Fix Your Gut: Radiate Apothecary at Wynwood Yard

Radiate Apothecary Wynwood Yard Miami

How often do you go with your gut? And I don’t mean: did you get that feeling inside that helped you decide between bacon dates or duck-fat fries on the menu. As if you could pick just one. I am, however, referring to the health of your gut. The stomach. The belly. That part of us we fill with all the noms and other goods. Did you know a healthy gut is the first step to overall wellness?

We caught up with Susan Duprey, creator of Radiate Apothecary and a nutritionist, whose passion for gut health began with her clinical work in the human microbiome. Susan knows there are extreme benefits from maintaining the balance of healthy bacteria in the stomach. From hormonal imbalances, diabetes, rosacea and even depression and anxiety, most of it stems from the gut.

One of the ways to begin restoring the balance in the gut is by eating fermented foods aka probiotic foods. And as much as we love pork belly on a stick, every now and then it’s important to keep things in check. Susan is your girl. At her pop-up inside The Wynwood Yard, she is providing a one-stop source for healthy eats like cultured vegetables, nuts and traditional condiments as well as kombucha popsicles.

Radiate Apothecary Healthy Vegan Eating In Miami

The kombucha popsicles and kefir ice cream have no added sugar. With ingredients like probiotic coconut cream and chai spice, you will reap the health benefits along with satisfying that sweet craving. In addition, vegetables and condiments are offered based on seasonal availability; which reminds me, that’s how we should be eating, too!

With Radiate Apothecary you can also join the Healing Food Community. This is a great idea if you are not too sure on how to start the transition into eating for your gut on your own. You will receive weekly boxes of locally sourced raw vegan foods. It is accessible to everyone regardless of your diet preference. Everyone can use a few more plants in their diet anyways.

It only takes one step in their right direction to get your feet moving. Stop by Radiate Apothecary inside The Wynwood Yard and you will find Susan or another holistic coach on location. They can answer your questions about internal as well as external health. Just get the conversation started!

Radiate Apothecary

The Wynwood Yard

56 NW 29th St.

Miami FL. 

Weekly Nibble: Dessert Wars, Raw Bar Showdown, Jazzy Brunch, Wild Turkey at Yardbird and more

Weekly Nibble Miami Event schedule

Each week, MIAbites features the Weekly Nibble, a listing of curated upcoming food events in Miami.  Schedule is subject to change so please check ahead to confirm at details and pricing.

Monday, January 16th- Saturday January 21st-  Made In Italy launches a special weeklong menu featuring delicious dishes infused with black truffles that will be available to guests from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black truffles will also be available for purchase by the ounce from Made in Italy's fresh in-house market. Truffle Week will end Saturday, January 21st, 2017. Made In Italy 10 NE 27th St, Miami, FL 33137  (786) 360-5671  

Bacara Miami Beach Grand opening

Thursday January 19th- Celebrate the grand opening of Bàcaro, Miami Beach's newest wine and food destination by acclaimed international chef, Carlo Bernardini. From 8pm to 11pm, the Venetian-inspired eatery and wine bar will offer guests complimentary hors d'oeuvres, along with an open bar of house wine and bubbles. Music will be provided by DJ Nuny Love, and European flair will fill the air at Bàcaro's grand opening experience. RSVP required. Free admission, 3-hour open bar and hors d'oeuvres will be offered only to guests who reserve in advance. To RSVP, email Bàcaro Miami is 1625 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. 

Dessert Wars Miami FIU

Saturday January 21- Dessert Wars returns to Miami for the third year at the FIU Arena from 5- 7 pm featuring desserts from over 30 sugary purveyors of cupcakes, cookies, ice cream and other sweet treats for attendees to sample and taste.  Admission is $20 per person, BUT MIAbites readers get 25% off by using promo code, bites.  For more Info visit and for tickets visit 

Izzy's Miami Raw Bar Showdown

Monday January 23rdIzzy’s Fish & Oyster Chefs Jamie Derosa and William Crandall host their chef friends, Diego Oka of La Mar and Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House for a “Oh Baby, I like it Raw”  Raw Bar Showdown beginning at 7 pm, with bottomless beers on tap. $40 pp. Izzys 423 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305 397 8843

