Wellness Wednesday: Hungry Harvest Brings Fresh Produce to Your Door and Fights Hunger

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As much as I love going out to eat and popping in and out of all the newest restaurants and old favorites in town - I really love to cook. There’s just something about gather ingredients and making something delicious at home. However, I don’t always have time to shop or run to a farmer’s market for my produce. That’s why I love companies like Hungry Harvest that do that part for me! Hungry Harvest is not only a doorstep produce delivery service, they are also working really hard to end hunger and food waste. And that’s something I can get behind.

Did you know in the US 40% of food goes to waste. At the same time, 20% of people in this country live in food insecurity. Hungry Harvest has made it their mission to use one problem to solve the other. They work with farmers and wholesalers to curate produce variety boxes with products that would likely go unsold for silly reasons like it’s off in color or funny shaped.

The boxes come in different sizes and options, including fruit-only, vegetable-only, and organic. You can also let them know if there are certain veggies or fruits that you’re just not into. Not a problem for me though, because I love them all! I got my first box last week and it was so exciting to open it and let my mind wander to all of the dishes that I could make with my harvest. In my box I found: tomatoes, green and yellow peppers, red potatoes, snow peas, plums, onions, apples, lettuce, and grapes. I’m not a farmer or a produce expert in any way, but everything in my box was aesthetically pleasing and absolutely delicious. I can say with absolute certainty that this is a great fit for anyone who wants to have fresh produce delivered to their door and likes the element of surprise.

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I find that if I have fresh produce at home, I'm more likely to eat healthy and to get more creative when I'm cooking. I used most of the goodies in my box to make a really fresh stir fry that lasted me all week. Hungry Harvest definitely made me want to spend more time in the kitchen and would be a great way to teach kids about all the different kinds of produce and ways to enjoy them.

The only catch is you’ve got to make sure someone will be home on Saturday morning to receive the box. If you’ve got that handled then you’re good to go and can use the code: FRESH305 for $10 off your first box and check them out today! Boxes start at $17 and come filled to the top with a range of produce that's guarenteed to get your creative kitchen juices flowing. 

Tacology in Brickell City Centre

Tacology Miami Ladies night

It may be Taco Tuesday, but Wednesdays are made for ladies at the Brickell City Centre. From “dry bars” to tacos, plan your next girls night at Tacology, but make sure to pass by The Dry Bar downstairs first.

That is exactly what we did a few Wednesdays ago for a little midweek pick-me-up. We started on the third level of BCC at The Dry Bar for a quick blowout. One glance at the stylebook, and I knew just the look for my recently chopped locks. In about twenty minutes, the stylist had twirled my hair into shape with her magic (curling) wand.

Our glam game was strong, so we headed upstairs for bites and margs at Tacology.

Tacology Margarita Happy Hour

First things first—a red chili rim on our refreshing margaritas, please. Follow with a must-order. The guacamole trio is made with creamy avocado at the base, and each is then uniquely combined with simple ingredients like Serrano peppers, quinoa, and pomegranate (seasonal).

Tacology Brickell City Centre Queso Fundido

Another favorite at our table—and one you can capture on a boomerang for all your instagramming pleasure—is the Queso Fundido. This Mexican cheese blend can be topped with your choice of chorizo, huitlacoche, or mushrooms. Stick a fork in it and pull that cheese for the gram! We sure did.

And because you can share your #TacoTuesday picture on any given day, we also ordered a couple rounds of tacos on their homemade corn tortillas.

Tacology Brickell City Centre Tacos

The Special Ribeye order brings two tacos, and is loaded with ribeye, Mexican chorizo and a crispy chicharron. While the Asada Chicken tacos are folded right side up into a tall shot glass with a serving of their house green salsa.

Tacology Corn Pudding Dessert

We had the perfect ending to our night (minus Ryan Gosling onscreen). Our waiter brought out the Corn Pudding, topped with vanilla ice cream, and something they call cajeta also known as dulce de leche. This thickened syrup is like the Nutella for Latinas.

