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Estefan Kitchen Opens in the Miami Design District

March 4, 2017

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First, Miami received news that the On Your Feet! broadway show with Christie Prades starring as Gloria is making a stop here in October. Now the Estefans are stirring up the pot in the Design District. Estefan Kitchen has joined forces with Craig Robins, CEO and President of DACRA, to open Saturday, March 4 at 140 NE 39 Street, Palm Court, Miami Design District. The chef at helm of the kitchen is Chef Odell Torres, who was recently named one of Miami’s Hot New Chefs by Ocean Drive Magazine.

Chef Torres has been the executive corporate chef for Larios on the Beach and Bongos Cuban Café. He will continue to incorporate bold Cuban flavors to dishes such as lechón flatbread (pork flatbread), lechón crispy moros (rice, black beans and pork), vaca frita (fried shredded beef), braised short ribs and paella (yellow rice seafood dish).

With the Estefans being known as musical entertainers its no surprise that Estefan Kitchen will delight palm court visitors with live music and performing servers and bartenders. The restaurant will be serving lunch and dinner daily starting at 11:30 a.m. and offer an express café opened as early as 9 a.m.

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Meet The Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

March 2, 2017

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Meet Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, a sushi concept at 336 21st Street inside the Plymouth Hotel in Miami Beach. The individuals behind the location are the Bromberg Brothers who own and operate Blue Ribbon Restaurants in other locations such as New York City, Los Angeles and London. The brothers’ have joined forces with partner and sushi master, Toshi Ueki. The collaboration will bring Miami locals and visitors’ sushi and sashimi options, in addition to, Blue Ribbon classics, signature cocktails and an expansive sake menu.

When scouting the menu, don’t miss Blue Ribbon’s signature Fried Chicken with wasabi honey or the Oxtail Fried Rice made with a bone marrow omelet, shiitake mushroom and daikon radish. Vegetarians don’t fret! There is a variety of options to choose from such as Grilled Avocado with wasabi ponzu and sesame or you can opt for the Vegetable Tempura with sancho salt and green tea salt, among other options.

On to the drinks! There is a selection of more than 30 sakes. There is one bound to catch your attention and taste buds!

Aside from the wines by the glass, beer, and soft drinks you can sip on house cocktails such as:

Ginza – Gin, Blanco Tequila, cucumber juice, fresh lime and honey simply syrup

Osaka Mule – Shochu, shiso, fresh lime, honey simple syrup and ginger beer

Yuzu Margarita – Blanco Tequila, yuzu and honey syrup

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If you’re looking to share, order the Mai Tai for two, which is a blend of three rums, triple sec, Orgeat syrup and lime juice. Cheers!

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Miami Crowd’s Guide to South Beach Wine & Food Festival

February 22, 2017

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The foodie event of the year in South Florida is the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. What once began on Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus, is now a full blown out series of events through South Florida. Now in its 16th year, the festival continues to raise money for FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The festival holds 90 events. Here are our top picks:

$95 – Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats: A Late-Night Party presented by Thrillist
A late night party featuring Bar Lab. This party will satisfy your sweet tooth with savory bites from the Salty Donut and Sarsaparilla Club.

$350 – Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best
A ballroom presentation with 60 of the nation’s top chefs showcasing gourmet samplings and pairing them with over 100 wines, rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s scale.

$250 – Heineken Light Burger Bash
This year’s Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray joins forces with Heineken Light to bring you carefully curated offerings from chefs across America while you sip on Heineken Light beer and wine selections.

$20 – Badia Spices’ Fun and Fit as a Family
Saturday and Sunday, head over to Jungle Island with the family to learn tips from chefs and Food Network personalities on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

$95 – Nutrish®’s Yappie Hour
Nutrish® will treat canines to snacks while pet owners sip on libations at The Standard Hotel.

$100 – BACARDÍ On The Beach with Beats by Rev Run & DJ Ruckus
A night filled with beats by Rev Run and DJ Ruckus with bites and cocktails from Bacardi.