Wednesday January 25th-  Chef José Mendín of Pubbelly joins Faena Hotel Miami Beach’s Chef Collective Series on January 25th at 7 PM, serving up a “Food of the Islands” feast with Chef Paul Qui at PAO. Shake off the winter chill with an island-style culinary celebration. This popular culinary event will kick off the New Year with a collaboration between Chef Paul Qui of Pao restaurant and Chef José Mendín, founding partner and chef of the Pubbelly Restaurant Group. Tickets are $175 per person, plus service charge and tax and available on  Pao by Paul Qui The Faena 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (786) 655-5630.

Thursday January 26th- BLT Prime Doral will host an exclusive evening of great wines and fantastic food. Chef de Cuisine Dustin Ward has crafted a spectacular four course menu that is perfectly matched to the exceptional wines from Folio Fine Wine Partners.  The festivities get underway at 7PM with a cocktail reception in the BLT Prime bar and lounge. Following the reception, guests will be seated in the steakhouse’s gorgeous private dining room where Miguel Pla, Market Sales Manager for Folio Fine Wine Partners, will pour four stellar wines to accompany the four course dinner menu. Reservations can be made by calling (305) 591-6066. The evening is priced at $95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. BLT Prime in the Trump National Doral Miami®, 4400 NW 87th Avenue Miami, FL.  

Yardbird Miami Wild Turkey Dinner

Sunday, January 29th - Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Miami Beach hosts a Wild Turkey Master Distillers Dinner from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Named Spirit Brand of the Year by Wine Enthusiasts, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Miami Beach welcomes 'Bourbon Hall of Famer' Jimmy and Eddie Russell of Wild Turkey. Guests will enjoy a curated menu created by the talented culinary team, paired with rare whiskeys and fresh cocktails, Tickets are $100 per person and extremely limited and can be purchased here: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar 1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139   

New and Ongoing:

Bakehouse Brasserie Miami Beach Jazz Brunch

Bakehouse Brasserie hosts a boozy Jazzy brunch every Saturday and Sunday with discounted Premium Champagne bottles and BOTTOMLESS Mimosas with live jazz all day long. Soak up those mimosas with the famous Croissant French Toast featuring a bananas foster filling and creme cheese glaze -- or try the Bakehouse Benedict with wild boar sausage, caramelized onions and peppers, chipotle hollandaise and a muffin. Bakehouse Brasserie  808 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 434-8249 

Gin + Collins Cocktail Lounge AC Hotel Miami Beach

Gin + Collins, the newest cocktail lounge at the AC Hotel Miami Beach, launches late-night happy hour.  Head Bartender Nikos Mantzaridis will offer five special happy-hour drinks - each a classic cocktail that highlights a different gin, including the Aviation combining Bombay Sapphire East Gin, maraschino, crème de violette and lime; French 75 with Old St. Pete’s Tropical Gin, lemon and cava; Bramble with Bulldog Gin, simple black berry syrup and lemon; Sbagliato with Botanist Gin, Campari and Carpano Antica Formula; and Hendrick’s Gin-based Tom Collins. A great option for guests looking for a friendly priced post-dinner pour, each cocktail is $7; available Monday – Friday from 9pm-11pm. Gin + Collins in the AC Hotel 2912 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL.

PokéBao, an exciting new chef-driven, fast-casual eatery located in Coral Gables’ growing Giralda Avenue is now open daily for lunch service. Helmed by Chef/Owner Daniel Bouza who enjoys a celebrated culinary career with past stints at Nobu Lana’i and Makoto in Bal Harbour, the menu offers a fresh take on the wildly popular flavors of Hawaiian style poké and bao buns. PokéBao, located at 153 Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables, is open seven days a week. Lunch is served daily from 11AM to 4PM; dinner service will be introduced at a later date. Poke Bao 153 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 967-4832 

