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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Hotel Astor Debuts The Downstairs

    It seems nothing is ever easy in the wild 'n' wacky world of Miami restaurants. Just ask the folks at Hotel Astor. As part of a three-pronged relaunch that seeks to regain the buzz it had in days gone by, the 1936-vintage South Beach boutique hotel last Friday unveiled The Downstairs, a subterranea ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    A Little Bit of Philly in Virginia Gardens: Try the Cheesesteak and Meatball Sub

    Miami Springs is home to some wonders between bread, take for example the outside is in burger at JR's Gourmet Burgers or the fried chicken sandwich at Crackers Casual Dining. Although, neighboring Virginia Gardens has a contender as strong as Rocky Balboa. A Little Bit of Philly is home to a chees ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Prime Fish Is Open in Former Nemo Space: Massive Menu and Fresh Fish

    After successfully coaxing your out-of-town guests to treat you to dinner at the pricey Prime Fish, there's still one more hurdle you must face: deciding what to order. The menu is massive, which is just one of the many things the month-old spot has in common with its sister restaurants: Prime One T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Ten Reasons South Miami Is the Best Dining Neighborhood

    Fine and fashionable restaurants have been opening in South Beach, downtown, midtown, and the Design District for years. These areas seem to attract all the major chefs. So why venture to South Miami and nearby Pinecrest? Well, down here, you won't find many major openings, but you will find reasona ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 20, 2014
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    March 19, 2014

    La Mar by Gaston Acurio Opens at the Mandarin Oriental Tonight and You Can Win a Trip to Peru

    Breathtaking views and super fresh seafood dishes are what to expect at La Mar by Gaston Acurio. The restaurant will open tonight at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key. Diners can enjoy a mix of indoor and outdoor waterfront seating while nibbling on cebiche mixto or sipping on piscos at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Semilla Eatery & Bar: A Strong Seedling With Room to Grow

    The first thing you experience when entering Semilla Eatery & Bar is the sweet aroma emanating from a wall of potted herbs. They're a welcome respite from the construction craziness on Alton Road. You'll also be relieved to hear "Wrecking Ball" sung by someone other than Miley Cyrus and see the la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Help Zak the Baker Open a Wynwood Bakery and Cafe Through Kickstarter Campaign

    Fans of good bread in Miami know Zak Stern makes some of the best manna in town. Available at various markets and restaurants throughout town, his wares can be difficult to find unless you are searching for a sandwich at Panther Coffee or a loaf at the Pinecrest farmers' market. But now Stern, AK ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Clarissa Dickson Wright of Two Fat Ladies Dies

    Clarissa Dickson Wright, the television chef who, with Jennifer Paterson, rose to worldwide fame as one of television's Two Fat Ladies, has died at the age of 66. According to the Telegraph, Dickson died this past Saturday at Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary after being ill since the beginning of the ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Migration Week Begins Today, Ends Thursday at Biscayne Tavern

    Migration Week, during which renowned Chicago brewery Goose Island commits a tap takeover at three Miami restaurants, starts today at the Butcher Shop and ends Thursday at Biscayne Tavern. The Goose Island three-day tap takeover offers beer buffs and budding suds students alike the chance to try s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Andy Travaglia Spreads Autism Awareness at Lee & Marie's Cakery and Bar Crudo in SoBe

    Andrea "Andy" Travaglia, owner of Lee & Marie's Cakery (Best Bakery 2013) and raw food restaurant, Bar Crudo, spreads autism awareness by employing autistic adults. "I developed the Lee & Marie's Cakery Co., a real estate company (Exclusive Miami Rentals), and Bar Crudo all with the mission to hir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Has Mercadito Midtown Closed? UPDATED

    Mercadito Midtown, the taco restaurant that served custom margaritas, has closed. Locations in Chicago and New York remain open. The website, which still boasts taco Tuesday and happy hour specials, also succinctly states: We are temporarily closed, we apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Chicago's Bar Toma to Pop Up at Lorenzo for Brunch

    Tony Mantuano, the chef/partner at Lorenzo, realizes Miamians are unlikely to come to Chicago this time of year. Therefore, the James Beard Award winning chef has decided to bring his popular Windy City trattoria, Bar Toma, to South Beach. Starting Saturday March 15, Lorenzo will play host to a Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    I Know the Chef Mobile App Launches in Miami, We Know the Founder