Plan your visit to Tacology this Wednesday for Ladies Night and catch more specials like $6 margaritas from 5-7PM.

Tacology  

Brickell City Centre

701 S Main St.

Miami, FL

(786) 347-5368

 

 

Weekly Nibble: Pre-Holiday Edition

MIAbites WeeklyNibble December Events

You've officially survived Art Basel 2017! Now we're in that small window post-Basel and pre-holidays. As always, there's plenty to do this week in our food-loving city - especially if you're into giving back. Several of this week's events are geared toward local charities benefiting places impacted by this summer's hurricane devastation and there's even one giving back to kids!

Check out these cool food-filled events happening about town this week:

Pinch Kitchen and St. Bernardus Brewery Host Craft Collab:

pinch pairing dinner

Pinch Kitchen's Craft Collab returns on December 12th as they partner with St. Bernardus Brewing for a four-course beer pairing dinner. The dinner will begin at 7pm with a welcome beer and feature new dishes by Chefs John Gallo and Rene Reyes that will be paired with the beers being highlighted that evening. Tickets for the St. Bernardus Craft Collab are $70 per person not including tax and gratuity. Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite at pinchcraftcollab.eventbrite.com.

Shaking For Puerto Rico at The Anderson Bar Presented by the USBG:

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On Saturday, December 16th, the USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) Miami Chapter will bring the entire South Florida community together as they present Shaking For Puerto Rico at The Anderson Bar. Shaking For Puerto Rico is a hurricane relief event to raise money and much needed supplies for those still affected by the devastation that Hurricane Maria left on the island. The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of The Anderson Bar. It will be a combination of drinks, food, and fun for everyone to enjoy while also helping those most in need. Shaking For Puerto Rico will transform The Anderson Bar into a typical Fiesta Navideña.

Don Q will have Piña Coladas and Coquito shaken up by Miami’s favorite trio, The Cocktail Cartel. Puerto Rican style bites with a Miami twist will also be served from some of Miami’s favorite local restaurants including: Ariete, the newly opened Shelley’s in South Miami, and 27 Restaurant. Beam Suntory will also be on site with a traditional Caja China cooked by Ms. Cheezious. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be a dessert station with the Puerto Rican favorites and coffee provided by Vice City’s cold brew cart to keep you caffeinated and dancing.

There will also be:

  • Miami’s Best Coquito Contest - This is a call to Miamians that think they have the best coquito recipe in South Florida. Attendees can bring their coquito and enter it into the contest to potentially reign as the Coquito King or Queen of Miami!
  • Jim Beam Domino Tournament - The last man (or woman) will get to take home as special edition bottle as their trophy.
  • Kids Activity Station - There will be stockings and Christmas cards for our younger attendees to decorate that will be sent to kids in Puerto Rico to help brighten their holiday season.

Tickets for attendees 21 and over are $45.00 per person and include unlimited food and drinks. Tickets for attendees under 21 are $20.00 per person and include unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages, kids under 5 are free. Tickets may be purchased via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shaking-for-puerto-rico-tickets-41091138702.

La Moderna in Sunset Harbor Hosts Happy Hour:

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La Moderna is hosting a happy hour next week sponsored by Santa Margherita on Tuesday, December 12th from 6pm to 8 pm. The happy hour includes two complimentary drinks per person and passed aperitivos. RSVP is required and limited to the first 50 people. RSVP can be sent to info@lamoderna-miami.com.


Snail Social Takes Place At CHARCOAL in Wynwood:

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Guests can fire up their appetites at Slow Food Miami’s “Snail Social” at CHARCOAL Garden Bar + Grill on Tuesday, December 12 from 6pm to 8pm. All of the proceeds from the event will go towards the Farmers’ Aid Fund, to help support farmers in rebuilding post-Hurricane Irma. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/SlowFoodCHARCOAL.

From 6pm to 8pm, attendees can enjoy a welcome cocktail punch with garden herbs, beer or wine, and passed Prosecco. Guests can savor CHARCOAL favorites like mezze with Josper-grilled pita, and domestic farmstead cheeses and charcuterie with ZAK the Baker’s sourdough baguette.