Pisco Y Nazca Doral Coral Gables New Menu items

At Pisco Y Nazca, Executive Chef Miguel Gomez has introduced new menu items and fresh dishes straight from his native country of Peru and updated the ceviche tradicional. Guests at both locations are invited to indulge in new items like the Churrasco Empanadas, Jalea, Tequeños and Causa Tartar available on both the lunch and dinner menu. Pisco y Nazca Kendall 8405 Mills Dr #260 Miami, FL 33181 Pisco y Nazca Doral 8551 NW 53rd St, #A101 Doral, FL 33166  

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


New Year. New Menu items from Chef Julia at The Forge

The Forge Chef Julia Doyne Miami Beach

It has been only a little over a year since Chef Julia Doyne took over as Executive Chef at the iconic Forge Restaurant replacing Michelin starred chef, Christopher Lee. The classic steakhouse has benefitted greatly from her passion and commitment to providing top-notch food and service, and recently she added her own touch with some new menu items to the classic "Steaks and Bone-Ins". 

No stranger to fine dining, Chef Julia has worked alongside top chefs, Marcus Samuelsson at Aquavit in NYC, and with Chef Lee at Aureole NYC before joining him as Chef de Cuisine when he moved to Miami Beach’s legendary steakhouse.

We caught up with Chef Julia recently to pose a few questions and sample a couple of the new items on her re-imagined Forge menu:

·       As the first woman Executive Chef at The Forge, do you feel like being a woman there is a big deal?

Being a female head chef at a steakhouse is somewhat unusual. I hope that young women everywhere can look up to me, and it helps inspire them to realize their dreams as well. 

·       Is there another woman chef you admire in Miami?  or anywhere?

Any woman that is trying to make it in this business is admirable.

·       Your least favorite ingredient?

Anything processed. We like cooking everything from scratch. 

·       What ingredient could you not live without?


·       Food shows on Reality TV:  Good or bad?

Good. They do provide a somewhat unrealistic interpretation of what it's like to be in a kitchen but it's typically amusing and they've brought a lot of awareness to the industry and as a career…educating people about food and creating a foodie culture.

·       What is the last dish you cooked for yourself?

A quick salad made from swiss chard from my garden, garbanzo beans, pickled onions and jalapenos I had leftover in the fridge. 

·       Your favorite restaurant other than your own (naturally)?

Pinch Kitchen.  I live in the neighborhood and love their home-style cooking and attention to ingredients.

·       If you could cook alongside any chef…alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Julia Child!!! She represents everything that is love for food. 

·       Tell us about the new dishes you have added onto The Forge menu? 

We have a few new sides.  Eggplant Parmesan is a great way to enjoy the classic dish in a smaller portion alongside your favorite steak. We do a classic version with breaded eggplant, fresh mozzarella, and house made marinara.

We also have shaved caramelized Brussels sprouts, which are pan charred and finished with horseradish butter.

Haricot verts are now served with a play on sweet and sour sauce, with the addition of yuzu to brighten it up a bit. 

The Forge Miami Beach Market Crudo

We replaced our market fresh ceviche with a Market Crudo that has black olive crumble, greek yogurt, grapefruit, and fresh vegetable crudite dressing. It’s a very bright and colorful dish with interesting textures. 

And we are most excited to have added some new entrees:

The Forge Miami Beach Lobster Potpie

A Lobster pot pie!!!! It has a whole 2-pound lobster, baby root vegetables, and a mustard lobster bisque sauce topped with a flaky pastry crust. It’s the most luxurious pot pie you will ever have!

Salt baked Branzino. It’s baked whole in a salt crust and served with lemon dill potatoes, roasted tomatoes, and smoked paprika vinaigrette. 

We're also changing up the local red snapper. It has edamame, candied kumquats, mushroom dashi broth, and spicy roasted peanut oil. 

·       What inspires you in the kitchen?

When I'm coming up with food ideas I always start with something I'd like to eat. I get inspiration on how to plate things by thinking of colors and looking at magazines. The final determining factor is how many smiles the food brings to my kitchen's faces. Just look at our new dessert, The Birthday Cake Souffle, with colorful sprinkles and buttercream frosting.

The Forge Miami Beach Birthday Souffle

·       What piece of advice would you give to an aspiring chef?  man or woman.

