Saturday Sweets: Karina Rivera Chef Protégé

Saturday Sweets Karina Rivera Chef

Chef Antonio Bachour’s name is well known all throughout the pastry world, but coming up through the ranks is his right-hand and pastry chef, Karina Rivera.

Karina grew up in Mexico always loving sweets and knowing she wanted to be in the kitchen. She went to culinary school and once she finished,  got the opportunity to do an internship at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, where she was supposed to do rounds in all the aspects of the hotel.

But, once she stepped foot into Chef Antonio’s kitchen she knew she never wanted to leave.

Antonio Bachour Pastry Miami

She’s only been in the States for 4 years and in that short time she’s made quite a name for herself. Recently she was in charge of the pastry kitchen at Bachour Bakery + Bistro, but just departed as she plans on traveling with Chef Antonio and assisting him in his pastry classes in Thailand and Indonesia this summer. Once she’s back, there are some big things in the works just in time for the end of the year.

Pastry Chef Karina Rivera

Don’t worry – Saturday Sweets will be on top of those developments when the time comes. In the meantime, I loved getting the chance to fangirl and have coffee with Karina before all of her amazing travel begins.

Chefs Antonio Bachour and Karina Rivera at StarChefs 

Chefs Antonio Bachour and Karina Rivera at StarChefs 

Here’s a bit of my chat with Karina:

How did you get your start in pastry?

Well, since I was a kid I always saw my mom and grandma make cakes and pies in the house. I remember the smell and all the feelings of that environment made me happy. So since then, I’ve always felt love for sweets. When I was 6 or 7 I asked Santa for an Easy Bake Oven and I got it and I think it was my best gift ever. I started trying different toppings and flavors and it made me so happy to do that. After that I would tell my mom, “Let’s go take classes!” So we would do a gingerbread making class during the holidays and things like that. We would take small one hour culinary classes all the time. It was always my favorite and I knew it was what I wanted to do. I’ve always loved sweets.

What inspires your menu the most?

I think I’m inspired by everything around me. I’m really sentimental and I think love inspires me. My family and their support is a huge inspiration for me. When it comes to flavors and colors – right now we are really lucky to have social media, because you can see thousands of videos of colors and techniques, so it’s really nice to see what a lot of chefs in different parts of the world are doing. Obviously, Antonio is a big part of my chef inspiration. I love flowers and there’s this one account that I really love because they have a lot of nice colors and things that make me really happy. The account is @majachocolat.

What’s your favorite thing on the menu?

Macarons by Chef Karina Rivera

I love making macarons. I don’t know what it is. When I started training with Chef Antonio at St. Regis, the first time I made them, I don’t know what it was but I loved them right away. The feeling, the technique, all the steps and having to be so careful with them – then seeing them come out of the oven so pretty and you pair them and add the ganache. It takes a while, once you see the finished product it’s so worth it.

Macarons Karina Rivera

A few weeks ago, I had a competition with my interns on who could pipe them the quickest. I try to make it fun in the kitchen.

What’s your guilty pleasure dessert?

I love molten cake with vanilla ice cream. I love the hot and cold and mixing the melting ice cream with the chocolate cake. When I was working at St. Regis we used to make a molten cake at Jean-Georges, and I think that’s his recipe, and it’s amazing. It’s SO good. I need it all the time.

While I’m so sad that Karina most likely won’t be creating delicious desserts in Miami this summer, I can’t wait to continue following her pastry making adventures around the world and will be first in line the moment she’s back in a local kitchen!

Get Social and follow Karina on her adventures on Instagram @karinarc_5

South of Fifth’s Cibo Wine Bar

Cibo Wine Bar Charcuterie Platter

Cibo Wine Bar is one of the biggest Italian restaurants on all of South Beach. The 12,000 square food space is impressively large with a blend of old world rustic charm and industrial chic modernism.  With six Cibo locations in Toronto and Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Liberty Entertainment Group prides itself on authentic Italian cuisine in beautiful settings.

If the 60ft open kitchen counter isn’t enough to draw your attention immediately, then maybe the 3500 bottles of wine in a soaring two-story award-winning wine room equipped with harnessed wine angel to retrieve your favorite bottle. Yes, a WINE ANGEL – that’s her job title.

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Duck Duck Goose Deux Details: Menu Reveal

Duck Duck Goose Deux Jeremiah Bullfrog Miami

Creative and unique food events have become an important part of the Miami food community. Talented chefs support each other's new ventures, take chances with ingredients and techniques and the result is an enviable food scene. 

And all of us food lovers benefit!  

