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POLLO TROPICAL® AND THE MIAMI HEAT ARE COMING IN HOT, LAUNCHING A SPICY CHICKEN LINEUP AS PART OF THEIR ICONIC PARTNERSHIP

February 24, 2021

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Starting today, fans of Pollo Tropical® and the Miami HEAT are sure to be fired up over the spicy new “HEAT Lineup at Pollo Tropical” launching in restaurants across the state. As part of this first-ever menu collaboration between the two Miami brands, the offering will feature a Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, a Spicy Tostón Sandwich and a Spicy HEAT Sauce.

The Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich is the latest addition to the brand’s successful Cuban Pressed Sandwich lineup. The sandwich includes hand-breaded, crispy chicken served on a Cuban roll with Swiss cheese, potato sticks, mayo and the signature Spicy HEAT Sauce. It will have some competition to be the lineup MVP, as the Tostón sandwich offers the same crispy chicken, Swiss cheese and Signature Spicy HEAT sauce, but layered between two tostones. And for those who want an extra kick on any of their Pollo favorites, the Spicy HEAT sauce will be offered a la carte.

“As the official Pollo of the Miami HEAT, we’re thrilled to spice up our menu with the HEAT lineup and bring new, bold flavors to our guests. We knew teaming up with the Miami HEAT to launch these spicy sandwiches would be the perfect way to get fans of both brands excited,” said Hope Diaz, Chief Marketing Officer of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Parent Company of Pollo Tropical.

“I can’t tell you how excited the Miami HEAT are to be on the menu at Pollo Tropical,” said Glen Oskin, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the Miami HEAT. “Since 1988, the HEAT and Pollo have been synonymous with South Florida. Now, we get to provide a little HEAT to the menu. We can’t wait for our fans to get their hands on these incredible sandwiches.”

The Miami HEAT lineup is now available in restaurants and online for curbside, in-store pick-up and delivery through the new MyPollo® App for a limited time.

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A Culinary Experience featuring Chef Brad Kilgore, Chef Antonio Bachour, and Executive Chef Antonio LePapeto

February 5, 2021

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The Ritz – Carlton, South Beach will be hosting the Culinary Experience featuring Chef Brad Kilgore, Chef Antonio Bachour, and Executive Chef Antonio LePapeto benefit the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund. 

Taking place at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach’s signature restaurant, Fuego y Mar, this collaborative experience marks the first time Chef Brad Kilgore and Chef Antonio Bachour will be working together in over a decade. 

The ticketed dinner will run for $350 per person, with $100 going towards the relief fund. The menu will be pre-fixed and will consist of the following:

Cocktail Hour

Canapé
Puffed Truffle Cannoli
Smoked Rabbit Mousseline, Fennel Pollen, Black Truffle Yogurt

Peppercorn Merengue
Caviar, Local Clam Emulsion, Buttermilk, Nori Salt

Foie gras black truffle arancini
mornay sauce and micro shiso

Amuse Bouche
Scallop crudo, blood orange, citrus lace, borage flower

Appetizer

Dumpling
Foie Gras “Hummus”, Matcha Tea, Pistachio-Miso Broth, Indian Lime Pickle

Main Course
Halibut, Sancocho broth, baby vegetables, Jamon Iberico croquetas, espelette

Dessert 

Bachour “Rocher” chocolate hazelnut cremeux, hazelnut caramel, hazelnut cake, crunchy chocolate

Petit Fours
Chocolate Bonbons and Macarons 

Fuego y Mar is located at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. The event will take place February 20, 2021 with a Cocktail Reception at 6:30 p.m. Followed by Dinner – 7:15 p.m. The night will be topped off with an Afterglow Cigar Lounge – 9:00 p.m.

Click HERE to reserve your space on Opentable

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Chick-fil-A to give away free Chocolate Fudge Brownies this month

January 14, 2021

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It’s fudgy, flavorful, and free. As a way to say “thank you” to customers, Chick-fil-A is giving away a sweet, little treat: a Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Available from Jan. 11 to Jan. 23 at participating U.S. restaurants, Chick-fil-A One® members can redeem the offer for a free brownie* on their Chick-fil-A One® account by scanning or placing a mobile order via the Chick-fil-A® App in the drive-thru, via curbside delivery, or inside the restaurant, where available. 

“Whether it’s a smile behind a cow print mask or a surprise treat, we’re always looking for ways to show our guests how much we appreciate them,” said Kevin Purcer, senior director of customer digital experience at Chick-fil-A, Inc. “We’re excited to add a little sweetness to our guest’s day.” 

Newly added to the menu in fall 2020, the Chocolate Fudge Brownie features rich semi-sweet chocolate melted into the batter along with tasty, fudgy chunks. Each decadent treat comes individually wrapped or can be purchased by the tray. 