$100 – 3-5pm on Ocean Drive at Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village
Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations. This year, the tasting tents will incorporate The Grutman Experience which will include food from his favorite South Florida neighborhoods, high energy beats by INGROSSO and cocktails by N1CE Cocktails.

$125 – Blend by Chateau Ste. Michelle
A wine seminar presented by Bank of America where you will learn about the vineyards and blend three different grape varieties-Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, sourced from highly-acclaimed Chateau Ste. Michelle estate vineyards.

You can look through the rest of the events available here.

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(Photos by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images; Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SOBEWFF®)

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Employees Only Opens Its Doors

February 21, 2017

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The very well executed speakeasy cocktails that New Yorkers rave about have made it to Sunny South Florida. Employees Only opens at 1050 Washington Avenue, inside the Washington Park Hotel at the historic Coral House. A new destination for both locals and guests that will bring key elements such as prohibition style-libations and feature its signature psychic sign located at the entrance.

“The service industry in South Beach and the eclectic mix of cultures have always excited me about Miami, and now I have a restaurant right in the heart of this community. We are thrilled to serve our award winning menu to locals, and invite our friends from around the world to experience EO in its new home at the Washington Park Hotel,” said Billy Gilroy, Founder of Employees Only.

New York’s award-winning West Village Hotspot that now adds a new location in South Florida will serve classics such as the Billionaire Cocktail and Lazy Lover. For the foodies, the menu will incorporate hand-cut steak tartare, bone marrow poppers, bacon wrapped lamb chops, and caviar selections. Your new cocktail spot will be open daily from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., serving dinner from 6 p.m. to midnight and offering a late night menu until 3:30 a.m.


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Seaspice Introduces a Persea Martini

February 18, 2017

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Miami’s riverside restaurant, Seaspice, introduces a Persea Martini. The carefully curated cocktail by mixologist Atilla Kocsis, is a balance of Baron tequila, fresh avocado, pineapple juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and  garnished with fresh black pepper.

Luckily, the recipe was shared and here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:
1 spoon of avocado
¾ simple syrup
¾ lemon juice
1oz pineapple juice
1.5oz Baron Silver Tequila
Fresh black pepper

Process:
Add all ingredients in the order listed above into the shaker on the rocks.
Shake vigorously until the avocado liquefies
Pour mix into a martini glass
Garnish with fresh black pepper

If you can’t perfect it, then just make a reservation here.

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Tacology Arrives at Brickell City Centre

February 16, 2017

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Tacology is a new arrival at Brickell City Centre. Precisely calculated food stations around the restaurant, make this location colorful and practical. The stations are divided up by types of food such as tacos, drinks, cold entrees, etc., However, it doesn’t mean you get up to visit the different stations, the server goes to the stations for you. The stations are more for visual affect. The restaurant brings a variety of seating options, you can lounge on the outside patio facing the mall, sit at the high stools at the bar, take a regular table or take a half booth style area by the enormous video wall in the back.

Ceviches, tostadas, salads and specialty plates are some sections to choose from on the menu. Try the Mexican Nachos from the Specialty section. The dish is equipped with corn tortillas, melted Mexican cheese blend, black beans, roasted corn, avocados, shrimp and chipotle cream.

The owners behind Cantina La Veinte in Brickell, sure put in some work to make this place a hit. During its soft opening, all the tables were filled up and the place was bustling. You can book a table straight from their website here.

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OTL opens at the Miami Design District

February 4, 2017

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The newest neighbor to move to the Miami Design District is OTL aka “Out To Lunch.” The neighborhood, known for its fashion, design, architecture and dining spaces is a perfect match for OTL’s minimalist and contemporary space. The mid-century look paired with industrial metal accents comes from the Deft Union design team. It’s the same people behind Sweet Liberty’s design on Miami Beach.