Additional bites include:

  • House-cured Gravlox with dill mustard on caraway seed crackers
  • Harpke Farms Petite Radishes with cultured butter and Maldon Sea Salt
  • Pan con Tomate
  • Poached Local Beets with cave-aged blue cheese, crushed walnuts, and local honey
  • Olive-Oil Marinated Chorizo and Octopus in potato cups

The event is $15 pre-sale/$20 donation at the door. RSVP at: http://bit.ly/SlowFoodCHARCOAL. Guests staying for dinner will receive 15% off their bill. Student and teacher sponsored tickets are available – those interested can send a message to Slow Food Miami on Facebook or to snail@slowfoodmiami.org.

Enjoy Some Holiday Cheer with Common Threads' Miami Board at Monty's:

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Join Common Threads at Monty's Raw Bar on Wednesday, December 13th from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets include appetizers and 1 cocktail. Proceeds benefit Common Threads and help kids learn how to cook in a healthy way! Tickets can be purchased at the door or here!

Saturday Sweets: Basic Sugar Cookies for Holiday Baking

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Christmas is right around the corner, there’s bound to be baking on your to do list.  One of my staples is always a classic sugar cookie recipe. 

I am a huge fan of Martha Stewart recipes, and this is one of my biggest go to recipes.  It’s so simple, even those with no baking skills at all can handle it.  Sugar cookies are a buttery classic that everyone loves. Enjoy your sugar cookies plain, or decorate them with icing or sprinkles to make them festive. Holiday cookies are fun and easy once you've picked up a few cookie cutters.

This recipe is a favorite of Martha's, who likes to add 1 tablespoon cognac alongside the egg and vanilla, after creaming together the butter and sugar.  Make a few batches and grab some Christmas sprinkles (and lots of newspaper to cover surfaces) and you’ve got a fun project to keep kids entertained or grab a few bottles of wine, some friends, and see where the night takes you and your cookies!

Whatever your plans are, these cookies are a perfect group project or pot luck item for your next holiday gathering.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Assorted candies, sprinkles, or colored sugars, for decorating (optional)

For Icing:

  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk, water, or lemon juice

Directions:

  • In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. Divide dough in half; flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic; freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes, or place in a resealable plastic bag, and freeze up to 3 months (thaw in refrigerator overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Remove one dough disk; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment, dusting dough with flour as needed. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Using a spatula, transfer to prepared baking sheets. (If dough gets soft, chill 10 minutes.) Reroll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes (depending on size). Cool completely on wire racks. To ice cookies, spread with the back of a spoon. Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired.
  • For the icing, sift confectioners' sugar into a small bowl. Whisk in milk, water, or lemon juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until smooth and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If too thin, whisk in more sugar; if too thick, add more liquid. Spread over cookies with back of a spoon. Add other decorations, if desired. Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes.

You can also add food coloring to the icing to give it some flair.  Crushed candy cane pieces stick well to the icing and add a pop of flavor to the cookies.  There’s so many different ways to decorate and enjoy sugar cookies, and there’s definitely no wrong way.  Happy Holidays everyone!

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Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival is Ready for Its 11th Year

Photo Credit: LILA Photo

Photo Credit: LILA Photo

In just a few days the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival returns for its 11th year, featuring an impressive chef lineup. This festive is a lot like SOBEWFF with its star studded list of participants, but is much more intimate as far as the collection of events and number of attendees.

Most of Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival takes place at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, with a few events off site nearby. The festival kicks off Thursday, December 14th with 4 different dinners featuring favorite chefs: Michelle Bernstein, Timon Balloo, Brad Kilgore, Clay Conley, and more.

