RECAP: Cake Thai Japanese Craft Beer Dinner

Cake Thai Beer Dinner

Did you know that most of the familiar brands of Japanese beer available in the United States are produced right here in the US or in Canada?  Anheuser-Busch produces Kirin in Virginia, while Sapporo and Asahi are both produced in Canada.

And so began our introduction to the Japanese Craft Beer Dinner this past Wednesday at Cake Thai Wynwood.  The craft beers produced in Japan with names like Echigo Kishuhikari Rice Lager and Iwatekura Oyster Stout were paired expertly by Chef Phuket Thongsodchreondee’s, (@KZCake) authentic Thai cuisine for a five course tasting menu.  It was a delicious evening with some of the longest names I have ever seen on a menu.

Cake Thai Japanese Craft Beers

The menu included dishes not on the Cake Thai menu, and while I love his regular menu, there were a number of standout dishes that I hope he will consider adding or featuring as specials.  General Manager, Gabby Korakot did the honors of describing each dish, while a knowledgeable representative from the Japanese beer distributor explained the pairings.

Cake Thai Beer Dinner menu

The first dish, Pla Chae Nampla, was a fresh crudo of Dorade, a light white fish that was filleted, the skin torched to create a crispy topping and served cold in a cilantro oil.  The light Koshihikari Rice Lager produced by Echigo, who also produces top quality sake, was the perfect complement.

Cake Thai Crudo

The next dish was paired with a fruity IPA, Ryujin Shuzo Oze No Yukidoke and was my favorite dish of the evening, so here’s my pitch that Chef Cake consider adding it to menu.

Pla Yang Yum Mamuang was a Grilled Swordfish accompanied by a crisp, fresh green mango salad, thai chilis and toasted cashews.  The fish was so fresh and each bite with the mango salad was simply delicious.  Good thing the word YUM is in the very long Thai dish name!

Cake Thai Beer dinner swordfish mango salad

Echigo Premium Red Ale offered a caramelly contrast to the traditional Pad Kaprao, of stir fry beef, hot basil leaf, and side of jasmine rice topped with a fried quail egg.  Another winning dish I would love to see on menu.

Cake Thai Pad Kaprao

And yes, the Gold Medal winning, Iwatekura Oyster Stout is produced by the beer fermenting in vats with oysters.  The flavor ended up rich and almost chocolately.  And Chef Cake picked Goong OB Woon Sen, a dish that is baked in a deep dish and included Madagascar prawns, pork belly, soy sauce and clear glass noodles.

Cake Thai Prawns

Stout beer ended the evening as well, with Echigo Stout paired with Patonggo Pang Beer,  stout beer battered Thai donuts, chocolate cremuex and a dribble of white truffle oil and stout reduction.

Cake Thai Stour beer battered Thai donuts

The evening was quite unique with an obviously well-thought out menu and pairings and stellar service from the staff and kitchen.

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Cake Thai Wynwood   

180 NW 29th St.

Miami, FL

305 573 5082

 

Saturday Sweets: SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo Returns For Its Third Year

This week’s Saturday Sweets is about the sweetest convention to come to South Florida each year – SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo. Going on it's third year, this cake expo offers everything anyone could possibly need to be a better baker. The trade show is for home bakers and professionals alike to discover the latest in baking and decorating trends, purchase the new supplies, and even take on demos and classes taught by some of the best bakers in the country.

Melanie Richard and Natasha O’Connor, the women behind the SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo, once found it very difficult to find baking supplies in South Florida. Passionate home bakers with a sweet tooth, they decided to open Sweet Life Cake and Candy Supply to fill the void that other South Florida home bakers were coming across. Fast forward to 2015 and they launched the SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo, “After opening up Sweet Life Cake and Candy Supply, we started attending trade shows all around the country in order to be able to provide our customers with the latest tools in baking and decorating,” says Melanie Richard, co-founder of SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo.

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Local Miami Restaurants Giving Back On Earth Day & Arbor Day

Earth Day is officially over but you can still support their efforts year round!  It’s an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. And now, more than ever, we all need to do our part to support our fragile environment.  A few of our favorite spots in Miami are doing their part to give back on Earth Day.