The owners: Craig Robbins and Dave Grutman. Craig Robbins, an entrepreneur and real estate developer, has worked on revitalizing areas of Miami and Miami Beach. While club promoter turned business owner, Dave Grutman is known for Miami’s iconic spots such as LIV and Story nightclubs and restaurant Komodo in Brickell.

The OTL breakfast and lunch spot, brings a laid-back feel with straightforward menu items that include sandwiches, salads and coffee options. What next? OTL plans to use their second story for extracurricular activities and if we’ve seen anything from Dave… we know there is always something up his sleeve.

 #OTLmia @otlmia #EveryoneWelcome

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Miami Oyster Week

January 25, 2017

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Miami always offers exciting things to do. One event we find extremely unique is the week-long Miami Oyster Week! The original creators of New York Oyster Week bring you six carefully created Oyster events throughout Miami. After five years of successful events in New York, “we thought it’s time for the next step,” says Janine Rietz Bernard, Marketing Director for the Oyster Hood. 

For the first annual Miami Oyster Week, two events have already sold out! You can check out the remaining ticketed events by click here. With tickets ranging from $75 to $195 there are several options to choose from. An ELITE ACCESS ticket scores you unlimited access for Saturday’s event at the Mondrian South Beach, which includes a Kumamoto Bar featuring Kumomotos from 3 Regions: WA, CA and MX… plus Ultra Premium drinks and shucking lessons/Q&A session with Master Mermmelier Kevin Joseph.

Hey, you may even get a glance of their cool Shuck Truck a 1967 Chevy Sportsvan, that the Miami Oyster Week team calls the “World’s Fastest Raw Bar.”

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AirPods in Music On

January 16, 2017

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AirPods, the courageous move from Apple. Apple has had success for years, with it dissipating as innovation slows down. But there’s something different with these headphones. Yes, they’re pricey at $159 but they’re worth the cost. The head phone market has had a long success with Beats, and runners up Bose. But these AirPods come with a familiar look and feel.

The style is the same minus a wire. With improved Bluetooth capability and Apples new W1 chip these headphones are a definite GO! No, they don’t slip out of your ear, no they’re not hard to pair. To set up, you simply open the case and press the button on the back, voila you have Bluetooth head phones. The case may look like dental floss, but its’ purpose is for storage and charging. Speaking of battery life, the AirPods hold a 5-hour charge and the case 24 hours. If you’re an Android user, you’re in luck. The AirPods can be paired with any android phone capable of Bluetooth connectivity. The only complaint, why didn’t you create these years ago, Apple?

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Little Havana’s Doce Provisions

January 14, 2017

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Tourists flock to this small eatery in Little Havana, whether it was mentioned in a magazine or a foodie blog…we’re not sure. All we know is that the diversity of visitors is vast and DSLR cameras in and out are plenty.

It could be the shishito peppers, or maybe the homemade guac served with purple onions, crisp tostones with sprinkled cayenne pepper and parmesan cheese. Whatever it is, people are eating up the menu.

And should you visit, we say to definitely go for the Rock Shrimp Mac and Cheese and Doce Provision’s version of chicken and waffles (Buttermilk Fried Chicken). The Rock Shrimp Mac and Cheese is made to complete perfection with spicy notes for the spicy feens. Seconds? Their menu gives you smaller and larger portion options…choose wisely.

Thirsty? That mac and cheese’s spice goes well with their craft beer hefeweizen selection. So pair it with a brewski!

Why Doce Provisions? The location gets its inspiration from Miami’s crowd, the international culture infused into the city. That’s why you’ll see burgers such as the ‘short rib burger’ with sliced queso frito inside. Why? Well, we see the burger being american cuisine and the queso frito being Nicaraguan… but that’s just our opinion. We think its awesome! American-Fritanga. That’s what they do, they mix up different cultural foods to bring you something special.

When you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone and try something daring…visit this sweet spot with indoor and outdoor seating.

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