This Sunday’s Duck Duck Goose (Deux) is exactly that kind of special food experience not to be missed.  Presented by Chef Jeremiah and featuring Miami's top chefs, each of which will be tasked with preparing locally raised and pastured fowl.

In it's second year, DDG Deux is bringing a star-studded line up of South Florida's most innovative purveyors of haute cuisine, gourmet street food, craft beer, and artisan cocktails curated by Jen Massolo of The Liquid Projects..

Duck Duck Goose Chefs

AND MIAbites has the mouthwatering #foielife menus!

DDG is the sister festival to P.I.G (Pork is Good) now in it's eighth year, and Jeremiah Bullfrog and his cadre of knife-slingers are taking a new level of inventiveness to the Birds with Duck Duck Goose.

An all-inclusive food and cocktail celebration of everything winged and delicious, expect lots of live fire cooking over embers. It's also a chance for local foodies to taste one-of-a-kind creations from some of the region's top chefs all under one roof, and patio, and parking lot, and tiki bar. Expect a mouthwatering selection of all of you can sample food and drinks.  GET TICKETS HERE.


Duck Duck Goose Menu

Jeremiah Bullfrog, Forks it-Country style duck ham, tonkutso grits, pickled shit and cracklings

Babe Froman Fine Sausages-duck ham croquette, goose liver pate, Montreal smoked duck proscuitto chip

Brian Mullins, Ms Cheezious-smoked duck, rhubarb compote, chevre, house grilled flat bread

Aaron Brooks, Four Seasons- jerk duck, potato foie gras curry, duck fat scallion roti

Will Crandall- torta de pato con mole, avocado sesame aioli, pickled turnip, cilantro

Roel Alcudia, Mandolin- Duck and foie gras sheftalia, lavash, sumac onions

Steve Santana, Taquiza- Foie'n mi: goose liver Vietnamese sub sandwich

Niven Patel, Ghee-duck biryani, confit, duck egg

Cake, Cake Thai-duck fat rice, 5 spice roast duck, creamy coconut miso gravy, pandan leaves

Scott Linquist, Olla- Duck Carnitas gordita, kumquat & pasilla oaxaca marmelada, salsa borracha

Nina Compton/Levi Raines, Compere Lapin NOLA- Cocoa Cannolis with foie and guava pepper jelly ; curried goose with brioche

Josh Gripper, The Dutch- foie gras crème brulee, apple mostarda, candied walnut, salted rosemary espuma

Scott Anderson, Elements- duck heart, shagbark hickory, egg yolk, garlic chive

Brad Kilgore, Alter- grilled goose foie gras, umeboshi glaze, rice masago, shiso

Alissa Frice, Frice Cream- foie gras blueberry ice cream, duck crackling waffle cone, anise hyssop sprinkles

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

The Anderson

709 Northeast 79th Street

Miami, FL 33138


Sorso at Scarpetta by Scott Conant

With the weather getting warmer, we are bound to start looking for new trendy places to cool off and grab a drink. If you’re a fan of Scarpetta, Scott Conant, or The Fontainebleau Hotel, then we’ve found your summer cocktail spot.

Sorso, meaning sip in Italian, is a pop-up specialty cocktail bar located in the front lounge of Scarpetta inside The Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The cocktail lab and infusion bar was introduced during the 2017 Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival and is here to stay – just until the end of the summer. 

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CityPlace Doral: Exciting Addition to Doral’s Food Scene

Doral is one of the few neighboring areas in Miami where you can still see cows roaming around on open land. Now, with the opening of the new CityPlace in Doral , there’s a massive expansion in the restaurants available for residents and those who work in the area.

The opening of Downtown Doral last year brought favorites like Bulla Gastrobar, Dragonfly Izakaya, and Pisco y Nasca. The opening of CityPlace located just a mile down the road on NW 6th street is ready to bring so many new options to the once bland area.

Restaurants open or opening soon include:

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Hamburger House Party Menu Sneak Peek

UPDATE:  And the winning burgers at this week's Hamburger House Party presented by Burger Beast were Judges Choice:  Hard Times Sundaes from Brooklyn NY, and Peoples Choice: Chefs On The Run.

Are you ready for a Hamburger Party? It's this Friday and it's a perfect way to end National Burger Month.

Burger Beast Feasts presents the annual Hamburger House Party happening on Friday, May 26th at Magic City Casino from 7pm to 10pm.  GET TICKETS HERE 

Over 20 restaurants will be competing for Best Burger in South Florida. This year features a rogue competitor, Hard Times Sundaes, coming all the way from Brooklyn to see if they have a shot at taking home to crown. Jr’s Gourmet Burgers are back to try to reclaim their crown for the 3rd year in a row. We’re wondering if they have what it takes to win again, right off the heels of their recent 2017 SOBEWFF Burger Bash win.

