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Food and Cooking

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    March 26, 2014

    The Cypress Room Turns 1 Year Old With a Poem

    On March 25, 2013, Michael Schwartz opened his first fine-dining concept, the Cypress Room. Many restaurants mark their first anniversary with a dinner special or perhaps a signature cocktail created for the occasion. But how many celebrate it with a poem? When you think about it, though, a literar ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    How Salad Dressing Can Save Your Life

    Salad dressing is incredibly important, and it's not dramatic to say it can save your life. But not just any salad dressing. It has to be the right one, and the right salad dressing will generally be one you make yourself. A thoughtfully crafted homemade salad dressing can help you accomplish two ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Toscana Divino in Brickell Introduces Three-Course Weekday Lunch for $23

    If your weekday lunch needs a makeover from that sad microwaveable frozen meal or wrinkly brown paper bag, head to Toscana Divino in Mary Brickell Village. A couple of weeks ago, this sleek Italian eatery launched L'originale: Lunch Italiano, offering a rotating three-course lunch menu for $23 on w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Loba: Latin Spice and Southern Comfort Headed to MiMo

    Not everyone grows up dreaming of owning their own restaurant and the desire to feed hungry folks who sometimes complain simply for the sake of complaining. No, it takes a special breed of person to dream about owning and operating a restaurant. Meet Jessica Sanchez, a financial analyst who took the ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    Perfecto in Brickell Gets It Right With Tapas and a Snappy DJ

    A man in a pink button-up and slicked-back hair raises a flute of rosé cava and whispers into the ear of the young blonde perched beside him. She sports a perfectly teased topknot and tilts her head ever so slightly to angle her cheek in the direction of his lips. Four other people sit at their tab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    My Little Organic Bistro: Try the Grilled Coconut Cheese Sandwich

    Forget blink-and-you'll-miss-it; you could be staring wide-eyed at My Little Organic Bistro and still miss it. There's no real signage, and it's tucked into a nondescript Bird Road strip mall. The only hint that something special lies within is a window proclaiming, "Organic health." But once you'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Taperia Raca Opens Friday: Giorgio Rapicavoli Tells Us What to Expect

    Taperia Raca opens this Friday, bringing chef Giorgio Rapicavoli's spin on Spanish small plates to MiMo. The restaurant, the second endeavor from Rapicavoli and business partner Alex Casanova, will seat only 16 people inside, but an outdoor garden will serve 40 guests. Rapicavoli will split his tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Three Great Dining Spots In the Upper Keys, From Burgers to Tacos to Hogfish

    No one has ever accused the Upper Keys of being a hotbed of fine dining. Lukewarm-bed, maybe. Cold-bed, even. But over the past couple of years the local dining scene has started heating up, giving diners who just can't choke down the thought of one more plate of fried shrimp with a side order of M ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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    March 24, 2014

    1826 Restaurant & Lounge: Gorgeous Food in a Mad Men Setting

    1826 Restaurant & Lounge has been open for only a month, but already the restaurant has been generating buzz. Scarpetta's Nina Compton tweeted pictures of her date night at the restaurant and at a recent awards ceremony, several chefs discussed the restaurant. It could be the restaurant's multi-lev ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    "Medical Mixologist" Ryan Pafford Creates Cocktails That Will Make Your Head Spin

    When you tend bar at a restaurant where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef winner Hung Huynh it can be difficult to stand out, but Catch Miami mixologist Ryan Pafford uses his experience as a health professional to create mind-blowing cocktails sure to attract attention. With a graduate degree in ne ... 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 >>

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    March 6, 2014
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    March 6, 2014
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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