Newish Brunches That Should Be On Your Radar

Brunch is bae, and we live in a city that’s very much aware of that. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again - day drinking with friends while eating breakfast foods is one of the greatest activities out there. Restaurants are all about the brunch menu and many of the newer spots in town are quickly developing their menus to keep up.

Here are four newish brunches that have caught my eye lately:

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Saturday Sweets: Five Desserts Ready in Under Five Minutes

Ever have one of those moments where you're craving something sweet but you're out of the goods? We've all been there. This week's Saturday Sweets is all about satisfying those cravings quickly (under 3 minutes) using stuff you're most likely to find in your pantry on a regular basis. Mug cakes are exactly what you're looking for. These simple desserts take just a minute to assemble and about the same to cook.


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Wellness Wednesday: SoulCycle Brickell and Raw Juce

It’s a new year and there are a couple new kids on the health and fitness block! SoulCycle at Brickell Heights is officially open and rocking. You can’t miss them with their bright and cheerful yellow sign.

I was lucky to be on the “SoulBlogger” list for a post-NYE workout organized by Miami Food Porn’s, Dana Rozansky, and as the over 25 of us took to our bikes we knew we were in for a fun and calorie burning workout.

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Top Chef Jeremy Ford's Stubborn Seed

Celebrity chefs coming to Miami to open restaurants is not a new concept. So, imagine our excitement when Florida’s own, Jacksonville born, Chef Jeremy Ford was crowned Bravo TV’s Season 13 Top Chef winner. Jeremy Ford earned high markets as Executive Chef at Jean Georges’ Matador Room at The EDITION, but he has happily moved on and opened Stubborn Seed in partnership with the Grove Bay Hospitality Group in the South of Fifth neighborhood.

Chef Jeremy’s formula is simple. Local produce, meat and fish, prepared in the glass enclosed open kitchen and presented with flourish. On a Wednesday night, we were invited to sample the $125 8 course Chefs Tasting menu, which easily is worth it to try many of the creative and well-designed dishes.

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Weekly Nibble: Unlimited Bowling, Free Pizza, Anniversaries and More in Miami

So many events and so little time! In this city that never sleeps there always seems to be something to do or something to celebrate. Check out our roundup of fun things going on this week including where you can bowl all night for $16 and how you can score free pizza every Thursday!  

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Dessert Wars Miami Returns to FIU for 5th Celebration

Dessert Wars Miami is back and returning to FIU Arena on January 20th from 5pm-7pm. The event will feature over 50 dessert vendors competing for the title of Best Dessert in Miami.

What are the chances that "new year, new me" resolution has stuck anyway? You've probably either caved or are ready for an epic cheat day. Join us at Dessert Wars as we eat ourselves into a sugar coma.

Judges include our very own dessert expert Amber Love Bond, our favorite pastry chef and donut king - Max Santiago, Best Food Miami's Stacy Moya, Joel Franco "Miami's News Guy," and a special guest judge who will win their way in via InstagramThe judges will have the terribly hard job of determining who will win the Best Dessert in Miami.

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1 800 Lucky: Les Banh Amis and Poke OG

1 800 Lucky was one of those openings that Miami food lovers like to talk about incessantly.

From the minute the doors opened, the lines to get in the Asian themed food hall and then once inside, the lines to get food, became almost legendary.  Bestselling items SOLD OUT by 8 pm. If you hadn’t visited within one week of opening, FOMO immediately set in.

So, imagine how "lucky" we felt, when we were invited to visit on a sunny afternoon BEFORE the 1 800 Lucky doors opened for the evening. Literally, “the calm before the storm”.  The furniture had been piled to one side, the outside patio was being washed down and the bar area emptied and completely cleaned and being restocked. 

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ETARU Entices with Strong Flavors and Beachfront Vibes

As a resident of North Dade county, I’m a big proponent of venturing into Broward for good eats. Located steps from the sand on Hallandale beach, ETARU is a neighborhood restaurant with an expansive menu and beachfront vibes.

If you’ve read any of my blog posts before, then you may know that I’m quite a fan of the classic old fashioned.  So much so, that it’s become sort of like a self imposed tradition to try as many variations as possible. The Umi Old Fashioned from ETARU features Suntory tori whisky, nori, and kokuto. We also sampled the Akabana Spritz, because I think it’s required to have a fizzy cocktail by the ocean, right? With Aperol, hibiscus, yuzu, and sparkling wine, this drink served as a refreshing cocktail and the start to an excellent meal.

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Miami Chefs Dish Out 2018 Food Predictions

Another year, another set of trends. As we welcome 2018, we can’t help but think about all the delicious meals we enjoyed over the last year and of course have begun to wonder what this year will bring to our plates.

Earlier this month we asked a few chefs around town what their favorite dish to serve was in 2017, what the biggest hit on the menu was. Today we are sharing what they think we will be seeing more of in 2018.

Dining Predictions for 2018 -

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Saturday Sweets: Bal Harbour Shops to Host Inaugural Ice Cream We Love Festival Benefiting Holtz Children's Hospital

Over-the-top ice cream for a great cause?! Count us in! Next weekend Bal Harbour Shops, will be partnering with a few national companies and some of our favorite local ice cream makers to benefit Holtz Children’s Hospital, with its first ever ice cream festival.

On Saturday and Sunday (January 13th & 14th) over a dozen delicious ice cream vendors will fill the first level courtyards and second level promenades at Bal Harbour Shops with samples at ice cream parlor pop-up booths.

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