    Miami is a city with people who want to feel like ballers. For food enthusiasts, it is the magic four little words, "I know the chef" that unlocks the key for hard to get reservations and perhaps some sweet (or drinkable) perks. To satisfy this desire for VIP access, and that "special feeling," the ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014
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    March 13, 2014

    Earls Kitchen Bar: Solid Food, Cocktails in Honey Bears at Dadeland Mall

    Earls Kitchen Bar, another addition to Dadeland Mall's new terrace dining wing, opened this week. The restaurant joins Bobby's Burger Palace, Aroma Espresso Bar, and Balans (which is set to open today). If you haven't heard of Earls, it's probably because you haven't spent much time in Canada or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Finka Table & Tap: CubanCube Fusion Food and Bar Lab Cocktails, Opening in April

    Jon and Eileen Andrade, the brother-and-sister team behind the CubanCube food truck are turning brick and mortar when Finka Table & Tap opens this April. The restaurant, located at 14690 SW 26th St., is farther south than what most consider the fine-dining area of Miami. Eileen Andrade says the duo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Saint Patrick's Day in Miami: Here's Where to Get Your Shamrock On

    Since the early 17th century, Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is celebrated on March 17 with feasts and parades to honor the patron saint of Ireland. The celebration is so huge and generally accepted, that in the Emerald Isles, the church lifts Lent restrictions on food and alcoh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Via Verdi Cucina Rustica Lends Italian Charm to the Upper Eastside

    Outfitted in black suits without ties, Fabrizio Carro and Cristiano Vezzoli dart from table to table to inquire about their patrons' meals and to extol the virtues of various regional Italian dishes. As they maneuver between the restaurant's interior and the terrace, their tousled black curls and ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Eden in Eden French Cafe: Try the Vegan Croque-Monsieur

    As comfort foods go, the croque-monsieur is hard to beat. The richly satisfying French snack consists of thickly cut bread loaded with ham and cheese, topped with even more cheese, and grilled to a hot, melted finale. Eden in Eden, a newly opened vegetarian French café in the Roads, offers a vegan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Buns & Buns: Value-Priced Fresh Bread and Grilled Meats

    Buns & Buns was something of a mystery for a while. Not much was known about the restaurant except its location, name, and a vague concept including bread and grilled meats. In fact, even the public relations firm hired to work with the place couldn't get a menu before it opened. See also: Buns & B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Carla Pellegrino's Touche Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge: Intimate Dining Above E11even

    Simply watching Carla Pellegrino can be exhausting. Although diminutive, Pellegrino is nothing less than a force of nature. A second after meeting, she asks if we've seen her dining room yet. Hearing no, she's off like a shot, ordering us to follow her at a near-run and gracefully avoiding a head ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014
  • Dining

    March 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Why Do Miamians Hate Eating Whole Fish?

    Few things are more enjoyable than eating a whole fish. Cooked on the bone, its flesh stays flavorful and succulent -- a far cry from most dry, overcooked fillets. All a whole fish needs is a bit of lemon. All you need alongside it is a cold beer. Sure, not everyone agrees with me. Commentators on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Giorgio Rapicavoli to Open Taperia Raca in MiMo

    MiMo/Biscayne Corridor's culinary scene is blowing up with the addition of Taperia Raca later this month. The restaurant, opening at the end of March, will be helmed be none other than Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Casanova, the adventurous team behind Eating House in Coral Gables. In fact the "Raca" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Ten Reasons North Beach is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

    If you want fine dining, there are other neighborhoods to try. For reasonably priced Latin American fare with a beach setting, there is North Beach. Somewhere in between the trendiness and overpriced hotel restaurants of South Beach and ritzy Bal Harbour lies this unassuming neighborhood. While ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Choices Café on the Upper Eastside: Try the Vegan Collard Wrap

    It looks too good to be healthful. The "mental lentil" collard wrap ($16) at Choices Café is crammed with black beans, lentils, onion, pico de gallo, bell pepper, avocado, plantain, and vegan cheese. Collard greens replace the wheat tortilla. The wrap is vibrant, its colorful filling stacked like s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Michael Schwartz Announces Waterfront Restaurant and Beach Club at Paraiso Bay

