Saturday Sweets: Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Pie

September is National Bourbon Month and while Hurricane Irma may have robbed us from some of our bourbon drinking (or made some of us drink more), there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the celebrations. If you’re looking for something sweet that’s still got a little kick, then this week’s Saturday Sweets is just for you!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite pie recipes - Chocolate Pecan Bourbon pie. It’s perfect for the beginning of Fall. I usually save this recipe for Thanksgiving, but this year I’m thinking I’ll be making it early. Protip: it’s best to make the pie the day before you plan on serving it so that it has time to cool down fully.

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Weekly Nibble: Sunday Funday to Benefit The Keys & Cuba

It’s been over a week since we were hit by Hurricane Irma and while most of Miami is pretty much back to normal, our friends right down the road in The Keys have entire lives to rebuild.

Want to help? Well, here’s your chance - this past Sunday Blackbird Ordinary in Brickell held  an 8-hour fundraiser from 2 pm to 11 pm.

If you couldn't make it Sunday, feel free to donate to the cause here.

Want to volunteer? Email and let them know you want to help out!

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New Brasserie menu at Alter Wynwood

No question it has been a tough few weeks in South Florida.  As I write this, there are still areas without electricity, and the images of the Keys is haunting.

But Floridians are a resilient lot, and the chefs and restaurants that call Miami their home, have rallied to support local Hurricane Irma relief efforts thru food donations, specially priced menus, and even fundraising.

One of our favorite chefs, Bradley Kilgore, has created a special Brasserie menu for the rest of September to celebrate the reopening of Alter in Wynwood and perhaps make dining out more affordable and approachable to many looking for a rewarding evening after a long and probably stressful day.  The boutique dining experience that Alter offers may be just what you need to begin the recovery and return to normalcy.

The Chef’s Tasting Menu is priced at $49, but there are many items you can select a la carte including Chef Kilgore’s signature, soft egg with scallop espuma with Siberian caviar at $17 (or add Iranian osetra caviar for additional $15).

Some of the more casual comfort food brasserie menu highlights include: ( See full menu below):

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Rosh Hashanah Brisket Recipe via Chef Danny Serfer

The Jewish High Holy days begin at sundown on Wednesday, September 20th with the celebration of the Jewish New Year 5778 or Rosh Hashanah.  The “MasterBraiser”, Chef Danny Serfer of Blue Collar and Mignonette, has shared with us his delicious and traditional braised brisket recipe.

Blue Collar Rosh Hashanah Braised Brisket

Feeds 8 hungry post-synagogue persons


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The South Beach Seafood Festival is Back for Its 5th Year

The 5th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival is back to kick off Miami's globally-recognized stone crab season. #SobeSeafood kicks off October 17-21, 2017, with a week of dinners & events, leading up to Friday's Chef Showdown & Saturday's South Beach Seafood Festival, all happening in the best way South Beach knows how!  

As a valued reader of MIAbites - we’ve got a special code that will save you 20% off on your tickets! Use code: MIAbites when purchasing your tickets!

The main event of the seafood festival will take place on Saturday, October 21st with several of South Florida's leading chefs and culinary masterminds showcasing some of their best seafood while benefiting a great cause: CI Foundation's EAT SMART program. Saturday's beachfront event, South Beach Seafood Festival is brought to you by Kendall Jackson and presented by Coca-Cola and Jack Daniel's and will span five blocks. Last year over 13,000 seafoodies enjoyed a day of fun in the sun.

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Macchialina Offers $10 Pasta Specials on Thursdays!

It’s no secret that Hurricane Irma rocked everyone’s world last week. Everyone, restaurants included, are rushing to get back to normal.

The team behind Macchialina was up and running as early as Wednesday with a disclaimer that as soon as they found fresh eggs, there would be fresh pasta. Luckily for the Miami Beach community there were fresh eggs just in time for the always popular Pasta Thursday, featuring $10 pastas all night long. Last Thursday close to 200 people came in for the promotion.

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Celebrate Mexican Independence All Week Long

Mexicans celebrate their country’s Independence Day with fireworks, fiestas, food, dance and music - and for sure lots of tequila on September 16. Whistles and horns are blown and confetti is thrown to celebrate this festive occasion. "Viva Mexico" or "Viva la independencia” are shouted amidst the crowds on this day. Some of our favorite Mexican spots are on board to celebrate all day and night this weekend and beyond. So if you’re looking to get out of the house (as many of us still don’t have power - damn you #Irma) we’ve got the plans you’re looking for!

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Post Hurricane Irma Restaurant Openings

UPDATE:  Thankfully, it looks like most of Miami and Miami Beach restaurants are back up and running! Some are even offering special prices, or donating to Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Please #SupportLocal.  And remember, Miami Spice continues until September 30th.

Just days after Hurricane Irma landed in Miami, most of us are dying to get back to our regular routines - including dining at some of our favorite restaurants. While many in Miami are still without power, there are plenty of restaurants whose doors are open with hot food and some even have wifi! We were lucky to have missed the worst of the storm, but after a few days without power, it’s easy to understand the cabin fever struggle. It’s time to get out and about!

Here’s a list of what’s up and running broken down by neighborhood:

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Hurricane Irma Volunteer Opportunities

As we watched the frightening coverage of historic Hurricane Irma, it became important to begin to look forward to the recovery period.  It may take weeks or even months to put our beautiful state back together and every little bit will help.  Whether you are on the east coast or the west coast, help will be needed in every county across Florida. 

Both The United Way Miami, and Volunteer Florida have posted applications online to sign up for volunteer projects.  MIAbites will be working closely with both organizations to help

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Sultry Salsa and Bold Flavors at Bagatelle Miami Beach

I had heard rumors about this place… That all is not what it seems, and a Sunday brunch here can easily turn into an unexpected club night.  So, when I was invited to Bagatelle’s Wednesday “Havana Night”, I said sure, I’ll check it out.

Situated on the corner of Collins and 21st St, Bagatelle enjoys a lively, prime location. First impressions of the venue were impressive; elegant and sumptuous French bistro-style decor, with modern pop art thrown in the mix, brought together by provocative mood lighting and an upbeat Latin vibe supplied by the DJ.  A large space in the middle of the restaurant was, as yet, unoccupied.

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