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 >>
Lunch is your afternoon delight, your hump meal, the moment that sets the tone for the second half of your day. It's not something that should be taken lightly or skipped. And most important, during the workweek, it should never cost more than $10. What follows are the top ten lunch specials in Mi ... More >>
If you're anything like us, you're happy that the weather is getting cooler. But you're also sad because the next Miami Spice is ten months away. In the medium term, we have some good news. French Spice is going on through November 15. It works just like Miami Spice -- you choose an appetizer, mai ... More >>
It is not unheard of to spend $100 to $200 (or more) per person on dinner at the Forge, which makes the restaurant's Miami Spice menu that much more appealing. The place has been around since 1969 -- much longer than the term foodie has been part of our vernacular. It is an iconic piece of Miami hi ... More >>
More than a half century ago, Paul Gineste de Saurs purchased the Venice Inn in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. He wanted to sell his family's wine, and so made a weird choice: Offer but one dish -- steak. Soon, the place had a nickname: L'Entrecote -- which translates roughly to a very nice cut o ... More >>
"I cried when my parents died. I cried when my children were born. The only other time outside of that, that I cried, was when I passed this exam," says an American Master Sommelier on camera. Somm, a documentary, takes you into the lives of four men who will literally stop at nothing to have their ... More >>
Sometimes in life we often take greatness for granted. Just because something or someone has been around for a while, we get complacent and do not feel the need to visit them or show just how special they are to us. That we need them.Joey's hasn't forgotten to show love to the Wynwood community. I ... More >>
It's New Year's Eve and even though you swore that you and your cat were happy ordering pizza and downing a bottle of prosecco, you decided against the "It's-just-another-night-so-why-should-I-get-all-dressed-up-and-go-out" crap and are now scrambling to find a place to party.Break out your party du ... More >>
See also: "Miami Spice 2012: The Good"This three-part look at Miami Spice comes just as the dining program gets set to begin on August 1. There has been a split in price categories this year, meaning there is now a "fine dining" grouping as well as a "luxury" grouping. The fine dining price point dr ... More >>
This Wednesday evening, pretty much every top chef in town will gather for what's turning out to be the Academy Awards of Miami dining: Johnson & Wales University's first annual Zest Awards.The invitation-only fete, to take place at the university's Academic & Student Center, is part of ... More >>
Tomorrow, March 20, is ravioli day and there are at least two restaurants taking advantage of this pasta holiday, Terrazza at the Shore Club and Cafe Prima Pasta.For lunch and dinner at Terrazza, three house-made ravioli dishes crafted by executive chef Stefano Riccioletti. The three dishes are:
Jonah GouinMare Nostrum's "wine cube."The Romans used to call the Mediterranean Mare Nostrum (Latin for "our sea"), so it makes sense that most of the menu at this new restaurant in Brickell is inspired by the coastal regional cuisines of Italy, France and Spain. Mare Nostrum (1111 SW First Ave.) ... More >>
Fried chicken at Tudor House is offered at a "like spice" priceIt's October, which means restaurants are gearing up for a busy season as tourists make reservations and snowbirds plan their imminent arrival. For locals, October means a break in the weather, with cool nights enticing us into going ... More >>
It's wine time at Capital GrilleThe Capital Grille's Generous Pour promotion, which runs through September 4th, offers patrons the opportunity to sample up to nine wines picked by master sommelier, George Miliotes, especially for the event They include the Tarima Hill Monastrell, which is o ... More >>
Andrew Balick (back left) and his kitchen crew After working at Azul for six years, Andrew Balick got the opportunity to head the kitchen at Pied a Terre, a small restaurant inside the Cadet Hotel in South Beach. In the first part of the interview, he spoke about why he wants people to try his ta ... More >>
Soho Beach HouseCecconi's pizzetta with burrata and zucchini blossoms.It's amazing what summertime brings. Restaurants pick up their hula hoops and spin in circles trying to attract patrons. We get great happy hour deals, new menu offerings, and a sampling of summer seasonal produce. At hap ... More >>
John Zur Lobster ravioli.Located on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Angelique Euro Cafe is both cool and a pleasurable place to eat. There's ample illumination, comfortable spacing between tables, and live entertainment (that takes requests), but the most enticing aspect of the restaurant is ... More >>
via The Dining RoomAppropriately nestled south of Fifth, in South Beach, The Dining Room is the two-month old, intimately-sized restaurant of OLA owner Brian Lieberman. Pulling double duty between Lieberman's kitchens is The Dining Room's executive chef, Horacio Rivadero. Sous chef, Christi ... More >>
When we checked in with new Coral Gables restaurant Route 9 a few weeks ago, before it officially opened, owners Jeremy and Paola Goldberg promised full dinner, lunch, and weekend brunch service upon opening. Befitting the independent, casual neighborhood feel of the place, Route 9 opened last we ... More >>
Scarpetta's barStep aboard Scarpetta. So maybe chef Scott Conant's restaurant at the Fontainebleau doesn't sit on water, but the restaurant's nautical decor and water views will make you feel like you're dining aboard a luxurious ship.
The summer prix fixe menu at Côté Gourmet has been as easy to miss as Côté Gourmet. In case you have indeed missed both: Côté opened a couple of years ago as a lunch spot tucked into a Miami Shores office building. Afterwards an outdoor patio was added, which opens up the space and makes it mo ... More >>
This brassy 24-hour eatery is just what we needed.
Uh-oh -- I think all the info needed is in the headline. This is unfortunate in many ways, not the least being that I get paid by the word. (I won't say how much, but if I can stretch this post to the approximate length of War and Peace, I'm pretty sure I'll break into double figures -- which, not t ... More >>
via basyke's flickr some random picture I found on the internet on a "mother's day" image searchThis post is dedicated to the time I got arrested on Mother's Day when I was 15. Do not -- I repeat -- do not, get high with your friends on the roof of a parking garage in Coral Gables and throw r ... More >>
And toast to Tuesdays at Palme DOr.
I cold-called OLA at Sanctuary to find out if they got anything going on for the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2009. I spoke to a real cool dude, sommelier Albert Omahen about fish tacos, wine, and the smoker's palette. Here's what he had to say:
Area 31 makes its' debut tonight on the 16th floor of Brickell Avenue's Epic Hotel. Executive chef is John Critchley, who trained under Boston's renowned chef Ken Oringer (Clio) and was known to make a mean morcilla at his own Beantown tapas bar. The sommelier is Emily Wines (from San Franciscos's F ... More >>
Eat your fill for less during Miami Spice restaurant month.
The diner chain now serves up a little rock on the side.
Christabelle's Quarter serves up the Very Big Easy in the Grove
A pair of high-end hotel restaurants gets a second look
Green space versus museum space, and one very pissed-off waitress
How to navigate your big night
And the trend continues -- five-star prices for three-star quality
Wherefore art thou more restaurants like these?
Pascal's on Ponce
La Palme d'Or
Tani Guchi's Place