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Sweet Liberty Rise & Dine Brunch

Not only is Sweet Liberty an award winning Miami Beach bar with great cocktails and those amazing cauliflower nachos, but now they’ve got brunch, too! For all the boozy brunch lovers out there they even have a bottomless rosé option available to add for $25.

Sweet Liberty also has a delicious cocktail menu that pairs well with breakfast, including an Espresso Martini made with tequila that’s got enough coffee kick in it to wake even the sleepiest “bruncher” up.

While the menu may seem small, it’s got all the brunch classics. We opted for a little bit of everything, because what is brunch without a table overflowing in food?! The Crudité Plate with green goddess dressing and jalapeno cornbread was a great way to start the meal.

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The Wynwood Yard: Della’s Bowls-A Morning Refuge

As Miami continues to embrace healthy eating, MIAbites is pleased to introduce a new weekly feature; Wellness Wednesdays. Each week we will share our discoveries of new and not so new spots offering local ingredients, plant-based and healthy dining options. 

By now most of us are familiar with The Wynwood Yard, the open air space for creative dining, drinking and community gatherings, created by Founder and CEO Della Heiman in 2015.  Her personal project, della test kitchenoffers healthy, fast, casual dining popular at lunch and dinner.

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Lobster Bar Sea Grille Opens In SoFi

Just around the first of April, Lobster Bar Sea Grille opened in the spot on Washington Avenue and 5th Street that will forever be known by locals as “the old China Grill spot.”

The seafood restaurant is the newest concept from the national award-winning Buckhead Life Restaurant Group of Atlanta, Georgia, and owners of the popular Chops Lobster Bar and City Fish Market in Boca Raton and sister restaurant Lobster Bar Sea Grille in Fort Lauderdale.

Guests are meant to enjoy a sophisticated atmosphere complete with modern-contemporary nautical touches. Management says they really want it to be all about the service and would love to be considered a fancier version of Cheers!, for locals to have a regular dining spot where "everyone knows your name".

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Italian Culinary Tours in Miami: 4 Neighborhoods 4 Restaurants 4 Courses

The Italy- America Chamber of Commerce Southeast is excited to announce the first edition of The Italian Culinary Tour in Miami for April 25-26, and May 2-3.

As the tourist season winds down and Miami returns to mostly local residents, The Italian Culinary Tour supports those local restaurants and hard working chefs that are here for us year round.  The tour bases itself on the concept of a mobile meal, where participants can not only taste different food and wines, but also have the possibility to follow a true “Path of Taste” moving from one restaurant to the other in order to explore new locations and the Italian Lifestyle.

Attendees will have the opportunity to not only discover new flavors but also to participate in culinary sessions with Chefs as well as Italian sommeliers for the wine pairings.

The event seeks to develop and promote the authentic traditions of Italian food products and upgrade the culture of Italian food and wine with local consumers. The tour showcases the best of Italian food, wine, and entertainment in one night through a guided tour of four of the most authentic and excellent Italian restaurants in Miami.

Each tour takes almost four hours with each restaurant stop about 30-40 minutes. 

In some cases, transfers from one restaurant to the other will be by private coach, when the next stop on the tour is not within walkable distance.

The Italian Culinary Tour visits four neighborhoods: April 25 – 26 and May 2 – 3 and includes a four-course dinner in four local Italian Restaurants per tour and is priced at $50 pp per tour.  

See schedule and ticket info below:

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Saturday Sweets: Easy Easter Cookies Made With M&Ms

Easter Cookies M&M's Miami Recipe Saturday Sweets

It's Easter weekend and that means there are sure to be tons of gatherings among family and friends. Whether you're going out or staying in these easy irresistible Easter cookies are always a hit!

I’m all about fun and fancy desserts but sometimes you just need something simple that looks pretty to hit the spot.  Easter is tomorrow, which makes this the perfect time to share one of my favorite easy cookie recipes just in case you’re in the mood to whip up something yummy to share instead of overloading yourself with Cadbury eggs (no judgement here) or other chocolaty treats.  These M&M cookies are soft and pillowy and look so pretty with the pastel candies.  Of course you can make them all year long but I’m partial to the pastel spring colors.