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Saturday Sweets: Just Cookie Dough

If you’re a regular reader of Saturday Sweets, then you know I’m all about guilty pleasure foods. One guilty pleasure I think most people can agree with is raw cookie dough. Is it possible to bake cookies and not eat at least 3 cookies worth (or sometimes half a batch) of dough in the process? It’s not at all possible in my kitchen.

While we’ve been told raw dough isn’t safe to eat – even though I’ve never actually gotten sick from it and it usually doesn’t stop me – Hampton Creek, the makers of Just Mayo, Just Dressing, Just Cookies are launching Just Cookie Dough this week at familiar retailers aka Publix and Whole Foods. Just Cookie Dough has been created by a team of Michelin Star Chefs. It comes in three favorite flavors: Birthday Cake, Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. 

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Craft Beer Week: Glass & Vine + Samuel Adams Beer Pairing Dinner

May 15th to the 21st is American Craft Beer Week. It’s a nationwide celebration of U.S. small and independent craft brewers.

The weeklong tribute provides an opportunity for craft brewers to share their diversity, creativity, and passion for the beverage they love. Samuel Adams is one of the most well-known brands of craft beer. Since 1984, Boston-based Samuel Adams has been brewing specially crafted beers for all to enjoy. I’m not a big beer drinker but when I was invited to a pairing dinner at Glass & Vine I was curious to see how Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli would pair dishes with 6 different kinds of beers. I knew the food would be outstanding, so really it was going to be a winning evening either way.

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Weekly Nibble: PAO Omakase, Hamburger House Party, Duck Duck Goose, New Menus & Happy Hours

Weekly Nibble MIAbites 5.15.17

The Weekly Nibble on MIAbites features a curated list of the most unique and best upcoming food events and new offerings in Miami.  Please check ahead to confirm specific details as they are subject to change.

Closing out National Burger Month at Pizza & Burger at The Fontainebleau is celebrity chef and restaurateur, Scott Conant. Food Network’s Chopped judge and owner of multiple restaurants, including Impero Caffe and Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, presents the modern Italian flavors he’s built his reputation on. The New Impero Burger is an Italian tour de force – double dry aged patties, pickled mustard seed sauce, truffle aioli, fontina, lettuce and tomato. 15 percent of proceeds will benefit Keep Memory Alive. All specialty burgers offered during National Burger Month are priced at $24. Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL  305-674-4636

Wednesday, May 24th- 7 pm. “The Perfect Bite” Omakase Dining Experience Pao by Paul Qui. When a James Beard Foundation award-winning chef asks you to trust him regarding a menu, you do. This summer, Pao’s Executive Chef, Paul Qui, will host an Omakase—an intimate communal dinner inspired by the Japanese tradition of letting the chef choose your order. Throughout his career, Chef Qui created unpredictable flavor combinations that evolved over the years into dishes he’s deemed his “perfect bites.”. Tickets start at $95 per person, exclusive of tax and service charges. Seating is limited. For tickets, visit or call +1 786 655 5600 to book. Pao by Paul Qui The Faena 3201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach. 

Burger Beast Hamburger House Party

Friday May 26th Burger Beast presents the 2017 Hamburger House Party brought to you by Miami Lakes Auto Mall Downstairs Markets & Magic City Casino. It's happening on Friday May 26th (closing weekend of National Burger Month) at Magic City Casino from 7-10PM. 23 Burger Joints will be vying for the Hamburger House Party Trophy via attendee votes and a chance to participate on SOBEWFF Burger Bash. Tickets which will be $50 at the door (if not sold out) are now $40 (and will go up to $45 very soon) and include Unlimited samples from all 23 of the Hamburger House Party Competitors plus more food and drink. Tickets Magic City Casino 450 NW 37th Ave, Miami, FL 33125

Duck Duck Goose Deux

Sunday May 28th-  Duck Duck Goose is a culinary festival by Chef Jeremiah featuring Miami's top chefs each of which will be tasked with preparing locally raised and pastured fowl. In its second year, DDG Deux is bringing a star-studded line up of South Florida's most innovative purveyors of haute cuisine, gourmet street food, craft beer, and artisan cocktails. Tickets are $20-75 and available on Eventbrite link here . The Anderson 709 Northeast 79th Street Miami, FL 33138. 