Photo Credit: LILA Photo

Photo Credit: LILA Photo

Friday night is host to a lunch at Meat Market and a dinner a Southern Rivalry dinner at The Regional, followed by a Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers. Saturday starts off with a kid’s cooking class and fun daytime events like the Chillin’ N’ Grillin’ lunch series. The evening will go into a fan favorite event called Street Food where several well known South Florida chefs battle over who makes the best street food dish. Of course, there’s always a late night party and this year’s is at Imoto with Miami’s own, Danny Serfer.

The festival ends Sunday with a casual brunch at Eau Resort and Spa followed by the 11th Annual Grand Tasting taking place at The Gardens Mall with bites from over 50 South Florida restaurants including familiar names like Pinch Kitchen, Meat Market, Rocco’s Tacos, and Glass & Vine.

Photo Credit: LILA Photo

Photo Credit: LILA Photo

Returning chefs and industry leaders to be seen throughout the weekend include Daniel Boulud, Robert Irvine, Marc Murphy, Michelle Bernstein, Elizabeth Falkner, Anita Lo, Jeff Mauro, Mike Lata, Jonathon Sawyer, Dean Max, Stephen Stryjewski, Adam Richman, Brad Kilgore, Daniel Serfer, Ken Oringer, Virginia Willis and Beau MacMillan, Giorgio Rapicavoli, Timon Balloo, alongside Palm Beach County favorites Clay Conley, Tim Lipman, Julien Gremaud, Sean Brasel, Tory Martindale, Jeff Simms and Virginia Philips MS, Rick Mace, Michael Hackman, Lindsay Autry and Aaron Black. New festival chefs include Matthew Jennings, Ben Ford, Donald Link, Timothy Hollingsworth, Tony Mantuano, David Viviano, Harold Moore and Fabrizio Giorgi.

Get your tickets now at pbfoodwinefest.com.

 

The Taste of Nobu Culinary Experience at Nobu Hotel Miami Beach

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Get ready for Taste of Nobu on December 15 at the Nobu Hotel on Miami Beach.  An extravagant evening full of sake, champagne and unique bites with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his global team of Nobu executive chefs.

Each of the 40 Nobu Chefs will represent their city at a private tasting table with signature Nobu items. Enjoy a silent auction where unique items will be featured signed by Chef Nobu, an exclusive dinner for two at the celebrity haunt; Nobu Malibu, a two-night stay at Nobu Hotel Miami Beach and more. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit St.Jude Children's Research Hospital. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER to win two VIP tickets ( valued at $250 pp ) to this over-the-top evening by entering our @MIAbites contest on Instagram.  Just LIKE below amazing sushi image, TAG a friend and #WorldOfNobu to enter. Winner selected Monday at 9 pm!

Nobu Hotel Miami Beach Sushi

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa – known to the world simply as “Nobu” – is the acclaimed and highly influential chef proprietor of Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants located across five continents.

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Born and raised in Saitama, Japan, Nobu served a rigorous apprenticeship at a respected sushi bar in Tokyo, spent three years in Peru, moved to Argentina, then back home to Japan, and to Alaska, before finally settling in Los Angeles. Nobu was challenged by the many new cultures and regional ingredients, which kindled his inventive style, known today as Nobu Style.

In January 1987, Nobu opened his first restaurant in the United States, Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills, California, which was an instant success and became a magnet for food lovers and celebrities alike. It was here that his longtime friendship and business relationship with actor and director Robert De Niro began. It was at De Niro’s urging that together they opened the very first Nobu in New York City in 1994 with restaurateur Drew Nieporent.

Today there are over 40 Nobu Restaurants around the world. In addition, Chef Nobu is a co-founder of Nobu Hospitality that features a collection of hotels including the Nobu Hotel at The Eden Roc here in Miami Beach, which offer unparalleled experiences at the crossroads of innovation and imagination.

TASTE OF NOBU

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

GENERAL ADMISSION $200 | VIP $250 PER PERSON

Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-of-nobu-tickets-38498675575

7 PM | VIP early access | Palladium Pool

8 PM | General Admission | Palladium Pool

10:30 PM - 2 AM |  After-Party | Malibu Farm

VIP tickets include early access to event, meet and greet with Chef Nobu and 40 other Nobu Chefs, and access to Night Farm After Party at Malibu Farm. Night Farm After Party includes late-night bites, cocktails, and sounds from our resident DJ.