Ingredients:

·       1 cup shortening

·       1 cup packed brown sugar

·       ½ cup sugar

·       2 large eggs

·       1 teaspoon vanilla

·       2 ¼ flour

·       1 teaspoon salt

·       1 teaspoon baking soda

·       2 cups M&Ms, save a handful off to the side

Directions:

·       Preheat the oven to 350°F

·       Cream together shortening and sugars until they are light and fluffy – I’d say 3-4 minutes, we want them really fluffy because this helps with the airiness of the cookies

·       Add eggs and vanilla, beat until combined

·       Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl and then slowly add to the wet ingredients

·       Fold M&Ms into the batter

·       Drop tablespoon sized balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

·       Gently top each cookie with a few of the extra M&Ms

·       Bake for 10-12 minutes

Try to let them cool a little bit before you eat them all, that’s always hit or miss with me – the moment they come out of the oven I’m usually ready to dive in!  You can always mix it up and add whatever candies or nuts you have in your house. 

The possibilities are endless!  Enjoy and happy baking!

 

Spring Menu Debuts at db Bistro Moderne

Spring is here and one of our favorite parts about the change in season is the change in menus. Spring menus in Miami mean fresh ingredients and vibrant colors and Chef Clark Bowen’s new menu at Daniel Boulud’s dbBistro Moderne was as beautiful to behold, as it was to taste.

Last week we highlighted spring cocktails and now we are ready to dive into the fresh flavors in food that spring has to offer. Our first peek of a new spring menu was at the db Bistro Moderne Menu Preview at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami.

I was invited in to sample the new menu and some of the new cocktails - I knew it would be a meal I didn’t want to miss.

The menu was the following:

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MKT by bazbaz opens in Wynwood

Photo and video content provided by MKT by bazbaz.

On Saturday April 8th, MKT by bazbaz , an open air public Art Installation and Marketplace, opened on an empty corner lot at 2100 North Miami Ave. in Wynwood with a community of over 40 local artisans, artists, musicians, farmers and food entrepreneurs. 

The curated vendors have been hand selected by Creative Director, Alvaro Perez Miranda, for the superior quality of their offerings, and their socially conscious message and practices. MKT is a laboratory of creativity and entrepreneurship, where vendors sell their goods and share their stories, through daily talks in the amphitheater.

Humanae by Artist Angelica Dass

With a backdrop of HUMANAE (work in progress) by Brazilian artist, Angelica Dass, a huge mural depicting the many colors of humanity as Pantone numbers, it is clear that MKT is offering a sanctuary of diversity, acceptance, freedom to be creative and offer support to our community.

MKT by bazbaz Fresh Produce

Wellness is at MKT’s core, as local produce, fruit, Jucy Lu cold pressed juices and Green Frog artisanal-fair trade coffee from Colombia are among the fresh Farmer’s Market offerings.  

MKT by bazbaz Fresh Bowls

Specially created healthy bowls, salads, teas and snacks are available from Smart Bites, Dragonfly Lean Cuisine, Dosha Ayurvedic, Lady Fingrs popsicles and LeSage Bakery.

And organic cosmetics, soaps and skin care products are among the new vendors added weekly.

MKT by bazbaz artists
MKT by bazbaz jewelry shop

Art is also a pivotal element to MKT, as local artists and artisans like Valeria Krasavina Cards, Judith Tani Ceramicas and Summertime by Sylvie offer a variety of mixed media and hand-crafted apparel and accessories.

MKT by bazbaz Amphitheater music

One of the focal points is the amphitheater, where local musicians play and thought-provoking talks and workshops are offered.  Each week a new focus will prevail at MKT, with this Saturday April 15th being the Environment, including a special visit from the Miami Zoo.  April 22nd will focus on Community and April 29th will be on Food and Urban Farming

Admission is free and MKT is both family and dog-friendly. 

MKT is proud to have Slow Food Miami and The Education Fund as its charity partners.

MKT by bazbaz   

2100 North Miami Ave.

Miami, FL

Saturday’s until May 27th 1-7 pm

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