's Power Lunch Hub

    Mad Men has returned for the first part of its last season, and if you've been watching, you know that a great amount of wheeling and dealing takes place in restaurants. That's not just fiction. Many business transactions take place in the restaurants of major cities, with the idea being that peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Make Eating House's Cap'n Crunch Pancakes at Home (Recipe)

    This Sunday, while a good portion of the world celebrates Easter, a growing number of people will embrace a different holiday: 4/20. On this auspicious holiday, people who embrace pot (or at least think the legalization of it is the only sane thing to do), will commemorate the day by baking (browni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Easter, Passover, 4/20

    This weekend packs a lot of punch in the holiday department. First off, Good Friday is today, and if you're planning on having a fish dish, we've got you covered. Of course, Passover continues through the weekend, so be sure to stop at the market and take home some kosher Coca-Cola (it's made witho ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 17, 2014
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    April 17, 2014

    Blackbrick Launches Brunch: Peking Duck and Waffles, Breakfast Fried Rice

    What do you get when your favorite Chinese dishes and American classic brunch items have a love child? We're picturing Peking duck and waffles; fried rice with scrambled eggs and sausage; and an omelet stuffed with Szechuan beef. Blackbrick's Richard Hales must be reading minds, because that's exa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Dewey LoSasso on AQ by Acqualina: "Right Now, I'm Doing Some Research"

    When Dewey LoSasso was named Acqualina's executive chef in December 2013, he was taking time to get the feel of the resort before making major changes to the menus. He told Short Order: "Right now, I'm doing some research, and then we'll start testing some menu items after Christmas and New Year's. ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014
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