Nobu Hotel at The Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort

4525 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33140

Get Social: @NobuHotelMiamiBeach

                   @TheRealNobu

                    @StJude

 

Game-changing dining options at Hard Rock Stadium

Photo Credit: Miami Dolphins and MIAbites

Photo Credit: Miami Dolphins and MIAbites

Get ready for some MORE football! It was just announced that the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl will feature the Miami Hurricanes vs the Wisconsin Badgers on December 30th at 8 pm (get tickets here). And with a couple more home games for the Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium is the place to be.

This season, in addition to the $500 million-plus renovation that Hard Rock Stadium recently underwent, the Dolphins and their hospitality provider, Centerplate, have completely revamped and enhanced the stadium’s food service operation making it one of the most advanced sports and dining venues in the entire nation.

Hard Rock Stadium’s roster went from 16 foodservice concepts in 2014 to a total of 38 this season, and it’s a total game-changer.  It may actually have you rethink your tailgate plans. Whether you attend a Dolphins or Hurricanes game, a concert, soccer game, or the Orange Bowl, make sure to bring your appetite and prepare for an elevated and winning culinary experience.  As invited guests, we got to tour and sample the food service with a team from both Centerplate and the Miami Dolphins management. 

The 2017 additions include Coyo Taco, Fuku, O-B House, grown, Los Ranchos, Jackson Soul Food, Shorty’s BBQ and upgrades to their two Tap Rooms.  These additions join returning concepts such as Shula Burger and Sushi Maki to provide fans with a true taste of South Florida while making Hard Rock Stadium an incredibly delicious destination.

Kevin Mitchell, Centerplate general manager at Hard Rock Stadium, said it best:  “Win or lose on the field, what we can control is giving fans an authentic slice of the diverse South Florida food scene when they come join us here.  We take great pride in curating a food and beverage experience that offers something for everyone.”

Outlined below are some of our favorite stadium bites and beverages aka tasty touchdowns sure to make you do a victory dance:

Fuku

James Beard Award-Winning Chef, David Chang of New York’s Momofuku Restaurant, has brought his casual chicken concept, Fuku, to Hard Rock Stadium.  Don’t miss the spicy fried chicken sandwich, Ssam sauce, Fuku fries with jalapeno seasoning, and the peach margarita Fuku slushie. #winning

Coyo Taco

Miami’s authentic Mexican street food experience by Scott Linquist is hard to beat.  Who can resist handcrafted tortillas and smashed to order guacamole on game day?  Be sure to try Coyo’s signature guacamole, conchinita pibil, carne asada and pollo carbon tacos, in a burrito or an oh so super burrito bowl.  Wash it all down with a Mexican beer and save room for a homemade paleta.

Shula Burger

Named after NFL Legend Don Shula, who is synonymous with perfection, Shula Burger features chef crafted, chargrilled, premium burgers made with a perfect blend of Black Angus, short rib, and brisket.

Whether you go for the juicy Shula burger or the Shula BBQ burger, which features smoked bacon and BBQ sauce, don’t forget to go for two with sea salt fries and their sweet potato tots -- you’ll thank us later! Fun Fact: Over 3000 burgers on average are sold at each game.

grown

Former NBA star Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon, founded this 100% organic-certified fast food concept, which is the first full organic restaurant within a sports facility.  If you’re looking for a healthy yet mouth-watering game day dining option, this is just the spot.  Their motto is, “Game Days don’t have to be Cheat Days”.

Be sure to order the free range panko crusted chicken tenders, the Havana Wrap and a “love greens” fresh-pressed juice.  Pro tip: adding the panko crusted chicken tenders to the Havana wrap is a victory in itself.

