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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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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.” 

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Exclusive Q & A with Chef Mia Castro

April 5, 2019

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Mia Castro grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was raised partly by her grandparents who gave her a deep appreciation for fresh and wholesome food. Growing up she helped her grandmother cook delicious meals every day with ingredients they harvested themselves. Today, the rising culinary star has graced local staples such as The Bazaar at SLS Hotel and The James at the Royal Palm. We caught up with Mia to ask her about her experience on Hell’s Kitchen.

What made you enter Hell’s Kitchen?

When I first learned about the opportunity, I thought it was something I had never done before and could only be something that would help propel me in my career. I decided I had absolutely nothing to lose so I went into it head first. I’m very glad I did.

What insight do you feel you gained from the show that you didn’t previously have?

Most insight I gained was about myself. I’m a lot more talented than I would give myself credit for. Having the freedom to have unlimited creativity inspired me to cook from my heart and to put more than 10 years of experience and education in the field into my food. I surprised my rivals, the judges, and most importantly myself. Due to being underestimated throughout most of my career, I think I had started to do it to myself. Being on the show and a top contender from the first episode gave me a lot of confidence in myself. Because of that, I will forever be grateful for the opportunity.

What’s next?

I will be heading to Puerto Rico in the next week, where I’ll participating as a guest chef from April 4-7 at Saborea food & wine festival and culinary extravaganza.  I’m also working on developing some content for a cookbook & cooking show. I’ll be making announcements through my IG: @chefmiacastro.

When in Miami, what’s your go to dine spot? The place you can’t live without.

It’s hard to stick to just one. Immediately I can think of Macchialina, by Chef Michael Pirolo. I love their simple, but perfectly executed take on fresh, handmade pasta. The mushroom tagliolini is my favorite and a MUST HAVE every single time. Also (and I have to admit I’m a bit biased), Chef Jose Mendin’s, La Placita, has become one of my spots. It captures the soul and flavor of Puerto Rican cuisine and one of the best spots to hang out in San Juan: La Plaza de Santurce. The “Cuchifritos” section of the menu is my favorite, especially since it’s hard to find this type of “street food” outside of Puerto Rico.

Any favorite breakfast stops?

I love the playful food they serve up for brunch at Beaker & Gray. Their “Chilaquiles” and their “Waffle Panini” are perfectly called for after a long night out of good, innocent fun!

For a fun night out with friends, you would visit?

I love the casual atmosphere of Wynwood. El Patio is my favorite. I LOVE dancing (to Latin music), so it’s a great place to get it out of my system.

When not out on the town, what’s your stay-at-home cheat dish?

Spaghetti cacio e pepe. I always have dry spaghetti, fresh black pepper, and parmigiano or pecorino cheese on hand. It’s filling, decadent, and SO easy to make.

Any words of wisdom for aspiring chefs?

The industry isn’t as glamorous as it seems. It requires a lot of self-sacrifice, physical & mental exertion, and time in less than desirable, low-paying positions. But if you’re NOT afraid of hard work, the payoff is extremely rewarding: discipline, travel, endless learning & creativity, mentoring from some of the best in the industry…only to name a few. My advice: in the beginning, put your head down, and watch, listen, ask questions, take notes…learn as much as you can, be a sponge. Be open to constructive criticism (learn, learn, learn) and don’t pay attention to negative comments.  Define a goal and focus on it, take side-steps if you need to (don’t go back), but keep going because if you’re willing to put in the work and not give up, you will achieve whatever you set your mind to.

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Miami New Times Iron Fork 2017 Aftermath

October 9, 2017

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On October 5, 2017, chefs faced off at the New Times’ Iron Fork 2017 for a chance to win the Iron Fork Skillet. This year chef Santiago Gomez of Tacology, was announced winner of the competition. The cooking competition featured farm-to-table plate creations. The participating chefs’ “culinary expertise and passion is unmatched in Miami,” says Chef Allen Susser. Susser scouted the very best competitors to feature at the event.

Guests who attended were able to taste their way around participating restaurants such as 180 Degrees @ the DRB, Sushi Sake, JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, Brain Freeze Nitrogen Ice Cream, Grill Argentino, Philly Grub, Meat Market, Dashi, Tacology, Rosa Mexicano, The Rusty Pelican, Beaker & Gray, River Yacht Club and Glass & Vine.

If you didn’t get a chance attend Iron Fork, Miami New Times will be hosting upcoming events such: Tacolandia on November 18, 2017 at Soho Studios and Sips & Sweets on December 14, 2017 at Dezer Auto Museum.

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