    Chef Michael Schwartz and Jorge Perez, the CEO and Chariman of The Related Group, have just announced a collaboration for a waterfront restaurant and beach club at Paraiso Bay and One Paraiso. Located in the East Edgewater neighborhood, this new collaboration is still in the early, early phases. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Miami Restaurateurs Weigh in on Central Florida Restaurant's Obamacare Surcharge

    Gator's Dockside, a restaurant group in Lake Mary, Florida, has gotten a lot of press lately. It seems the corporate-owned restaurants are charging a 1 percent Affordable Care Act surcharge to compensate for the restaurants' additional costs associated with providing health care to their full-time e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Fish Fish: Old-School Fried Goodness in North Miami

    The singer sways his hips and croons an indistinguishable tune. In almost all circumstances, he'd be considered unusual: a thin man with a floppy fishing hat, blue shirt, and pleated khakis pulled too high on his waist. He looks like Gilligan in a cruise ship's karaoke bar. Gyrating in the back of F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Konata's Restaurant Serves Inexpensive, Delicious Vegan Food

    Chef-owned Konata's in North Miami has been sating locals with tasty fare made from handpicked, fresh ingredients for more than four years. Mr. Konata makes his Jamaican heritage quite apparent with the décor and cuisine. It is a spare but quirky shack filled with colorful photos of Rastafarian lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Ethiopian Food Is Back in Miami -- for Awhile, Anyway

    Rejoice, lovers of Ethiopian eats! The East African cuisine has finally made its way back to Miami. For a limited time, anyway. Beginning today, Whole Foods locales statewide are rolling out a hot food lineup featuring Ethiopian cuisine in all its glory. From wats to stews, Ethiopian fare is well r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    February 2014 Openings and Closings

    February was a huge month for the Miami food scene. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival brought a slew of celebrity chefs -- all wanting to be enchanted by our city's restaurants and bars. And if the likes of Geoffrey Zakarian, Martha Stewart, and Rachael Ray were feeling peckish, they had a host o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Florida Restaurant Chain Charging Obamacare Surcharge

    A Florida restaurant chain is out to make your bill political. Eight restaurants that are part of the Gator's Dockside chain are adding a one percent surcharge to customer's bills and clearly marking it as an "ACA surcharge" on customers' receipts. Signs, doors and tables at the restaurants also tru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Raw Guru Matthew Kenney on His Upcoming Wynwood Restaurant and Culinary Academy

    Matthew Kenney recently visited five countries in the span of a week. It was an educational trip for the American chef, and Kenney's eager to put his unique spin on the knowledge he's accumulated. One of his stops was in Denmark, as Copenhagen is home to some of the world's most innovative chefs, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Cookie King Delivers Colossal Sweets to South Miami

    Cookie delivery has become a thing. We've seen several late-night delivery services pop up during the past couple of months, but none offers healthful, eggless, vegan alternatives. For that, there's On Nom Nom Cookies -- Miami's first fully vegan and healthy cookie business that takes cookies from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Fabio Viviani Dishes About Siena Tavern Miami

    Top Chef alum and Italian heartthrob Fabio Viviani is closer than ever to opening Siena Tavern in Miami. The restaurant, a partnership between Viviani and DineAmic Group of Chicago, are bringing the successful Siena Tavern to the former China Grill space on 5th and Washington. Though Viviani hail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Aventura Chili's Installing Computer Kiosks to Take Your Order

    Have you ever been to a restaurant and wished the ordering process were more futuristic? Soon you'll be able to order right from your table at a local Chili's. The Ziosk tabletop ordering system has been installed at Chili's locations in Hollywood and Homestead, along with 248 other locations acros ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 26, 2014

    Recipes From Whole Foods' Go for the Green Cooking Competition

    Whole Foods is on a mission. In addition to wresting control of Americans' grocery shopping from the likes of uncouth competitors like Publix and Ralph's, it is also all about healthful eats. And the Health Starts Here (HSH) program is designed to promote just that. HSH is the chain's in-store labe ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

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