O-B House

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and now you can have it all day at Hard Rock Stadium.  Fans can enjoy the best breakfast in South Florida from O-B House knowing it’s thoughtfully sourced, always fresh, and made from scratch.  O-B House is famous for their thick and rich 8” oven-baked buttermilk pancakes available in three flavors: plain original, andouille and corn or fresh blueberry.  They also serve fresh coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice and mimosas and mango Bellini’s, which are sure to be a fan favorite.

“Thirst and 10”

With over 1,090 tap handles, it’s impossible to go thirsty at Hard Rock Stadium.  Both the north and south sides of the stadium feature the upgraded Tap Rooms, which serve a winning combination of Florida craft beers, domestic craft brews, and even two gluten-free craft beers.  This selection allows guests to have a shorter wait in line and get right back into the action while staying “hydrated.”

Hard Rock Stadium and Centerplate make quite the winning team, and their enhanced food and beverage concepts cannot be beat. 

Huge flat screen TV’s dot the dining areas, so you can still watch the game with friends while enjoying these creative food options. 

Regardless of the final score, one thing is certain, you’ll feel like a champion after trying their new food and beverage offerings!  

 

 

Where to Eat in Miami. MIAbites Dining Guide

Clockwise from top left: Nobu, MyCeviche, MCKitchen, Proof, Byblos, Dizengoff

Clockwise from top left: Nobu, MyCeviche, MCKitchen, Proof, Byblos, Dizengoff

The Holiday season is upon us and everyone is always asking us, "Where should I eat in Miami?"  Here are some of MIAbites Contributors Best Bites for "am to pm" dining in and around Miami and Miami Beach.   Dinner reservations are strongly recommended and should be made in advance if possible.

All of the Miami Beach hotels have top restaurants and prices to match.  Jose Andres The Bazaar and Katsuya at the SLS South Beach, Scarpetta, StripSteak and PIzza Burger by Michael Mina and Hakkasan at The Fontainebleau , The Dutch and Mr. Chow at The W South Beach, Pao by Paul Qui and Los Fuegos at Faena and Jean Georges, The Matador Room at the EDITION, the newly relocated NOBU in the Nobu Hotel Eden Roc,  are all popular and top picks where chances are you will have a delicious albeit expensive meal. 

So by request, the MIAbites contributors put our heads together to flesh out the restaurant scene and to compile our suggestions for dining while in Miami.  

1.     Best of the City- Popular for consistent and well-prepared dining options and excellent service. These are the "sure-things" in town and priced accordingly.

2.    Hot Spots or Emerging- Opened in the last couple of years or so and are new hot spots to check out. Innovative and creative chefs abound. 

3.    Casual or Quick Bites- Lunch or more casual for dinner but fun places with good food.

4.    Coffee and Cocktails- Refueling before, during or after the beach or shopping. Or late night cocktails. Step out and try some new cocktails like Peruvian Pisco, Mezcal and Negronis. 

Reservations are probably mandatory and may require multiple calls to secure, so be prepared to be flexible with times and days.  HINT: Call directly as many restaurants will block out peak times online or have cancellations.

Where to Eat in Miami Seafood Steak Truffles

Best of Miami:

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo:

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink- 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
305 573-5550

MC Kitchen- 4141 Ne 2nd Ave., Suite 101a Miami, FL 33137 305 456-9948

Mandolin-4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137 305 576-6066

BlackBrick aka Midtown Chinese- 3451 NE 1st Avenue #103 Miami, FL 33137
305 573-8886

Blue Collar -Biscayne Inn, 6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305 756-0366

SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill – 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137  786 369 -0353 

Miami Beach:

The Dutch - W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 938-3111

Scarpetta – The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 674- 4660

Hakkasan- The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 786 276-1410

Casa Tua- 1700 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 673-1010

Prime 112- 112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 532-8112

Red SteakHouse- 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 534-3688

Joe's Stone Crab- 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139  305 673-0365

Pubbelly- 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 532-7555

BLT Steak Miami- 1610 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139  786 605 0819

Juvia- 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 763-8272

Lure- The Loews 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 695-4550

Macchialina- 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 534-2124

Milos- 730 1st St. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 604-6800

Where to Eat Miami Oysters Seafood Charcuterie

Hot Spots or Emerging: 

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo:

Alter- 223 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127 305 573 5996

Coyo Taco- 2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 305 573-8228 and Brickell location at 999 Brickell Ave. 