Sunday May 28th & Monday May 29th- River Yacht Club (RYC). Not typically open on Mondays, it will celebrate the arrival of summer in style with a two-day, backyard-style barbecue, “Rock My Boat” Sunday brunch party will be packed with entertainment and amazing food and drink specials. In addition to their seafood-centric a la carte and brunch menus, a grilling station will be positioned outside, serving up delicious items such as fresh Maine lobster, Korean-style BBQ short ribs, Florida Yellowtail snapper, ginger barbecue half chicken and colossal tiger shrimp. For this weekend only, a variety of tacos will be available at a taco stand. Guests can expect drink specials all weekend long. RYC will donate 10% of food and beverage sales to the Wounded Warriors Project, a nonprofit organization who honor and empower wounded warriors by providing free programs, support, and services to injured veterans, their families, and caregivers. River Yacht Club 401 SW Third Avenue.(305) 200-5716.

New and Ongoing:

Pinch Kitchen Miami Burger

Pinch Kitchen continues its weekly Burger Month offerings with new burgers from Kiko Suarez week of May 23 and Miami Food Pug week of May 30th. The burgers will only be available during lunch and brunch Tuesday through Sunday, and prices will vary depending on the burger. The classic Pinch Burger will also be available. Pinch Miami 8601 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL

Ricky's South Beach Happy Hour

Ricky's South Beach is shattering happy hours all over the beach with its carnival food themed new Happy Hour- Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. (10 p.m. PEOPLE, THIS IS NOT A DRILL!) where the entire Bar & Food menu is 50% OFF- Everything: Cocktails, Shots, Craft Beers and the whole. food. menu. And to sweeten the deal, for every alcoholic drink purchase made during happy hour you'll receive TWO TOKENS to spend at Ricky's arcade! Ricky’s 1222 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Anderson Bar Miami New Menu and Cocktails

The Anderson has dropped a mouthwatering new menu for the first time since its opening.  Expect to find The Anderson’s rad take on cocktails broken up into two sections: Freshies and Stiffies, both made up of new, creative cocktails engineered by the bar’s own Joshua Alperstein. To complement the eclectic cocktails, a truly mouthwatering menu has officially given elevated bar bites a new meaning. Munch on things like: Mix & Match Empanadas with Chef’s Herb Aioli, Short Rib Naan Tacos made with Herbs de Provence Short Rib, Applewood Smoked Bleu Cheese & Caramelized Onions; or indulge in the Anderson Smoked Wings with Popcorn Buffalo & Bleu Cheese Sauce; or Griot & Tostones which includes Crispy Pork, Tostones & Pikliz, and of course “the best chicken sandwich in Miami”. The Anderson 709 NE 79th St. Miami FL.  

Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami $39 dinner

Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach is celebrating their grand opening with an amazing Three-Course $39 dinner menu Sunday-Thursday from 5:30 to close. The three-course dinner menu includes signature favorites such as a 1.5 lb “Lobster Stuffed Lobster”, Whole Wood Grilled Fish and Surf & Turf -- Nova Scotia Lobster Tail & Petite Filet Mignon, to name a few. In addition, a fun cocktail and light bites Twilight Menu is available at the bar and patio and features specially priced cocktails, wines & spirits and bites. Lobster Bar Sea Grille 404 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL.

Quattro on Lincoln Rd will offer a special $25- summer lunch menu that will be available weekdays from 12PM to 6PM. For only $25, diners can enjoy two courses plus dessert. Regular a la carte menu is still available all day. The new prix fixe menu by Executive Chef Luciano Sautto has something for everyone. “I wanted to create a reasonably priced option for customers to try some of the amazing dishes Quattro has to offer,” says Chef Sautto. Quattro Gastronomia Italiana is located at 1014 Lincoln Road on South Beach.: (305) 531-4833.

(Information provided by various sources and subject to availability and change. Please confirm all details ahead of time)

TALDE Launches New Menu Items & Happy Hour

TALDE Miami Beach is not only known for its eclectic, Mafioso rap culture-esque environment and great playlists, but also the classic Chinese-driven dishes made by chef and entertaining personality, Dale Talde. This month he released a few new menu items that he says are inspired by what he craves when he wakes up at noon after a long night out. New dishes include, Chicken Fried Rice, General Talde’s Chicken, Shrimp Toast, Fried Dumplings and a few others.

We stopped in for dinner (and of course their newly launched happy hour) recently to see what all the hype was about. One bite of the Shrimp Toast – with preserved vegetables and soy vinegar aioli – and we knew we were hooked and ready to eat one of everything on the new menu.

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