Safe Service remains the first priority at all Chick-fil-A restaurants. Ordering and paying for meals through the Chick-fil-A App offers guests a convenient, contactless ordering experience. Guests can also enjoy their favorite Chick-fil-A menu items without leaving home by using one of the delivery options available from select restaurants (minimum order requirements, higher menu prices, and additional fees may apply). For more information on the Chick-fil-A Safe Service standards, visit chick-fil-a.com/safeservice

For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people, and guests across the country, visit thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com

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Islas Canarias Celebrates 43 Years of Serving Croquetas

September 25, 2020

Islas Canarias Restaurant & Bar, the miami-based food and beverage company, is celebrating their 43 year anniversary. The restaurant was established by the late Raul and Amelia Garcia in 1977 and is currently run by their daughter Nancy Andrade and her husband Luis Andrade. Islas Canarias continues to preserve Raul’s secret family recipe for the Islas Canarias Croqueta. The restaurant’s croquetas have been an iconic favorite in Miami-Dade County for decades.

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Last Minute Labor Day Dining Plans

September 6, 2020

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With all the stop and go on whether you can dine inside or outside, it’s hard to tell which restaurants are open for indoor dining. Here’s a guide on where to dine inside to avoid the Miami Heat (no pun intended, because they’re winning).

Barton G announced the resume of their indoor dining. There are temperature checks at the door, hand sanitation stations are available throughout the establishment, and you can make reservations for up to six. Even the valet will be sanitizing the driver seat and steering wheel of vehicles. See menu and reservations link here

Bulla Gastrobar has the best of both indoor and outdoor seating. Visit the Doral, Coral Gables, or The Falls locations for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch. Click here to make a Reservation

La Mesa Miami is back as of Thursday, the Coral Way spot is ready to seat you inside for brunch. A.K.A con aire frio. Here you can order tapas, salads, and Miami food such as Arroz con Huevo (Grilled churrasco over rice with fried eggs, spicy ketchup, scallion and grilled lemon). Make your reservation by calling (786) 703-3907. 

Take it slow on this next one, because Tap 42 is back with Bottomless Brunch. This Saturday, Sunday, and Monday all the locations will offer $25 bottomless Mimosas, Blood Marys, Funky Buddha Floridian and 42 Hazy Daze from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can make reservations for parties of up to six. You can also enter for a chance to win a Labor Day Bottomless Brunch here.

You can eat your Florida Alligator Strips, Frita, and drink your Guava Shake again at the LoKal. The servers are wearing masks and are following guidelines to keep the safe and community safe. You can view the menu before you visit here

The home of the Ruoto di Parmigiano (tableside experience of parmigiano-reggiano cheese), Divieto is also open for indoor service as of last Monday. The three locations (Doral, Aventura Mall, and Estero) are also offering takeout and delivery services.

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Four new cereal flavors to add to your WFH routine

August 10, 2020

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Aside from the tasty protein bars, KIND Snacks just gave us another reason to love the brand even more. It just launched its first ever cereal in four flavors exclusively at Walmart.

Think of the new cereal as a protein bar in a bowl. Each box is packed full of all the healthy goodness you’d expect from KIND, including your dose of protein. The four flavors, inspired by their most popular nut bars are gluten free and contain 5-6 grams of protein per serving. 

The flavors include Dark Chocolate Almond ($6.98) complete with almonds, dark chocolate, cocoa and super grain flakes. Apple Cinnamon ($6.98) with cinnamon apples, pumpkin seeds and super grain flakes. Honey Almond includes almonds, toasted coconut and super grain flakes. And Cranberry Almond with almonds, cranberries and super grain flakes.

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Kona Poké to Launch a Delivery-Only Location in Miami

April 13, 2020

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Kona Poké, Central Florida’s popular, fast-casual, fresh food concept is coming to South Florida.  Opening soon at 155 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 32130 in the Brickell neighborhood of Downtown Miami, Kona Poké Brickell is the brand’s first delivery-only store.  Famed chef and recent James Beard Foundation Award nominee for Rising Star Chef of the Year Henry Moso created Kona Poké’s delicious signature bowls and sauces, which will be available for delivery, in addition to Build Your Own Bowls, Soup, Salads and more.  Kona Poké’s customers will enjoy their healthy and delicious Hawaiian-style poké bowls made with fresh sushi-grade fish, house sauces and over 40 fresh toppings to choose from, plus vegan, gluten-free and cooked options are also available.  Delivery is provided directly by Kona Poké and third-party delivery services.  Kona Poké has a 100% no-contact food prep guarantee.  

“Even in these difficult times, we are opening new locations, focused on delivery-only,” says Kona Poké Owners Matthew Ting and Ernie Falco III.  “It’s our way to continue excelling.  We opened our first two locations in Central Florida in just one year, and we are excited to keep the momentum going while also adapting to the changing circumstances bringing our first delivery-only store to Brickell.  We can’t wait to feed the Miami community our insanely delicious bowls and continue making many more fans statewide.”