Les Banh Amis- NEW -One of 7 new spots inside hot new Asian food hall, 1-800-Lucky at 137 NW 23rd St. Miami, FL 

Charcoal- Wynwood Yard- 82 NW 29th St. Miami  33127 786 646 2998

Fooqs- 1035 North Miami Avenue, Miami Fl, 33136  786 536-2749

KYU- 251 NW 25th St. Miami, FL 33127 786 577-0150

Mignonette- 210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132  305 374-4635

Pinch Kitchen- 8601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305 631-2018

Miami Beach:

Byblos-  1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 508-5041

HabitatNEW- 1 Hotel 2395 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 604 6700

27 Restaurant in The Freehand Miami- 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140

NaiYaRa- 1854 Bay Road Miami Beach FL 786 275 6005

Matador Room by Jeans George - The EDITION 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
786 257- 4600 

Stiltsville- NEW- 1787 Purdy Ave. Miami Beach, FL 786 353 0477

Stubborn Seed- NEW- 101 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 786 322 5211

Best Miami Pastries Ceviche Tacos

Casual or Quick Bites:

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo

Harry's Pizzeria3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127 786 275-4963

Crumb on Parchment- 3930 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137 305  572-9444

Dizengoff- NEW250 NW 24th St. Miami, FL 33127 305 573 9292

ella cafe140 NE 39th Street #136, Miami, FL 33137  786  534-8177

Mercato- 4141 NE 2nd Ave #101a, Miami, FL 33137  305 456-9948

La Latina- 3509 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137 305 571-9655

Zak The Baker- 405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127

Proof3328 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127 786 536-9562

GLAM- NEW (Vegan) 3301 NE 1st St. Midtown Miami, FL 786 864- 0590

Miami Beach:

My Ceviche South Beach- 235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 397-8710

La Sandwicherie- 229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 532-8934

Taquiza-1506 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 748-6099

Puerto Sagua700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 673-1115

True Loaf Bakery- 1894 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 786 216-7207

Market- The EDITION 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
786 257- 4600

Best Coffee and Cocktails in Miami Panther

Coffee and Cocktails- Hot coffee...even hotter cocktail bars!

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo:

Panther Coffee- 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 305 677-3952

Miam Cafe & Boutique- 2750 NW 3rd Ave Suite 21, Miami, FL 33127 786 703-1451

Jugo Fresh- 1935 West Ave #102, Miami Beach, FL 33139 786 472-2552

Salty Donut- 50 NW 24th St. Suite 112 Miami FL 305 935 8126

The Anderson Bar- 709 NE 79th St, Miami FL 305 757 3368

Miami Beach:

Panther Coffee in Sunset Harbour- 1875 Purdy Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

Broken Shaker at The Freehand- 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 531-2727 

The Regent Cocktail Club at The Gale - 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139  305 673-0199

Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company - 237 20th St. Miami Beach FL 33139 305 763 8217

We could go on and on… and each one of us has favorites that did not even make this list. 

There is also many top spots in downtown Miami like Edge Steak House in the Four Seasons La Mar at The Mandarin Oriental and Zuma, in the Epic Hotel, recent downtown and Brickell openings like and newer spots, Brava by Brad Kilgore and Fi'lia and Jose Andres Bazaar Mar in the new SLS Brickell, and MisterO1 for pizza.

And we haven't even touched on the emergence of both Coral Gables and Coconut Grove as excellent dining options. Basically great dining is just "around the corner"!

Saturday Sweets: Chrome Hearts Art Basel 2017

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Art Basel 2017 is here, and that means the sudden addition of fun pop-ups all over town. If you’ve got a sweet tooth then we’ve got an Art Basel experience that’s meant for you!