Keep working!! It's not an easy job. If you really want it and do your best, you will succeed.  And stay true to yourself in the kitchen and support your team.

If you have not been to The Forge recently, take a step back in time to visit and dine that way Miami Beach used to…in wood paneled rooms with crystal chandeliers hanging from soaring ceilings, Tiffany windows and a cavernous 29,000 bottle wine cellar with private "wining and dining" rooms galore. 

The Forge Miami Beach Wine Cellar Dining Room

And enjoy Chef Julia’s new twist on the classics.

The Forge

432 41St St

Miami Beach, FL 33140

305 538 8533

(Photo Credit:  Romain Maurice Photography)

Brunch in Miami: 12 Spots to get a Boozy and Delicious Brunch.


Miamians love their weekend brunch. Both boozy or not, here is a quick list of top Miami spots to enjoy our favorite weekend pastime: check ahead for hours, prices and full details.

Miami Beach:  

27 Restaurant- 2727 Indian Creek Rd. Miami Beach FL (305) 531-2727

Cecconis- 4384 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL (786) 507-7902

DOA- 2000 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL (305) 587-2000

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster- 423 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL (305) 397-8843

Juvia-  1111 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach, FL  (305) 763-8272

OLLA - 1233 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL (786) 717 5400

Prime Fish-  100 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL (305) 532-4550

Pubbelly Sushi- 1424 20th St Miami Beach, FL  (305) 531-9282

Upland- 49 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL (305) 602-9998

Design District, Wynwood, Midtown, Downtown and more:  

First off, IF you are up early head over to the Salty Donut’s new permanent location at 50 NW 23th St.  Or order after 10 am for delivery thru UberEATS! Artisan donuts and Intelligentsia coffee will be sure to start your day off on the right foot( until they run out of donuts! ).

KYU- 251 NW 25th St. Miami FL(786) 577-0150

MC Kitchen- 4141 NE 2nd Ave.  (305) 456-9948

Michaels Genuine- 130 NE 40th St Miami, FL  (305) 573-5550

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill- 3252 NE 1st St. Miami, FL (786) 369-0353

And for more tips of Where to Eat in MiamiMake sure you sign up for our once a week MIAbites Newsletter on our home page.  

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Saturday Sweets: A Taste of Heaven at Patch of Heaven Gardens

Did you know there’s a farm in the Redlands called Patch of Heaven Gardens, that’s single handedly foresting and producing cacao?  Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, and refers to the beanlike seeds from which cocoa, cocoa butter, and chocolate are made.

Cacao doesn’t typically grow in our backyards here in Florida, but the ambitious people at POHG have paired up with our friends at Cao Chocolates to make it happen anyway.  Last weekend I was invited on a tour of the property complete with a five course dinner and wine pairing – the best part – each dish was made with cacao!

We arrived at the farm mid-afternoon right after a crazy Florida rainstorm blew through, and blew through it did, as a tree fell and knocked the power out on the entire 20 acre property.  In a hurry to be able to use what daylight we had left, we rushed to the fields for a quick lesson on how to pick the cacao and then over to the Chocolate Bar Tasting area for dinner.  Let it be known that I will definitely be back to check out the rest of the property, I hear there’s an amazing barn that’s almost complete.

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Bird & Bone: Real American food from Chef Richard Hales

Miami Beach has certainly gone through many changes in the past few years.  Hotels change owners and names, restaurants come and go and while The Art Deco hotels and restaurants on Ocean Drive in South Beach have lost much of their luster, new hotels and restaurants have opened further North in what is now called Mid Beach.  Beginning around 20th Street and Collins, the W Hotel, 1 Hotel , EDITION, and Faena have attracted a more upscale visitor and a more discerning diner.

Just North of Faena and South of The Fontainebleau sits The Confidante, an upscale boutique hotel in the Hyatt Hotel group, that was formerly owned and operated as The Thompson.  The rebranding of the hotel includes the addition of Bird & Bone, Miami Chef Richard Hales first foray onto Miami Beach with some Southern and very American home cooking.