Chrome Hearts in the Design District, a store - envisioned by co-owner Laurie Lynn Stark to be a place where fashion and art converge - is designed to be dynamic in its ability to change throughout the year and reinvents itself annually in celebration of Art Basel Miami Beach.

This year, celebrity beauties like Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber, Chrome Hearts will deliver a sweet message, that "love heals and imagination is powerful” through its retail space that will feature an innovative “Chrome Hearts Candy” café concept, limited-edition designs, an upstairs gallery guest curated by Theo Niarchos of the 6817 Gallery in Los Angeles as well as all of the brand’s signature “Objects of Desire."

The candy-colored confectioner’s shop stocked with customized sweets and decorated with works from young artists. Guests can select from artisanal candies created exclusively to experience during Art Basel incorporating Chrome Hearts motifs & the most iconic imagery from their archive. Gourmet coffee, tea, specialty cookies from Bakeology and other treats will be available to enjoy in the outdoor café garden.

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When: Open daily 11am to 7pm through Sunday, December 10th

Where: Chrome Hearts Miami - 4025 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Highlights of the Instagram friendly, experiential retail destination will include:

  • Great Wall, a fifteen-foot tall living garden overflowing with native flora
  • “this time, this place” group show featuring works from  artists including Harmony Korine, Andy Warhol and Richard Prince, is based on the theme of Miami from an outside perspective – the raw streets, the intense club culture, the unpredictable tropical weather – all evoking a ferocity of perception.
  • Off-site but equally connected to the soul of Chrome Hearts, the brand has partnered with Miami's David Grutman to extend the “make yourself at home” ethos of the company. Through this special integration, Chrome Hearts and David Grutman’s signature lifestyle experience, “Groot,” features custom boat interiors & accessories including pillows, towels and artwork designed by artist Matt DiGiacomo to adorn the exterior hull.

Taste of Cayman: Seven Fathoms Rum Challenge

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Listen up everyone! We've got a fun charity cocktail event that's open to the public happening on Monday and we'd love for you to come drink with us! One of our own, Amber Love Bond, will be judging the cocktail competition.

This Monday Kimpton Restaurants and Bars in Florida will gather the area’s top mixologists at the ultimate Seven Fathoms Rum Challenge series, to bring a taste of Grand Cayman to the Sunshine State and help rebuild the Caribbean. Back for a second year, the competition series will kick off in Miami in Downtown’s waterfront sultry LILT Lounge.

LILT will be hosting six of Miami’s best mixologists, shaking it for a chance to compete in the prestigious 2018 Taste of Cayman Food & Drink Festival. From 6PM to 9PM, participating bartenders will shake up their best creations featuring Grand Cayman’s Seven Fathoms Premium Rum.

The stellar roster of participants will include Alex Aportella from FINKA Table & Tap, Luis Castro at Mercado Negro, David Velasquez at Sherwood’s Bistro, Oscar Lopez at UVA Lounge at the Atton Hotel, Mikey Soto Rincon at W South Beach and LILT Lounge’s own Hector Anzas.

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Star judges will include MIAbites very own hospitality industry VIP Amber Love Bond, USBG Miami Chapter President Marita Leonard and Cayman Spirits Distiller Moises Sevilla.

Sponsored by Seven Fathoms Rum, The Cayman Islands, Cayman Airways and Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa, the evening will be open to the public and will feature specially-priced Seven Fathoms cocktails, a Cayman Airways raffle, with proceeds benefitting The Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund and more. CTO Relief Fund is a GoFundMe campaign to help families and countries rebuild after hurricanes, particularly in the wake of the massive category 5 Hurricane Irma, which has impacted a number of member countries. All the money raised through the CTO’s Relief Fund will be sent to CTO-member destinations affected by the catastrophic storm. The competition series will continue in St. Pete Beach at 360 Rooftop, to crown the west Florida champion on Monday, December 11th.

LILT Lounge is located on the lobby level of the Kimpton EPIC Hotel at 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way in Downtown Miami. For more information, log on to www.LILTlounge.com.