Chef Hales, who is best known for his Sakaya Kitchen and Blackbrick Chinese in Midtown, has embraced the Southern roots of American cuisine, bringing authentic down home cooking and supporting local fisherman, farms and artisans including Zak The Baker,  Swank Farms, local cheeses from Winter Park, Florida and even ice cream from Azucar in Little Havana.

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Weekly Nibble: Blue Collar Anniversary, Chef Mendin at PAO, Prosecco at La Moderna, National Peking Duck Day & more

Each week, MIAbites features the Weekly Nibble, a listing of curated upcoming food events in Miami.  Schedule is subject to change so please check ahead to confirm at details and pricing.

Thursday January 12th-   Five years ago, on January 12th in 2012, Blue Collar opened its doors in the MiMo District in Miami, FL. Chef/Owner Daniel Serfer took a gamble on himself and the neighborhood, when he conceived his home-style menu in comfortable surrounds.  To celebrate the restaurant’s 5-year anniversary, Blue Collar will give a 100% guaranteed-to-win scratch-off ticket to every table and take-out order on Thursday, January 12th until all 1,200 tickets have been distributed.  Prizes include Blue Collar coffee mugs; gift cards; a free Blue Collar side dish plus the restaurant’s ‘dailies’; an order of Ribs, Braise Parm.  Blue Collar  6730 Biscayne Blvd Miami, Florida 305 756 0366

Friday January 13th- LDV Hospitality’s Regent Cocktail Club celebrates their first live musical act of 2017 with a night of themed cocktails and a performance by the nine-piece electronica band, Latin Grammy nominees, Spam Allstars who will provide a unique blend of improvisational electronic elements alongside other Latin, funk and hip hop rhythms that they’ve originally dubbed electronic descarga. To enhance the lively evening of Latin funk, Regent’s skilled mixologists have developed a specially handcrafted cocktail menu inspired by the music stylings of the talented musicians. Regent Cocktail Club Gale South Beach 1690 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

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New for Miami 2017: Brunch Fiesta at Olla

There’s no doubt that brunch has become Miami’s favorite meal in the last year.  Sunshine while eating outdoors, day drinking, and breakfast foods - it really doesn’t get much better than that.  There’s a decent list of contenders in the brunch scene these days, but in early December we got one that, dare I say, might be my current favorite spot for brunch.  

Scott Linquist, you may know him of Coyo Taco fame, opened Olla (pronounced Oi-Ya) on Lincoln and the bay side of Alton Road.  This is not your typical "taco joint", as Chef Linquist creates authentic Oaxacan Mexican fare in an upscale, yet cozy spot.  Think four types of mole rather than those Combination plates. 

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Saturday Sweets: Dessert Trends for 2017

Photo Credit:  Instagram images from Antonio Bachour and Soraya Kilgore

Saturday Sweets is back for 2017!  New Year, Same Me, More Desserts!  Along with a new year, new trends always seem to come along.  Last year was very clearly the year of the donut as we all saw with the takeover by the many donut spots all over the city, including The Salty Donut, Honeybee Doughnuts, the second location of Mojo Donuts, Donut Fest being held in Wynwood Yard, etc.  I’m excited to see what 2017 will bring to the decadent world of desserts. 

I asked a few of my favorite pastry masters around the city what they think will be the next big thing in this sweet world we are living in and here’s what they are predicting:

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There are Plenty of Fish at MyCeviche Midtown

The newest outpost of Chef Sam Gorenstein and Roger Duarte’s fast casual seafood spot, MyCeviche in The Shops in Midtown, is also it’s largest with the most extensive menu of ceviche bowls, salads, tacos, burritos, Poke and fresh sides. 

Strictly by accident, I happened to stop in on the very first day the doors were open during their Art Basel Pop Up and got to see Sam in action behind the counter teaching and watching his eager staff assemble the poke bowls, salads, burritos and ceviches.

A clean bright spot, with the signature hi top communal tables, creative murals and plenty of add in salsitas and fresh cut lime wedges, MyCeviche Midtown offers healthy options for the lunchtime shopping crowd and the midtown residents looking for alternatives to wings and burgers.

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